The Dangers of Blue-Green Algae to Dogs
Blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, are micro-bacteria found in fresh or salt water throughout the United States and sadly, they have been the cause of an increasing number of dog deaths in recent months. Blue-green algae is commonly confused with regular green algae (which is not lethal) because both can create dense material on […]
Tips for Introducing A New Puppy To Your Older Dog
Bringing your new puppy home for the first time can be as overwhelming as it is exciting … from pre-buying the supplies you’ll need to puppy-proofing your house, there are always so many things to remember! One thing that is important to remember is that if you already have a dog, you’ll want to take […]
Should I Let My Cavalier Eat Grass?
Try as we might to discourage it, some Cavalier King Charles Spaniels simply have a love of eating grass! As it turns out, it’s quite common and because while it generally doesn’t cause enough problems for most veterinarians to raise a concern. Of course, if the grass isn’t in your own yard that you know […]
16 Brands of Dog Food Possibly Linked to Canine Heart Disease
Yesterday, the FDA announced that they are investigating a spike in reported cases of canine heart disease (over 500 of them between January 2014 and April 2019) and their possible connection to 16 brands of pet food. The brand names and their respective number of reported Dilated cardiomyopathy (also referred to as DCM) cases that […]
Days in the Life of … Keltie!
It’s always wonderful to see photos of Gillcrest Cavaliers enjoying life with their new families and we love sharing them with you! We receive so many puppy updates … each one cuter than the last, of course … but here is a lovely email from Keltie’s mom about how she spends her days as a […]
Could Dust Mites Be The Culprit?
Allergy season is once again in full swing and while it would be natural to blame the usual culprits of pollen and grass for your Cavalier King Charles’ runny eyes, sneezing, and frequent licking, – don’t discount that dust mites could be playing a role. Dogs, like humans, can have dust allergies … more specifically, […]
Spring’s Arrival Can Help Your Cavalier From Being Dogged By Obesity
It’s an unfortunate statistic, but more than half of dogs in the U.S. are overweight and that, of course, can lead to a myriad of health problems ranging from arthritis to heart disease. Like their owners, dogs spend a lot less time outdoors and staying active to keep the pounds off during the Winter months […]
Keeping Your Cavalier Warm in Winter
Can you believe this crazy winter weather? Southern California is being drenched with rain and it’s snowing at our higher elevations … even as far away as the Las Vegas and Arizona deserts! So it’s a good time to mention these few tips on keeping your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel safe and warm: Limit outdoor […]
Let’s Check In On Sadie
Oh sweet Sadie! Her loving family sent us a photo of her last month in honor of her 10th birthday. She’s in as good a health as she is still beautiful … the photo below is from 2010 when she won the Best of the Bay dog show (along with Best Repeat Performance and Most […]
Happy Holidays From Gillcrest Cavaliers!
My grandson, Jay, and his beloved Cavalier Carolina, wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season, as do we all!! – Debbie