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jennifer coates dvm updated may 02 2016 published may 02 2015 share this a recently published study points to a disturbing trend in dog ownership researchers analyzed australian national kennel council ankc registration statistics from 1986 to 2013 for 181 breeds they found that people are becoming increasingly likely to purchase smaller brachycephalic dogs in other words breeds like pugs and bulldogs that have a short muzzle wide head and prominent eyes why is this a concern brachycephalic dogs have more than their fair share of health problems chief among them brachycephalic airway syndrome…

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jennifer coates dvm updated october 13 2020 published april 28 2016 share this what the heck is that on my cat skin lesions on cats have many causes including parasites allergies medication reactions and cancer wouldnt it be handy if you could just look at your cat and know what the problem is unfortunately this isnt often the case the skin has only a limited number of ways to react to whatever is bothering it but sometimes there are clues as to what is going on fleas a flea infestation may be identified by closely examining your cats skin and fur if you are lucky you may find fleas or flea…

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petmd editorial updated october 14 2020 published april 28 2016 share this 5 ways to keep your dog feeling full by john gilpatrick its something nearly every dog owner has gone through thirty minutes before your alarm goes off as you cling to those precious last moments of slumber theres an overeager and purposeful series of scratches on the bedroom door someones hungry but is he really speaking in terms of evolution dogs are opportunistic scavengers says dr rebecca remillard a veterinary nutrition consultant and diplomate for the american college of veterinary nutrition acvn if given the…

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petmd editorial updated april 26 2017 published april 28 2016 share this videowistia|z2qcf5t8r6|true by kellie b gormly your dog is coughing and congested listless and feeling lousy just like we feel when we come down with a respiratory ailment could your dog have the canine version of the common human bug known as influenza the answer is yesand it is important to get a prompt evaluation says dr brian collins section chief and lecturer of cornell university college of veterinary medicines community practice service in ithaca ny like in humans influenza is a respiratory disease collins says…

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jessica vogelsang dvm updated january 20 2021 published april 28 2016 share this by jessica vogelsang dvm perhaps youve stared deeply into your cats eyes and said to yourself if only i knew what you were thinking fortunately for pet owners animal behaviorists have dedicated years of research to understanding how cats communicate and have determined that felines exhibit very specific behaviors that let us know exactly whats on their mind just because cats cant talk doesnt mean they cant communicate why do cats purr purring is one of the great mysteries of modern veterinary medicine although…

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petmd editorial published april 28 2016 share this ticks may not be as difficult to spot on your pets as smaller parasites but there are some species of ticks that can transmit harmful potentially fatal diseases when they bite your pet lyme disease and rocky mountain spotted fever being a couple the most common sign that your dog has a tick is no sign at all that is why good tick control products and tick checks on your pet are so important ticks can attach themselves to your pet when you take them out on a walk hike or during any type of outdoor activity they climb up blades of grass or onto…

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petmd editorial published march 02 2016 share this by teresa traverse as a turtle owner setting up your turtles habitat is key to keeping them healthy this is where your pet will spend most of their time and it needs to be just right here are general guidelines to help make your turtles home a good one how to choose a turtle tank the first thing youll want to consider is your turtles size many start off weighing a few grams but can grow to be as big as 100 pounds youll want to research the type of turtle youre getting so that you can buy a habitat that will suit your individual species you…

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jessica vogelsang dvm updated january 20 2021 published march 03 2016 share this from the relatively safe vantage point of the united states its easy to sit back and argue about things like the necessity of vaccines or pass judgment on the way other countries handle stray animal population control but i wonder how many of the people who do so actually understand what the situation is like in other places or how it is that we came to be so protected this week i am in costa rica enjoying the amazing wildlife and some pretty spectacular coffee as we were driving down the street we noticed a few…

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petmd editorial updated october 23 2020 published march 01 2016 share this by geoff williams if youre a new hamster owner or considering whether or not to purchase a pet hamster you might be wondering what hamsters can eat in reality however the question to ask is what should hamsters eat while they can eat a variety of things some foods are far better for hamsters than others here are some dos and donts when it comes to feeding your fuzzy friend feeding your hamster general guidelines the easiest and safest approach to feeding your hamster is to go with a complete meal that you can find at a…

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jamie lovejoy dvm updated july 31 2020 published april 20 2020 share this most adult cats will naturally seek out a sandy granular place to eliminate but young kittens might need a little help figuring out proper litter box habits when litter training kittens there are a few things you can do to help set your kitten up for success here are some cat potty training tips on when to start how to choose litter boxes how to pick the right type of litter how and where to set up the litter boxes and how to help your kitten master the litter box jump to a section when to start litter training kittens…

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petmd editorial published march 01 2016 share this by helen anne travis rabbits are social animals that love to please their owners with a little patience they can be trained to run agility courses fetch jump and spin on cue rabbits are fun and good pets for beginning pet owners but training them to perform tasks like using a litter pan hopping onto a scale sitting still for nail trimmings and jumping into their carrier makes them even easier to care for rabbits are really smart animals that are often underestimated said professional animal trainer barbara heidenreich thats why i encourage…

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petmd editorial published february 29 2016 share this by lynne miller as any veterinarian will tell you spaying your cat should be a top priority for responsible pet owners regardless of where you adopted or purchased your cat from but this responsibility may come at a cost learn more about the average cost of spaying a cat in addition to the options you have regarding where to spay your cat and why spaying or neutering is so important how much does it cost to spay a cat while the cost to spay a cat varies the operation typically runs from $300 to $500 for a female cat and around $200 for a…

