Health and wellness

An owner holding ice cream out to their dog.

Can Dogs Eat Ice Cream?

I know, I know… There are a lot of movies that show that classical scene of a person sharing their ice cream with their beloved dog, and they live happily ever after. And they always seem so happy and so beautiful on the screen that you probably wished you could do exactly the same thing with your dog. But is it ok to reproduce this scene in real life? In other words, can dogs eat ice cream?

A jar of xylitol with a label next to some more.

Is Xylitol Safe For Dogs?

You may not know what xylitol is, but if you consume sugarless products, you have probably already eaten it. This natural sweetener is used as a sugar substitute in lots of products. But since we have four-legged friends that love to beg for anything that is in our hands and sometimes steal things they are not supposed to, it is important to know: is xylitol safe for dogs? 

A dog half laying on a scale.

How To Tell If My Dog Is Obese?

With the internet’s recent obsession with chubby animals, we are bombarded with posts featuring rotund cats and dogs. With all this imagery, it can be difficult for many owners to recognize the difference between a healthy weight and obesity in their own pets. As a responsible owner, one of the questions you should be asking yourself is, “How do I tell if my dog is obese?”

A veterinarian holding a Samoyed in his arms in his vet's office.

Information About Samoyed Hereditary Glomerulopathy

We always recommend future owners do a little bit of reading about the breed they are interested in. Knowing more about a breed is always better. For example, enjoying spending lots of time on the couch doesn’t mix well with owning a Doberman. The same goes for a dog’s health and what to expect. For example, a Samoyed can be affected by a disease called Samoyed Hereditary Glomerulopathy, but what is that exactly?