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August 2017

Animal dandruff

Dandruff in Pets: What Causes it and Is it Serious

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While there are certainly differences between the health issues pets face and the health issues humans face, there are also some basic similarities. For example, many pet skin problems mimic human skin problems, with many of the same causes and solutions. Dandruff–the irritating, uncomfortable condition one experiences when they have overly dry and flaky skin–is something that our pets can suffer from just as much as we can. Unfortunately, they are not able to verbalize their discomfort and must, therefore, rely upon us to not only detect the condition but also determine the cause of the condition and institute a solution. Pet Skin Issues There are, obviously, many different types of pet skin conditions, and some are more serious than others. It is therefore very helpful to know the signs of some of the more common skin conditions and to get professional advice from a veterinarian where needed. One of…

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congestive heart failure in dogs

Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs: Why It Doesn’t Have to be Fatal

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We understand that your dog is far more to you than just a loving companion–he is a close and important member of your family and he deserves the very best. This is why if you invest great time, effort, and money into preventative care you may automatically expect that all veterinary appointments and examinations will go smoothly and your dog will live a long, full, healthy life. It can, therefore, be incredibly distressing to find out that your dog is suffering from any sort of health condition, especially one as serious as congestive heart failure. It’s true that congestive heart failure is not to be taken lightly, but if you understand the basic symptoms of heart failure in dogs, you can take quick action to your veterinarian to help protect your furry friend against a fatal outcome. Dog Heart Symptoms As is the case with other heart conditions that can…

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cat litter box problems

How to Solve Common Litter Box Problems With Cats

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There are many wonderful benefits that come with cat ownership, as these independent, whimsical creatures can be loving and devoted companions. One of the less appealing aspects of cat ownership is dealing with litter boxes. Even when you have determined what type of litter box to use, where to place it and which litter to put in it in order to best trap odors, your cat’s refusal to use it properly or at all can be nothing short of completely frustrating. Fortunately, most litter box problems have distinct causes and therefore, distinct solutions. Litter Box Issues It’s normally incredibly easy to litter box train cats–it’s certainly far easier than it is to house train a dog–because cats instinctually want to bury their waste. You may think that providing them with a litter box and litter is all it takes to satisfy this instinct, and are therefore understandably dismayed when your…

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pet allergies

Benadryl for Pets: Is It Safe

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Allergies can be incredibly uncomfortable for anyone to experience, whether they are mild, moderate or severe. From itchy eyes and a scratchy throat to a runny nose and difficulty breathing, allergies can complicate your life and make it hard to function well. Whether you have to cope with allergies on a regular basis, during seasonal changes or only occasionally when exposed to specific allergens, you become familiar with how allergies affect you and what you can do in order to deal with them. But have you ever thought about your pet? Pet Allergies Pets, like humans, can suffer from allergies, although their symptoms can vary widely from our own and are therefore often misinterpreted and ignored. Since pets cannot easily communicate their discomfort or their symptoms to their owner, they must rely on their owner to first notice that they are having a problem, and then to do something effective…

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