4 Tips to Keep Your Dog Pain Free

Dogs are very good at hiding pain. Remember, in the wild, the weak or painful may become the prey of another animal. We believe this is the reason why pets try to mask their pain. The best way to make sure your dog isn’t hiding pain is with regular checkups. Here are a few more tips to keep your dog pain free. Continue reading 4 Tips to Keep Your Dog Pain Free

Five Great Ways to Challenge Your Dog’s Mind

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Five Great Ways to Challenge Your Dog’s Mind

Article by Mychelle Blake, MSW, CDBC | Found on PetHealthNetwork

Proper exercise for dogs is important to their overall physical and mental wellbeing, but often “mental exercise” is given short shrift when looking at fulfilling a dog’s needs. Dogs that are bored and that have little mental and environmental stimulation can develop mild to severe behavioral problems as a result. Providing your dog with “brain exercise” is easy to do – here’s some ideas you can try out! Continue reading Five Great Ways to Challenge Your Dog’s Mind

Can Dogs See in the Dark?

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Can Dogs See in the Dark?

Article by Kellie B. Gormly | Found on Pet MD

When we turn out the lights and go to bed at night, the glow from the moonlight or bedside clock lets us make out dim images, like the outline of our dogs.

But can your dog see you better than can you see him in the dark? Or can he not see you much at all when it’s dark?

Many dog owners ask this question, wondering how their furry buddy’s eyes work. Dr. Eric J. Miller, assistant professor of clinical comparative ophthalmology at Ohio State University’s Veterinary Medical Center, can explain a lot of the mechanics. But fundamentally, he says, a dog’s vision will always retain an element of mystery. After all, we are not dogs, and they can’t describe things to us. Continue reading Can Dogs See in the Dark?

Noisy Breathing in Dogs

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Noisy Breathing in Dogs

Article found on Pet MD

Stertor and Stridor in Dogs

Unusually loud breathing sounds are often the result of air passing through abnormally narrowed passageways, meeting resistance to airflow because of partial blockage of these regions. The origin may be the back of the throat (nasopharynx), the throat (pharynx), the voice box (larynx), or the windpipe (trachea). Abnormal breathing sounds of this type can be heard without using a stethoscope.

Stertor is noisy breathing that occurs during inhalation. It is a low-pitched, snoring type of sound that usually arises from the vibration of fluid, or the vibration of tissue that is relaxed or flabby. It usually arises from airway blockage in the throat (pharynx). Continue reading Noisy Breathing in Dogs

6 Signs Your Flea Medication Isn’t Working

6 Signs Your Flea Medication Isn’t Working

Article by By John Gilpatrick | Featured on PetMD

Fleas are extremely unwelcome intruders for pet and owner alike. When these pesky little biters make their way onto your pet and into your home, it takes some heavy duty stuff to get them gone.

But what happens if your pet’s flea medication proves fruitless? Or worse, what if a flea medication causes your pet to experience unfortunate side effects?

Continue reading 6 Signs Your Flea Medication Isn’t Working

Natural Cat Litter: What’s the Difference, and Should You Switch?

Natural Cat Litter: What's the Difference, and Should You Switch?

If you are like most consumers, then you want choices when it comes to your cat litter — perhaps even “greener” choices. That’s right, long gone are the days when you could only choose from a handful of litters to assist you in discarding Kitty’s little “indiscretions.” Visit your local pet supply store today and you’re likely to find several brands of environmentally safe cat litters. So which ones are the most popular and why?

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Your Dog: Why Exercise Is Important

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Your Dog: Why Exercise Is Important

Article Found on VetStreet

Living with a dog has many perks, but one of the best has to be the impetus to get off the couch and out the door so you can both get some exercise. Exercise is as important for your dog as it is for you! Continue reading Your Dog: Why Exercise Is Important

5 Rabies Prevention Tips for Dogs

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5 Rabies Prevention Tips for Dogs

By Hanie Elfenbein, DVM | Found on PetMD

Rabies is a scary viral disease that is transmitted through a bite or scratch—saliva or blood from an infected animal must pass into your dog’s bloodstream. Rabies can also be passed to dogs if infected saliva comes in contact with their eyes, mouth, or nose. Worldwide, dogs are the most likely animal to infect humans with rabies, due to their close contact with each other.

Once symptoms of the disease develop, rabies is fatal. There is no cure, only prevention. Here are five steps you can take to reduce the risk of your dog contracting rabies. Continue reading 5 Rabies Prevention Tips for Dogs

5 Reasons to Test Your Dog for Diabetes

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5 Reasons to Test Your Dog for Diabetes

Article by Dr. Justine A. Lee, DVM, DACVECC | Found on Pet Health Network

Did you know that some authorities feel that 1 out of every 100 dogs that reaches 12 years of age develops diabetes mellitus1?

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a hormonal problem where the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin, the hormone that helps push sugar (“glucose”) into the body’s cells. Without the insulin, the body’s cells are starving for sugar; unfortunately, this then stimulates the body to produce more and more sugar (in an attempt to feed the cells). That’s why your dog’s blood sugar is so high (what we call a “hyperglycemia”) with diabetes mellitus.

Without insulin, the sugar can’t get into the cells; hence, why you need to give insulin to your dog with a tiny syringe twice a day. In dogs, this is a disease that can be costly to treat and requires twice-a-day insulin along with frequent veterinary visits for the rest of your dog’s life. Continue reading 5 Reasons to Test Your Dog for Diabetes

The Benefits of Proper Nutrition

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The Benefits of Proper Nutrition

Article Found on PetMD

WHAT DOES GOOD NUTRITION DO FOR YOUR DOG?

The proper balance of nutrients is essential when feeding your dog. Animals (and humans) need a certain combination of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water every day in order to function normally. Balanced nutrition is no accident – pet food manufacturers work hard to determine the exact formula that goes into their products so that they provide everything your dog needs on a daily basis. Continue reading The Benefits of Proper Nutrition