Posts Categorized: Pet Health

How to Know When Your Dog is in Pain

The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) has proclaimed September as Animal Pain Awareness Month, to coincide with our human Pain Awareness Month, also in September. The more I have learned about the reasons for this awareness, the more I can totally get behind its purpose. As in all things with our pets, we… Read more »

Caring for your Senior Dog

I can’t believe my little guy will be 12 years old next month. He’s still so “puppy-like”, thankfully. As much as I try to ignore it, there are subtle signs that age is creeping up on him. I don’t want him to suffer any negative effects of aging and I’m going to do everything I… Read more »

Respiratory Allergies in Pets

Respiratory Allergies in Dogs We recently talked about ways to help your dog battle allergies during this time of the year. In this blog we discussed how allergens generally affect your dog, namely, scratching the face, licking at the feet and pawing at the ears. However, in the last couple of years, we have been… Read more »

Battling Spring Allergies in Dogs

Back in the October when we talked about “Fall Allergies in Dogs”, I never thought about just how bad allergies are in the Spring too. Poor Rex, unfortunately, has allergies all year round, but with all the changes going on in our environment during this time of year, he’s just miserable! All the beautiful things… Read more »

Preventing Matting

Have you ever noticed when you bring your dog into the Holiday Barn Pet Resorts Spa, or any Grooming Shop for that matter, that the Groomer or the employee at check-in, rubs her hands all over your dog while discussing options with you? There’s a reason for that, and it’s not affection… although, we always… Read more »

Virginia Winter Safety Tips for Dogs

Did you know that the coldest day on record in Virginia was -30 (yes, that’s “minus” 30) in January 1985?! Yikes! I know, that is a very extreme and very rare occurrence, but, none-the-less, it can get really cold in this state! Just look at the weather we had at the beginning of this January!… Read more »