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jennifer coates dvm updated january 18 2021 published september 18 2018 share this many pet food brands label their products as being humangrade but what does this really mean is humangrade cat food or humangrade dog food safer or healthier than traditional pet food lets take a look at the ingredients manufacturing and packaging requirements that pet foods claim to meet when they use the term humangrade and whether or not they offer any real benefits to pets what is humangrade dog food and cat… read more

petmd editorial updated november 25 2020 published september 18 2018 share this hurricane season is a stressful timeespecially for people with pets from mandatory evacuations to deciding whether you want to leave when youre not in an evacuation zone things can get pretty hectic all at once if youve never been in a hurricane or have never experienced one since becoming a pet parent you might feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to hurricane preparation heres a helpful pet safety hurricane… read more

petmd editorial updated september 23 2019 published september 17 2018 share this image courtesy of lucas hixson by paula fitzsimmons the chernobyl nuclear power plant is not a place most people associate with life when one of its reactors exploded in 1986 it released radioactive material into the atmosphere creating one of the most catastrophic nuclear disasters recorded in history image courtesty of lucas hixson more than 120000 residents in nearby communities were evacuated and pets too big… read more

petmd editorial updated august 31 2020 published september 17 2018 share this hurricane season can be scary with the threat of an impending storm its important that you take all precautions necessary to keep your family safeand that includes your pets whether youre staying in place or planning to evacuate stocking up on the right pet supplies can ease the stress of hurricane season and ensure that your pets have what they need heres a hurricane checklist you can use to make sure you have all… read more

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petmd editorial updated march 15 2016 published july 02 2008 share this thrombocytopenia in dogs thrombocytopenia is a medical condition where blood platelets become too low in animals platelets are produced in the bone marrow and then released into the blood stream they also serve the important function of maintaining hemostasis low platelet counts can be found in any breed of dog and at any age treatment options do exist and unless the cause of the condition is serious prognosis for the dog… read more

petmd editorial published september 17 2018 share this image via anatolii brohovskyishutterstockcom the house passed the dog and cat meat trade prohibition act of 2018 on wednesday sept 12 making it illegal in the us to kill cats and dogs for the purpose of consumption the passing of the bill is a win for animal rights groups who say there is a small underground market for dog and cat meat in the us the bill states that individuals will be fined $5000 for knowingly killing transporting… read more

petmd editorial published september 13 2018 share this image via inbetweentheblinksshutterstockcom according to a study published in plos one animal shelter staff correctly identify a dogs primary or secondary breed 67 percent of the time when asked to identify more than one breed their accuracy dropped to just 10 percent breed identification at shelters is often made based on the dogs visual appearance it is not common for animal shelters to conduct genetic breed testing to conduct the study… read more

petmd editorial updated september 23 2019 published september 12 2018 share this image via brian kinneyshutterstock by helen anne travis the first month is the most critical time for new pet fish the adjustment to a new fish aquarium and tank can be stressful for pet fish but with the proper fish tank setup your new fish can thrive this fish guide will help you figure out which aquarium supplies you need to set your new pet fish up for a long and happy life it all starts with a little research… read more

laurie hess dvm dabvp updated february 10 2021 published february 12 2019 share this rabbits are one of the most popular exotic animals kept as pets these days andwhen adopted into the appropriate homethey can make terrific companions bunnies come in all colors shapes and sizes and are readily adoptable from shelters and breeders they are perfect pets for small living quarters as they dont take up a lot of space dont need to go outside and are generally very quiet typically cute and cuddly… read more

petmd editorial updated november 20 2020 published february 11 2019 share this by paula fitzsimmons with erect ears a thick tail and an athletic build the korean jindo is a wolflike dog breed originating in south korea jindo dogs are excellent problem solvers are fiercely loyal and have a strong drive to hunt traits that have secured their position as hunters and guardians in their homeland they continue to serve in these roles to a certain degree in the us but jindo dogs have primarily become… read more

petmd editorial published february 06 2019 share this by paula fitzsimmons with a distinctive tail and ears lively gait and a bold orangeonwhite coat the nederlandse kooikerhondje is hard to miss this newly inducted dog breed of the akc sporting group originated in 17th century netherlands as a duck decoy dog but has since become cherished as a companion considering this dog breeds endearing qualities that include intelligence sensitivity and a kind nature its easy to understand why these pups… read more

petmd editorial published january 31 2019 share this image via istockcomskynesher when it comes to twitter there is always a new hashtag that pops up and takes over the internet for a day or sometimes even a week currently the hashtag unscienceananimal is being taken over by the scientific communityfrom scientists biologists and ecologists to museums and aquariums posts showing the anatomy of a wide array of animals with their features cleverly renamed are popping up all over twitter the… read more

petmd editorial updated august 05 2020 published january 29 2019 share this image via istockcomcasarsaguru by monica weymouth is your cat obsessed with birds does he routinely attack your electrical cords while ignoring his gigantic pile of cat toys sounds about right although it can be easy to forget when theyre curled up and purring in our laps cats remain wild animals at heart and animals are driven to hunt prey the important thing to remember is that all cats are born hunters whether they… read more

