National Puppy Day 2017: 17 Famous Quotes About Dogs To Celebrate The Holiday

National Puppy Day 2017: 17 Famous Quotes About Dogs To Celebrate The Holiday

Article by Seerat Chabba | Article Found on International Business Times

Thursday is National Puppy Day, a well-deserved tribute to man’s (and woman’s) furry best friend. As pet fans everywhere take lessons in unconditional love from pups, you can join in by using the holiday as an opportunity to show your appreciation for the four-legged bundles of joy.

Spend some quality time with your puppy or dog on Thursday. But if you don’t have a pet yet, don’t fret. Here are some quotes about puppies and their older counterparts to warm your heart, collected from sources like GoodReads and QuoteGarden:
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When is Dog Panting Abnormal?

When is Dog Panting Abnormal?

Article by Dr. Nancy Kay | Found on Pet Health Network

As temperatures rise, so too do the numbers of dogs we see panting. We tend to take this behavior for granted simply because it seems so darned normal. But, is it always normal? While most panting occurs as a means of counteracting overheating (the canine version of sweating), it can also be prompted for a whole host of other reasons.

Normal panting
Dogs rely on panting as their primary means for getting rid of excess body heat. Panting allows evaporation of water and heat across the moist surfaces of the lungs, tongue, and surfaces within the mouth. So it makes physiologic sense for a dog to pant on a hot day or following exercise. Dogs do have sweat glands on the undersides of their paws and within their ears, but these glands really have only minimal cooling capabilities. Continue reading When is Dog Panting Abnormal?

Why You Won’t See Your Dog’s Heartworm Symptoms, Until it’s Advanced

Why You Won’t See Your Dog’s Heartworm Symptoms, Until it’s Advanced

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

Heartworm disease is caused by a mosquito transmitted parasite. If left untreated, it can be a debilitating disease and sometimes prove fatal. Pets infected with heartworms can be found in all states, in spite of the fact that very effective heartworm prevention products are available. The good news is that I’ve noticed more and more pet parents are wondering about the symptoms of heartworm disease. Unfortunately, most of the time you’re not going to see any, and here’s why:
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Teach Your Senior Dog to Use a Ramp or Stairs

Teach Your Senior Dog to Use a Ramp or Stairs

Article by Mikkel Becker | Featured on GreyMuzzle.org

It’s important to practice obedience work and tricks with senior pets, but it is also essential to train your canine to cope with the aging process. This involves both lifestyle changes and the use of portable stairs and ramps, which help geriatric pets get on and off elevated areas safely and easi
ly.

Stairs are useful when placed next to stationary resting areas, such as the bed or couch. Ramps are portable and can fold up, which makes them ideal for getting in and out of the car. Choose ramps and stairs with an anti-skid surface, which gives your dog’s paws something to grip and makes him less likely to slip or jump off the edge. Continue reading Teach Your Senior Dog to Use a Ramp or Stairs

The Incredible, Edible Egg: Nutritional or Deadly for Pets?

The Incredible, Edible Egg: Nutritional or Deadly for Pets?

Article Found on PetMD

Traditionally, dogs and cats have eaten eggs straight from the nest with nary a worry about nutritional value, toxic effects, or whether they might choke on a shard from the shell. But domesticated cats and dogs do not have the same access to bird nests that they once did, so we don’t get to witness them consuming eggs safely. As we worry about our own health and what we put into our bodies, we also worry about what we are feeding to our pets. Continue reading The Incredible, Edible Egg: Nutritional or Deadly for Pets?

Orthopedic Beds for Senior Cats

Orthopedic Beds for Senior Cats

Article by Jennifer Kvamme | Featured on PetMD

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ORTHOPEDIC CAT BEDS

Everyone deserves a good night’s rest, even your cat. Being able to rest comfortably is particularly important for cats that are getting up there in years, or for those that are recovering from surgery, illness or injury. As cats become older their bodies tend to lose muscle tone, circulation to the extremities is diminished, and healing slows down. At this point in his life, providing your cat with a soft, warm, cushioned place to lie down when the mood strikes is very important to his well-being.
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Probiotics for Dogs: What You Need to Know

Probiotics for Dogs: What You Need to Know

Article By Nicole Pajer | Found on PetMD

Just like humans, the majority of a dog’s immune system resides in his gut. The gut is the largest immune organ in the body and contains approximately 70% of all immune cells. So keeping your dog’s digestive system running optimally is essential to making sure that he stays healthy, active, and lives a full and healthy life.

One way to potentially improve your dog’s digestive health is to offer him a daily probiotic supplement. There have been extensive studies on the benefits of probiotics in humans, however, veterinary research is just starting to really dive into how supplementing your pup with a variety of good bacteria can aid in keeping him healthy. Continue reading Probiotics for Dogs: What You Need to Know

Your Guide to Healthy Healing: How to Treat Cat and Dog Pain

Your Guide to Healthy Healing: How to Treat Cat and Dog Pain

Article by Dr. Marty Becker DVM | VetStreet

Just as with human medicine, advancements in the way we understand and treat pain in dogs and cats are improving the quality of life for our pets. Veterinarians are now able to choose from a wide array of products and strategies to ease the hurt.

“Animals can feel all the same aches and pains that we can because they share the same physiologic structures,” says Dr. Robin Downing, owner of Colorado’s The Downing Center for Animal Pain Management. Continue reading Your Guide to Healthy Healing: How to Treat Cat and Dog Pain

Popular Xylitol Products that can Poison Your Dog

Popular Xylitol Products that can Poison Your Dog

Article By Dr. Nancy Kay | Found on PetHealthNetwork

For some folks, the start of a new year is a catalyst to lose weight and this may mean switching from plain old sugar to lower calorie sweeteners. Xylitol is one such sugar substitute that is safe for human consumption, but is toxic for dogs. In fact, it can be deadly.

What exactly is xylitol?
Discovered by German chemist Emil Fisher in 18911, xylitol is found in fruit and vegetable fibers. The xylitol we consume is manufactured by beginning with a product called xylan found in hardwood trees and corncobs. Continue reading Popular Xylitol Products that can Poison Your Dog

Elective Surgery: Should You Or Shouldn’t You?

Elective Surgery: Should You Or Shouldn’t You?

Article by T. J. Dunn, Jr., DVM | Found on PetMD

Just before noon one Saturday we were seeing the last of the morning’s appointments. No surgeries were scheduled on Saturdays because we all hoped to get outdoors and enjoy the weekend. Then the phone rang and everything changed. Continue reading Elective Surgery: Should You Or Shouldn’t You?