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The Key to Treating Myofascial Pain Is Diagnosing It

Myofascial pain can be an acute or chronic pain disorder and is well recognized in people. It is defined as a condition where pressure on sensitive, hyper-irritable spots located within taut bands in muscle, called myofascial trigger points, or MTPs, causes pain in the muscle and sometimes in seemingly unrelated parts of the body. This is also true for dogs. Sadly, myofascial pain in dogs is greatly under-recognized and therefore often goes untreated. It is most often diagnosed by careful …

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Beast of the Bay 2018: Celebrating the Best in All Things Dog With 111 Winners

Welcome to the tail-wagging 10th anniversary of Bay Woof’s Beast of the Bay awards. For a dog-tastic decade, we’ve been tallying up your votes and delivering the winners for a special edition dedicated to honoring the animal advocates, goods, and services that make the Bay Area a barking success — for dogs and owners. For the contest, Bay Woof issued an open call for nominees in seven categories — Community, Web, Food & Drink, Shopping, Health & Wellness, Canine Services, and …

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Food, Glorious Food

These days, dog lovers have more choices than ever about what to feed their precious fur babies, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy choosing what goes into your dog’s bowl and stomach. This month, Bay Woof asked Dr. Ilana Strubel of A Well Adjusted Pet in Pacifica to offer a few tips on how to slim down overweight dogs, a problem plaguing far too many family pets (and their owners). Low-cal diets or prescription weight-loss dog food—what’s a pet guardian to do? Strubel presents five solid …

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Pounds Be Gone

How many times has your veterinarian commented on your dog’s weight? Have you already tried using low-calorie diets or prescription weight-loss dog foods to try to help your pup lose weight? What if he still hasn’t lost enough weight? And why should you care? Clinical research has shown that losing just 10 percent of body weight will slow or prevent many life-threatening disease processes, including debilitating osteoarthritis and diabetes and perhaps even some types of cancers. By taking a …

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Beast of the Bay Awards 2017

Honor Your Beast Yippee, time to break out the champagne and dog biscuits to celebrate the Beast of the Bay Award winners. The ninth annual Beast of the Bay Awards contest gathered more votes than previous Beasts, making this Beast balloting über competitive. Bay Woof followed the two-pronged approach introduced in 2016 that allowed voters to nominate, in an open-ended fashion, their favorites in categories as phase one. For the second and final phase two, the top vote-getters faced off with …

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Tips for Managing Senior Cognition Changes

Dementia in dogs is surprisingly common, but many people don’t realize their dog is suffering from a condition beyond normal aging until the disease is advanced. canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome, or CDS, is considered a neurodegenerative disease of older dogs characterized by various pathological processes that lead to reduced cerebral blood flow and accumulation of free radicals in the brain. Pet owners have long been frustrated by age-related behavior changes, including house-training …

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The Ins and Outs of Knee Braces

Modern medicine moves forward at a rapid pace. There is limited published data directly comparing use of a stifle orthosis to surgical stabilization for Cranial Cruciate Ligament, or CrCL, injury in the dog. Recently however, new information has been published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association about the use of stifle orthotics, also known as knee braces, for conservative treatment of the ruptured CrCL in dogs. The study compared owner satisfaction between custom-made …

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Beast of the Bay Awards 2016

1. Best thing to happen to Bay Area dogs in 2015 GGNRA is still available for off-leash dog walking. (as of 12/31/15) The new dog policy management practices limit off-leash areas in GGNRA. But off-leash dog walking is still allowed at Fort Funston, Crissy Field, Ocean Beach, Fort Mason, and Rodeo Beach. Runners up Dog-friendly patios were legalized in San Mateo County. Cleaning up the Albany Bulb. The opening of Taylor Mountain Regional Park in Santa Rosa. The San Francisco SPCA/Pets Unlimited …

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Chiropractic care for animals: It’s not magic—it’s neurology

With the trend in veterinary medicine expanding its offerings to the same as those treatments offered in human medicine, it’s no wonder that alternative medical care options for animals are now available for our pets on a regular basis. In recent years, holistic hands-on healing methods commonly used for people are now offered for our animal companions. Chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture, physical rehabilitation, and aquatic fitness are all examples of alternative treatments …

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Wag, October 2015

Well folks, summer is officially over, and we have entered autumn. It’s a great time to take stock of our health and wellness and squirrel away a few canine-self-care tips for winter. We are happy to bring this month’s edition of Bay Woof to you with a variety of articles on the topic of canine health and wellness. Have you ever noticed how easily you can spot a healthy and happy puppy? Simply walking into a home where there are vibrant animals can lift your spirit. You can smell it, taste …

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Beast of the Bay Awards 2015

Every winter for the last seven years, we have invited our readers to cozy up with their furry companions and consider the awesome richness of the Bay Area dog scene. There are hundreds of excellent trainers and groomers and veterinarians in these parts and thousands of great places to play and eat and hike with our dogs. It’s a tough assignment to narrow down each of the 56 categories to just one winner and three runners-up. But once again you took it on, and now the results are in. The list …

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Wag, October 2014

Where dog lovers are concerned, this beautiful spot on the globe is just about as good as it gets. Loads of fabulous places to walk our cherished canines, trainers and classes to satisfy their every behavioral need, dozens of dog-friendly bars and restaurants, the world’s greatest shelters and rescue groups – the list of local resources for dogs and the people who love them is nothing short of awesome! The San Francisco Bay Area also gets high marks in perhaps the most important pet …

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Hydro-Therapy Does Wonders for Dogs

We all know that being in a warm water environment - whether it’s a heated indoor pool, jacuzzi spa, or just a bathroom tub - relieves stress and helps ease aches and pains. Removing pressure on our joints and relaxing our muscles, the natural buoyancy of water brings us relief from the pull of gravity, and it can help our canine companions with pain management as well. Whether an active young pup or a canine senior citizen,dogs with injuries, those recovering from surgery, and those living …

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Rex Center’s Grand Re-Opening Open House Introducing Our New Underwater Treadmill

The Rex Center, 1040 Palmetto Ave., Pacifica. Please join us to celebrate The Rex Center’s grand re-opening under new management plus partnership with a well adjusted pet, and the introduction of the new underwater treadmill, available to compliment your veterinary practice with physical rehabilitation and integrative wellness services. Free Event. For more info:  Ellen Davison, 650-738-8739; Dr. Ilana Strubel, 415-967-3861. Websites: TheRexCenter.com, AWellAdjustedPet.com. …

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Beast of the Bay Awards 2014

To us dog people, it’s pretty obvious that the San Francisco Bay Area is a marvelous mutt habitat. Canine-friendly businesses, positive-methods trainers, and gorgeous hiking trails abound. Still, some people, places, and things go above and beyond – and that’s what our annual Beast of the Bay Awards is all about. Back in November, we started asking readers to tell us about their favorite canine resources by voting online. Voting ended on January 31 with almost 4,000 ballots having been …

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