YND Podcast Episode 14: How Do You Know Your Dog's in Pain?

by Angela Ardolino

It’s important to seek out treatment if your dog is suffering, but it’s also just as important to stay aware of common conditions and take action to help prevent them. In this episode, Dr. James St. Clair of TopDog Health discusses some common health conditions that affect dogs, along with holistic treatments that can help with prevention or healing. He also shares some common signs that your dog might be in pain, and he offers advice to parents whose dogs won’t stop jumping on and off the furniture. 



Episode Recap:

  • Pet parents don’t always realize when their animal is in pain (5:28)
  • Signs that your pet might be suffering (9:19)
  • Focus on being a disease finder instead of a disease preventer (12:08)
  • Conditions like luxating patella and hip dysplasia are largely genetic, but you can treat them with supplements and weight management (16:10)
  • Should I stop my dog from jumping on and off the couch? (23:13)




About Angela Ardolino


Angela Ardolino Author Photo
Angela Ardolino is a holistic pet expert who has been caring for animals for over 20 years. She operates a rescue farm, Fire Flake Farm, in Florida. In addition, she owns Beautify the Beast,  a natural pet salon and shop. Moreover, Angela got her certificate in Medical Cannabis Biology and Therapeutic use from the University of Vermont School of Medicine. Next, she founded Hemp Dog Health to provide high quality, all-natural medical cannabis products designed specifically for pets. 


Accordingly, she uses Full Spectrum Hemp Extract on all her pets at her rescue farm every day since 2016. Angela has five dogs. Odie a 12-year-old mini-schnauzer, Nina an 8-year-old Doberman. Jolene a 7-year-old mutt, Maza a 7-year-old mutt, and Rhemi an 8-year-old poodle. In addition, she has 4-10 more any time she is fostering or boarding. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and the Veterinary Cannabis Association. In fact, Angela has educated hundreds of medical doctors and veterinarians on the therapeutic uses of medical cannabis on animals.


About Dr. James St. Clair


Dr. James St. Clair on Your Natural Dog Podcast
Dr. James St.Clair has been an outspoken voice for dog health with a core focus on pet owner education since 2004. Dr. James St.Clair, warmly referred to as Dr. J, owns and operates a four-doctor, full-service small animal practice in central Connecticut. In the fall of 2004, Dr. J founded TopDog Health & Rehabilitation, a progressive canine physical rehabilitation facility focused primarily on post-orthopedic surgery patients and older arthritic dogs. Within six months of opening TopDog, he created the first version of the TopDog Home Rehab Guide after recognizing a significant lack of information and inconsistency in the information provided to pet owners from their veterinarians, general practitioners, and the boarded surgeons. Over the years, TopDog’s focus shifted to researching and developing innovative joint health and therapy support products. In January 2010, Dr. J purchased the manufacturing company of his joint health products.


Dr. J plans to focus his energy and passion on developing exceptional quality nutritional supplements for dogs for years to come. He shares his life with his amazing wife Jenine, their four children, Emma, Andrew, Sydney, and Max, and their dog Ditch.