(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Acupuncture is a therapeutic process during which a practitioner inserts fine needles into your dog’s body to help control pain and cure chronic ailments. It’s a very old practice in humans and in animals; something very much like acupuncture was practiced in India more than 7,000 years ago, and there is
(Image Credit: Getty Images) We don’t like to talk about it, but it happens. Sometimes, our best friends have bad breath. Whether or not their breath smells though, dental health in dogs is vital for a long and happy life. Dental diseases in dogs can worsen or lead to fatal conditions if not treated and
(Picture Credit: LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images) Lymphoma is a form of cancer in dogs that affects the lymphocytes, which are white blood cells that are important for immune system function. It’s one of the most common malignant tumors in canines. Mostly it’s found in the lymph nodes, the spleen, or the bone marrow, which is where
(Picture Credit: Ulianna/Getty Images) Americans love to spend money on their pets. A lot of this money goes to great things like toys, beds, and vaccinations. A lot of it also goes to over-the-counter treatments for ailments such as belly aches, the runs, and fleas. With Holistic Pet Day coming up on August 30th, you may
(Picture Credit: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for ASPCA) Spaying and neutering are the best ways to keep the pet population from exploding. They lower the number of dogs and other animals in shelters, which leads to less euthanizing of unwanted pets and frees up resources at shelters so dogs can get the care they need. Spaying
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Leukemia in dogs is a form of cancer that results in an increased white blood cell count in the blood stream and bone marrow. It can be acute or chronic with the acute form being more malignant. There are two main types of canine leukemia. Lymphocytic leukemia is caused by cancerous
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Basal cell carcinomas and tumors are the most common forms of skin cancer found in dogs. Most basal cell tumors in dogs are benign, though they can become malignant. Malignant tumors are referred to as “carcinomas.” When caught early, most basal cell carcinomas can be treated without further complications, usually with surgery.
(Picture Credit: Taboino School/EyeEm/Getty Images) Most families live with chemical pollutants in their homes, sometimes without even realizing it. Hazardous chemicals can be found in so many of the products that we use every day. Most of the time, we don’t directly feel the effects of these chemicals and go unaware of the risks they
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) A squamous cell carcinoma is a malignant tumor in the epidermal layer of a dog’s skin. It often appears as a mass of white skin or a raised lump that can be directly on a dog’s skin, in the nail beds of the toes, or in the mouth. The mass may begin bleeding
Most dogs like a little alone time now and then. However, some dogs are extremely people-oriented and will act out when they are left alone. This is called separation anxiety. Dogs with this affliction will show it within 20-45 minutes after you leave. Typical behaviors are: Digging, gnawing, and scratching at doors and windows inside,
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) February is National Pet Dental Health Month! It’s an important month because many pet parents never look inside their dogs’ mouths. That’s a shame because up to 80 percent of adult dogs have significant oral pathology. A dog’s mouth is the ideal incubator for all kinds of bacteria to thrive, partly because the
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to spread knowledge about pets and cancer, as well as a time to educate ourselves about the things we can do to prevent or treat cancer in our own pets. Cancer can be caused by a variety of environmental and
Question: How can I stop my puppy from chewing everything in sight? Answer: Puppies, like babies, tend to explore the environment by putting things in their mouths. The problem, of course, is that not everything a pup finds lying around is appropriate to chew, and many things can be downright dangerous. Just as with a
(Picture Credit: Vladimir Weiss/Getty Images) August 17th is International Homeless Animals’ Day. The official slogan for the event is “Become part of the solution,” and there are plenty of ways to do so! The International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR) established International Homeless Animals’ Day in 1992, and it falls on the third Saturday in August ever
(Picture Credit: Fotoguru_se/Getty Images) Tartar and gingivitis are two of the most common problems seen in dogs by veterinarians. Poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease, loss of teeth, and–if untreated–more serious conditions such as bacterial infections of the heart, liver, or kidneys. In fact, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats
(Picture Credit: Hero Images/Getty Images) November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. While the diagnosis of cancer can be very heartbreaking, we wanted to shed light on some happy stories that will hopefully show the sheer strength and will power dogs can have. While even hearing the word “cancer” might seem scary, these stories may
Doggie daycare can be a great option for pups who might otherwise spend the day alone. This editorial courtesy of Dr. Vivian Cardoso-Carroll, PetMD.com. My friend Jason Mayfield owns a pet boarding facility in the Houston area called the Bed Bath and Biscuit. He also trains dogs, zebras and apparently a slew of other exotic
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) February is Spay & Neuter Awareness Month. As dog lovers, we should take this time to educate pet owners about the importance of spaying and neutering. These days we consider, spaying and neutering your pet as a regular part of being a responsible pet owner. However, it wasn’t always this way.
