Everyday Health


Best People Food (Yes, People Food!) for Arthritic Dogs + 5 Natural Recipes

by Erin. Posted in Everyday Health, Food for Thought, Joint Health, Nutrition & Wellness, Uncategorized

  Who hasn’t heard the famous Hippocrates quote, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”? Although we usually think of this as applying to us humans, it’s just as relevant for man’s best friend. And it especially holds true if your canine companion is suffering from arthritis. Here at TopDog Health, we […]

A Top Vet’s Top 3 Stretches for Arthritic Dogs

by Erin. Posted in Everyday Health, Joint Health, Nutrition & Wellness

If your dog is suffering from arthritis, you’re certainly not alone. Arthritis is one of the most common degenerative diseases I see in my canine patients. In fact, by the time a dog reaches 8 years of age, they have an 80% chance of having arthritis. So the burning questions I hear from my patient’s […]

The 12 Best (and 5 Worst) “People Foods” for Your Dog: Holiday Edition

by Erin. Posted in Everyday Health, Food for Thought, Nutrition & Wellness

The holidays are here, which means the season of wonderful times with family, friends, and food is upon us. Since our dogs are part of the family, it’s only natural to want to share the festivities (and the food) with them… and we say the more the merrier! Here at TopDog Health, we believe that […]

8 Ways Cold Weather Can Affect Your Dog: What to Watch For and How to Help.

by Erin. Posted in Everyday Health, Joint Health, Medicine, Nutrition & Wellness, Uncategorized

8 Ways Cold Weather Can Affect Your Dog and What to Watch For While it’s tempting to think your dog’s fur coat will provide everything they need to stay warm and safe this winter, they still need a little help from their human companions. As temperatures drop, certain risks increase for your dog. Here are […]

7 Tips to Getting Your Dog to a Perfect Weight

by Dr. James St. Clair. Posted in Everyday Health, Food for Thought

Every day in my practice, I encounter overweight pets. And year after year, when these dogs and their owners return for their health and wellness check-up with me, these animals have never lost a pound – or in most cases, have gained even more weight. The majority of the time, the clients will look at […]

It’s All About the Bond

by Dr. James St. Clair. Posted in Everyday Health, Nutrition & Wellness

  I often get asked, “Why did you want to become a veterinarian?” As many of you know, my father is also a veterinarian. In fact, he just recently retired after over 50 years in practice.  What an amazing professional career he had devoting all those years to helping heal animals and keeping them well. […]

The 5 Reasons Your Dog Needs a Canine Rehabilitation Professional in Their Life

by Dr. James St. Clair. Posted in Everyday Health, Rehabilitation

Just like in human medicine, where there is a specialist for every part of your body, the same now holds true for our dogs. If you have a back problem you go to a neurologist, a bone problem you go to an orthopedic specialist and both of them almost always will refer you to a […]

Pet Obesity: Shocking Statistics About the #1 Health Threat to Your Dog

by Dr. James St. Clair. Posted in Everyday Health, Nutrition & Wellness

It’s no secret that a healthy, balanced diet is one of the best ways for us humans to enjoy longer, happier lives. It’s also no secret that obesity amongst humans in the U.S. is on the rise. Despite being aware of the serious, potentially fatal health risks associated with overeating, poor food choices, and lack […]

Help Your Dog Beat the Heat: Top 10 Things You Should Know

by Dr. James St. Clair. Posted in Everyday Health

Summer is a wonderful time of year, bringing longer days, less stress, and more adventures. It also means soaring temperatures and sometimes unbearable heat. As much fun as this time of year can be, it also comes with challenges and potential danger for our furry friends. Here are 10 tips to help your dog beat […]

The Top 5 Benefits of Swimming for Dogs

by Dr. James St. Clair. Posted in Everyday Health, Rehabilitation

Have you ever witnessed the pure joy of a lab belly-slamming into a lake after a tennis ball, a border collie cooling off in the ocean on a hot day, or a Newfoundland proudly saving his human companion from the backyard pool – even when they don’t actually need saving? Many dogs love to swim, […]