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petmd editorial published march 15 2018 share this in june 2017 more than 80 great danes were rescued from a suspected puppy mill in new hampshire the puppies had been living in horrendous conditions and the humane society of the united states hsus along with local authorities rescued the animals after responding to animal neglect alligations at the property as previously reported the 84 great danes were living with limited access to food or water and the smell of ammonia feces and raw chicken overwhelmed the rescuers on site some of the horror was caught on film as they taped the rescue…

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laurie hess dvm dabvp updated april 08 2020 published march 14 2018 share this by dr laurie hess dvm diplomate abvp avian practice hamsters are small rodents the word rodent comes from the latin word rodere which means to gnaw gnawing is a very important activity for hamsters as their upper and lower front teeth known as incisors are covered by yelloworange enamel and continuously grow throughout their life it is critical that these small animals gnaw to wear down their continuously growing front teeth as they grow hamsters also have large muscular outpouchings of the lining of their mouths…

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petmd editorial updated february 01 2011 published july 02 2008 share this dilated cardiomyopathy in ferrets any disease in ferrets not caused by a viral fungal parasitic or bacterial infection is referred to as a noninfectious disease one serious noninfectious disease in ferrets is dilated cardiomyopathy dilated cardiomyopathy is a heart disease which causes some of the heart wall cells to die over time the muscles in the walls of the ferrets heart thin out and every time the heart pumps blood some blood remains this enlarges the heart and affects its normal functions finally as the ferrets…

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petmd editorial published march 06 2018 share this when megan vitale rushed her 9weekold saint bernard puppy bodhi into the north reading police department in massachusetts on march 4 she feared for the worst it looked as though her pup who was choking on food and had gone lifeless was not going to make it the harrowing moment was captured on a security camera in the station but the firefighters and police officers on hand quickly jumped into action to do everything they could to save the dog officers jorge hernandez peter dipietro and joseph aleo came around the window and began to attend to…

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petmd editorial published march 01 2018 share this the students of marjory stoneman douglas high school endured an unspeakably horrific tragedy on february 14 when 17 of their classmates and teachers were shot and killed in the weeks since there has been an outpouring of support and love for the survivors as students in the parkland region of florida returned to school this week the humane society of broward county wanted to lend some hands to help or in their case some furry paws with the help of their animal assisted therapy teams the humane societys therapy dogs visited marjory stoneman…

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petmd editorial published march 01 2018 share this sixty one dogs and cats were saved by authorities in auburn massachusetts this week after spending ther lives living in unspeakably cruel conditions according to the auburn police department the animals were seized from a small home in which its owners had received 11 prior complaints from the board of health spanning all the way back to 1993 on february 28 a search warrant was obtained to investigate the property and 61 cats and dogs including litters of kittens and puppies were discovered living in filthy unsanitary conditions that…

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petmd editorial updated january 22 2021 published february 26 2018 share this by john gilpatrick pet food feels like it hasnt changed in years there are wet and dry options you can choose between chicken beef and fish flavors but besides that dog food is dog food and cat food is cat food right its actually changed a lot over the last 10 or 20 years says dr jonathan stockman diplomate of the american college of veterinary nutrition and clinical instructor and head of the clinical nutrition service at colorado state university for example we have a much better understanding of how nutrition and…

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petmd editorial published february 23 2018 share this by lisabeth weber there is no shortage of dog and cat instagram accounts but look for the same among pet fish and you wont find many this lack of fish galleries was noted by one uk magazine who questioned whether the lack of fish selfies correlated to a decline in fish pet sales according to the 20172018 national pet owners survey by the american pet products association appa out of nearly 125 million households the number of homes with pets is nearly 85 million of that the percentage of dog and cat ownership is 48 and 38 respectively…

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petmd editorial published february 23 2018 share this by kenneth wingerter with so many brilliantly hued marine fish available for the home aquarium its easy to become smitten by their vibrant colors and exquisite finnage even so most aquarists favorite specimens are often those that possess the most personality in terms of personality few fish groups compare to the blennies combined with a usually good temperament and hyperalertness their daring antics make them quite entertaining to watch compared to many other marine aquarium fish groups blennies make for extremely lowmaintenance pets…

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petmd editorial published february 19 2018 share this by teresa k traverse you probably dont think twice about your dogs tongue but it does a lot more than just lick your face the tongue is an essential part of the mouth in a dog says dr alexander reiter professor of dentistry and oral surgery at the university of pennsylvania in philadelphia dogs use their tongues to eat lap water swallow and cool themselves down too the tongue is a muscle says dr ann hohenhaus a staff doctor at animal medical center in new york city like all muscles its controlled by nerves and in the case of the tongue the…

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petmd editorial updated october 27 2020 published february 19 2018 share this reviewed and updated for accuracy on may 8 2019 by dr hanie elfenbein dvm phd as a dog owner you want your pet to have the best quality of life possible so when your pet is uncomfortable or in pain alleviating his distress is more important than anything else laser therapy for dogs can help in many cases by promoting healing and reducing inflammation and pain this increasingly popular treatment option goes by many names redlight therapy photobiomodulation therapy pbmt and lowlevel laser therapy lllt so how and when…

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petmd editorial published february 09 2018 share this by carol mccarthy so your cat clawed his way to the top of your custom draperies and left them in shreds the bad news is that you cant blame your cat for this because its your fault the good news is that you can do something about it why do cats climb curtains and window screens regardless of age gender breed and whether they have been fixed your cat is simply behaving normally said dr carlo siracusa dvm clinical assistant professor in behavior medicine at the university of pennsylvania school of veterinary medicine this is true…

