Dog Health

My miniature poodle Jäger, looking healthy and happy.

I have a special interest in writing about pet health. The more we know about our pets, the better we can take care of them. These are just some of the articles I’ve written about caring for your dog’s health:


Dealing with a Dog Bee Sting? What to Do

Was your dog stung by a bee? Here’s how to handle a dog bee sting — from what requires a vet to what you can manage at home.

Understanding Dog Dementia — Signs, Treatments and How to Stave It Off

Veterinary expenses can quickly add up. We tell you how to save money while getting your dog the treatment they need.

Head Pressing in Dogs — Don’t Ignore the Signs

Have your noticed your dog pressing his head against the wall? It might be time to visit your vet. Here’s all you need to know about head pressing in dogs.

Is Your Dog Vomiting Blood? What to Do Next

Is a dog vomiting blood always an emergency? Should you take a dog who’s vomiting blood to a vet ASAP or can you wait? It depends on these factors.

Why Is My Dog Vomiting Yellow?

Is your dog’s throw up yellowish in color? Let’s review some of the reasons why and what to do about a dog vomiting yellow.

Jagers Tooth All Fixed

My Dog Had a Root Canal

Did you know that dogs can need root canals? I didn’t — until my Miniature Poodle needed one!

Dog Tooth Infection Signs and Treatments

What are the symptoms of a dog tooth infections and are there any home remedies you can use to treat them or should you see the vet?

How to Help Your Dog Love Getting Their Teeth Brushed — or At Least Not Hate It

Brushing your dog’s teeth is vital to good dental and overall health. Here’s why and how to do it without all the drama.

Pet Insurance for Dogs — Should You Have It?

Let’s talk pet insurance for dogs: what is it, should you get it, how much is it, does insurance cost more for purebred dogs and what does it cover?

9 Things You Never Knew About Dogs in Heat

Are female dogs in heat the same as when human women get their periods? No, not exactly. Let’s review some interesting points about the dog heat cycle.

Chocolate Toxicity — Let’s Talk About Dogs and Chocolate

What happens if dogs eat chocolate? And why do dogs and chocolate not mix in the first place? Let’s discuss chocolate poisoning in dogs.

Xylitol and Dogs — Why This Common Sweetener is Deadly

Don’t know what xylitol is? Xylitol is in products we eat and interact with every day — and xylitol and dogs can be a deadly combination.

Let’s Discuss Cataracts in Dogs

We answer your questions about cataracts in dogs — from cataract surgery to blindness and everything else you want to know.

Decoding Dog Gas — When Is It a Problem?

Is that dog gas an issue or just a smelly annoyance? Are certain breeds more prone to dog gas? Can you take steps to prevent dog gas in the first place?

Giardia in Dogs: 7 Things to Know

What is giardia in dogs and can you catch it from your pup? Get the scoop on seven things to know — from giardia symptoms to treatments.

How to Stop Diarrhea in Dogs This Holiday Season

’Tis the season for holiday parties, decorations and comfort foods — which, unfortunately, could spell out diarrhea in dogs. Here’s what to do.

How to Keep Your Home Safe for Dogs During the Holidays

From glass ornaments to holiday baking, this time of year presents seasonal dangers to dogs. Here’s how to keep your home safe for dogs during the holidays.

Your Dog Ate a Sock — What to Do Next

If your dog ate a sock, here’s what happens to that sock and when you need to see the vet. Plus, not sure if your dog swallowed a sock? Here’s how to tell.

Dog Scooting: Why It Happens and When to See a Vet

Why does dog scooting happen? Can you treat dog scooting at home or should you bring your dog to the vet?

Dog Eye Discharge — What’s Normal and What’s Not

Dog eye discharge can be completely normal or something to bring to your vet’s attention ASAP. Here’s how to determine what’s worrying and what’s not.

Researchers Look to Cannabidiol to Fight Epilepsy in Dogs

Cannabidiol or CBD may help dogs with epilepsy. Find out how.

Should You Worry About BPA Levels in Your Dog? A New Study Says Yes

The study, published in “Science of the Total Environment,” also found that a canned dog food it included that claimed to be BPA-free was actually not.

How to Spend Less at the Vet’s Office Without Sacrificing Your Dog’s Health

Veterinary expenses can quickly add up. We tell you how to save money while getting your dog the treatment they need.

