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Do Purebred Dogs Really Have More Health Issues?

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Like many things in society today, pets are often purchased because their specific breed is the current trend.  Maybe the breed won first place in the latest dog show.  Or, a favorite celebrity has a pet that is unique.  Whatever the reasons, people can’t seem to resist owning one of those furry little critters.  Often, these popular animals are expensive purebreds.  Few people know the history of how animal breeding began and why they should do some research before investing in one of these pets.  For instance, they don’t know that most purebred dogs today are at risk of developing a variety of inherited diseases. Some develop physical deformities that make life difficult for the pet and the owner.  Why does it happen and what can a pet owner do to protect themselves and their pet?  Let’s take a look at some of the facts about purebreds, specifically dogs, and…

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Understanding Chemotherapy Options for Pets with Cancer

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The word “cancer” is likely to trigger a slew of unpleasant reactions, deepening in unpleasantness as the term comes closer to describing your loved one’s current health diagnosis. Whether your loved one is a person or a pet, the options for treating cancer can seem overwhelming, especially when the other scary “c” word, “chemotherapy,” is thrown into the mix. First, it is important to understand your pet’s precise diagnosis, e.g., tumor size/location and its likelihood to spread, which your veterinarian can obtain through a physical exam, blood work, and imaging. Then, you can start to explore all the treatment options, including surgery, chemotherapy, or both. If chemotherapy becomes a viable option, hopefully the information below offers you a brief overview of what this means for your loved one. Chemotherapy and Pets With humans, the goal is to suffer through chemotherapy for a positive end result: a cancer-free life. When chemotherapy…

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Guide to Bladder Health in Pets

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Whether you are a dog lover, a cat lover, or an equal-animal opportunist, you want to make sure your pet is in good urinary health. Just as you might experience bladder and urinary discomfort and call your doctor immediately, you want to do the same with your pet. The key is recognizing the signs of a bladder problem and, even more important, helping your pet bypass bladder problems with preventative steps. Bladder Conditions and Symptoms A discussion about common bladder problems in pets usually starts with a urinary tract infection. If untreated, a blockage in the urethra can occur, resulting in the rupturing of the bladder or fatal kidney fatal. In cats, especially middle-aged, indoor, and/or overweight cats, FLUTD, or Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, is the most common urinary tract problem. The cause is often from multiple sources and could include crystals, debris, or stones in the urethra or…

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Declawing Your Cat: Could it Lead to Arthritis?

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If you have ever owned a cat, then you know that declawing is often a part of the domesticating process, at least in the United States, even though it is not medically imperative. It is common to assume that to declaw your cat means a natural, non-harmful choice. However, research suggests that your cat could suffer long-term health effects from declawing. What does declawing a cat mean? Declawing a cat involves serious surgery. Consider your human toenail. The thought of fully removing it probably makes you wince. However, in the process of removing your toenail, no bone would be extracted. Cat claws are different; bone and claw are actually closely connected. As a result, declawing includes the amputation of the entire first joints of your cat’s “toes.” With this approach, regrowth is very unlikely. So, the surgery is more similar to an amputation of your human fingers to the knuckle…

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Safeguard Your Pet: 5 Hazards Lurking at the Groomer

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Grooming is an important responsibility for a dog owner.  Anyone who owns an animal knows that at one time or another, they are going to get into something that requires immediate cleaning.  There are hidden hazards hiding in the grass and all along outdoors areas for animals.  From thorns and stickers to fleas and ticks, the areas which animals require can pose cleanliness nightmares.  However, a clean well taken care of animal is a happy and healthy one.  It is not difficult to maintain a well-groomed animal either.  It takes a mindful eye, communication with your fur-buddy, and a few handy techniques and tips on grooming your dog.   Tips on grooming When the time comes to start grooming your pet, there are several things to consider.   What time of year is it?   Do they need a hair trim for warm weather, or their nails trimmed from being…

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Socializing Your Dog: From Puppyhood Through Adulthood

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Socializing your dog is a time of great expansion and growth for you as a pet owner and for your animal companion.  This is a very important step in the relationship you create with your dog and can be the difference between a happy, well mannered, content dog and a timid, frightened and uncontrollable dog.   Socialization means that your dog is comfortable in public situations, is well-mannered (i.e. doesn’t jump up on people or knock things over, etc.), and knows how to behave in his environment, around people, and around other animals.  Many people wonder, how do you socialize a dog?  While there are numerous methods for specific dog breeds and trainer types, there are a few basic rules-of-thumb that can be applied by almost anyone to achieve great results. When to start It is extremely important to start socializing your puppy as early as you can.  In the…

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Does Your Pet Have Healthy Sleeping Habits?

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Normal Sleep Habits While we, the average human, need about 8 hours of sleep a day to function properly, our dogs will sleep between 12-14 hours in a day. Usually this time will be split up so that they are sleeping roughly 8 hours a night (when we do) and the other 4-6 hours will come in the form of napping. This time frame can vary greatly depending on the type of dog that you have.  The normal habits of your pet will depend on things like:   Working dogs. Police or service dogs will likely sleep less during the day because they are much more active, and usually work the same “shift” that their human works. Dogs that are frequently bred to be working dogs, such as Labs or German Shepherds, may sleep less naturally even if they are not trained as service dogs. Puppies. Puppies, like babies, will…

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Holiday Travel: How to Keep Your Pet Safe

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The holiday season is a wonderful time to travel and celebrate with family and friends, but for pet owners it can often be clouded with worry about the safety and health of their beloved pet. An emergency trip to the vet, especially one in an unfamiliar location, is definitely no fun for either you or your pet, and it usually can be avoided. When you choose to to take your pet with you on your holiday travels, there are some basic pet safety tips to follow. How to Keep Pets Safe The first, and most important, step to ensuring your pet’s safety during holiday travel is to plan ahead. Find out about emergency vet clinics at your destination, and contact them to find out what information they will need in order to treat your pet. At the very least it will be wise to bring your pet’s vaccination and medical…

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Pets as Gifts: 5 Things to Consider First

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Most individuals would readily agree that one of the best things about giving gifts to others is watching them experience the ultimate surprise. This is probably why pet gifting is so wildly popular–after all, few things are more surprising than unexpectedly receiving a cuddly new companion. However, while pet gifting can certainly be wonderful for both the recipient and the pet in many instances, there are also some instances where it doesn’t work out too well, and this can be difficult for everyone involved. So if you are considering pet gifting and in order to ensure that pet gifting results in a happy pet and owner, you should always carefully consider a few key things first. 5 Things to Consider Before Gifting a Pet Does the individual truly want the pet? Some individuals will comment on how kittens or puppies are cute, or even on how they wish they had…

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Can Pets Suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Among the many various dog health questions and symptoms, pet owners will bring to their veterinarian is the question of whether their dog can suffer from many of the same illnesses and conditions that humans suffer from. There are certainly some illnesses and conditions that dogs and other pets can suffer from that are not also suffered by humans and vice versa, but there are also a few illnesses and conditions that pets and humans share. One such condition is the winter blues. Dog Health Problems and Symptoms Along with shorter days and colder temperatures, the winter season can also bring about what is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. The Mayo Clinic defines Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, as a type of depression that can lead to low energy, loss of appetite, and feelings of sadness. It is most often seen in the darker, gloomier days of late fall or…

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