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) August 30th is National Holistic Pet Day! Humans have been using healing herbs for as long as there have been humans and herbs to heal them. Many of those same natural remedies may be effective in treating your dog for a variety of ailments, if used in the right ways. In
(Picture Credit: Nataba/Getty Images) February is Pet Dental Health Month, so let’s spread the word about gum disease in dogs and try to educate fellow pet owners. By the age of three, more than 80 percent of dogs show signs of gum disease, according to the American Veterinarian Dental Society. It’s no surprise, then, to
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Liver cancer in dogs is a tumorous growth in the lining of the liver, which is the organ responsible for removing toxins for the body, aiding in digestion, and helping with blood clotting. Tumors in dogs’ livers are usually benign, and cancerous tumors of the liver most often result from metastatic cancers that
Living with any roommate can be a struggle, but furry, four-legged roommates can take your frustration to a new level. Those claws, teeth, and annoying habits can wreak havoc on any space, particularly a small apartment. If you’re really hoping to keep your apartment and belongings intact while living with a dog, you’ll have to
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) We all want our dogs to be as healthy and long-lived as possible, so it makes perfect sense to feed them well. But can the same ol’, same ol’ food that we plop into the bowl every day fulfill 100 percent of our dogs’ dietary needs? The short answer: it probably
(Picture Credit: taniche/Getty Images) Just like with human health, dental care is an important component of your dog’s overall wellness. It may not be as easy as other things we do to take care of our dogs, like brushing their fur. But taking care of their gums and teeth can lead to better long-term health
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Brain tumors in dogs are abnormal growths of cells that affect the brain or its surrounding membranes. They can either be primary or secondary. A primary brain tumor originates in the dog’s brain, while a secondary brain tumor can metastasize and spread to the brain from somewhere else in the dog’s
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) While not gravitating to the level of destruction, persistent barking, howling or indoor accidents. I feel stressed when my dog is alone. There are others out there feeling this way as well, I know it. Safety in numbers, pack mentality, groups of like-minded pet guardians. Right? A little bit of Googling
(Picture Credit: s5iztok/Getty Images) Are you having trouble deciding whether you should spay or neuter your dog? There are plenty of myths out there that could influence your decision. It’s important to get down to the truth about spaying and neutering. February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, and there’s no better time to sort out fact
(Picture Credit: DenGuy/Getty Images) Medicine has progressed for our canine friends, and many pet parents want safe, modern, alternative options to take care of their dogs. New high-tech solutions like light therapy can address many debilitating and uncomfortable conditions, like arthritis and skin infections. But what is light therapy for dogs? What does it do?
(Picture Credit: Kacey Klonsky/Getty Images) If you’re lucky enough to have an affectionate dog like my pup, Leia, then you probably spend a lot of face-to-face time. If you’re even luckier, your doggo has some great breath to go along with those sweet kisses. Let’s face it — “dog breath” has never been a compliment,
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Neutering is a simple surgical procedure that sterilizes a male dog so he’s incapable of parenting puppies. “The big snip,” as some people call it, provides many benefits beyond making sure dogs don’t become puppy daddies. Neutering can cut the risk of certain diseases, unwanted behaviors, and conflicts with other dogs.