What Every Pet Parent Should Know About Veterinary Specialists

What specialties exist? Do you always need a referral? Will your dog get better care. We answer these questions and others.

Researchers Look to Cannabidiol to Fight Epilepsy in Dogs

Cannabidiol or CBD may help dogs with epilepsy. Find out how.


Lucky Puppy

As the Editor-at-Large for Lucky Puppy magazine, I was able to help educate and entertain people who choose to rescue a pup (or kitty!) for all the same reasons we choose to think mindfully, eat healthy, and live green. It’s about giving back, and how a generous spirit can inform everyday choices — including the pet we bring home as part of our family.

Here are just a few of the heart-warming stories I wrote for Lucky Puppy:


Tilly Transforms From a Sick Puppy Into a Beloved Best Friend

When Project Buddy Dog Rescue took in Tilly, she had severe skin and ear issues. Now the healthy Pit Bull has a forev…


Photo copyright Pet Pawtography

Bald No More, Oracle Enjoys Life With Her Forever Family

Montgomery Humane Society and Cheyenne Edwards helped the terrier mix heal from demodectic mange and begin her new life.

Photo copyright Petcha Photography/Tina Quatroni
Photo copyright Petcha Photography/Tina Quatroni

Great Dane Pups Quigly and Quilla Survive to Find Their Forever Homes

These strong little pups recovered from a sickness that took their littermates. Now Quigly and Quilla now have new homes and new names.

Photo copyright Shelter Me Photography/Nanette Martin

A Magical Photo Helps a Family See Beyond a Dog’s Deformity and Into His Heart

Zulu the Pit Bull is so much more than his deformed leg, as a portrait by Nanette Martin shows.

Photo copyright Seth Castell/One Picture Saves a Life

The Key to Pet Adoption? We’ll Give You a Hint: Smile and Say Cheese

Seth Casteel, Jackson Galaxy and Jorge Bendersky get behind the lens of pet adoption.


Photo copyright Sarah O’Neill Photography

Samantha Loses an Eye But Gains a Loving Family

Samantha was in pain before photographer Sarah O’Neill and Sit With Me Shelter Dog Rescue changed her life for the better.


Photo copyright Petcha Photography/Tina Quatroni
Photo copyright Petcha Photography/Tina Quatroni

Oscar the Stray Gets Healthy in Pug Paradise

Thanks to a new life on a farm for rescue Pugs, the sweet senior no longer has the frequent seizures rescuers believe were the result of previous abuse.

A Hairless, Spunky Puppy Gets a New Life and a New Name

Ditto the German Shepherd overcame skin infections and kennel cough before becoming Miah in her new home.

Puppy Survives Storm and Gets Sent to Prison

Found in a storm drain, the Boxer-Lab pup now known as Bear graduated with honors from a prison training program and found his forever home.

Paisley the Pit Bull Is a Mangy Puppy No More!

Austin Pets Alive! helped the sweet puppy heal from severe manage and find her forever home.



Phoenix the Pit Bull Is Reborn

This sweet Pit Bull has a new life thanks to a Good Samaritan and the SPCA of Texas.

Photo copyright Fiona Green Photography

Baxter the Beagle Catches a Photographer’s Eye and Gets a New Life

Shelter workers thought Baxter had sarcoptic mange, which made his chances for adoption poor. Photographer Fiona Green saw beyond his patchy coat.

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Wahl and show how simple grooming can reveal a hidden gem.


Nacho the Pit Bull Is a 100-Pound Love Bug Who Wants His Forever Family

He was found with severe injuries and chained to a fence. Despite his history, Nacho holds no grudges and absolutely loves people.



For the Love of Dogs


I love writing for Dogster, both the website and the magazine. Here are just a few articles I’ve written for Dogster:

Let’s Talk Dog Cloning — Would You Ever Clone Your Dog?

What once seemed sci-fi fantasy is now a reality. See where scientists are at with dog cloning today — and exactly how to clone your dog.

Why You Should Consider Fostering an Adoptable Dog During the Holidays

Temporary fostering can brighten the holidays for both homeless pets and you!

So You Think You Want a Puppy?

We all love puppies, but when it comes to the reality of living with one, do your research to find the best fit.

