Health

(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
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(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.
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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,
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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
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(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
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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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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?
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(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.
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