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10 Cat Anxiety Medications

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Cats can suffer from anxiety disorders just as people and dogs can. They can experience generalized anxiety disorders or more specific anxiety issues caused by things like thunder or separation distress when their pet parents are not at home. The...

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Why You Need to Stay Current on Flea, Tick, and Heartworm Protection

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By Dr. Katy Nelson, DVM All over the country, temps are on the rise, trees are starting to bud, and flowers are starting to bloom. While we may be practicing social distancing, bugs are still out there causing problems for our pets. But...

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Can You Give a Dog Tylenol?

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Tylenol is an anti-fever and pain medication that we usually take, but is it safe to use for dogs? This over-the-counter (OTC) medication frequently makes the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center’s list of top 10 causes of poisonings...

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Can You Give a Dog Ibuprofen?

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When you or a family member have mild to moderate pain associated with a headache, arthritis, or a muscle strain, do you reach for ibuprofen? A lot of people do—it’s (relatively) safe, inexpensive, and available almost everywhere. But...

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COVID-19 and Pets: Should I Go to the Vet or Wait? What’s the Protocol?

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By Dr. Katy Nelson, DVM It’s a scary time right now, and everyone is adjusting to a new normal. During this time of social distancing, we should all be trying to do our part to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19....

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Q&A: New Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Pets

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By Dr. Katy Nelson, DVM As communities around the world respond to the new coronavirus (COVID-19), you should have the most up-to-date information on how it impacts you and your pets. Here are the answers to pet parents’...

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Why Do Cats Purr?

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Many people think of purring as the sign of a happy, contented cat. But did you know that cats also purr when they’re in pain or frightened? Here’s what we know about purring cats—how they do it, why they do it, and...

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Why Do Dogs Sleep So Much?

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The life of a dog seems like such a leisurely experience. Get out of bed, go outside to relieve yourself, come in, have a snack, and go back to bed. Then wake up, go outside again, have dinner, and then go back to bed for another nap. While...

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Pedialyte for Dogs: Is It Safe?

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Pedialyte is an electrolyte solution that can be given to children or adults with mild diarrhea or dehydration. It can help rehydrate and replenish electrolytes, which often makes a sick person with mild dehydration feel better. So if...

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Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?

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Have you ever caught your dog eating poop and asked yourself, “Ugh, why do you do that?” Well, you are definitely not alone. Poop-eating is not exactly a hobby that you would consider ideal for your furry family member. Here’s...

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Why Do Cats Meow?

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Cats use dozens of different meows to communicate. But did you know that the majority of cat communication from one cat to another is through body language and scents? In fact, cats rarely meow to each other, but will often meow to humans....

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How to Tell if Your Dog Has Food Allergies

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Food allergies in dogs can be tricky to identify. The symptoms aren’t what many pet parents expect, and there are a lot of myths out there about food allergies in dogs. True food allergies are not that common in dogs, for one. Here’s...

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Why Do Dogs Sit on Your Feet?

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You may have heard the myth that when a dog sits or lies on top of your feet that he is trying to dominate you. But nothing could be further from the truth. Many dogs form a strong bond with their owners. Wherever the owner goes, the...

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Can Dogs and Cats Get the New Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

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By Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM Updated on March 23, 2020 In this article: There's no evidence that pets can spread COVID-19 or become sick from it. “Canine” and “Feline” coronavirus are...

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How to Make an Oatmeal Bath for Dogs With Itchy Skin

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Many dogs will experience dry skin, itchy skin, or some type of skin issue at one time or another, whether it’s due to a change in weather or allergies. When your pup is feeling itchy or their skin is irritated, it’s natural...

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How You Can Help Vets and Wildlife Rescues Save Animals in Australia

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The wildfires in Australia are having an absolutely devastating effect on humans and animals alike. According to CNN, over 17.9 million acres of land have been scorched by the fires—which is an area larger than the countries of Belgium...

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Can Benadryl Help With Dog Anxiety?

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While some sources of dog stress are chronic in nature, such as separation anxiety, many are temporary and situational. Thunderstorms, fireworks, and even holiday gatherings can be stressful for dogs. For these short-lived events, what...

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Dog Blood Types and Dog Blood Donation

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Is there really such thing as a blood transfusion for dogs? Yes, dogs suffering from severe blood loss or blood diseases can receive blood transfusions from another healthy dog to help them recover. But matching them up is a little more...

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When to Start Training a Puppy

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Reviewed for accuracy on January 9, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM Training a new puppy involves more than just teaching “sit,” “down,” and “come.” Puppies are constantly processing everything around...

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Why Do Dogs Bark?

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Recent research shows that the domesticating of dogs began between 20,000-40,000 years ago. In that period of time, dogs have learned how to understand large vocabularies, compound sentences, and upwards of 1,000 words if trained properly. Like...

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Can Dogs Have Panic Attacks?

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Anticipating a fearful or negative experience with certain people, objects, animals, or situations can lead to anxiety. But when does anxiety veer into panic? Can dogs have panic attacks? Here’s everything you need to know about...

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Fungal Infections

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Yeast organisms (fungi) are also normally found on your dog’s paws, but an underlying condition can cause them to multiply and cause problems. Licking excessively is common with many types of infections that need treatment from...

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Toenail Injuries

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Nails that are not trimmed properly or naturally worn down by walking outside can become painful ingrown toenails. Your vet can treat them with antibiotics and pain medication, but severely ingrown nails might have to be surgically resected,...

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Ringworm

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Ringworm is a fungus that’s contracted from direct contact with infected animals, soil (think dog parks) or other objects such as dog beds. Ringworm can infect your dog’s feet, and it’s not actually a worm. “It can look...

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Did You Know that UPS Drivers Have a Facebook Group to Share Pics of the Dogs They Spot?

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Every animal lover can admit that they get a little excited when they spot a dog out in public. I mean, there’s a whole Facebook group called Dogspotting, which is specifically dedicated to documenting said encounters. Well...

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