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dental disease in cats is a condition that shows up often in middleaged cats since only 20 of a cats teeth can be seen during a normal physical examination your cat should have complete oral health evaluations that are performed under general anesthesia cat tooth removal may occur during a comprehensive dental exam which consists of probing the teeth and gumline to measure the depth of the pockets taking xrays of the teeth soft tissue and bone to help visualize tooth roots and dental ligaments… read more

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bladder stones in dogs are mineral densities that form inside the bladder they can form one at a time or in the hundreds the formation of bladder stones in dogs is usually related to a change in urine ph this change in ph can be either acidic or alkaline which will affect which type of stone ultimately forms diet is one factor that can affect urine ph urine concentration can also affect bladder stone formation the more concentrated a dogs urine the more likely stone formation is the amount of… read more

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… read more

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… read more

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… read more

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… read more

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… read more

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… read more

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… read more

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… read more

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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… read more

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… read more

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… read more

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… read more

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… read more

how do ticks end up on your pet some common misconceptions are that ticks jump fly or fall from the trees in fact these are all false ticks have pearshaped bodies and four pairs of legs their body design combined with their feeding needs for each part of their life cycle determine how they get to their host to feed however none of these modes of mobility include jumping and since they dont have wings either they cant fly heres a breakdown of how ticks get around and how they find and attach to… read more

this is a common question to come up in the course of a veterinary visit the short answer is yes a cat can eat a small amount of dog and not have any toxicity or lasting effects however the longer answer dives into the speciesspecific differences between our feline and canine friends while a nibble of stolen dog food will not harm cats it will definitely not help them achieve their best possible health heres what you need to know about cat nutrition and why you should not feed dog food to cats… read more

during these unprecedented times new phrases seem to be coined daily social distancing novel virus presumptive case vs positive case shelterinplace but while our vernacular may be changing one thing has stayed the samehow much we love our pets and how much they love us and when were scared or stressed theres nothing better than being close to your pet but if were sick could we actually be putting our pets in danger a very small number of animals have been reported to be infected with the novel… read more

science has finally found a way for some pet parents with sensitivities to cat allergens to live with their cats purina is introducing a new cat food called pro plan liveclear that reduces cat allergens helping cat owners be closer with the cats they love liveclear is the first and only cat food that reduces the allergens in cat hair and dander offering a revolutionary approach to the management of cat allergens pro plan liveclear comes at a time when as many as one in five adults are sensitive… read more

company icelandicplus llc brand name icelandic+ whole capelin fish pet treats recall date 03232020 recalled products out of an abundance of caution icelandicplus llc of ft washington pa is recalling its capelin pet treats the product comes in a clear plastic package or tube and marked icelandic+ capelin whole fish pure fish treats for dogs or icelandic+ capelin pure fish treats for cats they are packaged in a 25 ounce tube or a 15 or 25 ounce bag upc codes 8 5485400775 9 8 5485400711 7 8… read more

fleas can make kittens itchy and spread disease and if theyre really severe they can even cause serious blood loss and illness some methods for getting fleas off of pets such as flea combing and bathing will only kill the adult fleas on your kittenthey dont prevent new fleas from jumping on them and because fleas have a complex life cycle they dont need to live on your pets to survive as eggs larvae and pupae in these stages they can live in your home or in your yard so how do you get rid of… read more

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 first step to relieving your cats anxiety is to talk to your vet and then you can discuss the need for cat anxiety medications heres a list of the different types of cat anxiety medications and how they work talk with your veterinarian about your cats… read more

by dr katy nelson dvm its 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 covid19 this means staying home eating in and reducing unnecessary contact with others while our pets are probably loving this extra cuddle time with us what do you do if they need to go to the veterinarian many veterinary hospitals are recommending to only come in if your pet is ill and to postpone any… read more

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 this may seem like a lot of time spent sleeping its actually quite normal heres everything you need to know about your dogs sleep patterns and when its time to worry how many hours a day do dogs sleep dogs sleep a lot more than people do and they sleep when their… read more

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 your dog is suffering from the same symptoms can you give a dog pedialyte too is pedialyte safe or even useful for dogs heres what you need to know about giving pedialyte to dogs can dogs have pedialyte the short answer is that in small quantities pedialyte is likely… read more