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November 2016

Doggy Dreams: 5 Things You’ve Always Wanted to Know

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Have you ever watched in curiosity as your sleeping dog suddenly begins moving his legs or tail, whimpering, barking or participating in some other odd behavior? Dog owners, veterinarians and scientists alike have long believed that dogs dream while they sleep–and many have even speculated on what these dreams may be about.  Studies have indicated that your canine companion may indeed dream while they sleep–and there may even be evidence to suggest what they dream about. 5 Things to Know About Doggy Dreams 1. Dogs have sleep patterns that are similar to humans.  These sleep patterns include stages of wakefulness, rapid-eye-movement, or REM, sleep, and non-rapid-eye-movement sleep.   It is during the REM stage, about ten to twenty minutes after falling asleep, that humans dream and researchers suspect that this is also the stage during which dogs dream. 2. Dogs likely dream about their owner’s face and smell, as well as what they…

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5 Medical Conditions That Lead to Pet Misbehavior

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Pet owners who form deep, loving bonds with their pets become very familiar with their pet’s usual behavior patterns.  In fact, they may become so comfortable with these patterns that they will confidently assert things like, “My dog never bites!”   It can therefore be incredibly shocking when a pet misbehaves.  Fortunately, such an undesirable change in behavior may not mean that the pet himself has changed, but rather is suffering from a medical condition that, if treated properly, can restore them to health and appropriate behavior. Medical Conditions and Pet Misbehavior Following are five of the most common medical conditions that lead to pet misbehavior: Loss of hearing, sight or other senses, organ dysfunction, hormonal diseases, nervous system diseases, urinary tract diseases, and problems that affect a pet’s mobility can lead to misbehavior like fear and bathroom accidents. Any medical condition that causes pain or discomfort, such as infections in…

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How to Navigate the Aging Process in a Senior Pet

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It can be difficult to cope with the aging of a beloved pet, especially when it’s a constant reminder that our pets simply don’t live as long as we do.  A lack of understanding can drive owners to consider that their senior pet’s aging process is like a disease, when actually it is simply a new life stage.  You can still enjoy a very fulfilling and loving relationship with your senior pet, as long as you learn to meet their various needs. Keeping a Senior Pet Healthy, Happy and Comfortable In order to successfully navigate the aging process in a senior pet, one needs to understand what their pet’s body is working through.  For example, a pet that seemed unaffected by temperature changes in their younger years may suddenly have difficulty with temperature changes in their senior years–because of changes that have occurred in their metabolism that make it more…

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National Pet Diabetes Month: Is Your Pet at Risk

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November is widely recognized as National Diabetes Month, a time when the general public can become more educated about this common endocrine disease.  While it was initially established with a focus on human diabetes, National Diabetes Month is also a time when pet owners can learn more about diabetes mellitus, a disease that can affect dogs and cats and, if left untreated, can be fatal. Is Your Pet at Risk of Diabetes? There are two basic types of pet diabetes–Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.  Type 1, which is most commonly seen in dogs, is where the pet’s body fails to make sufficient amounts of insulin.  It cannot be conclusively resolved and requires lifelong insulin therapy.  Type 2, which is most commonly seen in cats, is where the pancreas makes insulin that is either inadequate or is stopped from being correctly used in the pet’s body.  It may…

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