petmd editorial updated february 25 2019 published december 19 2018 share this image via istockcomgreenp by kenneth wingerter lighting is one of the most important components in a saltwater fish aquarium system this is particularly so if you keep photosynthetic organisms such as corals macroalgae and tridacnid clams the most effective marine aquarium lighting system is the one that is most controlled reef tank lighting schedule one of the major lighting parameters that is most commonly… read more

victoria schade cpdtka updated february 10 2021 published december 14 2018 share this image via istockcommonikabatich by victoria schade youve put in the time at dog training class and diligently practiced your homework and now youre convinced that youre on your way to having a wellbehaved best friend but did you know that some of your daily interactions might be accidentally untraining your dog it doesnt take much for the hard work that youve put in for it to start to unravel and its usually… read more

victoria schade cpdtka updated february 10 2021 published december 12 2018 share this image via istockcomwanderluster by victoria schade truffles the hidden diamonds of the culinary world grow beneath the earth in the roots of trees and were once only found with the help of trained truffle pigs female pigs are naturally inclined to hunt for the costly fungi delicacies which can be worth up to $3000 per pound but the challenges of working with these oversized and often aggressive foragers far… read more

petmd editorial updated april 16 2020 published march 19 2020 share this reviewed on march 19 2020 by dr jennifer grota dvm some plants and cut flowers can actually be toxic to dogs causing symptoms such as swelling of the mouth vomiting trembling loss of coordination seizures difficulty breathing or even death but that doesnt mean you cant ever decorate your place with indoor plants or accept a gift of flowers from a friend before you bring home a nice flower arrangement or new houseplant you… read more

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petmd editorial updated march 15 2016 published july 02 2008 share this small intestinal bacterial overgrowth small intestinal bacterial overgrowth is a disorder which causes an abnormal amount of bacteria to accumulate in the small intestine while it is common for this organ to have bacteria it can become a problem when the count is too high this can then affect the normal intestinal functions causing loose stools and weight loss often clearing up within a few days and up to a few weeks… read more

laurie hess dvm dabvp updated february 10 2021 published august 31 2018 share this when it comes to having small mammals as pets guinea pigs are one of the animals i recommend most especially for families with children but many families are not able to have animals so a childs first exposure to a pet is often at schoolin the classroom guinea pigs are one of my favorite class pets for several reasons why guinea pigs are great for kids guinea pigs generally interact well with children not as… read more

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petmd editorial updated march 15 2016 published july 02 2008 share this pulmonary edema in dogs pulmonary edema is identified as the buildup of fluid in the lungs it is often associated with pneumonia although there are many other possible causes normal lungs have fluid that is moved from the lungs into the internal space of the body an ongoing process for normal healthy function any added pressure in the dogs lungs can damage this mechanism which leads to fluid buildup in the lungs if this… read more

sarah wooten dvm updated may 02 2019 published august 27 2018 share this taking care of a pet who is always sick or debilitated can be a huge burden on a pet parent any pet parent who has cared for an animal that is chronically ill can tell you that while it can be rewarding it can also be incredibly draining and lonely at the same time if you are already tapped out from giving to other people or simply trying to adult in our stressed fastpaced society the addition of caring for a chronically… read more

jennifer coates dvm updated may 08 2020 published august 27 2018 share this image via jaromir chalabalashutterstock by jennifer coates dvm the pancreas is not an organ that many pet parents have reason to think aboutthat is until something goes wrong with it pancreatitis is the most common disease of the pancreas in dogs lets investigate the causes and symptoms of pancreatitis in dogs and what can be done to prevent and treat this serious condition including the role that a lowfat dog food can… read more

petmd editorial published august 24 2018 share this image via capital gazettefacebook board members at the maryland condominium complex park place are using dog dna tests to police dog poop thats being left around the neighborhood the issue began when residents complained about the problem of unscooped poop to solve the issue the board tried sending emails scheduling meetings implementing fines and even installing a security camera at their community dog walking area bark place eric anderson… read more

petmd editorial updated september 23 2019 published august 22 2018 share this image via denisproductioncomshutterstock by russell hartstein cdbc cpdt and owner of fun paw care in los angeles if youre like most pet parents getting your dog to lie down and relax while out in the real world can be frustrating but if we become frustrated we are not at our best and the dog is not learning in an ideal setting not only is it important to teach a dog the down cue but its also important to transition… read more

petmd editorial published august 21 2018 share this image via jasnabshutterstock esther abrami is a young professional violinist and instagram sensation with over 155000 followers this awardwinning violinist travels the world performing with worldrenowned orchestras recently she used her talents for a fundraising campaign to help a french cat rescue called le feline meyreuillase for the fundraiser abrami shared a video of herself playing her violin for two very adorable kittens while one… read more