Maintaining Your Dog’s Toenails: Grinding vs. Trimming

For many dog owners, the process of trimming their dog’s toenails is one they dread. Dogs tend to be very fidgety or uncooperative, and it’s also a very delicate process—trimming the nails improperly could be painful for the dog and result in bleeding. There are some ways you can make the process a little more […]

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How Barometric Pressure Changes Affect Your Dogs

If you remember your elementary school science classes, you might recall lessons on barometric pressure—that is, the pressure from the earth’s atmosphere. When the barometric pressure drops, our tissues expand more, which can put pressure on our bones and joints. That’s why you might “feel” rain coming in your joints or at an old injury […]

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What You Need to Know About Depression in Dogs

A study conducted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2017 found that 17.3 million American adults experienced some form of major depression in the past year. While you may know a person who is depressed, did you know that your dog can also become depressed? Unfortunately, it’s true. Continue reading to […]

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How COVID-19 Affects Your Dogs

When you turn on the nightly news, you’re bound to see plenty of coverage regarding COVID-19. What the broadcasters don’t focus on, though, is how the pandemic affects our pets. While it’s understandable that networks don’t want to spend much time covering COVID-19 and dogs in West Des Moines, IA, we believe people should be […]

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What Dog Owners Need to Know About Luxating Patella

Did you know that dogs experience some of the same health complications that humans do, in particular a dislocated kneecap? When a dog’s patella, or kneecap, is out of place, it can be very uncomfortable. This condition is called luxating patella, and it can have congenital, genetic and/or traumatic causes. As a dog owner in […]

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