Everyday Health


Tick-Borne Diseases That Destroy Joints: How to Protect Your Dog

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

  Tick-Borne Diseases That Destroy Joints: How to Protect Your Dog Spring is in full swing, which means warmer weather, longer days, and more outdoor adventures with your pup. It also means tick season is upon us. Most conscientious dog owners will give their pup a once-over for ticks after a trail run or a […]

How to Help Your Dog’s Joints with Heat Alone + DIY Heating Pad

by Erin. Posted in Everyday Health, Food for Thought, Joint Health, Medicine, Rehabilitation, Surgery

How to Help Your Dog’s Joints with Heat Alone + DIY Heating Pad As a veterinarian, I often hear the same question from pet parents who are wondering how to best help their dog suffering from sore joints: “Should I use ice or heat?” So I decided to clear things up once and for all. […]

6 Steps to Add 1-2 Years to Your Elderly Dog’s Life

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

If you look on Google for advice about keeping senior dogs healthy, you’ll see that one of the most common questions people search for is “How to make my dog live forever.” This is proof that indeed, most every pet parent harbors a fantasy that their beloved pup will never leave them. While we haven’t […]

Why You Need Pet Insurance: Insider Info from a Veterinarian

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

Why You Need Pet Insurance: Insider Info from a Veterinarian Whenever the subject of pet insurance comes up with one of my clients, the question they’re most likely to ask is: “Is pet insurance worth it?” Every time, with every client, my answer is always a resounding “absolutely.” Usually my clients will then express concerns […]

Go Green with the Green Lipped Mussel: The Ultimate All-Natural Joint Supplement for Your Dog

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

If you’re not yet familiar with the green lipped mussel, its very name may conjure up all sorts of questions: “Mussels have lips?” “Why are they green…?” But we’re confident that the more you get to know these small but mighty mollusks, the more you’ll come to love them. If you’ve got a dog suffering […]

Caring for Your Dog After Orthopedic Surgery: What Your Vet’s Not Telling You

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

If you know anything about me, you know that client education is a topic that I am extremely passionate about. If you do not know me, then hold onto your britches because this ride is going to get a little bumpy. First off, let me say that I love my profession and I love the […]

Do This, Not That: Why and How to Exercise Your Arthritic Dog

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

As is the case for any pet parent whose dog is suffering from arthritis, you know the symptoms all too well. You’ve watched your beloved pet slow down, seen their difficulty getting up, and looked on as they limped (especially after exercise and at night). So, it’s not surprising if your first instinct may be […]

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 […]