Your Pet's Aging Symptoms: Are They Cognitive or Medical?

By Dr. Karen Shaw Becker

If your canine BFF is getting up in years, you’ve probably noticed some physical changes in him. For example, many dogs’ coats, especially around the face, tend to go grey or white as they age. You may also have noticed he’s getting up a little more slowly these days, or taking more frequent or longer naps than he did when he was younger.

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Bad Advice for Pet Hair, Almost Never Recommended

Bad Advice for Pet Hair, Almost Never Recommended

Written by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker | Article Featured on Mercola Pets

It won’t be long before the weather begins to warm up, ushering in the “season of shedding” for dog parents, many of whom, up to their eyeballs in pet hair, will ask, “What can I do to keep my dog from shedding so much?”

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Parvovirus: This Can Kill Your Dog in Less Than 72 Hours

Parvovirus: This Can Kill Your Dog in Less Than 72 Hours

By Dr. Becker | Article Featured on Mercola Pets

If you’re a dog owner, you probably know that canine parvovirus is a very serious disease seen primarily in unvaccinated puppies and immunocompromised dogs. It is highly contagious and can be fatal. A parvo infection causes hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, which is characterized by vomiting and bloody diarrhea.

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What to do when Your Dog Won't Stop Throwing Up

What to do when your dog won't stop throwing up

What to do When Your Dog Won’t Stop Throwing Up

Article Featured on NomNomNow

Most dogs will throw up at some time in their life. And while dog vomiting is unnerving, it isn’t always due to a serious medical condition. “Dogs tend to bounce back from vomiting more quickly than humans,” says Dr. Justin Shmalberg, a DVM and NomNomNow’s veterinary nutritionist. “Some may even try to eat right away.” Still, vomiting is a symptom, and the causes can range from mild to severe. Both extended vomiting or a dog throwing up intermittently and chronically usually indicates an underlying issue.

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Watch for a Quirky Disorder if You Have One of These Breeds

Watch for a Quirky Disorder if You Have One of These Breeds

Written by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker | Article Featured on Mercola Pets

Chances are, if you haven’t cared for a pet with lymphangiectasia, you’ve probably never even heard of this disease. The word lymphangiectasia means “dilated lymph vessels.” The disorder is rarely seen in cats, and most often occurs in the Basenji, the Norwegian Lundehund, Wheaten Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, Shar-peis and Rottweilers. The average age of dogs with lymphangiectasia is 5, but it’s also seen in older and younger dogs. Females are slightly more likely to acquire the disease than males.

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Be Wary of Shopping for Pet Meds Online

Be Wary of Shopping for Pet Meds Online

If you get medications online for your pets, be careful, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautions.

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CDC Warns of Spike in Cases of Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer, Elk and Moose

CDC Warns of Spike in Cases of Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer, Elk and Moose

By Kendall Curley | Article Featured on PetMD

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been monitoring a spike in the number of documented cases of a rare disease found in deer, moose and elk.

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When to Worry if Your Pet Refuses to Eat

When to Worry if Your Pet Refuses to Eat

Written by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker | Article Featured on Mercola Pets

Generally speaking, healthy dogs and cats love mealtime. That’s why a change in appetite — especially a decreased interest in eating — is something pet parents and veterinarians must closely monitor.

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Most People Are Badly Mistaken About How to Help These Little Creatures Thrive

How to Keep Your Goldfish Living a Long Time

By Dr. Karen Shaw Becker

They’re small, colorful, they live in water and children usually beg to have at least one, growing up. If you didn’t have one yourself, it’s probably you know someone who has. Yes, we’re talking about goldfish, but the sad fact is, very few children (and many adults) are adept at keeping their graceful little water dwellers longer than a few weeks before they end up swimming over the rainbow bridge.

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10 Pet-Proofing Steps for New Dog Parents

10 Pet-Proofing Steps for New Dog Parents

Article By Dr. Becker | Featured on Mercola Pets

Bringing a new pet into the family is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. There’s so much to remember and do to make your new animal companion’s homecoming a joyful and positive experience, it can be easy to overlook something – even something potentially hazardous.

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