Winter Weather Pet Tips

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Winter Weather Pet Tips

Article by Dr. Justine Lee, DVM | Found on PetHealthNetwork

As winter approaches, we want to make sure our four-legged friends are safe from the elements. After all, people can bundle up, but our pets can’t add extra layers on a whim. As I’m based out of Minnesota (where it’s winter 6 months out of the year), I know how severe cold injuries can be to pets. Here are some cold weather tips that I hope you will utilize to protect dogs and cats this winter: Continue reading Winter Weather Pet Tips

Skin Disease Due to Food Allergies in Dogs

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Skin Disease Due to Food Allergies in Dogs

Article Found on PetMD

Dermatologic Food Reactions in Dogs

Dermatologic food reactions are non-seasonal reactions which occur following ingestion of one or more allergy causing substances in an animal’s food. The physical reaction is frequently excessive itchiness, with resultant excessive scratching at the skin. Continue reading Skin Disease Due to Food Allergies in Dogs

Canine Hypothyroidism: How to Spot and Treat This Subtle Disease

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Canine Hypothyroidism: How to Spot and Treat This Subtle Disease

Article Found on VetStreet

Although our feline companions can suffer from hyperthyroidism, the majority of dogs with thyroid problems will have the opposite condition — hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid glands do not produce enough thyroid hormones. If a dog is hypothyroid, there is a very slim possibility that a tumor is present. However, in most cases, it is simply a dysfunctional thyroid gland. Continue reading Canine Hypothyroidism: How to Spot and Treat This Subtle Disease

Is Exercise Safe for Pets with Cancer?

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Is Exercise Safe for Pets with Cancer?

Article by Chris Pinard, DVM | Found on PetMD

Hearing that your beloved companion has been diagnosed with cancer is difficult. It is sometimes hard for clinicians to ensure pet parents aren’t overwhelmed by the vast amount of treatment options, treatment avenues, survival times, and other pieces of information that go forward with cancer management and at-home care.

Among the many questions that pet owners frequently ask is how much they should exercise their pet after a diagnosis of cancer. Let’s look at exercise as it pertains to pets with cancer, as well as recognizing pain to better direct conversations with your veterinarian. Continue reading Is Exercise Safe for Pets with Cancer?

Unraveling the Genetics of Disc Disease in Dogs

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Unraveling the Genetics of Disc Disease in Dogs

Article Found on ScienceDaily

Since the early 1900s, veterinarians have observed intervertebral disc disease — a common cause of back pain, rear limb paralysis and inability to walk — more frequently in dogs with short legs (dachshund, French bulldog, and Pekingese to name a few.) But they couldn’t pinpoint why — until now. Continue reading Unraveling the Genetics of Disc Disease in Dogs

Slipped Disc, Bad Back, and Muscle Spasms in Cats

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Slipped Disc, Bad Back, and Muscle Spasms in Cats

Article Found on PetMD

Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) in Cats

Although intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is seen less frequently in cats than dogs, it is still a serious condition. IVDD occurs when the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column either bulge or burst (herniate) into the spinal cord space. These discs then press on the nerves running through the spinal cord causing pain, nerve damage, and even paralysis. Continue reading Slipped Disc, Bad Back, and Muscle Spasms in Cats

New Study Asks if Arthritis in Dogs Causes Mood Changes

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New Study Asks if Arthritis in Dogs Causes Mood Changes

Article by Dr. Nancy Kay, DVM | Found on PetHealthNetwork

If you live with osteoarthritis (OA), you’re probably all too familiar with the impact that joint pain can have on your mood. In fact, according to healthcommunities.com, it is known that arthritis in people has a definite link to mood disorders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that that 52.5 million adult Americans suffer from arthritis, and many of them also suffer from depression.  Continue reading New Study Asks if Arthritis in Dogs Causes Mood Changes

Dog Limping – How to Get Your Dog Back on His Feet

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Dog Limping – How to Get Your Dog Back on His Feet

Article Found on VetStreet

A number of things –– infections, injuries, or arthritis –– can sideline your dog, leaving him with a limp. Here’s how to figure out what’s wrong and get him the help he needs.

If you see that your dog is having trouble walking –– even if it doesn’t seem like that big a deal –– you should make an appointment with your veterinarian, who can determine the problem and offer targeted recommendations to help put the spring back in your dog’s step. Continue reading Dog Limping – How to Get Your Dog Back on His Feet

5 Steps to Success as a New Pet Parent

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5 Steps to Success as a New Pet Parent

Article Found on PetMD

1. Pet-Proof Your Home

Dogs and cats love to explore new places in a variety of ways — smelling, licking, eating, jumping, scratching, etc. “Most people don’t consider the prep work they’ll need to do before picking out an animal,” says Kristen Collins, a behaviorist with the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team. Continue reading 5 Steps to Success as a New Pet Parent

Why Do Cats Purr?

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Why Do Cats Purr?

Article by Nancy Kay, DVM | Found on PetHealthNetwork

Spend enough cuddle time with a kitty and you are likely to hear or feel some purring vibrations. As common as purring is, not all that much is known about it. That’s why when asked, “Why do cats purr?” I must answer with, “I’m truly not sure!”  Continue reading Why Do Cats Purr?