Dog Of The Month: Buster

Hi! My name’s Buster and I’m a proud Shi Tzu mix and a happy Canine Companion LA pup! I’m a rescue dog and have had a long journey to get to where I am today. It’s a story that takes some unexpected twists and turns — just read on!! Although I’ve been with my FURever…

7 tips to help with the Independence Day Blues

Fourth of July, Independence Day, Fireworks

We are just one week away from July 4th! For most people it’s a day of celebration, spending time with friends and family, barbecuing, and sipping cool drinks. For others it can be a very stressful time, especially if they have a pet that HATES fireworks.   We’ve been hearing fireworks already over the weekend and…

How to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer Heat

Today is the first day of summer and we welcome it with temperatures in the triple digits!!!  We are having a hard enough time staying cool and hydrated, but what about your pets?  Dogs can easily become overheated, as they only have a limited ability to release heat from their bodies by panting and through the sweat glands in their…

Hotspots — Get Treatment Fast

Has your dog ever gotten a hotspot—a patch of skin that he licks, scratches or bites at incessantly, to the point where the skin becomes raw and inflamed? Recently two of my client’s dogs got them—it’s hard to watch a dog suffer with a hotspot. Vets say that hotspots can start when a dog has…

How To Pick A Good Name For Your Pet

I’ve come to realize that it really doesn’t matter what you call your Pet. A pet will learn to recognize a new name when you say it in a really positive way then give praise and a treat every time he or she turns to look at you. When you bring a pet home from a shelter…

Foxtails – A Dog’s Enemy

You’ve probably noticed that since the rain has stopped around here, and the grasses have begun to turn from green to gold. That means it’s time to watch out for the weed called foxtail, which produces small barb-like seeds—a major hazard for dogs. The foxtail plant is a tallish grass that grows in western states…

How To Be Free Of Fleas

It’s been on the news and I’ve heard it from clients: fleas have really been bad this season. I’m trying to track what remedies are working for my clients. My conclusion? Nobody knows what works. For some dog and cat owners, monthly applications of Advantage are effective in getting rid of fleas, but other pet…

Why Dogs Like Crates

I’ve come full circle about crating dogs. I used to think they were horrible cages that people used for really out-of-control dogs who were destroying the furniture. But then I got a shelter dog, Lilo, who was a little crazy—he snapped at people and would lunge at other dogs—and I decided to try using a…