Do you know how to assess your dog’s vital signs at home? Capturing a baseline of your dog’s normal heart rate, body temperature, gum color, respiratory rate, and capillary refill time just may help you save your dog’s life someday. By the end of this article, you’ll have a clear understanding of normal dog vital signs, the five parameters of dog vitals, and how to assess each one. Integrative veterinarian Dr. Julie Buzby is here to help you keep a “pulse” on your dog’s health.
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“How often should I take my dog to the vet?” If you are asking yourself this question, why not ask the expert in vet visits—a veterinarian. Integrative veterinarian Dr. Julie Buzby explains the veterinary visit schedule for dogs of all ages, and why those visits are so vital. Plus she answers some vet visit FAQs to help you and your pup have a smooth and calm trip to the vet.
Routine health care for dogs is anything but routine. In the busyness of life, it’s easy to skip some basic dog health care habits now and then. However, by refocusing on the “why” behind preventative health care for dogs, it’s easier to stay on track. Integrative veterinarian Dr. Julie Buzby shares 10 health care habits to put in place now and why they are critical for your dog’s good health and happiness.
“How many hours should an old dog sleep?” If you are looking over at your snoozing senior dog and asking yourself this question, integrative veterinarian Julie Buzby is here to help. She give guidelines for about how long dogs should sleep, reviews signs that your dog’s sleep patterns might indicate a problem, and offers tips to help dogs sleep more comfortably.
A vet may prescribe trazodone for dogs who struggle with phobias, situational anxiety, or other behavioral issues. While trazadone may make these dogs less anxious, giving a new medication can be a bit anxiety-inducing for dog parents. To help them feel prepared, integrative veterinarian Dr. Julie Buzby explains the uses, dosage, side effects, and precautions for trazodone for dogs.