Pet Symptom Checker

If you have a pet, you’ve probably heard about tapeworms or had to deal with them before. Worms can affect a dog’s overall health and cause some seriously nasty gastrointestinal issues. However, tapeworm infestations in dogs are not usually considered dangerous or life-threatening. Here’s what you… read more

Ancylostoma spp., also known as hookworms, are blood-sucking intestinal parasites that can live in the small intestinal tract of your dog. These parasites can cause severe anemia and inflammation in the small intestine tract, which can lead to severe and life-threatening illness—especially in… read more

Out of all the possible skin conditions in dogs, hot spots are among the most common. Hot spots can have different underlying causes and treatments based on severity. Here’s everything you need to know about hot spots on dogs—from what they are and what causes them to how to treat and prevent them… read more

  Pet parents of large-breed dogs fear the words “hip dysplasia,” but it can happen to dogs of any size. So, what exactly is hip dysplasia, and why is it such a concern for pet parents? Here’s everything you need to know about hip dysplasia in dogs—from signs and symptoms to treatments and care.… read more

Gabapentin has a variety of uses in veterinary medicine, and prescribing gabapentin for dogs, especially, is becoming more popular amongst veterinarians. Here’s everything you need to know about gabapentin for dogs. Jump to a section: What Is Gabapentin for Dogs? What Is Gabapentin Used for in Dogs… read more

If you have ever been to an animal shelter or rescue, you have probably seen an adoptable cat labeled as FIV-positive. These cats are typically isolated from the other cats and need to go to homes with other FIV-positive cats or with no other cats. So, what does FIV mean? And what does it mean for… read more

We’re just beginning to understand the benefits of probiotics for dogs. What we do know is that probiotics for dogs can: Aid digestion Modulate the immune system Provide intestinal benefits by producing short-chain fatty acids, which inhibit harmful bacteria They may also: Treat diarrhea,… read more

Canine parvovirus (CPV or commonly referred to as “parvo”) is one of the most serious viruses that dogs can get. Thankfully, it is very preventable with proper vaccination. This virus was discovered in 1967 and has rapidly become a serious threat to canine health. This is primarily due to the fact… read more

You may have seen “DHPP” or “DAPP” on your paperwork from your pet’s routine vet visit and wondered what it is. The “D” in this vaccine stands for distemper, a disease that spreads from one dog to another through coughing and sneezing.  DHPP is one of the core vaccines for dogs that includes… read more

Cushing’s disease—also known as hypercortisolism and hyperadrenocorticism—is a serious disease that most affects middle-aged and senior dogs. It can be serious if left untreated. Here’s what you need to know about Cushing’s disease in dogs—from types and symptoms to treatment and care. What Is… read more