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Gone to the Dogs: NW Dog Owners & Experts

Welcome to the “Gone To The Dogs” blog. Here you'll find a group of Seattle-area professionals and advocates discussing dog-centered topics from the latest in veterinary care, grooming, pet products, training, doggy day-care, dog advocacy, and living

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Seizures In Dogs and What To Do

Fri, 09 Feb 2007 08:53:00 +0000

Seizures are something that we see commonly as veterinarians (more commonly in pure bred dogs verses mixes). It is usually something that is quite disturbing for the owners. A seizure may consist of loss or derangement of consciousness; muscle contractions; change in awareness; involuntary urination, defecation, or salivation; and behavioral changes such as pacing or running in circles. A seizure usually has 3 phases. The first phase is the pre-ictal phase which may last from seconds to hours. The dog may be more "clingy" or appear nervous. The second phase is the ictal phase. The dog is usually on its side possibly with its head drawn back and shaking. Often they will appear very afraid or confused. This is when salivation, defecation, and urination may occur. This phase should be over quickly (in less than 5 minutes), and if not is said to be in status epilepticus or prolonged seizure. In the third phase or the post-ictal phase dogs may be confused, restless or appear weak or tired.


Fri, 26 Jan 2007 07:57:00 +0000

Sherry walked into the veterinary clinic with a bundle of fur in her arms and tears in her eyes.

Coughing Dogs

Fri, 12 Jan 2007 11:18:00 +0000

Has your dog been coughing more than usual? If you recently boarded your dog over the holidays, you may notice that he has developed a dry, hacking cough. Infectious tracheobronchitis (or, the aptly named, kennel cough) is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection that occurs most commonly when multiple dogs are housed together. Fortunately, kennel cough is not usually a serious disease, and your dog's immune system can often clear the infection on its own.

Ear Infections in Dogs

Mon, 08 Jan 2007 16:05:00 +0000

What can you do for your pet if they have an ear infection? How can you prevent it? And how do you know if your dog has one?

Working with your best friend!

Tue, 26 Dec 2006 12:04:00 +0000

I love dogs as you know. So much my dog is part of my real estate business. I do this for two reasons: 1. Because he's a great marketing tool, and 2 because then I can have him more in my daily life.

Boarding Concerns

Fri, 22 Dec 2006 12:00:00 +0000

Relatives are coming, the house is a mess, dinner's not ready, and Fido is stressed. Many people choose to board their dogs during the holidays, as much to prevent additional stress to the dog as well as the owner. A house full of company, decorations and loud noises can often create anxiety in an otherwise happy dog. Also, people frequently just don't have time to properly care for their furry friends with all the demands of the holidays. So, it's off to the boarding facility. But before you leave Fido at daycare, there are some things you should know.

Holiday stress affecting you and your pets?

Sat, 16 Dec 2006 10:51:00 +0000

Here are a couple of considerations to keep your pets healthy and happy while traveling or dealing with company.

Home Alone Pets

Tue, 28 Nov 2006 11:44:00 +0000

November has been a month of natural disasters for the state of Washington. None as severe as Katrina or other harder hit areas in the past but still life impacting nonetheless to our residence. From flooding, power outages, falling tree limbs, snow, and slippery ice, we've seen a spectrum.

When Your Dog Complains of Diarrhea…

Wed, 22 Nov 2006 10:59:00 +0000

What to do when your furry friend has the runs.

Fleas and Dogs

Fri, 17 Nov 2006 11:28:00 +0000

Fleas are one of the most common and easily preventable causes of itchy skin in dogs.

New Off-Leash Dog Area Pilot Program for Queen Anne & Magnolia, possibly Discovery Park

Fri, 17 Nov 2006 10:23:00 +0000

COLA (Citizens for Off-Leash Areas) has just sent out an e-mail burst detailing the new pilot program for an Off-Leash area in Magnolia and Queen Anne. There is also discussions in the works for Discovery Park. Read on for details.

It’s raining cats and dogs-go visit at a clown’s house!

Mon, 13 Nov 2006 12:41:00 +0000

We are all tired of the rain. Find some sunshine compliments of a therapy dog visit where you think it might be gloomy but the warmth and joy is bountiful.

Same City, Same Standards?

Sun, 12 Nov 2006 09:49:00 +0000

In the morning, I click on the news so I can listen to the weather, the traffic and any tidbits of news that dot my morning. I'm usually busy getting the dogs fed and ready to go into work. They get to go with me, which is a great perk. Thursday morning I heard an "investigative report" advertisement regarding our city's expectations on recycling. It mentioned although we as residents and businesses are required to recycle-or get fined- but our public trashcans and park litter baskets are full of recyclables destined for landfills....That got me thinking...why ISN'T the city and county holding themselves to the same standards?

A Place to Call Your Own.

Fri, 10 Nov 2006 10:27:00 +0000

When I work with dog owners to find a house they have a lot on their mind and that's understandable. They think about what they want in a home and what meets their needs. However, sometimes the needs of their dog(s) can be overlooked.

Behavioral problems?

Fri, 10 Nov 2006 09:11:00 +0000

Who has not owned a dog that suffers from some form of misbehavior? There are many types of behaviors that can be upsetting for the owners and most situations can be handled with training (either with or without professional help). Behavioral problems may include aggression, urinating or defecating in the house, as well as barking and destroying furniture and clothing in the home.