Blogs, Dog health

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

Dog health

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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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

Blogs, Dog health, Mini schnauzer concerns

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

Blogs, Dog health, Mini schnauzer concerns

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

Blogs, Dog health, Uncategorized

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

Blogs, Dog care, Dog health

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

Blogs, Dog health

Why regular blood exams are a must

If you’re living in ehrlichia country (like the Philippines), regular blood tests are a must for your dog. That’s because you have no idea when your dog has been bitten by a tick, and yes, your dog can be bitten even if he has anti-tick and anti-flea treatments. A blood test can alert you to… Continue reading Why regular blood exams are a must

Blogs, Dog health

Dog confinement in the Philippines: things to remember

One of the low points of dog ownership is when your best buddy falls ill and your vet tells you that confinement is necessary. As a dog owner, I know how stressful this can be not only for you, but also for your dog. Unfortunately, not all veterinary clinics in the Philippines are capable of… Continue reading Dog confinement in the Philippines: things to remember

Blogs, Dog care, Dog health

Neutering and spaying in the Philippines

One of the questions I am most frequently asked by dog owners concerns the safety of neutering and spaying procedures in the Philippines. This is perfectly understandable. Neutering and spaying pets is not a deeply ingrained practice in the country, and it is only recently that more Filipino dog owners are recognizing the existence of… Continue reading Neutering and spaying in the Philippines