For some reason I have a hard time convincing folks that a good diet is essential to a healthier and longer life for their pet. Opal and Dixie are 9 years old and, knock on wood, they are as healthy as ever. They’re energetic, active, and their weight is well-maintained. Their vet visits are restricted to annual check-ups, the rare emergency (thank you, Dixie) and regular chiropractic adjustments to keep their long bodies in check. Diet, diet, diet, I say! If it's... Read more
Are you stumped because you don’t know what to give your four legged friend for Valentine’s Day? Why not treat your furry sweetheart to a day of pampering complete with Opie & Dixie products? Not only will your valentine love the extra attention, but you can rest assured that all of our products are made from natural ingredients. That means you won’t have a thing to worry about when you’re using them on your favorite feline or canine.
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Struggling to squeeze into our favorite jeans after too much holiday indulging isn’t exactly a pleasant experience. Thankfully, once the holidays pass we can take control of our lives, get back into our normal routines and snap back into shape. Unfortunately, when our pets are fat, “taking control of their lives” isn’t really an option.
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than 50 percent of dogs and cats are overweight or obese. (The... Read more
This holiday break has been all about the girls -- long walks on the beach, hours of playtime at the park and nursing Dixie back to recovery.
Well, I’m no good to them if I’m not good to myself, so today was MY day… a decadently long snooze, a 2-hr massage at Therapeia, a luxurious bubble bath, and dinner at Gamine. My day, my night. YEAH, BABY!
"Dogs love company. They place it first in their short list of needs." (J. R. Ackerley) Give your pets the best holiday gift ever and spend lots and lots and lots of time with them during your time off this holiday season! Opal and Dixie haven’t left my side in days, and I have no intention of leaving theirs. Throughout these rainy, stormy and chilly San Francisco days we’ve being staying warm 'n cozy indoors and watching our favorite movie, “A Charlie Brown... Read more
Well, the "little" glucosamine overdose wasn’t so little after all. By mid-morning on Sunday, while Opal was doing fine, Dixie was still unusually lethargic, so I decided to do what I should have done the night before. I called ASPCA Poison Control. I regret saying that I wasn’t all that surprised when they told me to rush both girls to the emergency room. Lo-and-behold, Dixie had suffered glucosamine toxicity, and her liver had taken quite a hit.
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I buy Opal and Dixie’s Glucosamine/Chondroitin/MSM supplements in bulk – 240 Joint Max or Synovi G3 chews in a tub. I make sure they get a chew a day because they’re short-legged, long-backed doggies and I want to ensure that their joints and connective tissues get the support they need. I always take out a small portion of chews and fill a jar that I leave in the pantry; I stash the bulk in a closet. WELL… last night I must have forgotten to fully close the closet... Read more
If you’re looking for a great gift to give someone this holiday season, a good one may be a copy of Allen and Linda Anderson’s book, Dogs & the Women Who Love Them: Extraordinary True Stories of Loyalty, Healing & Inspiration. This book contains personal tales about remarkable canines like Kate who was rescued from a rooftop in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and Beau, a service dog with a public relations background. Although they choke me up, I... Read more
Now that I’ve covered itchy, flaky skin, I thought I’d touch on the subject of ear infections. Ear problems seem to run rampant with dogs in my dog park. Surefire indicators of an ear infection are constant shaking of the head, incessant scratching of the ears, a stinky smell emanating from the ears, and worse, a nasty, slimy discharge. If your dog is exhibiting any of these symptoms, chances are he or she has an ear infection – and chances are it’s a yeast infection... Read more
This seems to be the season when everyone complains to me about their pet's itchy skin, often accompanied by dandruff. I'm told that their dogs obsessively chew on their feet and the base of their tails, and that their vets prescribe steroids and antihistamines to combat the problem. Clearly, if these "solutions" aren't working, why continue on the same, useless path?
My first recommendation for allergies is to try switching to a new diet. As a starting point... Read more