CANINE HEALTH

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We present new, science-based webinars every month

We are committed to providing you with all the latest health and fitness information about dogs. Every month we provide you with a new knowledge-packed webinar on important topics.
Presented By: Gayle Watkins PhD
Audience: All*
Date: October 14, 2020
Time: 3pm Eastern (12pm Pacific)
Prerequisites: none

The first of our Hot Topics webinars, in "Spaying and Neutering Your Dog" Chris and Gayle will discuss recent research on this important topic and what that research tells us about the earliest we should neuter, as well as newer insights into the behavioral and physical effects of this common surgery.

Online Classes

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Improve Your Dog’s Health

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Classes are based on current science and years of experience.

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Nutrition & Preventive Care Classes

Feeding Your Dog

Presented By: Gayle Watkins PhD
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Discover the 8 strategies you can use to improve your dog’s nutrition.

Nutritional Supplements

Presented By: Gayle Watkins PhD
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Learn the 5 supplements to all dogs need.

Senior Dogs

Presented By: Gayle Watkins PhD
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Create a plan for your senior dog to keep him active and healthy.

Longevity

Presented By: Gayle Watkins PhD
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Ways we can help our dogs live longer, better lives.

Keeping Your Dog Cool

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD
Audience: Competitors
Available On Demand

Tips, techniques, research and resources to keep your dog cool during the summer heat!

Topics

  • Feeding Your Dog – discover the 8 strategies you can use to improve your dog’s nutrition
  • Nutritional Supplements – learn the 5 supplements that all dogs need
  • Senior Dogs – create a care plan for your senior dog to keep him active and happy
  • Longevity – ways we can help our dogs live longer, better lives
  • Keeping Your Dog Cool – tips, techniques, research and resources to keep your dog cool during the summer heat!

Injury Classes

Identifying Injuries

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR
Audience: All*
Availability: On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Discover the 5 things you can do to detect your dog’s injuries before they become a problem.

Canine Rehabilitation

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Learn to use canine rehab to prevent and treat injuries and surgeries so your dog recovers more quickly.

Arthritis

Gayle Watkins PhD & Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR
For all experience levels
6-8 hours to complete

Develop a simple but complete plan to manage your dog’s arthritis.

Back Injuries and Disease

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Learn to prevent, diagnose and treat back injuries and lumbosacral disease.

Elbow Injuries and Disease

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR
Audience: All*
Date: May 28, 2020
Time: 1pm Eastern

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Learn to prevent, diagnose and treat elbow disease and injuries.

Foot Injuries

Gayle Watkins PhD & Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR
For all experience levels
6-8 hours to complete

Learn to prevent, diagnose and treat foot, nail and pad injuries.

Iliopsoas

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Learn to prevent, diagnose and treat Iliopsoas strains.

Knee Injuries

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Learn to prevent, diagnose and treat cranial cruciate ligament injuries.

Shoulder Injuries

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Learn to prevent, diagnose and treat three common shoulder injuries.

Hip and Patella Injuries

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR
Audience: All*

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

In this online class, we will discuss both injuries and development of the hips and patellas, including hip dysplasia and patellar luxation – how/why they happen, what you can do about them and the best options for preventing them.

Topics

  • Identifying Injuries – discover the 5 things you can do to detect your dog’s injuries *before* they become a problem
  • Canine Rehabilitation – learn to use canine rehab to prevent and treat injuries and surgeries so your dog recovers more quickly
  • Arthritis – develop a simple but complete plan to manage your dog’s arthritis
  • Back Injuries and Disease – learn to prevent, diagnose and treat back injuries and lumbosacral disease
  • Carpal (Wrist) Injuries – learn to prevent, diagnose and treat carpal injuries
  • Elbow Injuries and Disease – learn to prevent, diagnose and treat elbow disease and injuries
  • Foot Injuries – learn to prevent, diagnose and treat foot, nail and pad injuries
  • Iliopsoas Injuries – learn to prevent, diagnose and treat Iliopsoas strains
  • Knee Injuries – learn to prevent, diagnose and treat cranial cruciate ligament injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries – learn to prevent, diagnose and treat three common shoulder injuries
  • Hip and Patella Injuries – learn to prevent, diagnose and treat hip and patella injuries

Canine Health Articles

Proprioception – How To Hone Your Dog’s Injury-Prevention System

Proprioception is like a body-wide stabilization system. It enables dogs to be active while preventing injuries. Learn how to fine-tune it!

Play Ball (Safely)

What is it about retrieving that makes many dogs (and owners) lose their minds, completely forgetting self-preservation and control? This blog tells you how to play retrieve games safely with your dog.

Stop Taking Your Dog For a Walk! (Try a Saunter Instead)

Pretty well everyone agrees that taking your dog for a walk is just about the best exercise your dog can get, right? Maybe… or maybe not.

Is Your Dog Hard Core? The Importance of Canine Core Musculature

During the past 4 years, hundreds of dedicated members of the Fit For Life™ canine health and fitness program have assessed their dogs’ front limb, rear limb and core muscle strength so that their dogs could be assigned individualized fitness program that would target each dog’s weakest muscles. We just examined the data from almost 400 dogs entering the program and learned that fully 62% of the dogs needed work on core musculature – far more than any other part of the body.

My Dog in Rehab Needs Stuff to Do!

Ok, your canine buddy is on the team’s injured/reserved list. It’s only temporary, but it’s driving you and your teammate nuts! Your dog’s brain is used to being active – running, playing, wrestling with his dog friends, and spending time training and competing with you in whatever games you play. That brain thrives on stimulation!

Cold Nose, Warm Sense – Your Dog has a Newly Discovered Superpower!

Did you know that your dog has something in common with vampire bats, pit vipers and black fire beetles? What could that possibly be?

It all started when some scientists from Sweden and Hungary went into a bar….

Well, that might not be exactly true. I’m not sure where they were when they got together and asked the question, “Why is a dog’s nose moist and cold, when most other mammals’ noses are warm and dry?” No doubt this is a question that has also kept you awake many a night…

How To Make Your Dog Live Longer – It’s Easy!

As my dog grows older, I often look at his greying face and hope I will have him for many more years. And when it becomes obvious that I will have to say goodbye to one of my dogs, I always wish that we could have just a few more days together. I’m sure you have felt...

Yawn… Your Dog Empathizes!

Picture this: you’re riding in a car with a friend and she yawns. A few seconds later, you yawn too, even though you’re not tired or bored. Your friend yawns again and this time you decide you are going to resist yawning. But you can feel the darn yawn building in your throat until you just have to let it out! In fact, you might actually be stifling a yawn just from reading this! Congratulations – you’re human.

Do the Dew(claws)?

A dog using its dewclaws, preparing to “grip” the water. Photo by Tom FretzAs a veterinary sports medicine specialist, I work extensively with canine athletes, developing rehabilitation programs for injured dogs or dogs that required surgery due to performance-related...

The Eyes Have It: Well, Dog Eyes Do But Wolf Eyes Don’t

Collaborators in the UK and US examined in detail the facial muscles, especially those around the eyes, of dogs and wolves (1). It turns out that there are two prominent muscles that move the dog’s eyelids that many wolves don’t have, or if they do, they are vestigial...

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