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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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pet stress

5 Ways to Reduce Pet Stress this Holiday Season

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With the holiday season now in full swing, chances are that you find yourself incredibly busy trying to juggle all of your responsibilities in addition to various obligations and interests. One thing you may not consider is how the very things you love most about the holiday season, including the decorations, the parties, and the presents, can cause stress for your furry companions. Unfortunately, a stressed pet is not only uncomfortable–he also often displays troublesome behaviors like chewing or marking–which is why it is very useful to know what pet anxiety relief options you have. How to Help an Anxious Pet When you are dealing with pet anxiety, it is helpful to remember that your pet has basic social, physical, and emotional needs–just like you–and providing for these needs can help to ensure that they make it through intense periods without suffering from stress. With that in mind, here are…

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aggressive behavior in cats

5 Helpful Solutions for Aggressive Behavior in Cats

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Some cats can live their whole lives together, whether they have known each other since birth or have been introduced to one another at some future point, and never have any issues with aggressive behavior. Other cats can have great difficulty getting along with one another and routinely display aggressive behavior. Unfortunately, this can be very frustrating for owners to deal with, not only because cat fights can be distressing to listen to, but also because persistent and intense aggressive behavior may result in needing to remove one of the cats from the home. Fortunately, if one understands cat behavior in general and specifically the most common cat behaviors, there are things you can do to help counter aggressive behavior. Cat Behavior Signs In the vast majority of cases, aggressive behavior in cats occurs among intact cats of the same gender. This is just one of many reasons why spaying…

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dog behavioral changes

Behavioral Changes in Dogs: When to Be Concerned

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Over time you become very closely and deeply bonded with your pet, getting to know them extremely well even as they get to know you extremely well. This means that you will come to recognize your dog’s normal behavior, and will be more alert to changes in their behavior. These changes can occur as a result of their growth into adulthood, their introduction to a new pet in the family and even a traumatic event they have experienced. In many of these cases, you can help your dog through these experiences on your own. But there can also be medical issues that affect dog behaviors, in which case it may be necessary to get your dog to the vet as soon as possible. How then to tell the difference? Pet Behavior Problems If you have become accustomed to your dog’s normal behavior you will definitely notice when they stray from…

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microchipping

Microchipping: Why You Should Consider it for Your Pet

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As a pet owner, you are well aware that your pets are incredibly curious. It’s an unfortunate fact that their curiosity drives many pets to wander and end up lost. A shocking eight million animals are taken in by animal shelters each and every year, but only fifteen to twenty percent of dogs and less than two percent of cats are reunited with their families. In many cases, this is not because pet owners don’t care, but rather because they cannot find their pet, and their pet has no way to communicate where they belong. This can be resolved quite easily through the use of microchipping. How to Be a Good Pet Owner Microchipping is a process through which a small microchip, which is about the size of a grain of rice, is placed under a pet’s skin with a needle, normally between their shoulder blades. This microchip has a…

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pet medication

Buying Pet Meds Online: Why It’s Safer to See a Vet

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Your pet is an important part of your family, which is why you do everything you can in order to help keep them healthy and happy. When your pet is ill, you want to help them as rapidly as possible, and this usually means giving them medication. This can make it attractive to search for and buy pet meds online, especially since it sometimes seems that these medications are available at discounted prices. The only trouble is knowing which pet meds are the best solutions–and which pet meds may not only fail to serve the intended purpose but may possibly also cause problems and so should be avoided. This is why it is very important to understand when to see a vet. Do I Need a Vet No one knows your pet better than you do. You know what makes them excited, what makes them nervous, when they are feeling…

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pets and high blood pressure

Treatment Options for Pets with High Blood Pressure

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High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition that occurs when arterial blood pressure is consistently higher than normal. It can affect pets just as it affects humans, and it can cause problems in important organs and systems–including the heart, kidneys, eyes and nervous system. When caught early on and treated aggressively, high blood pressure can be well managed so as not to adversely affect the pet’s health and life. Pet Heart Health Regardless of what kind it is and how it manifests, pet heart disease is understandably one of the more difficult health conditions that pets and their owners can encounter. It is key for pet owners to understand and look for symptoms of these conditions, and then work together with their veterinarian to find the treatment option that works best for their pet. Some of the most prominent symptoms of high blood pressure include: Seizures Circling Disorientation Blindness Dilated…

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brain injuries

Brain Injuries in Pets: the Importance of Seeing a Vet

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The brain is a vital organ that requires constant oxygen and nutrition in order to operate well. When it is deprived of oxygen or affected by direct trauma, the brain can suffer injury. There are two main types of brain injuries that pets can experience. Primary brain injuries result from direct trauma to the brain, which can cause bleeding, fluid buildup, and pressure. Unfortunately, there is no way to reverse the effects caused by primary brain injuries. Secondary brain injuries result from primary brain injuries and are the alteration of brain tissue. These types of brain injuries can be prevented, managed and improved with the right care. When to Call the Vet Brain injuries can be caused by head trauma, severe hypothermia or hyperthermia, severe hypoglycemia, prolonged seizures, shock, high blood pressure, brain parasites, brain tumors, infections that involve the nervous system, toxicity, immune-mediated diseases, and more. All brain injuries…

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pet skin condition

5 Signs Your Pet Has a Bacterial Skin Infection

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Pets can suffer from irritating and uncomfortable skin conditions, just as humans do. And just like humans, pet skin conditions can range from mild and temporary to serious and even life-threatening. It is always best to have your veterinarian examine and diagnose a pet’s skin issues, but it can be helpful to know what you may be dealing with. Pet Skin Problems One of the most common pet skin problems is a bacterial skin infection. This is largely due to the fact that there are many types of bacteria that normally reside on a pet’s skin. When this bacteria is given an opportunity to over-expand through any manner of health conditions, including a flea infestation, an open wound, an allergic reaction, or some similar condition, it creates an infection that is clearly visible on the skin. These infections can become incredibly painful if left untreated, and treatment must be aggressive…

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pet fears

Top Fears and Anxieties That Plague Pets

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Just as humans can experience certain fears and anxieties, so too can our pets. While it is perfectly understandable that new and unusual things can be alarming, one of the major issues that pets face is not only their lack of understanding but also their inability to handle this. Pets cannot have someone explain to them what is happening and why they shouldn’t be afraid. Fortunately, there are things that pet owners can do to help reduce their pet’s anxiety and fear. Pet Anxiety and Fear In order to provide pet anxiety relief, pet owners have to first understand what type of anxiety or fear their pet is experiencing. Separation anxiety in pets, for example, is successfully handled in a way that is quite different than fear of thunderstorms in pets. Here are some common anxieties and fears: Separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is one of the most common anxieties that…

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