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petmd editorial updated march 22 2016 published july 25 2008 share this rabbits and alopecia alopecia is the complete or partial lack of hair in areas where hair is normally present this common disorder in rabbits may often be the symptom of another cause such as infection trauma or immune disorder for rabbits there is no specific age breed or sex that is more susceptible to this disorder symptoms and types the primary sign of alopecia is unusual hair loss symptoms may progress suddenly or slowly the exact pattern and degree of hair loss may help determine the cause of alopecia and identify…

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petmd editorial updated march 16 2016 published july 25 2008 share this degenerative joint disease djd arthritis often called degenerative joint disease djd is a condition that afflicts many horses arthritis is not only painful but makes it difficult for a horse to move about the condition is normally characterized as a slowly developing chronic disease of the joint in which the joint surface cartilage wears down resulting in pain and subsequent lameness arthritis cannot be treated but in many cases it can be managed this condition is often an inevitable change as a horse grows older and…

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petmd editorial updated february 11 2021 published july 24 2008 share this ever wonder why cats behave like they do bust the myths and find out why did you know cats played a large role in ancient egyptian society they even became deities mafdet goddess of justice and bast goddess of war while these creatures arent placed on such a high pedestal today there is still an aura of mystery and a particular presence cat carry even their behavior is quite dissimilar to that other favorite domestic pet the dog with a little understanding of the feline way youll discover their behavior isnt so strange…

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tiffany tupler dvm published april 16 2021 share this surgery can seem like a scary process for many pet owners especially if you are worried about caring for your cat after surgery to help alleviate any stress or anxiety talk to your veterinarian before and after the procedure to ensure that all your concerns and questions are addressed read all surgical discharge instructions and discuss them with the vet when you pick up your cat take your time to ask questions and bring up any concerns you may have about the recovery process ask for a list of normal conditions and expectations after…

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heather hoffmann dvm updated april 29 2021 published march 09 2021 share this sneezing can be a normal occurrence in dogs but in certain situations you may wonder if excessive sneezing is a cause for concern there are many reasons why dogs sneeze so its important to distinguish between playful or communicative dog sneezing versus an indicator of a more serious underlying health condition here are some common reasons why your dog might be sneezing along with other signs to look for what to do if your dog wont stop sneezing and when to take your dog to the veterinarian why do dogs sneeze this…

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amanda simonson dvm published february 08 2021 share this videowistia|2ykctswdvr|true dog ears come in all shapes and sizes but they are unique in their anatomy when compared to human ears dogs have a long ear canal with both vertical and horizontal components this creates a j or l shape that traps debris more easily which in turn can lead to dog ear infections dog ear infections are common so its not surprising that in 2018 embrace pet insurance listed dog ear infections as third on the list of the top five dog medical conditions 1 heres a guide to help you recognize the signs of dog ear…

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kelly sulik dvm published january 21 2021 share this as more research is done in the field of veterinary nutrition we continue to learn more about how to keep pets happy and healthy with one of the most important and enjoyable aspects of their daily care food research has shown that one of the most critical dietary components for our feline friends is protein heres what you need to know about protein for cats and highprotein diets why cats need protein there are six classes of nutrients that may be provided by the diet water protein fats carbohydrates vitamins minerals of these nutrients…

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jennifer coates dvm published january 18 2021 share this humangrade cat food is having a moment but is it really worth the extra money and for that matter what does humangrade even mean heres what you need to know to determine if a humangrade food is right for your cat humangrade cat food what is it the term humangrade is hard to define the united states department of agriculture usda and food and drug administration fda are responsible for regulating foods meant for human consumption but they have no humangrade designation the usda simply identifies ingredients and products as being either…

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gretchen verheggen dvm published january 08 2021 share this you might think that organic foods are toptier and better than nonorganic food and if organic food is better for people to eat is it the same for dogs what does it actually mean if a dog food is organic this article will help you interpret dog food labels related to organic dog food whether its 100 organic or made with some organic ingredients what makes a dog food organic the united states department of agriculture usda has not yet defined organic specifically as it relates to use of ingredients in pet foods according to the usdas…

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christina fernandez dvm dacvecc updated january 27 2021 published january 05 2021 share this nutrition is a very powerful tool throughout all stages of a dogs life it can be used to maintain health prevent disease and even primarily manage some disease conditions that said just because your dog is getting older doesnt necessarily mean they need a diet change there are many foods out there that are labeled for mature aging and senior dogs there are even diets labeled for all life stages it can be hard to know what is best for your dog and whether you should switch to senior dog food do senior…

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krista seraydar dvm updated april 29 2021 published september 01 2020 share this if you have a large dog or are thinking of adopting a largebreed dog youll need to take a few special considerations into account these include common health issues found in large dog breeds their specific nutritional needs and their physical activity requirements you also need to know how these needs will vary as large dogs transition through different life stages heres a breakdown of what you need to know about large dog breeds during every life stage jump to section weight range for large dog breeds health…

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petmd editorial updated march 16 2016 published july 18 2008 share this epilepsy idiopathic or genetic in dogs epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes the dog to have sudden uncontrolled recurring physical attacks with or without loss of consciousness this may sometimes occur for unknown reasons idiopathic or due to genetic abnormalities however idiopathic epilepsy is often characterized by structural brain lesions and is more likely seen in male dogs if left untreated the seizures may become more severe and frequent symptoms and types seizures are usually preceded by a short aura or focal…

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laura dayton dvm published august 11 2020 share this heartworm disease is not a new problem for dogs and cats but it certainly has lots of myths and misunderstandings that surround it these are a few of the major questions can humans get heartworms from dogs are heartworms contagious to other dogs this article will help clarify how heartworms are contracted whether heartworms are contagious to other dogs or people and how they can be prevented how do dogs get heartworms lets say a dog is infected with mature heartworms these mature heartworms produce baby heartworms called microfilariae the…