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jennifer coates dvm updated february 11 2021 published february 26 2016 share this renal disease acute versus chronic by dr jennifer coates renal kidney disease can be divided into two broad categories acute and chronic acute renal disease develops over the course of days and usually has a single cause such as antifreeze poisoning or a kidney infection chronic renal disease comes on much more slowly and is typically diagnosed in older cats it is the result of the gradual loss of kidney function most often a cause is never identified the kidneys cant regenerate themselves when functional…

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petmd editorial updated march 24 2017 published february 25 2016 share this by cheryl lock as much as we love our pups sometimes they do things that just confuse us one behavior that makes us stop and scratch our heads is when we catch our dogs digging around at the ground and eating dirt it cant taste good right and do we need to be worried about the fact that our dog just downed some mud are there any negative health consequences to this particular action for starters dont be too worried right off the bat eating dirt is not too uncommon when it comes to canine cuisine says mary r burch phd…

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petmd editorial published february 23 2016 share this by stacia friedman have you ever wished your dog could live longer the dog aging project at the university of washington in seattle is doing something about it led by dr daniel promislow professor of pathology and biology and dr matt kaeberlien associate professor of pathology a new study marks the first nationwide effort to determine why some dogs die of cancer kidney failure and dementia while others live to old age without these problems our goal is to extend the period of life in which dogs are healthy by two to four years not prolong…

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megan petroff dvm clinical behavior resident updated january 20 2021 published april 23 2020 share this by dr megan petroff dvm for people anxiety can feel overwhelming and debilitating at times if you have a dog that struggles with fear anxiety or stress its important to be supportive and patient calming a frequently anxious dog is possible but it may require collaboration between you and your veterinarian or a boardcertified veterinary behaviorist if you have a nervous dog heres some insight you can use to identify the signs and triggers and steps you can take to help calm your dogs…

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petmd editorial updated august 04 2020 published february 23 2016 share this by samantha drake ferrets are often compared to cats and dogs like cats they sleep a lot and can be trained to use a litter box like dogs ferrets are social and crave the company of people but the truth is ferrets are in a category all their own with their friendly inquisitive natures and furry cuddly bodies ferrets make great pets given the right pet parents if youre considering purchasing a ferret learn more about their care needs including what youll need and how to keep your ferret healthy below ferret facts…

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petmd editorial updated july 25 2017 published march 30 2016 share this petmd warning box turtles are protected in many states and are now not allowed to be collected or sold please check with your local game and wildlife department for more information popular varieties there are four subspecies of the common box turtle that are available to buy at pet stores they are the eastern box turtle terrapene carolina carolina the threetoed box turtle t c triunguis the gulf coast box turtle t c major and the ornate box turtle t ornata box turtle size box turtles no matter the subspecies are…

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petmd editorial updated october 16 2020 published march 28 2016 share this wild animals and pets protection and treatment options by jennifer coates dvm whether you live in a rural suburban or urban setting your pets run the risk of an encounter with wildlife and those encounters often lead to injuries some wounds are obvious but others can be quite subtle though no less dangerous here are a few things to look for and how you should react if your pet comes out on the losing end of a runin with wildlife bite wounds when they feel threatened most animals will bite in an attempt to escape with…

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petmd editorial updated february 12 2019 published april 13 2016 share this by nick vadala when it comes to how long turtles live the answers can be elusive however as potential pet owners should know most species are generally able to live for decades and could potentially serve as a nearlifelong family member after all for many species scientists and researchers are unable to pin down an exact lifespan in most cases many of the aquatic turtle speciesincluding redeared sliders and painted turtlestheoretically can live into their 40s says dr mark mitchell researcher and professor of…

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petmd editorial updated february 12 2019 published march 28 2016 share this by carol mccarthy before you add a frog to your family sit down and first plan out a menu frogs are carnivoresand predatorsso you will need to be ready to offer a steady supply of fresh prey to your frog but feeding a frog is more than just dumping a baggie of crickets into the terrarium your frogs diet will be specifically based on species age total in the group and breeding status what do frogs eat all adult frogs need a regular diet of fresh insects some frog species also need small vertebrates think pinkie mice…

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petmd editorial updated july 25 2017 published march 28 2016 share this popular varieties pythons are a family of giant nonvenomous constrictors that can be found in australia asia and africa there are currently 8 genera 26 species and more than 50 subspecies of python that have been described some of the most well known species of python are the burmese python the green tree python the diamond python the ringed python the indian python on the endangered list the ball python and the blackheaded python python size some of the largest snakes in the world are pythons the size of a fullgrown…

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jennifer coates dvm updated february 11 2021 published march 28 2016 share this 5 rare dog diseases by dr jennifer coates veterinarians have a saying when you hear hoof beats think horses not zebras which serves to remind us all that rare diseases are rare but zebras are sometimes responsible for the sound of hoof beats these five rare dog diseases are worth knowing about alopecia x alopecia is the medical term meaning an abnormal absence of hair the x in alopecia x simply indicates that the veterinary community doesnt completely understand what is going on with this condition dogs with…

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petmd editorial updated october 13 2020 published march 22 2016 share this 25 poisons that can kill your pet by carol mccarthy things that are harmless to us but toxic to pets lurk in the most mundane places the kitchen medicine cabinet garage backyard and beyond pets dogs in particular are amazingly good at finding and exposing themselves to poisons wherever they occur pet parents need to become toxin detectives and discover these hazards before pets find them says dr lynn rolland hovda director of veterinary services safetycall international and the pet poison helpline however when it is…

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petmd editorial updated october 13 2020 published march 21 2016 share this common dog vitamins and supplements things to consider by julie gallagher about onethird of dog owners give their pets nutritional supplements with many finding them so beneficial theyve become part of their daily routine according to a report from packaged facts about pet supplements in america the report states that 70 percent of pet owners who indicated that theyd given their pet supplements in the past 30 days were giving those supplements at least once daily the largest percent of pet owners who purchase these…