General Health

A healthy dog is a happy dog! Find answers to general dog health questions and the importance of annual vet visits.

Common Illnesses:

Kennel Cough is highly contagious. Learn the causes, signs and treatment options here.

Knowing how to take your dog's temperature is the best way to tell if your dog is in need of immediate veterinary care. Learn  about dog fevers, body temperature, home remedies and when to panic here.

Veterinary Care:

Bichon and Buddies recommends:

California Animal Hospital West LA - Dr. Gary Adams      310-478-5915

Overland Veterinary Clinic  Culver City     310-559-2424


A simple checklist of things to consider when choosing a veterinarian.

After you adopt a dog or puppy, here are a few things to discuss with your veterinarian.

Parvo Virus is a highly contagious and deadly disease for dogs. Learn why vaccinating is so important in this article written by a veterinarian.

Dr. Annette Lepere talks about the positive impact yearly wellness exams can have on your pets health.

Healthy Diet & Weight:

Bichons and Buddies partners with DOG for DOG a local company that has a fabulous buy one-get one program that helps dogs in need. This is the food we feed our little guys when they're with us. We're often asked by adopters what kind of food they should get, and this is always top on our list.

DOG for DOG offers products made with all natural ingredients that are good for your dog's health AND are delicious. When you order food for your dog through their website by clicking on this  special link DOG for DOG will send a bag of dog food to Bichons and Buddies for every bag you purchase. Thank you for supporting us through this very special initiative!

How to grade your dog's food

There is a simple test you can perform to let you know if your dog is packing some extra pounds!

Dental Care:

Brushing your dog's teeth at home is the best preventative care you can give and can help you avoid more serious problems in the future.

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation:

Bichon and Buddies recommends:

Two Hands Four Paws


The definitive guide to a natural lifestyle for dogs and cats is now completely updated and revised. Veterinarian Richard H. Pitcairn and his wife Susan, noted specialists in chemical-free nutrition and natural healing for pets, show dog and cat owners how to provide the very best in companionship and lifelong care. They cover environmental matters, including pollutants both inside the home and out, as well as recent hot-button topics, such as Mad Cow disease, Lyme disease, and the West Nile virus. They've updated dozens of recipes for delicious and healthful pet food and treats. With a guide to handling emergencies and an in-depth Quick Reference section, they give specific instructions for preventing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of animal diseases and disorders with special attention to homeopathic, herbal, and nutritional remedies. Publisher: Rodale Books; 3rd edition (August 11, 2005)


We highly recommend a subscription to Whole Dog Journal which provides unbiased Dog Food Reviews, Dog Care Advice and Dog Training Tips in addition to information on how to holistically treat several common ailments/injuries all without running to the vet and incurring costly treatment. It’ worth it’s weight in gold! Check out the free dog food review report on line.


Recommended Products:

A reliable and inexpensive thermometer for taking an "under the tail" reading.

This set comes with instructions, 2 toothbrushes and a tube of beef flavored toothpaste. Yummy! Dog's love it.


For more useful information, please download free Dog manual courtesy of


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