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petmd editorial published december 19 2018 share this image via facebook ms wheelchair north carolina usa brittany hawley spent the last two years at clarkson universitys graduate school in upstate new york pursuing a degree in occupational therapy on december 15 2018 her hard work paid off as she collected her masters degree during her graduation ceremony by her side was her loyal service dog griffin a 4yearold golden retriever who has spent the past two years attending every lecture library study session and internship with his favorite human the huffington post reports hawley saying i…

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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 controlled is photoperiod put most simply in the context of an artificial environment photoperiod is the…

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joanna pendergrass dvm updated may 02 2019 published december 18 2018 share this fish oils are nutritional supplements with many reported health benefits for people fish oils can help reduce the risk of heart attacks manage high blood pressure and relieve arthritis pain with such health benefits for people you may ask what are the benefits of fish oil for dogs and cats in fact fish oil supplements are one of the most commonly used supplements for pets before going through the benefits of fish oil for dogs and cats lets first learn about some fish oil basics what are fish oil supplements fish…

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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 because we dont realize how quickly an undesirable dog behavior can take root for example petting…

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petmd editorial published december 14 2018 share this image via istockmarioguti under the spanish civil code animals are currently classified as movable property this means that in cases of defaulted payments debt collectors can seize pets along with other assets when collecting payments however attitudes towards animal welfare have shifted and lawmakers are working to have this reflected in the current legislation el pais reports that spanish congress on wednesday began working on the final version of a bill that aims to change animals legal status from mere objects to sentient beings the…

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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 outweighed the benefits plus the sight of a pig on a dog leash is an obvious signal to other truffle…

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petmd editorial published december 10 2018 share this image via istockcomaleksei andreev by kerri fivecoatcampbell barney an 11yearold chihuahua is a small dog who weighs in at 9 pounds but when he pees barney lifts his leg as high as possible but why put simply he might want all the other dogs who pass by to think hes much larger chris quaal vinson barneys dog mom who lives with him in their rural bowstring minnesota home thinks her dog does just that since we live in the north woods we often have animal visitors around our property at night every morning barney has to sniff their scents and…

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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 just need to make sure its on the list of flowers and plants that are safe for dogs flowers that are…

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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 treatment options give this bacterial infection an excellent prognosis symptoms and types common symptoms…

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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 fragile as rabbits and usually less skittish than smaller rodents such as hamsters and gerbils guinea…

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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 excess fluid is not removed edema forms damage can occur if this condition is left untreated but when…

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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 sick cat or sick dog may be enough to put you over the edge and this is especially true if you are…

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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 play causes of pancreatitis in dogs dogs can develop pancreatitis for a number of reasons including…

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petmd editorial published august 27 2018 share this image via town countryfacebook royal newlyweds prince harry and duchess of sussex meghan markle have reportedly adopted a labrador into their family according to peoplecom the outlet reports that the pup was adopted early this summer already the dog has enjoyed multiple vacations with the pair including a trip to the cotswolds area the new pups name as well as much anticipated photos have not yet been released to the public as of this writing the labrador will be joining guy the beagle as the familys royal pets markle adopted guy prior to…

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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 treasurer on the board of directors for park place tells capital gazette that the cameras werent…

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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 your dog from lying down in your living room to following the cue in realworld settings of course you…

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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 kitten is preoccupied with kitten things and another is very involved in a catnap the tuxedo kitten is…

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petmd editorial published november 26 2018 share this image via facebookhomegrown a hospital dedicated to caring for geriatric sick and injured elephants has opened in the hindu holy town of mathura in india last weekthe first of its kind in the country according to a reuters report the 12000squarefoot facility is equipped with wireless digital xray thermal imaging ultrasonography tranquilization devices and quarantine areas i think by building a hospital we are underlining the fact that elephants need welfare measures as much as any other animal geeta seshamani cofounder of wildlife sos the…

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petmd editorial published november 16 2018 share this image via twitterbijutsu1 in western japan the onomichi city museum of art has taken social media by storm but its not because of the art two local cats have been attempting to gain free admission into the museum for two whole years thats right since 2016 two kitties have been trying their luck at checking out what the japanese museum has to offer but to no avail the black cat kenchan has been attempting to enter the museum since the summer of 2016 the museums curator shinji umebayashi tells the guardian im guessing that kenchan spotted…

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sarah wooten dvm updated february 10 2021 published november 16 2018 share this your dog might be a superchill lovebug thats good with kids and loves hanging with his dog buddies at the dog park but when he gets on a dog leash however he might morph dr jekyllandmr hydestyle into a barking snarling dog who lunges at every dog bike or squirrel he encounters sound familiar this type of behavior is more than just embarrassingits dangerous aggressive leash behavior can turn any walk into a nightmare this blood pressureraising bad behavior is called leash aggression and it is commonly reported by…

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petmd editorial updated may 04 2021 published november 16 2018 share this dog vomiting is never fun to deal with and it creates stress for both you and your dog it can be even more stressful if you are not familiar with the types of dog vomit and what each of them means dog vomit dog regurgitation and blood in dog vomitthese are a few different types that pet parents should be aware of some are more serious than others but all should be discussed with a veterinarian follow this easy guide to better identify the different types of dog vomit and what could be the potential cause for your dogs…

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petmd editorial updated february 22 2019 published november 14 2018 share this image via istockcomaonip by carol mccarthy brown spots on a dogs coat are adorable but brown spots on your lawn not so much if one or more of your family members is a dog chances are that your lawn might feature some patches of dead grass caused by dog pee so how do dedicated dog parents maintain a lawn that doesnt look like a dog urine minefield is your dog to blame for your lawns brown grass spots before blaming it on your dog first confirm that he is indeed the culprit says missy henriksen vice president of…

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petmd editorial updated march 03 2020 published november 13 2018 share this image via istockcomdidesign021 reviewed for accuracy on november 13 2018 by dr katie grzyb dvm by rebecca desfosse the thyroid is a small but important gland in the neck a cats thyroid or dogs thyroid consists of two segments one on each side of the windpipe this gland produces the hormone thyroxine along with several other important thyroid hormones in a healthy pet these hormones automatically work together to coordinate your pets energy levels growth body temperature and heart rate cat thyroid problems and thyroid…

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petmd editorial updated november 20 2020 published november 12 2018 share this feature image via istockcomnynke van holten by dr sandra mitchell perhaps you have seen an unusual hairless cat with tall pointed ears and patches of fur and immediately thought it looked like a werewolf cat what you saw might have actually been a lykoi history and background the name lykoi roughly translated means wolf cat in greek this is a fitting name for these cats which many describe as a feline werewolf this cat is an experimental new cat breed created from a mutation in domestic shorthaired cats over the…

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victoria schade cpdtka updated february 10 2021 published november 09 2018 share this nopull dog harnesses offer a gentle way to manage dogs that pull while on a lead but because there are so many different dog harness options available trying to select the perfect one for your pulling pooch can be overwhelming whether youre dealing with a dog thats been pulling for years or youre leash training a puppy a nopull harness can help both you and your dog find a more comfortable way to walk together management vs leash training a dog to stop pulling a nopull dog harness can dramatically lessen the…