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My dog has a heart murmur. How serious is that?

By at August 30, 2014 | 6:04 pm | 0 Comment

Dog-heart-murmur

For an older dog, a heart murmur may be an early sign of heart failure. But don’t take the discovery as a death sentence.

At Fido’s last vet visit, I learned that he has a heart murmur, probably a leaky mitral valve. Definitely a sign of aging and something to watch.

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Blog , Health and Medicine

What should an LA dog wear at night?

By at August 29, 2014 | 7:28 pm | 0 Comment

Gear-reflective

Pierre Curden here for Fashion Friday.

While I’m sure my colleague Vera Woof would say, “sequins and bugle beads,” I’m a fan of reflective wear.

During the summer in LA, the only time to walk is when the sun starts going down. A good twilight walk could take you straight into dark. A well-dressed dog will at least wear a reflective collar, but there are so many more options. And a dog that cares about its owner would also insist that he or she dress to light up the night as well.

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Can you recommend a good dog mystery?

By at August 28, 2014 | 4:46 am | 0 Comment

dogonit

When 15-year-old Madison Chambliss goes missing, her mother turns to private investigator Bernie Little. But Bernie’s best asset and strongest ally in fighting crime is his dog, Chet.

Dog On It is the first book of author Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie mystery series. Chet is a 100-plus pounds of police K-9 trained dog. Black with a single white ear, he would have graduated top of his class had a rabbit not distracted him and led a race off the examination field during his final.

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Blog , Dogs and the Law

Can I make frozen treats for dogs?

By at July 15, 2014 | 8:22 pm | 0 Comment

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Frozen treats are a great way to cool a dog down when summer temps soar.

One of the easiest frozen treats to make for your dog are popsicles. Just take homemade or store bought broth (without onions, please) and freeze it in paper muffin cups, ice cube trays or mini waxed cups. When solid, you can put them in plastic bags to store in the freezer and dole them out to keep Fido cool. Depending on your dog’s tastes, you could use tomato juice, carrot juice or diluted apple juice.

Another summer standard are frozen peanut butter and yogurt treats. One recipe floating around the internet calls for low-fat vanilla yogurt and peanut butter. We’ve given that recipe a healthy twist by adding cinnamon or turmeric.

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Blog , Dogs Who Dine , Health and Medicine

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