Dog Diarrhea Ailment – Common in Dogs

Dog Diarrhea Ailment – Common in Dogs

Diarrhea ailment is a common condition in dogs. We donʼt like to talk about it … and … we pretend itʼs not there. We simply want it to go away! There are a number of reasons your dog may have diarrhea. In general, this ailment is a sign you should take your dog to the […]

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Product Review: Healthy Digestion for Dogs

Product Review: Healthy Digestion for Dogs

Most pet owners do not realize how important the digestive system is and what it is all about. Dull coats, lots of fleas or mites, vomiting, bowel problems and lack of appetite are all signs of bowel issues or digestive problems. By maintaining the digestive system before problems occur will add years and health to an old dog’s life and keep a young puppy happier longer.

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A Loving Home for a Pit Bull Named Izzy

A Loving Home for a Pit Bull Named Izzy

This is not your normal love story. This story begins with a crazy moment in time where a dog needed to be saved and I stepped up to save her. See, the thing with Isabella, now named Izzy, is that she was in the City of Hartford Animal Shelter and her 10 days was up. It was either she gets adopted THAT day or she will be put to sleep. Poor Izzy wasn’t even adopted out after being put on the 6 am news.

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A Dog Story: Irresistible Wolf-like Chico

A Dog Story: Irresistible Wolf-like Chico

I don’t usually walk boarding dogs, but Chico was there for a long stay and I knew he would need the exercise.  Plus he was just gorgeous. And irresistible.  His cage was one of those that had only one door, whereas the best ones have an upper and a lower door, so that you can […]

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Listening to Your Dog – An Unbiased View

Listening to Your Dog – An Unbiased View

Every morning when I would wake up, my little dachshund Holly greets me with happiness and lots of kisses, verbally filling the room with excited little barks … as if to say, “Good morning, good morning, good morning!” She is happy without fail and always forgiving….something we humans should learn to do.

I, on the other hand, am not as cheerful until my second pot of coffee…which she has not yet learned to make.

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Dog Stays Loyal to Fallen Navy Seal

Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson was one of 38 killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 6 when a rocket-propelled grenade took out a U.S. Chinook helicopter.  He was mourned at a service in Rockford, Iowa, attended by 1,500 family members and friends, and Tumilson’s loyal canine companion named Hawkeye. Your owner’s tour is over now, Hawkeye. Stand […]

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Our Favorite Dog Photos

Our Favorite Dog Photos

As time goes on, we find that pets are just like people….some good and some bad. Our dogs fill our most basic of needs with affection and love. We care for them as if they are our children, many times preferring them over human company or as social training tools for our own children. Here are our favorite photos and the stories they have accompanied on Way Cool Dogs and some that haven’t. Enjoy!

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A Dog Story: Boysie, the rescued German Shepherd

A Dog Story: Boysie, the rescued German Shepherd

You’d think if you were driving a car it would be hard not to see a very large german shepherd in the road. Maybe whoever hit Boysie did it deliberately – we will never know – but he was brought in by a kind taxi driver who saw that he was badly injured and not able to move. But Boysie turned out to have a tremendous will to live. There were some who wanted him put down right away but thankfully the others prevailed; he was given pain medication and antibiotics, and we watched and waited.

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Zoopharmacognosy, Animal Self-medication Health Field

Zoopharmacognosy, Animal Self-medication Health Field

Modern medicine for our dogs and pets originated from early humans who observed animals’ instinctive use of plants for healing. Bear medicine evolved from Indians watching the wild bears roll around in “Ligusticum porteri,” a plant that is known today for its healing antimicrobial properties. Zoopharmacognosy is a growing new science field where researchers study how animals use plants to heal themselves.

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A Dog Story: Coco, My Cage Buddy

A Dog Story: Coco, My Cage Buddy

Coco reminded me of that line in the wonderful movie Seabiscuit – ‘Just because he’s bashed up a bit doesn’t mean he’s no use’.  Seabiscuit went on to be a huge winner in horse racing in the US. Coco’s eyes were full of green guck.  He rasped loudly and painfully through clogged lungs, he was nearly […]

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Questions About Pet Health

Questions About Pet Health

Since starting Way Cool Dogs about two years ago this past March, we have been asked many questions about pet health and researched even more of the major pet health issues for Way Cool Dogs…cheap pet health insurance rates, pet insurance for older pets, best joint supplement pet health, and a pet health certificate for travel.

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Harmful Breeding Affecting the Health of Pedigree Dogs

One of the top documented films on the health of pedigree dogs is “Pedigree Dogs Exposed,” a series of BBC One investigative documentary films about how harmful breeding practices affect the health of dogs, exposed in the United Kingdom and United States. Figuratively speaking, the film showed how these high-priced dogs are being bred to […]

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A Dog Story: Little Reba of a Different Color

A Dog Story: Little Reba of a Different Color

I noticed her first because of her yelp – well, it was more of a yip than a yelp. I would pass the cage (one of the darker ones, so if a dark coloured dog was in residence it was not easy to make him out) and this little, hopeful sound would issue forth. When I opened up and peered inside, a charming, earnest little face looked up, and I could swear she smiled at me. I was hooked.

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Professional Dogs Bred for Illegal Fighting

Professional Dogs Bred for Illegal Fighting

Considered one of the most common of the blood sports, professional dog fighting involves dogs fighting to the death…or having their throats cut if they lose and tossed in the corner. Dogs bred for fighting professionally in dog rings co-exist in a world of drugs, prostitution, sex trafficking, human slavery and stealing smaller puppies and adult dogs out of homes for bait dogs in training rings.

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VacciCheck for Dogs: Reducing Over-Vaccination

VacciCheck for Dogs: Reducing Over-Vaccination

A titer test in dogs is a laboratory test that measures the amount of antibodies in blood as a response to vaccination or from disease. Therefore if a dog after core vaccination has a high enough level of antibodies after vaccination, it does not need to be automatically revaccinated each year.
In order to carry a titer test, a blood sample is taken from a dog. The VacciCheck is a titer test that checks for the amount of antibodies present in a dog’s blood. The three antibodies that are tested for are for the core vaccine Hepatitis, Parvo and Distemper virus.

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Finding a Stray Dog in the Middle of the Summer

Finding a Stray Dog in the Middle of the Summer

Finding a stray dog in the middle of summer bring about all kind of problems…a stray dog, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, unknown behaviors, and finding out who the dog is and where they live. On a heat index day of 115 degrees in the middle of the day, we had found a little white fuzzy […]

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A Dog Story: Snuffles, a Happy Ending

A Dog Story: Snuffles, a Happy Ending

Snuffles was given up by owners who said they could no longer look after him properly. Never a truer word has been said. He was very dirty, and badly matted, but amazingly good-tempered and eager to play, so it was hard to get him to keep still enough for me to work on his coat. […]

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