Rocky’s Viewpoint

Rockys Viewpoint

A blog for people who treat their dogs better than family

Dressing up the family dog in a Halloween costume seems to be all the rage, with cute costumes and a chance to show off your adorable cute pet at one of the many Halloween costume contests that are abundant this time of year.  But unlike kids, your dog probably won’t be as happy wearing a costume especially if the…

Category: Safety

Did you know that Rocky’s Retreat offers fitness swims for dogs who love to swim? What is a fitness swim? It’s a session where your dog is swimming freely in the water, without one of the Rocky’s Retreat aqua therapists in the water assisting and guiding the session (to provide maximum benefit for those dogs that need it).

Swimming has been a prescribed exercise by doctors for a variety of issues such as arthritis, joint and muscle stiffness, chronic back pain, and post-surgical rehabilitation for a long time.  It’s been known to be particularly helpful for seniors who are less flexible and who may be suffering from a variety of age related conditions. …

Category: Exercise, Hydrotherapy

It is easy for us to put on a couple pounds and not notice it until we try wearing something we haven’t worn for a while. It’s even harder to notice small weight gains in dogs. So how do you know if your dog is overweight? Here are some ways to tell.

The big news this week is that Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets tore his ACL ending his season as the Jets’ star cornerback.  This isn’t the end of the world, well maybe for the Jets this season, but he will heal and most likely come back next season. The same injury that Darrelle…

I know there are different opinions as to whether table food or scraps are OK to feed your dog. Many veterinarians are adamantly opposed to feeding “people food” to a dog. I personally don’t see a problem. I’ve been feeding my dog Beau the same food I’ve been eating for a long time. In addition…

Category: Health Management

On a day when Miles decided he just wasn’t into swimming, he just wanted to dance! See the video….

Category: At Rocky's Retreat, Fun
dogs aging

Just like people, each dog ages differently. In general, mixed breeds and smaller dogs tend to live longer than purebreds or larger dogs. Dogs less than 20 pounds may not seem to show any signs of age until they’re around 12, 50-pound dogs around 10, while larger dogs begin to show their age between 7 to 9 years old. As a general rule, a dog who is 7 years or older should be considered middle to senior aged.

Why would you want to be concerned about your dog’s core muscles? Because dogs rely on their core muscles to control their body when jumping, turning, and running. Ensuring your dog’s core muscles are strong can reduce and prevent injuries. Whether you have a performance dog or a pet, core strength is essential. Below is a video of Emma…

Degenerative myelopathy, or DM, is a disease of the spinal cord in dogs that is normally contracted between the ages of 8 and 14. DM is primarily seen in German Shepherds but other large breed dogs can also be affected. DM first occurs in one hind limb and then moves to the other side.  The…

Category: Health Management