Every Extra Day is a Gift


August was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in August of 2016. I opted for a course of treatment that included amputation of the affected leg followed by four rounds of chemotherapy. Amputation is really the only way to completely eliminate the initial pain of this disease and while it was a tough decision, I knew it was the only way ...

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One Day at a Time


August was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in August 2016. I made the decision to amputate her leg immediately. As each day went by post-amputation August looked better and better. Cancer had taken her leg but not her spirit! I settled into a routine of cancer research, finding holistic supplements, and weekly vet visits. Through my limited research and advice from the ...

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A New Reality


When August was diagnosed with bone cancer it took a few days to sink in. Maybe it wasn’t bone cancer. Maybe there had just been a mistake. If it is, maybe she will be the exception and beat this. A lot of maybes. I didn’t know much about bone cancer yet, but the common theme in all the informational articles ...

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Bone Cancer Sucks


My 11-year-old August developed a slight limp in July of this year. I figured she had sprained her leg and didn’t give it much thought except to keep a closer eye on her to monitor the limp. She was still running and jumping like nothing was amiss, so I assumed it couldn’t be bothering her that bad and would get ...

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What Breed is Your Mutt?

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Our dogs don’t wonder where they came from – they’re dogs – but more and more of their owners are discovering how that information can help them provide better pet care. This July 31 is National Mutt Day, and Royal Canin, a global leader in pet health nutrition, is encouraging mixed breed pet owners to discover the secrets of their ...

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Does Your Dog Have the Back to School Blues?

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One family member in particular has a tough time transitioning from summer days to school year: your pet. In a survey of nearly 4,000 Americans conducted by Petplan pet insurance, pet owners reported a spike in separation anxiety in pets who lose summer companions to the classroom. Of those surveyed with “back-to-schoolers” in the household, 26% said their pet shows ...

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Changing Your Puppy’s Diet from Commercial to Homemade

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by Lew Olson, author of Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs Oftentimes, the first time we see our new puppy is after it has been whelped and reared. Chances are the puppy you bring home will not have been whelped and reared on a natural diet. We hope that once you get your puppy home, you will choose to feed ...

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Class Action Suit Filed Against Nestle Purina PetCare Company

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An amended class action complaint (Case No. C-15-0569 EMC) was filed late yesterday against Nestlé Purina PetCare Company on behalf of consumers who purchased Beneful brand dog food and had pets suffer from internal organ distress, injury, or failure and death. The complaint, brought in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that Purina failed to ...

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Five Wonderful Reasons to Walk with Your Pet

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Grab a leash and hit the streets, Walking the Dog Day is February 22. Whether you have a dog or just like to get outside for a stroll, a daily walk comes with a number of benefits. It is a great excuse to go outside and get some extra exercise, and now with charitable apps like Wooftrax’s Walk for a ...

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Human Medications Top List of Toxins Commonly Ingested by Pets

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A report released by the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) reveals that human medications once again tops the list of toxins most commonly ingested by pets. Within the human medications category, a majority of cases (4,151) involved cardiac medications used often to control heart rate and blood pressure. ...

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