Canine

Hematuria: Blood in the Urine of Dogs and Cats

Hematuria is simply the presence of red blood cells in urine. You might think blood in your pet’s urine would be obvious to you because you can’t imagine not being aware of it. But in our dogs and cats, sometimes we don’t have any clue at all that hematuria exists until a veterinarian requests a urine sample for some other reason. In […]



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Anemia in Dogs

If your dog has anemia don’t panic. Though severe anemia is life threatening and requires immediate veterinary attention, mild cases can be easier to reverse or manage. Anemia develops when the number of red blood cells in the bloodstream is reduced. Since they’re responsible for the transport and delivery of oxygen throughout the body, a […]



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Music Calms Anxious Dogs

Animal shelters in the U.S., U.K., India and Australia say playing “Canine Lullabies” calms anxious dogs, but composer Terry Woodford says the songs on the album were initially intended to soothe babies. Studies have found that dogs respond differently to different styles of music, and Woodford says he released “Canine Lullabies” after getting feedback from […]



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Why Are So Many Pets Overweight?

As with humans, obesity in pets is at epidemic proportions. Over half of the dogs and catsaround the globe battle the bulge. While overweight pets may not face the same social stigma as humans, medical and emotional damage is being done all the same. Obesity in animals can cause complications in almost every system in the body, with conditions ranging […]



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Separation Anxiety in Dogs — And What to Do About It

Separation anxiety is exactly what it sounds like – your dog becomes distressed when you aren’t around. In her book Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs, Malena DeMartini-Price, CTC, writes, “Separation anxiety in a dog is the equivalent of a full-blown panic attack in a human due to the anxiety and fear of being left alone. The severity of the […]



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Can Dogs Get Pink Eye?

Conjunctivitis, commonly known as “pink eye,” can be a real pain in the eye. You might be wondering “Can dogs get pink eye?” The short answer is yes, dogs can get pink eye. How a dog’s eye or eyes become infected can be the result of a virus, bacteria, foreign body, parasite, or allergies. With […]



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About Designer Dog Breeds

The Labradoodle, the original “designer” dog, was bred in an attempt to create a hypoallergenic guide dog by mating a Labrador Retriever with a Poodle. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog, but that hasn’t slowed the popularity of this first “Doodle” dog. You are sure to have seen many of them romping around the dog park. […]



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Why Is My Dog Panting Heavily?

It’s normal for dogs to pant, especially when they’re hot, excited, or energetic. Heavy panting is different, though, and may be a sign your dog is dangerously overheated, coping with a chronic health problem, or has experienced a life-threatening trauma. READ MORE



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Regular Veterinary Care Prevents Dangerous Periodontal Disease

Untreated periodontal disease in cats and dogs can lead to heart, liver and kidney damage, according to the AVMA, but periodontal disease is preventable with regular at-home and veterinary cleaning and care. Signs of dental problems that should be checked by a veterinarian include bad breath; discolored, broken or loose teeth; oral pain or bleeding; […]



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Keep Your Family Together — Microchip Your Pet

During this stormy and noisy season, more pets run off and are lost than at any other time of year. A key to being reunited with a lost pet is a microchip. If your pet does have a microchip, make sure it is checked yearly to ensure it is working. Not all microchips are created […]



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