Veterinary practices are experiencing unprecedented stress and high demands. This can be frustrating for pet owners as it means longer waits for appointments, reduced hours or complete closure of some facilities, and emergency rooms turning away patients they would have seen in previous years. Along with the current stressful work environment, many veterinary professionals report they are increasingly subjected to hostile, belligerent, and sometimes threatening behavior by some of the pet owners who come to them for care. Read more about this situation and how, in the face of all the changes we are seeing, we are far from helpless! There is a great deal that we can do to help our dogs live happy and healthy lives while making the best use of our veterinary professionals.  

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Some people are tempted to shave their golden retrievers in the summer. After all, that fur "coat" must be warm, right? Won't they feel better without it? This blog post explains the function of the fur and why shaving is not a good idea. Read here:

I am sure many of you are looking forward to celebrating the upcoming holiday, even though it may be different than in other years. But for all the opportunities that holidays provide, whatever the circumstances, for many dog owners, the 4th of July is one to be feared. Of all the challenges we face as dog parents, the anxiety, fear, and sometimes outright panic and hysteria that can appear in our dogs as a result of loud noises and storms has got to be one of the most difficult. Our dogs can truly suffer at times like this, and we suffer along with them.  Find info about how to deal with this challenge in the latest blog post.  

Fireworks, thunder, and other scary noises: Golden Retriever Health blog

One final post to end this year with some ideas for things to do with your dog in the new year.  Also, we are seeking your suggestions for topics to cover in 2020. Check out the blog for a couple of new resolutions and a teaser about an upcoming post on heartworm, flea, and tick preventives. View the full post here:

In this blog post, we look at some of the common causes of itching in our beloved goldens, what to do about them, and how to prevent bigger problems. Common situations addressed include parasites, ear infections, environmental allergens, food and other sensitivities, and hot spots.  Full blog post is here:

In recognition of Pet Poison Awareness week, here is some information about risks around the house and yard, signs of potential poisoning, and what to do if poisoning is suspected.  Read full blog post here:

Pet Poison Awareness Week: Risks, Prevention, and Response



Vaccinations are a critical part of the overall health care plan for our dogs. But which ones do your dog need, and how often? In this post you can find the latest guidelines for vaccinations and titer testing, as well as some information about how vaccines work and the history of changing recommendations. Read the full blog post here: 

Titers or vaccinations (Or, is your dog really due for vaccinations?) 


Whether you participate in creating resolutions for the new year or not, it’s always a good time to reflect on behaviors and goals and determine if your dog is on the best path.  In this blog entry, Henry, a 5 year old golden rescue who possesses wisdom well past his years, provides his take on the basics of a healthy and happy New Year.  You may already do most if not all of the things on his list, so these resolutions may represent a continuation of good practices rather than new behaviors.  Either way, it is a good reminder of just how much our dogs count on us for their health, well-being, and safety.    

Read full blog post here: New Year's Resolutions for Your Dog

The recent addition of Max (now known as Maxwell Strong) to our SEVA GRREAT family makes the subject of dwarfism and miniatures a timely topic for blog post. Who hasn't thought, at least once, that it would be nice if goldens were a little smaller sometimes. So what's the big deal with being a dwarf or with the "miniature golden retrievers" we can now buy? Read here for more information about miniatures, dwarfs, and our special Maxwell.  

Dwarfs, Miniatures, and Maxwell blog entry

Recent news stories have drawn attention to a possible link between diet and a particular form of heart disease. Learn about the possible connection between diet and this condition known as Dilated Cardiomyopathy. What can you do to help your dog now that we are seeing more golden retrievers with this problem? See the blog post here: Dilated cardiomyopathy and diet link


It makes sense to have one of the first entries focused on safety. Safety provides the foundation for everything else we do to help our golden retrievers live long, healthy, and happy lives. There are lots of areas in which safety should be a concern: playing, going for a walk, play dates with other dogs, riding in the car. A safe environment free of dangerous things your dog might ingest, however, is crucial in the world of golden retrievers. I'll never forget taking one of my golden retrievers to a local emergency room when she developed a very large swelling on her nose subsequent to a wasp sting. Fearing a more exaggerated allergic reaction, and of course it was a Saturday night, I wanted to make sure things did not get worse and cause some real problems for her. So, off we went to the vet ER. Upon walking in the door, we were greeted with a chorus from the staff, all saying in unison." and what did yours eat tonight? The waiting room had no fewer than 4 golden retrievers in it, all of whom had ingested something they shouldn't have.