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Urinary stones in dogs in the Philippines

If you own a mini schnauzer, it’s important to be prepared for urinary stones and urinary tract infections. These are so common among mini schnauzers that one of my favorite vets once likened mini schnauzers to cats, who are also extremely prone to urinary stones and UTI infections. Urinary stones are caused by many things,… Continue reading Urinary stones in dogs in the Philippines

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Pet insurance in the Philippines: questions to ask before you buy one

Pet insurance plans are finally available in the Philippines, and many pet parents are eager to get a plan for their furry companions. Since pet insurance is new in the country, everyone is asking how it works and if it is worth their money. Being all too familiar with veterinary bill shock, I excitedly checked… Continue reading Pet insurance in the Philippines: questions to ask before you buy one

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Where to go for spay and neuter surgery in the Philippines

I frequently get emails asking me where I had my dogs neutered or spayed, so I am writing this article. Although most veterinary clinics are able to perform these procedures routinely, there are some veterinary clinics that specialize in these procedures. Over the past year, I have been recommending two clinics for all those who… Continue reading Where to go for spay and neuter surgery in the Philippines

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Overweight dogs: our weight-loss plan

Is your dog too fat? Chances are, you haven’t noticed. Well at least that was what happened to me. I didn’t realize my mini schnauzer had become overweight until I brought her in for spaying, and the vet just refused to do the surgery on account of her weight. The vet shared that overweight dogs… Continue reading Overweight dogs: our weight-loss plan

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Pyometra: why you should spay your dog

Pyometra is one of the most common problems affecting female dogs in the Philippines. If there’s one reason why you should spay your female dog, it’s pyometra, an infection of the uterus. The high numbers are not surprising, considering that most Filipinos do not bother to have their dogs fixed. If there’s one thing I… Continue reading Pyometra: why you should spay your dog

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Our dog’s battle with kidney failure

I still remember the day many years ago when my sister’s dog suddenly fell ill out of the blue. He was vomiting a little, refused to eat, and was utterly depressed. On the second day, we took him to the vet,  who said he was mildly rehydrated and immediately put him on IV fluids. He… Continue reading Our dog’s battle with kidney failure

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Best puppy food in the Philippines: my top choices

If there is anything you shouldn’t scrimp on, it’s your puppy’s food. Good nutrition is very important for a growing puppy, which is why it’s important to give your puppy the right start in life. It’s very important to understand that puppies have different nutritional needs from adult dogs.  Since they are going through a… Continue reading Best puppy food in the Philippines: my top choices

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Dog food brands in the Philippines: my review

For all pet parents, a top concern is what to feed their dogs. Mini schnauzer owners, in particular, are concerned about the dietary requirements of their dogs. I have always believed that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to feeding dogs. However, there are some general guidelines when it comes to feeding mini… Continue reading Dog food brands in the Philippines: my review

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Health testing dogs for genetic diseases in the Philippines

Health testing a dog for genetic diseases prior to breeding is an important step to ensure the health of the puppies. Unfortunately, not all breeders do this. This is especially a problem for breeders in the Philippines, where many of the tests are not available. For serious breeders, though, distance is not a deterrent. Labs… Continue reading Health testing dogs for genetic diseases in the Philippines

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Teacup schnauzers, princess shih tzus: why you should avoid them

If someone offers you a “teacup” or “princess” type dog, think hard or better yet, run. You’re about to fall for a marketing ploy and chances are, you’re about to get a dog that has a bundle of health issues. First things first, there is no such thing as a teacup dog, much less a… Continue reading Teacup schnauzers, princess shih tzus: why you should avoid them