Guest Post: video of a veterinarian cleaning dog teeth

Clean teeth
I off-handedly asked Dr Riggs if he happened to have any video of him cleaning a dog or cat's teeth and, much to my delight, he did have some footage put together already. It's the coolest thing. Let me know what you think.

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Guest Post: Why Are Our Pets So Stressed?

Did you know your cats and dogs stress about things maybe as much as you do?

Dr. Rex Riggs has a very interesting take on this month's topic of Pet Behavior. Do we cause the stress in our pets' lives? What do you think?

Dr. Rex Riggs is the owner of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Powell, Ohio. He is a veterinarian, and an Advisory Board member of Embrace Pet Insurance.


We live in a complex hurry up world.  There is stress everywhere in our life. We are running here and there, often not taking the time to enjoy fully what we are doing before going to the next task at hand. 

Did anyone take the dog for a walk?  Did anyone see the cat today?  Why did the cat pee in the living room again today?  The dog got into the trash again.  What makes the dog want to chew everything?  Damn animals!!

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Guest Post: very big dog versus very small dog

Today, Dr. Rex Riggs talks about aspects to think about when considering very big dogs versus very small dogs. Dr. Rex Riggs is the owner of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Powell, Ohio. He is a veterinarian, and an Advisory Board member of Embrace Pet Insurance.


Kingsley-JulieEllington-2What kind of dog should I get?  Should I get a purebred or one from the pound?  Should I get a large or small dog?  What do you think doc?? These are questions I hear everyday, and I like people asking them.  You should put a lot of thought of just what type and size of dog you will get because... that decision will be with you for many, many years.

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Winter Dangers: Protecting Our Pets Against the Extreme Cold

I received a question come up about the real cold and dogs - you know, the kind where your nose hairs freeze when you go outside. Here's the Q&Amp;A for your reading pleasure.

Q: I would like to see more on the dangers to our pets from minus temps like we had in the Denver area last January. Our dog would go out and start limping after just a few moments. What should you do and what should you be watching out for in sub zero temps? Our pets need to go out--but what can we do to protect them from such extreme cold?

A: I asked a variety of folks to answer this one - from veterinarians to people with dogs in cold climes, and here's what they had to say.

From Dr Riggs:

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Guest Post: Winter Couch Potatoes - You and Your Dog

What are we going to do now that winter is upon us? Many areas have already seen more than their fair share of snow and that was before November even started!

Dr. Rex Riggs writes about how winter can make many of us sit on our touches on the couch, packing on a few pounds. Not good for your, nor your dog.

Dr. Rex Riggs is the owner of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Powell, Ohio. He is a veterinarian, and an Advisory Board member of Embrace Pet Insurance.


Boss on couchI love winter and snow. I am aware that many of you don’t share my affection for the cold months.  I grew up in northern Ohio where we can have brutal winters.  So I had to learn early to stay active in the winter months.  My two favorite activities, road cycling and golf, are not going to happen in a foot of snow. 

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Guest Post: Pixie the Chihuahua Mix - a remarkable story of love and dedication

Wow! You just have to watch this video. Dr Riggs wanted to share a really positive story for Orthopedic Month at Embrace and this one tops them all. You'll have a smile and a tear after reading and watching.

Dr. Rex Riggs is the owner of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Powell, Ohio. He is a veterinarian, and an Advisory Board member of Embrace Pet Insurance.


>We tend to live in a hurried, instant gratification world anymore. We want the brand new shiny “whatever”, whether it be a car, a house, some jewelry or……whatever. If given the choice of working to get something or just be given that something, guess what; most of us will pick the easy way.

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Guest Post: Top 5 good things about old dogs

I always love it when Dr Riggs' writes about senior dogs and today is no exception. Even veterinarians are allowed to have a soft spot for the companions in their lives. Dr. Rex Riggs is the owner of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Powell, Ohio. He is a veterinarian, and an Advisory Board member of Embrace Pet Insurance.


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How many calories a dog or cat should eat a day?

Have you ever counted calories to manage your own weight? Have you ever done it for your cat or dog? Every snack and treat you give your pets adds more calories to their diet and could be sabotaging the diet you have them on.

Today, Dr. Rex Riggs discusses how many calories your dog or cat needs and how many extra calories different treats add to their diet. You might be surprised by what you read.

Dr. Rex Riggs is the owner of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Powell, Ohio. He is a veterinarian, and an Advisory Board member of Embrace Pet Insurance.


677092_hungry_dog I wish I had a dime (OK…$10) for every time one of my clients said “but it was just a little piece….” when describing the table scrapes or cookie they gave their animal. 

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Guest Post: Why are my dog’s eyes turning gray?

Today we have a guest post from Dr Jennifer Coate, an associate of Dr Rex Riggs who has regularly guest posted on the Embrace blog.

Dr Coate talks about what causes a dog's eyes to turn gray and if it is something to be concerned about or not.


Many times our clients notice their older pet’s eyes are starting to have a bluish-gray haze and they assume that their old dog is going blind. But what is really happening in the eye?

The pupil of the eye is normally black. What you are seeing in the pupil is the lens, which lies just behind the pupil. Just like in a camera or eye glasses, the lens is a clear structure used to focus images as they pass into the eye to your pet’s retina.

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Guest Post: The Harmful Side of Animal-Sourced Dog Chews

Here's a guest post from Dr. Rex Riggs on the topic of dog chews - the ones sourced from animal body parts that aren't used for other purposes. Dr. Rex Riggs is the owner of Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Powell, Ohio. He is a veterinarian, and an Advisory Board member of Embrace Pet Insurance.


>622002_hair_of_the_dog Bully sticks, pig’s ears, cow hooves, marrow bones, rawhides and antlers.  Sounds like a yummy smorgasbord for your dog, doesn’t it?  I bet many of you use these treats to satisfy your dog’s chewing and keeping them occupied; but should you?  Have you ever given deep thought to these animal “pieces parts” that we give to our pets??

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