Rocky’s Viewpoint

Rockys Viewpoint

A blog for people who treat their dogs better than family

Recently on 2 separate occasions I was talking with clients about recommendations they received to switch to breed specific food for their dog. One dog was a lab and the other was French bulldog puppy. For the French bulldog pup, the vet recommended they switch to a food specifically made for English bulldogs.

It happened again a little over a week ago. For the 2nd time in about a year, a Merritt Island dog boarding facility was cited, this time for leaving a dog out in the hot sun in August, resulting in the dog suffering heat stroke.

In mid-November, Bella, a 10 year old poodle, collapsed after her evening walk. Her owner took her to the emergency vet and they scheduled her for an appointment the following day at the specialty vet’s office in town.

How is your dog’s health? Is there room for improvement?

If so, why not make it a priority in 2017 to get your dog into better shape? With 54% of all dogs either overweight or obese, many people can benefit from helping their dogs lose weight and improve their fitness levels.

We all get the card or the email, yearly. It’s the reminder from our vet that our dog needs to get his annual vaccine boosters. We are instructed to book our appointment with the vet because of the importance of yearly vaccines to protect against dangerous diseases. But is that really true? Is there another way to verify that…

Have you looked at your dog’s food label and wondered what it all meant? If you’re concerned about feeding the best possible diet to your dog, how do you determine that by comparing labels, if at all?

Reading and becoming familiar with the common terminology on dog food labels is one of the best ways to determine the quality of food you are feeding.

Recently a new client came to us for hydrotherapy because her dog was turning 9 years old and she was beginning to notice he was slowing down a bit. He is a larger pit bull, and definitely heavier in the front end. She was having trouble walking and otherwise exercising him enough to keep his…

Because of an accidental dog scratch in the wrong place on my body, and subsequent nasty infection, I have spent much of the last 6 weeks on heavy duty antibiotics, including some that were administered intravenously in the ORMC emergency room.

I’m almost healed but taking such strong antibiotics for a lengthy period of time has taken its toll on my body. Because they kill both good and bad bacteria, I’m certain they temporarily ruined my immune system. I caught a cold, and I just didn’t feel good because my whole body was completely out of whack.

One day last week, we had a new potential boarding client come with her 2 year old great dane. When they came through the front door, the dog started barking and lunging at me, despite the fact that I wasn’t looking at or otherwise engaging him. A bit later, I bent over with my side to the dog to get some business cards for the owner and the dog lunged at me getting very close to the side of my face, all the time barking. I could feel his breath on my cheek. I wasn’t doing anything that I believed was confrontational.

Does your dog have dry, itchy or flaky skin or a dry looking coat? What about brittle nails, joint pain from arthritis or other degenerative diseases, anxiety, heart or digestive issues? If the answer to any of these is YES, your dog might benefit from an omega-3 fish oil supplement.