Mindy Valcarcel

Mindy is a freelance editor and writer who likes to play with words—and dogs. She has spent more than 20 years creating clinical content for veterinarians, much to the surprise of her two dogs, Oliver (the sweet, sleepy Lab-pit pictured with her here) and Janeway (Mindy's Star Trek fandom is showing ...). With all that pet-focused writing, they figured she would have everything better figured out for them by now.
Parvovirus, a dangerous virus in dogs, causes inflamed small intestines. Treatment and survival is possible, but preventing parvo is easier.
Before you take your pup swimming or exploring, check to see if your area is one where this harmful bacteria is common.
Chocolate is definitely not a dog-safe treat. Get the details about chocolate poisoning in dogs and what to do if your dog eats some.
Cloudy spots in your dogs’ eyes can be concerning. Learn how your veterinarian can help clear things up.
Learn to recognize any signs or symptoms that may indicate heart disease, or worse—congestive heart failure. Proper diagnosis and treatment of heart disease or other heart conditions can help keep your dog’s heart beating for many years to come
You notice a skin lesion on your dog. Could it be skin cancer? Learn why skin cancer in dogs might occur, what it looks like, what treatment is possible, and steps for preventing it in the first place.
Bordetella, also known as kennel cough, is one of the most common respiratory infectious diseases in dogs. But the bordetella vaccine makes it possible to limit your dog’s risk of getting sick.
Distemper is a potentially fatal respiratory condition that affects dogs. The distemper vaccine, usually given to puppies, makes distemper preventable.
Essential oils may provide some benefits to humans, but they aren't always great for pups.
This sugar substitute is found in many common foods, including gum, toothpaste, and peanut butter—and it can be deadly for dogs.
The puppy vaccination series can help save your dog’s life. Learn all about which shots your dog must have and which you might want to consider.