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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

puppies are constantly learning whether its from their environment from socializing with people or other animals or from direct training this creates a critical foundation that will set the stage for their adulthood providing puppies with the appropriate socialization and basic puppy training allows them to grow into confident adult dogs follow this stepbystep puppy training guide to set you and your puppy up for success when can you start training your puppy training a puppy starts as soon as… read more

sharing your life with a cat is certainly rewarding theres nothing quite like cozying up with your fourlegged fluffball after a long days work but being a pet parent carries with it a lot of responsibility too especially when it comes to determining how much food to feed a cat feeding cats is more complicated than simply ladling out a few kibbles here and there you need to consider several factors especially if you choose to give your cat wet food determining how much wet food to feed a cat can… read more

by teresa traverse when you have an allergic reaction its easy to just pop a benadryl to ease your symptoms many dogs are given benadryl to help them fend off allergic reactions but is this drug safe for cats too it is safe says john faught a dvm and medical director of the firehouse animal health center in austin texas benadryl is just an antihistamine and its relatively safe for both dogs and cats benadryl is the brand name for the drug the active ingredient is diphenhydramine which you also… read more

reviewed on march 19 2020 by dr jennifer grota dvm did you know that certain plants and flowers can actually be dangerous for your cat while any plant material can cause mild stomach upset some plants are much more dangerous says tina wismer medical director at the aspca animal poison control center its also important for cat parents to know that some plants and flowers that are relatively safe for dogs can be deadly for cats members of the lilium true lilies or hemerocallis day lilies can… read more

eye problems in dogs are pretty common while some of them are mild and can be managed at home others can be quite serious and threaten your dogs vision the most affected parts of a dogs eye are the cornea the clear part at the front of the eye eyelids conjunctiva the moist pink tissue under the eyelid and around the eye sclera the white part of the eye lens transparent tissue behind the pupil that focuses light retina the back of the eye that receives light and sends images to the brain if you… read more

videowistia|g9ifljtx3c|true cats will chew on plantsand because they love to climb and explore it can be difficult to keep plants out of your curious cats reach if you want to keep plants in your house or if you let your cat out into your yard you need to be able to accurately identify plants and flowers that are poisonous to cats when in doubt it is safest to remove a questionable plant from your home common plants and flowers that are poisonous to cats many toxic plants are irritants they… read more

vaccination is important for preventing serious diseases from affecting your dog but why give your pet five shots when they could get what they need in one for dogs several of the most common vaccines are typically given together in a single shot thats known as the dhpp vaccine 5in1 vaccine for dogs or 5way puppy shot this combination vaccine is considered a core vaccine which means all dogs should receive it regardless of their lifestyle core vaccines tend to protect against viruses that are… read more

why do veterinarians always want a stool sample at annual visits well the stool sample is used to screen your dog for intestinal parasitesor wormsin their poop many pet parents that come into the office think that their dog couldnt possibly get worms for one reason or another but every dog is at risk for worms no matter where they live or how much time they spend outside you might also think that your dog doesnt have worms because you havent seen any a fecal exam is needed because the majority… read more

grapes may seem like a harmless and healthy fruit but for dogs they can cause a lot of trouble why are grapes bad for dogs if theyre fine for us to eat heres some valuable info on why dogs cant eat grapes or raisins and what to do if you even suspect that your dog ate even one grape or raisin can dogs eat grapes are grapes bad for dogs grapes are toxic to dogs all colors of grapes such as red green and purple as well as all types including those with seeds and seedless varieties should be… read more

reviewed for accuracy on may 31 2019 by dr katie grzyb dvm youve seen the ads where dawn dish soap is being used to clean wild birds whove been impacted by oil spills if dawn is effective and gentle enough for wildlife you may be wondering if it can kill those pesky fleas on your cat or dog too while dawn dish soap can kill fleas its not the most effective or efficient method and it wont prevent flea infestations heres why dawn dish soap might not be the miracle fleakiller youd hoped it would… read more

by nicole pajer when you go to pet another animal your pup may jump in between and push your hand away from the other dog or your cat may meow excessively because youre not paying attention to them but are these actually jealous behaviors suzanne hetts applied animal behaviorist and coowner of animal behavior associates in littleton colorado says the jury is out on whether a cat or dog feels the same type of jealous feelings that humans do in most cases this is better described as a competitive… read more

videowistia|3ea9yidxlu|true youve probably seen a dog panting at some point but what about cats the first thing to remember is that cats are not small dogs so the same behaviors can mean different things in a cat versus a dog it is important to be aware of some of these differences so you can help take good care of your cat and recognize when there is a medical emergency cat panting is one of those differences so its important to watch for in your cat heres what you need to know about cat… read more

