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Dog, Cat and Pet Health Tips

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5 Types of Skin Cancer in Dogs
5 Types of Skin Cancer in Dogs
  By Joanne Intile, DACVIM   The skin is the largest organ of a dog, and tumors affecting this structure are common. Between 60 to 80 percent of skin tumors in dogs are benign, meaning if you notice a lump on your dog’s skin, there’s a good chance it won’t be anything to worry about. However, the visible appearance of a growth can’t be used to predict whether it’s cancerous....
How to Bathe a Kitten
How to Bathe a Kitten
  By Helen Anne Travis   While most cats have an innate drive to keep themselves clean, kittens might need a little help here and there. Maybe they made a mess in the cat litter box, or they got a little dirty at feeding time. Some kittens might need special care if they’re dealing with a nasty skin condition like ringworm.   A quick bath can help kitty stay clean and healthy, but it should...
How Old Is My Dog? 5 Tips for Determining Your Dog’s Age
  By Paula Fitzsimmons   Shelter dogs don’t often come with a lot of history, which makes estimating their age a challenge. But having this information is essential to providing optimal care.   “It can help determine the most appropriate time for preventive health protocols, such as vaccination and de-worming, and the best time to test for certain common diseases such as heartworms,”...
8 Tips for Feeding Your Senior Dog
  By Monica Weymouth   As your dog enters his golden years, some things will inevitably change. He’ll still be your best friend, of course, and the vacuum will always be Public Enemy Number One. But just like with humans, his health needs won’t be the same. One major area pet parents should be aware of as the years go on? Food and nutrition. We asked the experts what to look out for and...
6 Common Puppy Actions and What They Mean
By Victoria Schade   You’ve got a new puppy, which probably means you’ve also got quite a few questions about your furry housemate. Some of your pup’s behaviors can be mystifying. Like, why is the puppy sleeping so much? Why does she nip me every time I try to pet her? What’s with that crazy running around thing she does every afternoon? And will she grow out of these behaviors?   Even...
6 Ways to Help an Extra Hungry Dog
By Helen Anne Travis   No matter how much you feed them, some dogs act like they’re always hungry. They go crazy at dinnertime, beg for dog treats throughout the day, and follow you around the kitchen, hoping you’ll accidentally drop something delicious on the floor. No matter how many treats you accidentally drop, it seems like they can never get enough.   No pet parent wants to feel like...
12 Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know About Newborn Puppies
By Aly Semigran    Newborn puppies: they’re small, they’re cute, and they’re downright fascinating.   The first few days of a puppy’s life may not be action-packed (it’s a whole lot of sleeping, eating, and pooping, as is the case with most newborns). But there are some things new pet parents should know to ensure their pups grow into healthy and happy dogs. Here’s what our vet...
6 Pet Medication Storage Tips to Avoid Danger
  By Maura McAndrew   It’s fairly standard in this day and age for pets to be on regular medication. Many of our pets take a monthly heartworm pill and flea and tick prevention, and if you have a senior pet, the list of medications can grow. Tablets, liquids, injectables, creams—you name it, your dog or cat could end up needing it.   While they help our pets to lead longer and better...
Best Food Options for Diabetic Dogs
  By Paula Fitzsimmons When pet parents first find out their beloved dog has diabetes, it can provoke a sense of dread. Will her lifespan be shortened? How will it impact her quality of life? The good news is that with routine veterinary care and sound nutrition management, dogs with diabetes can thrive.   Symptoms of diabetes may include excessive urination, extreme thirst, unexplained weight...
10 Pet Hygiene Tips You Should Be Following
  By Paula Fitzsimmons   When was the last time you changed your cat’s litterbox or cleaned your dog’s food bowls with soap and water? Pets make our lives full, but they can also make them messy and dirty. Along with their unconditional love comes fur, dander, dirt, and grime.   Keeping your home clean when you have pets—not to mention the individual toys, dishes, and grooming tools that...