Everyone knows someone who has been affected by the dreaded “C” word. Cancer destroys families of loved ones all too often, and although it seems like we get closer to a cure every day, cancer is still breaking hearts on an all-too-regular basis. When I speak of the heartbreak, it isn’t specific to people. Pets suffer from cancer too, but technology is now allowing veterinarians to fight more types of cancer head on. Earlier this year I had the pleasure of touring the PetCure Oncology center in Arizona. Did you know that there’s an entire program dedicated to treating cancer in your dogs and cats? PetCure Oncology partners with specialty veterinary practices across the country to offer stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), and although it’s a fairly new concept for pets, it’s proven effective in saving lives.
Can you believe it’s already mid November?! Where has this year gone? Thanksgiving is next week and I get married in 45 days! WOW. What happened?! Anyways, with all of that being said, ’tis the season of cake, cookies and lots of food! I know everyone is busy getting ready for the holidays (and a wedding in my case) but we mustn’t forget about our dogs during it all. Sounds impossible, right? Well yeah, but some of us may forget that our dogs need extra exercise during this hectic time of year just like we do! So next week, which is Thanksgiving week, I’m challenging myself AND you to take your dog on a walk every day of the week no matter what!
Welcome to Arizona – the land of extreme heat. If you’ve ever been to the Grand Canyon state in the summer months, you know how scorching the days can be. Recently we’ve been experiencing record temperatures around 122°. The average temperature in July is around 110°. Combine that heat with lack of humidity and everything seems to dry out. Humans are prone to dehydration but what about our pets? While our bodies are made up of 55-60% water, our pet’s are made up of 80% water! That’s quite a large difference! Since July is Pet Hydration Awareness Month, let’s talk about how to keep your fur babies drinking that water!
I’m not sure how it is for human moms, but I know as a dog mom I like to think my dogs are invincible. Like…they could never get lost or get hit by a car or break a leg or have a life threatening anaphylactic reaction. So isn’t it a bitch when we find out that perhaps our animals aren’t invincible? Most of you know that I’m a really overprotective dog mom. I take zero risks when it comes to my animal’s health. If they aren’t feeling well, straight to the vet we go. And such was the case this morning.
Last night I lost it. I’ve been remaining strong since McKenzie Rae became ill on Saturday but I couldn’t hang on anymore. I just had to cry. As I sat on the floor next to McKenzie as she laid on the couch, I cried as I watched her struggle to open her eyes. It was painful for me to watch but I can’t imagine how painful it was for my baby girl.