when i adopted bambu my adorable orange kitty with arguably the worlds poofiest tail i was immediately taken aback by the extent of her licking i left all of our snuggle sessions with my hands arms and face covered in kitty saliva like many other cat parents i set out to understand why cats lick us heres some insight on cat lickingwhether it means that your cat likes you or theres an issue that you need to get checked out is it normal for cats to lick you cats spend up to 8 of their waking time… read more

no pet parent wants their dog to be in pain but since they instinctively try to hide their pain and they cant tell us when they are hurting its up to us to recognize the subtle signs and to get them the help they need many behaviors and physical changes can indicate that a dog is in pain learn how to recognize the signs of pain in dogs what causes it what you can do to help and how to discuss your concerns with your vet signs a dog is in pain dogs feel pain the same way we do but they dont… read more

a common question that veterinarians get asked is whether cats should eat canned or dry food the good news is that most commercial cat foods provide an excellent source of nutrition whether its dry cat food or wet cat food but finding the best food for your cat will depend on several factors including your cats weight your cats health and any health conditions present your budget whether to feed dry canned or a mixture of both is a decision that you and your veterinarian can make together to… read more

reviewed and updated for accuracy on december 7 2018 by jennifer coates dvm as much as dogs like to run play and sniff out the world around them they also like to snooze healthy adult dogs spend an average of 12 to 14 hours per day sleeping and puppies senior dogs or those with health problems may require even more rest pet parents witness all sorts of dog sleeping positions especially if they share a bed or couch with their pups you have the back loungers the spreadout space hogs and the… read more

has your dog ever stopped in the middle of a walk to point their nose to the sky and lick the air do they ever lick at the air briefly after eating a meal or enjoying a treat or maybe you hit the perfect itchy spot on your pup and they licked at the air while you scratched it this may seem confusing or unusual or even funny to us but licking the air can help dogs communicate a variety of information if only we take the time to listen to the lick is it normal for dogs to lick the air while we… read more

have you noticed that your dogs ears smell this can actually be a sign of a problem in your dogs ears from ear wax buildup to ear infections heres what you need to know about smelly ears in dogs from what causes the smell to tips for cleaning and preventing ear issues jump to a specific section here what causes a dogs ears to smell should you clean your dogs ears how to clean your dogs ears how to prevent smelly ears in dogs what causes a dogs ears to smell there are a few different things… read more

videowistia|7w1pttfjih|true weve all had the experienceyou walk to the kitchen to refill your drink and your little shadow is underfoot or you head into the bathroom only to find a curious nose pushing the door open behind you although you surely enjoy your dogs companionship and may even like being followed around sometimes it can get to be a little much if it causes you or someone else to trip it can be dangerous as well so why do dogs like to follow us everywhere can it ever a sign of a… read more

by jennifer coates dvm take a look at your dogs feet how many toenails do you see most dogs have four nails on each rear foot and five on their front feet that extra nail on the upper inner part of a dogs foot is the dewclaw did you come up with a different total have no fear some dogs have dewclaws on their rear feet or even double dewclaws read on to learn if your dogs dewclaws might pose a potential problem and what you can about it what are dewclaws dewclaws are essentially the thumbs and… read more

autism spectrum disorder asd in humans has become more widely diagnosed over the past decade with new resources dedicated to identifying and treating asd in everyounger children this increase in attention to asd in the human world has led to questions about autism in the veterinary world can dogs have autism too if so how is it similar or different than the human expression of an autism spectrum disorder lets explore what this means and whether dogs can truly be diagnosed with autism what is… read more

it is not uncommon to see your dog grab a mouthful of grass during their daily walk or a romp through the park ever wonder why dogs do that many people believe that when dogs eat grass they are trying to make themselves vomit they think its an instinctive behavior that a dog engages in to rid themselves of something they should not have eaten and some think that its an indication that their dog has an upset stomach or intestinal problem other pet parents believe that grass contains some… read more

you may have seen dhpp or dapp on your paperwork from your pets routine vet visit and wondered what it is the d in this vaccine stands for distemper a disease that spreads from one dog to another through coughing and sneezing dhpp is one of the core vaccines for dogs that includes protection from the canine distemper virus distemper in dogs can turn fatal very quickly which is why you never want your dog to have to face it heres why protection from canine distemper virus is so important what is… read more

by sarah wooten dvm wheezing is caused when something blocks the normal flow of air in and out of the airway resulting in a whistling sound as a dog breathes the blockage can be in either the trachea windpipe or large bronchi constricted airways from asthma allergies mucus foreign bodies or infection can all result in wheezing if a dog feels like he cant get enough air he may panic or he may find a spot to lie down to try to breathe better nonemergency wheezing usually lasts only a few… read more