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Helping Your Dog Understand the Loss of Their Canine Companion

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For people, losing a pet is an inconsolable pain. It is hard to continue life without my dog, Wynne. I look around at her food bowls, bed, toys and favorite spot on the couch. I vocalize my pain and look through photographs to remember...

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What to Do if Your Dog is Hit by a Car

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By Mindy Cohan, VMD Emergency situations require quick thinking and action. Witnessing your dog being struck by a car is a harrowing experience that can be mitigated by preparedness. Since both you and your dog are likely to be in states...

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The Ultimate Guide to Responsible Pet Adoption

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By Elizabeth Xu Adding a cat or dog to your family is a big decision, and these days there are many ways for you to do so. Adoption is an option for folks looking to possibly save a little money—and more importantly, save a life. Adopting...

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How to Prevent Pet Trash Can Problems

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“From a veterinary perspective, there is no good trash for a dog. I strongly recommend a covered trash can, preferably in a closet, anchored or elevated,” says Denish. “It is also very important to start training your dog from...

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Personal Hygiene Products and Diapers

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Vets and animal behaviorists are divided on the reasons a pet might ingest any of these unsavory items. Dogs, by nature, are sniffers, lickers and tasters – and they use these senses in the way we use touch. Not only are dogs attracted...

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Holiday Decorations

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There always seems to be a holiday around the corner, and each one has its own variety of decorations, snacks and foods that can end up in the trash. While eating a Christmas decoration is probably just as risky as eating a Halloween decoration,...

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Styrofoam and Plastic

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While Styrofoam and plastic themselves are not toxic to pets, says Denish, if too much is consumed, they can lead to trouble, and potentially a gastrointestinal obstruction. So, a small animal that eats a large amount could be asking for trouble....

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Paper Products

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Eating paper products—such as napkins, towels, and toilet paper—probably won’t injure your pet, unless the amount consumed is excessive. Pet owners also need to consider what sort of substances cast off napkins and paper towels...

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Spoiled Food

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The consumption of old or potentially spoiled food from the trash has a great potential to cause illness to an animal, says Small. Spoiled or raw foods have a greater chance to cause sickness from Salmonella or Campylobacter bacteria. Symptoms...

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5 Trash Can Dangers for Your Pet

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By David F. Kramer Pet owners often go to great lengths to feed dogs and cats healthy foods. But despite a proper portion size and the right food choice, many pets still enjoy digging through the trash for extra morsels. Whether pets...

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5 Trash Can Dangers for Your Pet

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If your cat or dog gets into the trash can, it can leave you with a gross mess to clean up. But it can also be potentially dangerous for pets. Read about these trash can dangers for pets.

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Your New Puppy: The Ultimate Sleep Guide

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By Katherine Tolford It’s no secret that sleeping through the night with a new puppy can be almost as difficult as it is with a newborn baby. Teena Patel, a dog trainer and the owner of the training facility University of...

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What Should My Dog's Poop Look Like?

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Unpleasant though it may be, keeping an eye on your dog's poop can tell you a lot about his health. Here, learn everything you need to know about what color (and shape) your dog's stool should be, and what it means if it isn't. Embed...

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Diagnosing and Treating Cushing’s Disease

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If you observe the aforementioned symptoms, schedule a consult with your dog’s veterinarian. The diagnosis and subsequent treatment of Cushing’s disease is important for maintaining your dog’s health and quality of life as...

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Changes to Skin and Fur

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Several endocrine disorders share the common symptoms of changes to the skin and hair coat. When Cushing’s disease is suspected, your dog’s veterinarian may also investigate conditions such hypothyroidism and sex hormone disorders....

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Pot-Bellied Appearance

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Elevated cortisol levels cause systemic muscle weakness which can manifest as generalized lethargy. As the muscles of the abdominal wall lose strength, dogs develop a protruding belly. A pot-bellied appearance is exacerbated by an enlarged liver...

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Panting

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Dogs pant for many reasons such as cooling themselves, anxiety, pain and various medical problems such as anemia. The basis for increased panting in dog’s with Cushing’s disease is multifactorial. First, Cushing’s disease results...

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Increased Appetite

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Pet parents may also notice an increase in appetite in dogs with Cushing’s disease. Dogs that previously grazed on kibble throughout the day may begin to eat an entire meal immediately or attempt to access food in a kitchen trashcan or...

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Increased Thirst and Urination

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An increase in water consumption and increased volume and frequency of urination is one of the most universal symptoms and is also usually the first sign of Cushing’s disease noticed by dog parents. This indication of Cushing’s occurs...

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Symptoms of Cushing’s Disease

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By Mindy Cohan, VMD Cushing’s disease is a common endocrine (hormonal) problem that primarily affects middle-aged and senior dogs. It is also known as hyperadrenocorticism because the basis of this disease is the excessive production...

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5 Symptoms of Cushing’s Disease in Dogs

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Cushing’s disease is a common endocrine (hormonal) problem that primarily affects middle-aged and senior dogs. Get the most common symptoms of Cushing's disease here.

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Overcoming the Fear of Pit Bulls: Where Do We Go from Here?

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My pet family was complete, we had two dogs and a cat. When my boyfriend, James, thought we should get another dog, I disagreed. Remy, our Akita was attached to me. He loves everyone in the family, but when I leave he waits by the door for me....

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Stress

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This is not as common as medical causes, Bartl says, but stress can cause changes in a pet’s appetite and should not be overlooked. She lists changes in the household and the addition of a new pet as possible sources of stress-induced...

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Changing Food

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Not all cases of seemingly inexplicable weight loss are explained by a disease or a condition. Heinze says one of the most common explanations for weight loss is changing your pet’s food. “I have had people come to me because...

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Dental Disease

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Oral pain, Bartl says, may lead to weight loss in pets, as dogs and cats will have a hard time chewing hard kibble when they’re dealing with an abscess or other gum problem. Treatment for the underlying condition should address the weight...

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