Photo Copyright Tina Quatroni
Photo Copyright Tina Quatroni

Tina Quatroni’s Love of Dogs Shines Through in Her Artistic Portraits

The photographer donates her time with PawSafe Animal Rescue, photographing dogs before and after adoption.


The Whistle GPS Pet Tracker

Are You Looking for a Dog Activity Tracker? We Have a Buying Guide!

We researched the top dog activity monitors on the market, noting everything from cost and monthly fees to GPS and wireless specs.

Look for These 6 Dangers to Dogs in Your New Home and Yard

From toxic landscaping to left-behind poisons, be sure to clear your new home and yard of these items that are dangerous to dogs.

Go Back to School With Your Dog!

Think of it as continuing education for canines — from training to become a therapy dog to learning a fun sport like dock diving or competitive herding.

5 Wet and Wild Summer Games for Your Dog

What’s the best way to stay cool this summer? Grab your dog, and just add water.

Copyright Meghan Lawson
Copyright Meghan Lawson

Meghan Lawson Combines Her Two Passions: Rescue and Photography

The professional photographer and animal welfare advocate uses her artistic talents to help dogs in Washington find homes.

How to Hold a Pet Food Drive for a Rescue or Shelter

Rescues and shelters always need food for their dogs and cats. Here’s how you can help.

Would You Donate Your Dog’s Body to a Vet Education Program?

Cremation or a burial isn’t the only option when your dog passes. Find out how you could donate your dog’s body and potentially save canine lives.



I Groom My Own Dog — and I Even Get Compliments!

With DIY grooming, I spend more bonding time with my Poodle, Jäger, and save money.

7 Ways to Stay Bonded With Your Dog After You Have a Baby

With just a little effort, it’s possible to find balance between caring for your “first baby” and your new human baby.



We Chat With “Reporting for Duty” Author About Veterans and Their Service Dogs

Tracy Libby’s new book chronicles how service dogs have improved the lives of veterans, including Irwin Stovroff, a 93-year-old WWII vet.


We Chat With Photographer Lori Fusaro About Her Book “My Old Dog”

Los Angeles photographer Lori Fusaro has always had a soft spot for animals. In addition to being staff photographer for Best Friends Animal Society and owner of Fusaro Photography, she volunteers her time taking pictures of shelter and rescue dogs.

Achoo! What You Need to Know About Dog Flu

If you’re like me, you spend the winter obsessively washing your hands and avoiding anyone with the slightest sniffle. The human flu season winds down come spring, but dog flu can spread year round.

The Humane Alliance Is Spaying It Forward

Humane Alliance has perfected the process of providing high-quality, high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter services, and it mentors other groups as well.

Western Canada Bans Ear Cropping

British Columbia joins a handful of countries (but not the U.S.) in banning the controversial procedure.

Cats Health

Catster magazine

I love writing for Catster magazine and website. Here are just a few of the articles I’ve written about our fluffy feline friends:

Can Cats See in the Dark? The Answer to That and Other Cat Vision Questions

Can cats see in the dark? And can cats see color? We go through some of your most pressing cat vision questions!

Let’s Discuss Cat Dementia — Is Your Cat at Risk?

Cats get dementia, too. So, what are the signs of cat dementia and what do you do if your cat has it? Can you prevent dementia in cats before it happens?

Cat Panting — Why Does It Happen and Should You Be Concerned?

Cats don’t pant the way dogs do — so is cat panting ever normal? We review a few things that cause cat panting and when you should get it checked out.

Cat Drooling — Should You See the Vet?

Cat drooling is rarer for cats than it is for dogs. Here’s what’s going on when a cat drools — including when to head to the vet.

What You Need to Know About Cat Flu

Can cats get the flu? According to recent data canine influenza can, in fact, cause cat flu. Here’s what you need to know.

How to Satisfy Cat Hunting Instincts Appropriately

Cat hunting instincts are something that kitty parents can’t ignore. So, how do you engage your cat’s urge to hunt? And why are some cats better hunters?

Cat Yowling — What Does This Strange Sound Mean?

Cat yowling is among the strangest — and most alarming — cat sounds out there. What does it mean when your cat yowls?

Is Free Feeding Cats the Best Way to Feed Your Cat?

