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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Therapy Dogs Benefit Everyone From Seniors to Prison Inmates

Therapy Dogs Benefit Everyone From Seniors to Prison Inmates

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

For some seniors living at the Atria, a senior living facility in New York City, a visit from a Good Foundation dog, clad in an orange-and-blue bandana, is the highlight of their day. The dogs, which are specially trained to become therapy dogs, provide therapy sessions to seniors at the center, allowing them to pet them, snuggle them, love them and, often, be reminded of pets they once cared for.

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Never Feed This to an Orphaned or Newborn Kitty

Never Feed This to an Orphaned or Newborn Kitty

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

If you’ve just welcomed a new kitten to the family and you’re like most new pet parents, you probably have questions about how to give your little fluffball the best start in life. Since what you feed your new furry baby will be the foundation of her health and well-being throughout her life, it’s important to make good choices right from the start. Choices about the best way to nourish your kitten will depend on how old she is when you bring her home.

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This Pet Health Bombshell Should Horrify You, yet Almost Everyone Ignores It

This Pet Health Bombshell Should Horrify You, yet Almost Everyone Ignores It

By Dr. Karen Shaw Becker | Article Featured on Mercola Pets

Sadly, I’ve lost count of how many years pet obesity has been on the rise, along with all the disorders that inevitably result when animals are overfed and under-exercised.

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Electric Shock Injuries in Dogs

Electric Shock Injuries in Dogs

First Aid for Electric Shock

Electricity is dangerous, especially around young dogs and incorrigible chewers. However, if your dog suffers an electric shock it is essential that you consider your own safety before helping.

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This Disorder Looks Like Dirt, but Can Feel Intensely Painful

This Disorder Looks Like Dirt, but Can Feel Intensely Painful

Cats differ from other animals in too many ways to count, including some of the disorders they acquire. One example is hyperesthesia, a bizarre condition known in layman’s terms as rippling or rolling skin syndrome, or twitchy cat syndrome. And then there’s hepatic lipidosis, also called fatty liver syndrome, which is a very serious condition and the most frequently diagnosed liver disease in cats in the U.S. The disease doesn’t occur in any other animal — just kitties.

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Intense Scratching in Dogs

Intense Scratching in Dogs

It’s normal for dogs to scratch, but a sudden and intense bout of scratching in dogs can be a sign of an allergic reaction. As such, it is important for you to determine why the dog is scratching, especially if the behavior is prolonged or intense in nature.

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Can Dogs Get Hemorrhoids?

Can Dogs Get Hemorrhoids?

By Sarah Wooten, DVM | Article Featured on PetMD

In humans, a hemorrhoid is defined as a swollen blood vessel in the lower rectum or anus. They can be internal or protrude externally, and can range from very painful to mildly uncomfortable—a real pain in the you know where.

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Serious Wake-Up Call for Dog Parents Who Ignore This

Serious Wake-Up Call for Dog Parents Who Ignore This

By Dr. Karen Shaw Becker | Article Featured on Healthy Pets

If you’re like most dog parents, you probably don’t give much thought to the health of your pet’s peepers, but there are actually an astonishing number of things that can go wrong with your canine companion’s eyes and his ability to see, including the following conditions.

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What Can I Give My Cat For Constipation?

What Can I Give My Cat For Constipation

Article Dr. TB Thompson | Featured on Pet Life Today

Constipation is a condition in cat where they have trouble emptying their bowels and is usually associated with abnormally hard feces. Constipation happens occasionally even in healthy cats, but when it happens more than once a month, there may be a more serious problem. Let’s discuss why cats get constipated and what can you give your cat for constipation.

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