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matthew everett miller dvm published july 06 2020 share this if you notice that one or both of your dogs eyes are red you may be wondering what the cause could be dogs with allergies more commonly show symptoms related to the skin or intestinal tract but it is possible that allergies may be causing the irritation in your dogs eyesjust like in people with seasonal allergies the medical term allergic conjunctivitis is used to describe inflammation of the eye thats usually caused by environmental allergens like pollen and mold dogs with skinbased allergy symptoms allergic dermatitis are more…

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jennifer grota dvm updated june 29 2020 published june 08 2020 share this water is essential to life it has even been called the most important nutrient with regards to survival its very important for your dog to drink enough water to stay hydrated and healthy what if your dog is not drinking enough water heres how to calculate how much water your dog needs along with some reasons why your dog may not be drinking the amount of water they should how much water should dogs drink daily theres a simple way to calculate how much water your dog should drink each day if you know the weight of your…

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kelly sulik dvm published june 01 2020 share this heartworm prevention has become a standard of preventive care for pets in the united states however more than 1 million pets in the us are believed to be heartworm positive and that number is growing although some parts of the country are more severely affected than others heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states you may have to have your dog treated for heartworms in cases such as these if you have adopted a heartwormpositive dog if you have missed your dogs monthly dose of heartworm prevention if you were unaware of heartworm…

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petmd editorial published march 12 2019 share this reviewed for accuracy on march 12 2019 by dr katie grzyb dvm while out on a walk you observe a dog retreat behind his owner with a growl when approached by another dog eventually a scuffle eruptsand thankfully the owners are able to pull the dogs away without serious incident in an ideal scenario a nervous dog who needs space will not be approached at all until hes ready to be social says tara palardy founder of the yellow dog project the yellow dog project is a global movement that helps educate the public on the fact that not every dog…

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petmd editorial updated may 26 2020 published march 11 2019 share this reviewed for accuracy on march 11 2019 by dr katie grzyb dvm when most pet owners think about dog parks they conjure up images of fencedin play areas where dogs roam free and have fun and in many respects thats true dog parks are a great way for wellsocialized healthy dogs to exercise offleash and interact with their own kind says dr jennifer coates a veterinarian based in fort collins colorado and while dog parks are generally fun places dog park accidents are not uncommon in fact according to nationwide insurance their…

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wailani sung ms phd dvm dacvb updated may 02 2019 published march 08 2019 share this do you ever wake up and find your cat lying on your chest staring right into your eyes or maybe you feel those green eyes boring a hole into your back as you are working on your computer what is your cat thinking about you have read that direct eye contact in the cat world is considered a threat so you may be wondering what did i do the answer may be nothing there are several different scenarios that might involve cats staring at youheres how you can tell the difference assess your cats body language eyes may…

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sandra c mitchell dvm dabvp updated february 10 2021 published march 08 2019 share this feeding your pets seems like such a simple process buy a bag of food and feed it to your pet right but do you really know what a guinea pig can eat it is a lot more complicated than just buying a bag of food guinea pigs have some very specific dietary needs and these may differ from their dietary wants add this to the fact that some guinea pig foods favor taste appeal over good nutrition which makes it difficult for pet parents to know if their pets are getting the nutrition they need to thrive all of that…

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victoria schade cpdtka updated february 10 2021 published march 08 2019 share this image via istockcomgeorgepeters by victoria schade dog breed descriptions are almost like dating profiles pet parents want to match up with the best companion for their lifestyle that is why many pet parents rely on breed profiles to help them decide on important factors like a dogs workout requirements or their personality before committing to a forever relationship learning as much as possible about different dog breeds is a great way to help prevent bad matchups like a highdrive working dog living in a small…

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joanna pendergrass dvm updated july 06 2020 published march 07 2019 share this as you go about your daily activities you might notice your dog quietly staring at you your first instinct might be to feel selfconscious is my hair hopelessly disheveled is there something stuck in my teeth but rather than assuming the worst when the question why does my dog stare at me runs through your head rest assured that your dogs stare is not a judgment of your personal appearance dogs have developed a close domesticated relationship with humans over thousands of years this relationship has allowed dogs to…

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petmd editorial published february 20 2019 share this image via twitterjoaquin baldwin if you are a cat owner you know that sometimes cats have a lot of opinions and cats dont normally keep them to themselves they like to share them in a notsosymphonic manner that ends up being more like a barrage of impressively varied meows one man joaquin baldwin decided to share his cats decidedly unmelodious giftsbut with a twist he used an autotune app to give his feline friend elton a new more hip sound videotwitterportrait|1097338480776994816|false and lets just say once this video hit the internet…

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petmd editorial published february 18 2019 share this image via istockcomseventyfour by paula fitzsimmons getting your pup off the sofa and moving on a regular basis is essential to her health and wellbeing if you need a tool to support this goal consider using a dog activity trackera type of dog tracking collar that not only complements a dog weight loss program but also provides you with important health data activity trackers for dogs vary in functionality features and price points understanding the differences can help you choose a device that will best serve you and your pups specific…

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jennifer coates dvm updated december 21 2020 published february 14 2019 share this trimming cat nails may not sound like a job for the faint of heart especially with the pressure of avoiding the quick if you cut the quick when trimming cat nails it can be painful for your feline and can lead to bleeding so what is the quick exactly and how do you avoid hitting the quick when trimming cat nails what is the quick the quick contains the blood vessels nerves and other tissues that support a cats nail in cat nails that are lightcolored its usually quite easy to see the triangular pink quick at the…