The adventures of Rook! One dog’s road to TPLO recovery.

Written by Tracy Burlingame

There are so many wonderful experiences that we have as sporting and competition dog owners, but always looming in the back of our minds is fear of injury. This is especially true if our dogs are “Weekend Warriors”. We try our best to balance our dog’s energy, drive and genetics with the inherent risk that comes with high-level activity, but sometimes despite our best efforts and intentions – things happen. We feed them the best food and supplements (VetriScience products of course), keep them lean, in tip-top condition and monitor every little detail of their health; but, they can be hurt jumping off the couch just as they can by landing a jump wrong on the agility course.

Unfortunately, our dog Rook ruptured the CCL (cranial cruciate ligament) in his knee while running a few weeks ago.  He had experienced minor lameness here and there for a month or so prior with no definitive diagnosis (knee problems prior to a complete rupture can be hard to diagnose without arthroscopy) so it’s likely that the ligament was already damaged.Rook - Bubble cone 5-2016

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What is this Lump on my Dog? It Could Be a Wart!

Hadley doesn’t have many medical issues. She’s a bit excitable occasionally, but this little Husky isn’t known for constant vet trips. So when Adrienne, her mom, found a funky lump on Monday night, it was a rush trip to see her trusted vet advisor, Viola Chu, DVM, CVA, at River Cove in Williston, VT.

Dr. Chu identified the little lump quickly: it was a wart.grossness

And that’s more common than you might think. Dr. Chu says she most often sees these growths in poodles and cocker spaniels – anecdotally, they’re found more in smaller breeds—and Hadley was a rare visit.

But, she assures us, owners shouldn’t really be concerned. “It’s mostly cosmetic. General rule of thumb we tell people: if any growth starts growing or changing quickly, then let us know,” Dr. Chu says.

In answer to the big question “Can dogs pass these warts to humans?” Dr. Chu says that one type of wart, viral papilloma, is contagious from dog to dog, but not dog to human. Most visits, though, are a result of an owner spotting the non-viral type.

“We won’t remove them unless they’re causing a problem; for example, if they’re in a location where the dog is catching them on something and it’s causing bleeding or pain,” Dr. Chu notes.

In short, dog warts, at least the common kind, aren’t a really big deal. But if they grow or change it’s always best to get a quick look from your vet.

Has your dog ever had warts? Were they viral or non? Share with us in a comment!mosquitoes-and-dogs

Your Pet’s Go-To Product this Week: Fast Balance GI

dog eating trashIf there’s one thing we know to be true about the holidays, it’s that the food is…abundant.

We mentioned in our last entry on safety that everyone should have a designated treat post that’s too high for cats or dogs to reach. But we know that can’t always be the case, especially when some of those treats and leftovers will inevitably end up on the floor or in the trashcan, plenty accessible to tiny animal mouths.

So what do you do when your pet gets into the garbage during those five seconds your weren’t watching like a hawk? Opt for a supplement that handles GI support like a pro.

Fast Balance GI Paste is easy to administer and great to have on hand because it’s recommended for stress, garbage gut, food sensitivities and quickly normalizing digestion.

If your animal goes rogue this week and you need lab results, Fast Balance is the perfect immediate care product to use while you wait.

It contains probiotics, as well as vitamins that work synergistically to support the growth of naturally occurring beneficial bacteria in the gut, which causes a quicker response. It also helps to reduce stress on the GI mucosa, offering a soothing effect.

Can you ask for much more, once your pet has decided to ignore your warnings?

What holiday emergencies have you thwarted in the past? Tell us in a comment!

To learn more about Fast Balance GI, click here.

If Your Dog Scoots, Read This Today

scooting dogIt’s not a pretty topic, but somebody’s got to talk about it.

It’s butt scooting. What a drag.

Sure, sometimes the sight makes us giggle, but the cause is no laughing matter. When fecal quality and consistency is less than ideal, scooting can help express the glands.

We know it’s not appealing, but caring for your pup’s anal gland health is part of the process of owning a dog. Fortunately you can offer support in a really simple way: with a delicious stick that features three types of fiber.

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Our Top Tips for Adopting a Shelter Dog

ShelterDogs copyLooking to adopt your first shelter dog? There are a few tips you should know before signing the papers.

We’ve covered the topic before, but it’s especially pertinent now, during Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.

From knowing which shelters to trust to finding the right vet, there’s a lot to cover. Let’s jump in.

Finding a Shelter

Finding the home before your home can be a task, but consulting the right resources can help.

The Humane Society and the ASPCA are good places to start. Consider the no-kill shelter dogs’ journeys before choosing to adopt a pet relocated from a kill shelter, which may have received improper medical care.

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A Second Chance for Tilley and Penney

By Karen Sturtevant as told by Dawna Pedezani

Recently we posted a somber, disheartening report on puppy mill breeding and the innocent souls so affected.

Although many puppy mill dogs never live a life filled with family love, scratches behind the ears and car rides, occasionally, in real life, there are those lucky ones. The ongoing narrative of Tilley and Penney, two rescued English bulldogs, continues with their story being rewritten with high hopes for a fairytale ending fit for a princess (or two).

tilleyMost rescue dogs come with stories. Even those that are direct owner surrenders usually come with a glowing history. It often goes like this: great dog, perfect dog, no issues, but needs a new home due to the owner moving or having a new baby or… (the scenarios are endless).

In reality, often there is a behavior issue that has developed with the dog that has become dangerous or is no longer manageable and the dog is being passed on so that the owner no longer has to take responsibility.

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How to Stop your Dog from Eating your Underwear

Dogs chew underwear for a lot of reasons. They’re attracted to their humans’ odors, they like the attention they get, or they just think the undies are a toy. Whatever the cause, chewed undies are a pain in the butt (pun intended) and a waste of money – as well as a potential hazard for your pup. So, how do you stop the incessant underwear chewing?

Read on for our favorite, tried and true tip.

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Profits before Puppies

By Karen Sturtevant


puppy mill When I was a kid, my mom would take me to the bustling city of South Burlington. Being from a small, rural Vermont town, this was a big deal for a ten-year-old.

One important stop for us: the mall. The highlight of the trip was visiting the pet store. If we were lucky and timed the arrival just right, we’d get to play with the puppies when they were let out of their cages for socializing time.

What I, as a wide-eyed little kid and animal lover, didn’t know, or even think about, was how these little fluffy puppies arrived there­­.

What were their stories, what would happen to them?

Fast forward, here we are a week away (September 22, 2014), from National Puppy Mill Awareness Day. What a perfect time to raise the flag and find out how you can make a positive difference and why it matters.

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Running With Fido Part 2

Part 2: Making running with your dog enjoyable

run with your dogIn part one, we discussed some of the main considerations we should take into account before running with our dogs. Here, we’re sharing a few ways to make it even better.

Have leash will travel
You wouldn’t dream of leaving home without your sneakers, right? Fido feels the same way about his leash. One second he could be by your side, the next, chasing a squirrel or a fellow runner. I was jogging towards two fellow runners when their Cujo-type dog came running at me. I stopped. They yelled and Cujo kept running. Luckily he was all fur and no bite. For everybody’s safety and peace of mind, use the leash.  Continue reading