Your overweight dog is at risk of a number of conditions that can make life less than enjoyable for him. Arthritis. If his joints have to carry a lot of weight, then they are subject to more wear and tear. This can lead to degeneration of the cartilage and painful arthritis. Breathing difficulties. It’s not… Continue reading Obesity in Dogs
One of the most common reasons for dogs to be taken to their vet is for itching and scratching. In many of these cases, the culprit is an allergic reaction. In fact, it is thought that one in five dogs suffer from allergies that can make their life miserable. It’s not pleasant when you’re cuddled… Continue reading Dog Allergies
When treating superficial scratches, it’s reasonable to wash the wound with soap and water. If the wound is bleeding, apply pressure with a clean, dry gauze pad. If the bleeding doesn’t stop despite holding pressure, then medical attention should be sought. Wounds to the hands and feet can be more prone to infection, Levy warns,… Continue reading How to Treat Cat Scratches at Home
Toys, a leash, important medication—these are no-brainers when you’re preparing to vacation with your dog or cat. Because such a vacation takes so much preparation—especially if you’re traveling with a pet for the first time—it’s virtually impossible to leave these essentials at home. Other items? They might not even cross your mind. But without them,… Continue reading Pet Items to Bring on Vacation
Most dogs can eat any of a number of over the counter foods and thrive. Dog foods that follow AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) regulations and are labeled as being nutritionally complete and balanced will meet the needs of “typical” pets… as long as they are healthy. But when disease strikes, over the… Continue reading Prescription Dog Food – When is it a Good Idea?
February is National Pet Dental Health Month and a great time to start regularly brushing your furry friend’s teeth. Many pet stores and veterinarians’ offices sell toothpastes and tooth brushes specifically for dogs and cats. A special tip from some veterinarians is that we should think of our pets’ teeth similar to how we think… Continue reading Pet Dental Health Month