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petmd editorial published february 09 2018 share this by john plichter its no secret that mans best friend comes in a variety of shapes and sizes with assorted traits and features spots coats eye colors and skin types all make dogs as unique as human beings considering the rarity albinism in dogs is an especially curious case here are a few interesting facts you should know about albino dogs they dont actually have pink eyes while albinism presents itself as pink irises in albino rabbits and rodents the same does not apply for dogs dr stephanie pumphrey assistant professor of veterinary…

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petmd editorial updated july 06 2018 published february 06 2018 share this by helen anne travis in dogs teeth chattering can be a symptom of many conditions and emotions it could be caused by something as simple as excitement over a new ball or it could be a sign of something more serious including oral pain or a more advanced neurological problem heres what you need to know about teeth chattering in dogs and how to tell if your dog needs immediate medical careor is just excited about a new toy why do dogs chatter their teeth some dogs chatter their teeth when theyre anxious or excited says…

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petmd editorial published february 06 2018 share this by nicole pajer have you ever looked over at your sleeping dog and noticed him move his leg or twitch you are not the only one veterinarians will tell you that for the most part this is a very common occurrence and is nothing to be alarmed about in rare instances however twitching may be a warning sign for an underlying disease or condition to get to the bottom of this phenomenon we asked the experts why do dogs twitch in their sleep according to dr stanley coren a former psychology professor at the university of british columbia and…

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petmd editorial published february 06 2018 share this by heather larson alternative medicine practices like massage and acupuncture have proven beneficial for canines however the jury is still out on reflexology a type of massage thats based on the concept that reflex points in the feet hands paws and head are linked to every part of the body reflexology is used on both humans and canines by massaging those points it is said the practitioner releases tension and can alleviate some medical conditions in the patient so far no studies exist on how this treatment affects pets in fact dr narda…

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petmd editorial updated october 30 2020 published february 06 2018 share this by lynne miller the pumi is a mediumsized breed that belongs to the herding group friendly and energetic the pumi is better known in other countries than in the united states i dont think a lot of people know about the breed says gina dinardo executive secretary of the american kennel club they are sweet adorablelooking dogs physical characteristics the pumi looks distinctive with its long head semierect ears intelligent brown eyes whimsical facial expression muscular body and unique coat the pumis short coat can be…

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petmd editorial updated october 13 2020 published february 06 2018 share this previous next view all slides how to relieve your dogs back pain reviewed for accuracy on october 3 2019 by dr jennifer coates dvm back pain in dogs can be caused by any number of conditions weight gain an injury anatomical abnormalities degenerative conditions arthritis infection or even cancer some breeds including dachshunds french bulldogs and pugs are also more likely to experience back pain says dr babette gladstein a holistic veterinarian in new york city if you suspect that your dog is experiencing back…

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petmd editorial published january 29 2018 share this by lynne miller as a devoted cat parent you want your kitty to be happy and healthy so of course its difficult to watch her struggle to get around many conditions involving the joints muscles bones nerves or skin can cause cats to limp and some issues are more serious than others if your kitty collided with a moving vehicle or fell from a window its no mystery why she cannot walk normally but sometimes the cause of limping is not so dramatic or obvious if your cat is injured you may be able to spot the injury by gently examining the…

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petmd editorial published may 09 2018 share this many people love the feeling that comes with rescuing an animal from a shelter and cats have long been used as an efficient pest control system for barns warehouses and other businesses throughout the world so one shelter decided to start a working cat adoption program to bring these two worlds together dumb friends leagues adopt a working cat program aims to find stray cats and feral catsthat may not have the ideal temperaments for indoor livinghomes where they can have a sense of freedom and a job like pest control they have found that these…

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petmd editorial published may 08 2018 share this by diana bocco much like their human counterparts senior dogs dont always recognize their limitations says dr travis atkins dvm an emergency veterinarian and cofounder of squarepet nutrition for example my wifes and my first child was a boston terrier named harley who as a pup could launch herself from the ground to the middle of the bed and back down again without hesitation says dr atkins however as a decade or so passed there were scenes reminiscent of daredevils crashing into walls as she failed to clear the height of the bed if your older…

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petmd editorial updated february 03 2011 published july 02 2008 share this influenza virus the influenza virus is quite contagious and can be passed on from humans to ferrets and vice versa however it is far more likely a ferret contracts the human influenza virus from a person than a human catching the flu from a ferret and much like humans the ferret flu is caused by the influenza virus unlike humans the flu found in ferrets can sometimes prove to be fatal especially old and young ferrets with weak immunities the common flu can also complicate the health of ferrets with secondary bacterial…

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petmd editorial published april 24 2018 share this company trupet llc brand name trudog recall date april 17 2108 lot 20190531 13815 product namesupcs boost me mighty meaty beef topper meal enhancer reason for recall trupet llc of milford oh is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of boost me mighty meaty beef topper meal enhancer because the products have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella what to do consumers who have purchased boost me mighty meaty beef topper meal enhancer are urged to return affected product to the place of purchase for a refund consumers with questions…

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jennifer coates dvm updated january 21 2021 published april 23 2018 share this by jennifer coates dvm one of the biggest emergencies that pet parents can face is urinary blockage in cats treatment often involves a panicked trip to the veterinary clinic usually at the least convenient time possible and hospitalization for the intensive care and monitoring needed to save the cats life if your cat has blocked once he is at high risk for it happening again so whether youre looking to prevent a recurrence or to protect your cat from every having to experience this condition in the first place its…

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laurie hess dvm dabvp updated july 23 2020 published april 19 2018 share this small animal pets such as rabbits guinea pigs and hamsters are very popular companions for families and individuals who live in smaller homes as these animals dont typically require a great deal of space however all small pets need to spend time out of their cages for exercise and bunnies specifically benefit medically from time outdoors which small pets should go outside small rodents such as guinea pigs hamsters and gerbils are all prey species for this reason they may get stressed easily when they are outside…