Sassy says, chew on this

Dear Sassy, Got any advice for dogs that chew TV remote controls, telephones and kids’ toys? Signed, Chewy Dear Chewy, If your dog is a puppy, chewing is a normal part of teething. Just like human babies, chewing is an instinct that helps soothe the soreness and helps the new teeth push through the gums. […]

Sassy uncovers the dirt on digging dogs

Dear Sassy, How do I stop my dog from digging holes in the backyard? Dear Digger, Almost all dogs will dig on occasion. Certain dog breeds, such as Dachshund and Terriers, were bred to dig into burrows after rabbits and other small game. However, any dog breed can develop a digging habit for many reasons: Boredom, […]

Is my dog deaf or ignoring me?

Dear Sassy, I think my 14 year old dog Ginger has lost her hearing. Do you have any suggestions on ways I can help her? Signed, Hearing Impaired Dear Impaired, Hearing loss is part of the aging process. This is a common medical issue for older dogs and cats. Detecting hearing problems in pets is […]

The heavy truth about unexpected weight gain in dogs

Dear Sassy, My dog has just been diagnosed with a low thyroid and is currently on medicine. Is there anything that I can do to make sure he stays healthy besides just giving him his med? Stubbie’s Mom Dear Stubbie’s Mom, Hypothyroidism (low thyroid) is the most common endocrine (hormonal) disease of dogs. Cats may […]

Do dogs dream?

Do dogs dream?

Dear Sassy, Does my dog dream when he sleeps? Signed, Dreamer Dear Dreamer, Most dog owners have watched their beloved dog’s feet twitch or make running motions in their sleep.  My dad used to say our dog was “chasing rabbits” in his sleep.  Some dogs (uh hum..Sassy) also appear to talk in their sleep with […]

Tips from Sassy on soothing your carpet scooter

Dear Sassy, My dog Shelby (mini doxie) who is now 10 years old has continuous impacted anal glands. I have tried giving additional fiber, etc. to no avail. Do you have any suggestions? Signed, Scooter Dear Scooter, Impacted anal glands are a common canine health issue. Dogs with impacted anal glands often scoot or drag […]

Sassy sheds light on shaving your Shepherd

Dear Sassy, My Australian Shepherd is shedding all over the house. Should I shave him during the summer? Signed, Hairy Dear Hairy, Australian Shepherds and other double-coated breeds have a dense undercoat. Changes in the seasons and weather can cause them to shed. Even though summer weather will increase the shedding, Sassy does not recommend […]