How to Take Care of a Dog with a Broken Leg

It’s upsetting to see your dog in pain. Limping, whining, yelping and other signs that your dog is hurting will make you want to take steps to comfort him and help his pain right then and there. But if his leg is broken, trying to examine or treat his injury on your own could . . . → Read More: How to Take Care of a Dog with a Broken Leg

Is Your Pet Safe When Riding in the Car? Tips to Help Ensure the Answer Is Yes

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You put your dog or cat in a crate, car seat or harness when he rides in the car. Seems like the right thing to do, doesn’t it?

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Calming Your Dog During A Thunderstorm

I once had a dog named Lightning that was so afraid of thunder he would dart behind our couch for cover. Ironic, I know. Dogs are often afraid of the booming noise and will sometimes be so nervous that they shake. As a dog owner you should do as much as you can to . . . → Read More: Calming Your Dog During A Thunderstorm

Helpful Tips for Living With a Pet Who Is Deaf or Hearing-Impaired

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One of the sweetest things about my profession as a veterinarian is the opportunity to see the love shared between people and pets. What’s even more special is seeing the accommodations people make for pets with disabilities.

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Cardiac Exam Procedure in Pets

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A cardiac exam evaluates the function of the cardiovascular system. The exam is performed by your veterinarian to determine the health of your pet’s heart. The exam is especially important for older animals, pets with a history of heart problems, or breeds that are at increased risk for developing heart . . . → Read More: Cardiac Exam Procedure in Pets

My Pet Has Red and Irritated Eyes. What's Going On?

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This easy-to-spy problem is common in both cats and dogs and can be caused by an injury, an irritation or even a disease. Regardless of the cause, your pet’s eye may look roughly the same: Some or all of the structures surrounding the eye will be red and/or visibly swollen, . . . → Read More: My Pet Has Red and Irritated Eyes. What’s Going On?

Mitral Valve Disease (Endocardiosis) in Dogs

Mitral valve disease is not just a disease of the heart. It’s the disease of the heart for dogs, responsible for a full three-fourths of all canine heart diseases. It’s caused by a degenerative process thought to be genetic. A low-grade heart murmur may be the only early warning sign. Later on, coughing, exercise . . . → Read More: Mitral Valve Disease (Endocardiosis) in Dogs

5 Things Pet Owners Should Know Before Planting Spring Gardens

For many of us and our pets, the sweet arrival of springtime signifies warmer weather and longer daylight hours — which translates to more time outside! If you have pets and plan to spend time sprucing up your garden this spring, there are a few things you need to know.

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Diabetes in Dogs

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Even dogs eating healthy diets can suffer from diabetes. As with diabetes in humans, sometimes a dog’s body’s stops producing enough insulin or the cells of a dog’s body are unable to use the insulin that is produced. When either condition occurs, the result is diabetes mellitus, which causes excessive . . . → Read More: Diabetes in Dogs

Abscesses and Bite Wounds in Cats and Dogs

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Pets have a way of getting into trouble with one another. And when the seemingly inevitable altercations ensue, fangs and fur can fly. Unfortunately, a great many of these cases end in abscesses. A bite-wound abscess forms when the body can’t remove infection, inflammation, and damaged cells fast enough after . . . → Read More: Abscesses and Bite Wounds in Cats and Dogs