Free feeding cats is convenient, but is it healthy for your kitty and right for every cat? How can you schedule your cat’s meals if you work away from home?

All About Cat Diets — How and Why to Put Your Cat on a Diet Safely

Cat diets don’t have to be so complicated — we’ve put together a few tips to help your cat get healthy safely and effectively.

Cat Hates Catnip? Try This Instead!

What do you do if your cat hates catnip? Good news — there are a few other plants that might evoke similar reactions.

What Exactly Is Osteochondrodysplasia in Cats?

Famous (and very cute!) felines like Grumpy Cat and Lil BUB have osteochondrodysplasia. So what exactly is it, and what health conditions does it cause?

Let’s Discuss Cataracts in Cats

We answer your questions about cataracts in cats — from cataract surgery to blindness and everything else you want to know.

What Is Cat Dermatitis and What Can You Do About It?

Is your cat itching or obsessively grooming? Do you see scabs on your cat? Find out about three different types of cat dermatitis and how to handle each.

Stud Tail in Cats: What to Know and What to Do About It

What is stud tail in cats? Is stud tail only limited to male cats? And how do you diagnose and treat it?

Cat Scooting — Why It Happens and What to Do

Is your cat scooting, or dragging his bum around on the floor? What causes this strange behavior and how should you treat it?

Cat Eye Discharge — What’s Normal and What’s Not

Cat eye discharge can be completely normal or something to bring to your vet’s attention ASAP. Here’s how to determine what’s worrying and what’s not.

Would You Donate Your Cat’s Body to a Vet Education Program?

Cremation or a burial isn’t the only option when your cat passes. Find out how you could donate your cat’s body and potentially save feline lives.



5 Reasons Your Dog Should Always Be in a Safety Harness or Secured Carrier in the Car

IMG_3678 2By Jackie Brown

Most of us won’t get behind the wheel of a car without buckling up. Parents wouldn’t dream of driving without their baby or toddler secured in a car seat. For many of us, putting on a seat belt is as natural as breathing. So why is it that only 16 percent of us restrain our dogs in the car? That was the finding of a pet travel survey sponsored by AAA and Kurgo Pet Products.

Are you part of the 84 percent of people who said they don’t buckle up their dogs? Even if you’re part of the 16 percent who do restrain their dogs in the car, here are seven car safety facts all pet parents need to know:

1. The laws of physics apply to your dog

When it comes to bad things, you may suffer from the optimist mentality: “It won’t happen to me.” Lots of people think their dog will be fine even if they are involved in an accident. Well I have news for you: All pets, people, and inanimate objects are subject to the laws of physics. In an accident, an unrestrained dog can go flying — against the dashboard or backseat, out a window, or even through the windshield. Best-case scenario in a low-speed crash: Your dog is just a little dazed. Worst-case scenario in a high-speed collision or rollover? Your dog is dead.

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Do You Know What to Do If Your Dog’s Collar Gets Stuck on Something?


By Jackie Brown

It was just another night at the Perry house. The dogs were inside, happily wrestling and playing while the family looked on. But in an instant, things took a deadly turn.

The family’s smaller dog, Blue, was playing with their bigger dog, Scout, when Scout’s tooth became stuck beneath Blue’s collar. Both dogs panicked. As they struggled to break free, the collar twisted tighter and tighter until Blue began to strangle right before their eyes.

“That’s when our daughter Julia got to them,” Jim Perry said. “She was able to cut the collar off just in the nick of time.” But Blue was in bad shape. They rushed her to the 24-hour emergency clinic where she was admitted in critical condition.

So You Think You Want a Puppy?

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2016 issue of Dogster magazine:

By Jackie Brown

I’ll never forget the day I met my Miniature Poodle puppy, Jäger. It was truly love at first sight. Here was my little baby! Squeeeee!!!

I didn’t get Jäger on a whim, though. That moment we met was the culmination of months of research and soul searching as my husband and I sought to bring home the “perfect” puppy. He’s 7 now, and he really is perfect for our family and just the most wonderful dog.

Even if you’ve gotten a puppy before, you still may need a refresher on where to start, so here’s some advice from the experts. You’ll have your dog for 10 to 15 years (or more!), so don’t rush. Take your time now to make a good choice, and it will pay off with a lifetime of love and happiness.