We hosted a class in the spring on the topic of ‘Essential Oils for Pets' and we discovered several amazing ways we can use Pure Essential Oils for our dogs. One of the most popular topics, during and since the class, was how to use certified therapeutic grade essential oils in the prevention of fleas and ticks.
Natural Flea and Tick Prevention
We have long realized a healthy diet will support the goal by improving our dog’s […]
Dog Bath Guide
Bathing Dogs is a discussion I have with our families when I am asked about how to, and how often, to bathe an English Cream Golden Retriever. This Dog Bath Guide isn’t specific to English Cream Golden, however, if you are not an English Cream Golden Retriever owner please consult your veterinarian for specific instructions […]
Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) affects many preferred breeds, including Golden Retrievers. Several methods test for or are used to diagnose, both CHD as well as degenerative joint disease. The most popular are the tests called PennHip and OFA. Although the information on the Internet is readily available, dissemination of inaccurate information is also rampant. I’d like to explain our decision to use PennHip here at Wisteria Goldens.
When we first started breeding and researching what health […]
Sharing Cutting Board Snacks with our dogs isn’t always a good idea but there are a few people snacks worth mentioning which are nutritious and beneficial for dogs. Moderation is a key factor.
We occasionally share cutting board snacks with our dogs for nutritional reasons as well as to provide a variety of nutritional sources for them.
Avoid sharing while you are eating. We generally share while we are preparing or during socialization training. For example, we may substitute an apple slice for a treat (once or twice) during a session.
Make the […]
In this blog post, Water the Dog, we are exploring several ways to ensure our dogs are well hydrated.
The importance of hydration for dogs is just as important as human hydration is. We give our dogs plenty of opportunities to drink water and let their bodies tell them when and how much. But there are other ways as well which become especially important to offer during times of high temperature or activity.
Three Ideas to Regularly Water the Dog
Hydration can be provided via internal (water bowl or frozen treats for dogs), […]
Today we are gathering a list of blog posts to use as a guide to Summer Dog Health Training Tips. These are previously published topics we would like to have an easy guide to revisit or share for the first time with our new families.
Let us know if there are […]
We have had several questions in regard to the skin condition known as Ichthyosis. Many families are unsure as to what it means to have adult dogs that are carriers, clear, or affected and how does this affect the puppy they are getting.
Golden Retriever Ichthyosis is an inherited autosomal recessive trait. This condition produces a “white” looking dandruff and progressively turn darker blackish in color. The complications arise IF the dog obtains a secondary infection due to the dry scaly skin.
While there are no known treatments at this time, […]
Pet insurance has had an average annual growth rate of about 13.2% since 2009. Some breeders require new puppy owners to carry pet insurance for the first two years. Recently, I have been having more families ask me about it and if it is worth it. When registering your puppy with the American Kennel Club (AKC) they provide a Pet Insurance Gift Certificate. This certificate must […]
We are dedicated to empowering pet parents with information to support their dog’s overall health and well being. Holistic Health Empowering Pet Parents is our goal and we strive to bring the best resources. Dr. Jane said “A cornerstone of the holistic approach is nutrition, because the quality and type of foods consumed will play a significant role […]