Diabetes in Dogs: Type 1 vs. Type 2

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Diabetes in Dogs: Type 1 vs. Type 2

Article Found on PetMD | By Hanie Elfenbein, DVM

Diabetes in dogs is not a death sentence. It takes dedication, but your dog can still live a long, happy life. Diabetes means that the body is unable to use glucose (sugar) appropriately. This leads to high levels of sugar in the blood, which can cause many health problems.

Just like humans, our pets can get both Type I and Type II diabetes. Type I diabetes is also known as insulin-deficiency. It is due to the body’s inability to produce insulin. Insulin is normally produced in the pancreas and is important in helping cells use glucose (sugar), the basic energy source. Our digestive systems are designed to turn food into glucose for cells to use. Without insulin, glucose cannot get into cells. People and animals with Type I diabetes need to be given insulin so that their body can use glucose. Continue reading Diabetes in Dogs: Type 1 vs. Type 2

5 Health Problems Dog Owners Often Ignore

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5 Health Problems Dog Owners Often Ignore

Aricle by Dr. Marty Becker DVM | Found on VetStreet

Some of the things dog owners ignore truly do make a difference to an animal’s quality of life. It can be easy for well-meaning pet owners to get caught up in one aspect of their dog’s care but pay no attention to something else that might be just as serious (or painful) a problem.

That’s why I’ve put together this slideshow of five health problems that dog owners often overlook, ignore or treat as “normal.” If you suspect your dog has any of the issues on this list, please see your veterinarian immediately. Continue reading 5 Health Problems Dog Owners Often Ignore

How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver if your Dog is Choking

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How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver if your Dog is Choking

Article Found on PetMD

Most dogs will chew nearly anything: bones, toys, shoes, socks, etc. But would you know what to do if something became lodged in the windpipe or stuck on the palate and your dog began to choke? It’s important that you do not wait for veterinary assistance, as the dog may suffocate. Continue reading How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver if your Dog is Choking

Salmonella and Your Dog 101

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Article by Dr. Mike Paul, DVM | Found on PetHealthNetwork

Salmonella is a wide-spread and very significant bacterial organism that affects many species of animals, including humans. It affects warm blooded as well as cold blooded animals. A member of the bacterial family, Enterobacteriaceae Salmonella is spread either directly or indirectly by fecal-oral contamination among individuals, and between species by means of ingestion of the organism in food or water or by contact with contaminated objects called fomites.1 Continue reading Salmonella and Your Dog 101

Signs of Stroke in Cats

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Signs of Stroke in Cats

Article by Jennifer Coates, DVM | Found on PetMD

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds,” and strokes are responsible for “1 out of every 20 deaths.” While strokes in cats are nowhere near that frequent, veterinarians are starting to realize that they do occur more often than we used to think, probably because more cats are now getting the diagnostic tests necessary to reach a diagnosis. Continue reading Signs of Stroke in Cats

5 Ways to Strengthen Your Dog’s Bones

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5 Ways to Strengthen Your Dog’s Bones

Article by John Gilpatrick | Found on PetMD

While pets require the same things humans need for bone health—calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus, and exercise among them—they require very different strategies to meet those needs. Continue reading 5 Ways to Strengthen Your Dog’s Bones

What's Your Poison? 15 Common Household Toxins to Pets

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What’s Your Poison? 15 Common Household Toxins to Pets

Article by Dr. Kim Smyth | Found on GoPetPlan

Protecting your pet from accidental poisonings can be a difficult task with so many hidden hazards around your house. Here are the top ones you’ll want to watch out for – and keep far away from curious paws! Continue reading What’s Your Poison? 15 Common Household Toxins to Pets

Caring for a Sick Pet Can Really Drain You

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Caring for a Sick Pet Can Really Drain You

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As much joy as a pet can bring to the life of its human, when a beloved dog or cat falls ill, the emotional toll can be high.

In fact, caring for an ailing animal often ends up placing a significant “caregiver burden” on its owner, new research finds. Continue reading Caring for a Sick Pet Can Really Drain You

All About Feline Urological Syndrome

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All About Feline Urological Syndrome

Article Found on Catster

Urinary tract ailments are the most common reason your cat will have to visit a veterinarian, with the exception of routine checkups and shots. The most serious urinary syndrome is Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS), which is also sometimes known as Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease. Although the exact cause of FUS is not completely understood, it encompasses four common disorders: Continue reading All About Feline Urological Syndrome

Running With Your Dog

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Running With Your Dog

Article Found on DogHealth.com

Running with your dog can be a great way for the two of you to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, and strengthen your bond with each other. However, you need to be aware of several important safeguards before you leash up and lace up. Continue reading Running With Your Dog