Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy



or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.

Nutrition Center - Tips

Know the Water Before You Take the Dive

Filed Under

Know where your pup is putting his or her paws wet; if you wouldn’t swim in it, they probably shouldn’t either. It’s important to keep in mind that serious illness resulting from swimming is very rare in dogs, and the...

READ MORE

Pseudomonas

Filed Under

Owners whose dogs are prone to ear infections can usually see it coming: the shaking head, the scratching at the ear canals, the stinky head. It is one of the most common reasons dogs are brought to the veterinary clinic. While otitis externa...

READ MORE

Schistosomiasis

Filed Under

Dog owners in Texas and Louisiana have an additional organism to look out for in their water loving dogs: Heterobilharzia Americana, a flatworm that is the causative agent of canine schistosomiasis. The organism penetrates the skin of the dog...

READ MORE

Cryptosporidiosis

Filed Under

One of the nastier waterborne diseases, cryptosporidiosis is caused by the parasite Cryptosporidium. Both the parasite and the disease are often referred to as “crypto” by those unfortunate enough to have encountered it. Multiple...

READ MORE

Giardiasis

Filed Under

One of several microscopic parasites known to cause diarrhea in both dogs and humans, Giardia lamblia is an organism many dog owners are familiar with. Infected animals shed oocysts in their stool, which are hardy and can persist a long time...

READ MORE

Blue/Green Algae

Filed Under

Freshwater lakes and ponds are highly inviting to a water-loving dog, but beware of bodies of water with a dense buildup of blue-green algae. Under specific environmental conditions, most often during the summer months, photosynthetic bacteria...

READ MORE

Pythiosis

Filed Under

With a nickname like “swamp cancer,” you know it’s nothing good. Pythiosis is a rare but severe waterborne disease caused by a fungal-like organism called Pythium insidiosum. While more commonly known as a disease of plants,...

READ MORE

Leptospirosis

Filed Under

Leptospirosis is a common waterborne disease caused by the bacteria Leptospira. Many strains of Leptospira are found worldwide, but it is most usually found in warm areas with high rainfall. The bacteria can infect both humans and dogs, though...

READ MORE

7 Water Parasites and Diseases that Can Infect Your Dog

Filed Under

by Jessica Vogelsang, DVM The temperature’s rising, and as summer enters full swing there’s nothing more refreshing than a dip in the water. While the vast majority of pets get through their water experience with nothing more...

READ MORE

7 Scary Diseases Your Dog Can Get from Water

Filed Under Parasites

While most dogs leave the water with nothing more than a wet coat, there are some organisms in recreational water sources than can pose a health risk. We spoke to veterinarians and came up with a list of the seven most commonly diagnosed waterborne diseases in dogs. Learn more.

VIEW SLIDESHOW

Grains in Dog Food: What You Need to Know

Filed Under Nutrition

By Helen Anne Travis In the human world, eliminating grains from the diet has been credited with everything from reducing belly fat, to improving skin tone, to alleviating the symptoms of depression. But what about our pets? Could...

READ MORE

The 10 Most Common Poisons That Affect Cats

Filed Under Poisoning-Toxicity

byDr. Lorie Huston, DVM What are the most common cat poisons—do you know? Back in 2006, an article published in Veterinary Medicinereported "The 10 most common toxicoses in cats" based on the 10 most common feline poisons...

READ MORE

Stroke in Dogs

Filed Under Neurological

by Carol McCarthy Chances are, you know someone who has had a stroke and have seen the life-altering impact it can have. As a pet parent, you might be surprised to learn that dogs can have strokes, too. With the increased availability...

READ MORE

What to Do if Your Pet Gets Sick or Injured on Vacation

Filed Under Care

By Samantha Drake More people than ever are bringing their pets along on vacation, supported by the proliferation of pet-friendly accommodations and activities. But what happens if your dog or cat gets sick or injured far from home and...

READ MORE

Vestibular Disease in Dogs

Filed Under Neurological

by Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell Canine idiopathic vestibular disease, which is also sometimes called “old dog disease” or “old rolling dog syndrome,” can be very scary for pet parents. To the untrained eye, the symptoms...

READ MORE

Kitten Care 101: How to Socialize Kittens

Filed Under Training

by Geoff Williams You wouldn't think that there would be much of a method, or even a reason, for socializing kittens. They're adorable. Everybody loves them. What more do you need to know? Quite a bit, actually. In fact,...

READ MORE

Emotional Support Pets Explained

Filed Under Care

by David F. Kramer Service animals are dogs or other animals that are specially trained to perform essential life tasks and assist people with physical disabilities. They can also be referred to as assistance, support, or helper animals,...

READ MORE

8 Tips for Helping House Guests with Pet Allergies

Filed Under Care

by Geoff Williams Some people love dogs and cats… from a distance. That is, the moment they get close and personal, they start sneezing or coughing, or worse, have trouble breathing. If you have pets, you may have some friends...

READ MORE

The Complete Cat Hairball Guide: Everything You Need to Know

Filed Under Conditions

By Carol McCarthy As a cat parent, you probably dread that sound. You know the one: the ack, aaaccckkk, retching sound your beloved kitty makes when she is about to heave up a hairball. While hairballs are a fairly common occupational...

READ MORE

Do Cats Actually Get 'Brain Freeze' When They Eat Cold Treats?

Filed Under Lifestyle & Entertainment

It's the latest cat video trend. But just like some popular ones before it, this viral fad may be more cruel than it is cute. The Huffington Post recently shared a video compilation of pet parents recording their cat's reaction...

READ MORE

Radagast Pet Food, Inc. Recalls Four Lots Of Frozen Rad Cat Raw Diet

Filed Under Alerts & Recalls

Radagast Pet Food, Inc., based in Portland, Oregon, is voluntarily recalling four lots of frozen Rad Cat Raw Diet products, sold in 8oz., 16oz., and 24oz. tubs, and free 1oz sample cups, due to the potential to be contaminated withSalmonella...

READ MORE

Can Dogs See TV?

Filed Under Behavior

By Katherine Tolford If your dog has ever barked at other animals on TV or intently watched a football game, you may be wondering if it’s possible for him to share in your Game of Thrones or Dancing with the Stars addiction. Do...

READ MORE

Can Cats Have a Raw Food Diet?

Filed Under Nutrition

By Aly Semigran A cat’s natural instinct—even a friendly, loveable housecat—is to hunt for food. And if left to their own devices out in the wild, cats would find their food in a raw, natural state. That’s...

READ MORE

Why Your Vet Visit Costs So Much

Filed Under Health & Science

It’s a never-ending refrain, “Why does veterinary care cost so much?” I get it. I’m not just a veterinarian but also an animal owner. Sure, I can take care of some of my own pets’ needs, but not all of them....

READ MORE

8 Facts About Guppies

Filed Under General Health

By Vanessa Voltolina Searching for your next finned pet? Guppies are a common and easy-to-care-for option. In fact, guppies make great pets and can be excellent additions to the tanks of both experienced fish owners and aquatic pet newbies,...

READ MORE
n/a