Pet Symptom Checker

Why do veterinarians always want a stool sample at annual visits? Well, the stool sample is used to screen your dog for intestinal parasites—or worms—in their poop. Many pet parents that come into the office think that their dog couldn’t possibly get worms for one reason or another. But every dog… read more

As gross as it may seem, we all check out our dog’s poop. And, actually, checking your dog’s poop is a really good habit to get into. Dog poop (or “stool”) can tell us a lot about a dog’s health. Changes in color, consistency, and frequency of your dog’s poop can be one of the first signs of… read more

There’s nothing that can get a pet parent moving quite like the sound of a dog vomiting or about to vomit. It’s a sound that all pet parents recognize and hate to hear. So, what causes dog vomiting? Dogs vomit for many reasons. Some of the reasons are nothing to worry about, but sometimes, vomiting… read more

Sneezing is a useful bodily function in which the body forcefully expels irritants from the nose. A multitude of animal species sneeze, including dogs, chickens, elephants, certain lizards, and cats. If your cat is sneezing, it may just be part of the normal process to clear their nose that usually… read more

Many people are familiar with catnip, but not everyone knows what type of plant it is or the science behind how it affects a cat’s mood and behaviors. This article will give you some insight on how catnip works, why cats go crazy for it, and whether there’s such a thing as a cat having too much… read more

Roundworms are among the most common types of worms found in dogs—along with hookworms and whipworms. Roundworms can significantly impact a puppy’s health, and in rare cases, they can be fatal. But fortunately, roundworms in dogs can be easily diagnosed and effectively treated. This article will… read more

If you have a dog that’s predisposed to pancreatitis, or one that tends to sneak fatty foods when you’re out on a walk, you might want to know more about the symptoms and treatment of pancreatitis in dogs. Here’s what you need to know about pancreatitis in dogs so you can have a better… read more

We all cough from time to time, and the same is true for cats. Coughing is simply a reflex that helps the body clear material from within the respiratory tract. Cats cough when something irritates the “coughing receptors” that line their pharynx (the area behind the nose and mouth), larynx (voice… read more

Yeast are spore-producing fungi that are always present on a dog’s skin, usually in low numbers, as part of the normal flora. A yeast infection happens when there’s an excessive amount of yeast in a certain area. Yeast infections in dogs are quite common and can occur anywhere on the skin,… read more

Discovering that your cat has worms can be an unpleasant experience for any pet owner. Not only can finding the worms be frightful (and gross), but their presence can also raise some serious concerns about the health of your cat. However, there are a number of safe and effective ways to treat worms… read more