Top 10 Dawg Business' Posts of 2017

I always have to smile when I write this recap. The results are totally predictable, I know what the list is going to be. It also answers the question why I use the word "symptoms" rather than "signs" in my book.

We had quite a few debates with my editors arguing that "signs" is technically more accurate. Which it is. But who, other than veterinary professionals and editors uses that term? Which term do you use?

So here you go, these are the ten most visited posts of 2017:

I don't think they need a description to go with them, the titles are self-explanatory.

Two of these are somewhat different subject - knee injuries. Which again reminds me I ought to write more about this, particularly since I do have a bunch of new information to share. Also reminds me that I need to make a new version of Talk to Me about ACL Injuries. While the information in the article is still good, there is a lot more information that needs to be added. Yay. For obvious reasons, knee injuries is one of the subjects that is always on my radar.

Any dog health issues topics you guys would like me to write about?

Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog now available in paperback and Kindle. Each chapter includes notes on when it is an emergency.

Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog is an award-winning guide to help you better understand what your dog is telling you about their health and how to best advocate for them. 

Learn how to see and how to think about changes in your dog’s appearance, habits, and behavior. Some signs that might not trigger your concern can be important indicators that your dog needs to see a veterinarian right away. Other symptoms, while hard to miss, such as diarrhea, vomiting, or limping, are easy to spot but can have a laundry list of potential causes, some of them serious or even life-threatening. 

Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog is a dog health advocacy guide 101. It covers a variety of common symptoms, including when each of them might be an emergency. 

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  1. You know what confuses me? Labs. As in taking blood and analyzing, not the pooch breed:) How the heck am I supposed to understand lab results? Sure, the vet goes over pertinent information, but I never remember the point of every test and the significance of different values. When I had my senior cat and we'd do her senior panel, I had no idea what the data meant once any time had passed after the conversation with the vet.

    1. There are good resources out there explaining what all of those values mean, also how they correlate. Over time I learned to understand what I'm looking at, one [set of] value(s) at the time. It can be done. But you do need to have your own copy to analyze.


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