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5 Signs of Dental Disease in Dogs & Good Dental Hygiene

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We love our pets like family and sometimes we treat them better than our fellow humans. The last thing we want is to take them in for an unnecessary visit to the vet for something like dental disease. Dental disease in dogs, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection of the mouth. In this article, we’ll take a look at the 5 signs of dental disease and offer some great pet care tips on how to avoid a costly visit to the vet by practicing some simple doggy dental hygiene. 5 Common Signs of Dental Disease Dog Breath:Nobody likes dog breath. Generally speaking, it’s unpleasant. If you notice that your dog’s breath has become significantly worse than normal, this could be the first sign of periodontal disease. Dogs get plaque, that invisible film that grows on teeth, like humans. This plaque can carry harmful bacteria that causes halitosis….

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Pet Owner Tips for Pet Exercise

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Humans have evolved over the years to adapt to new circumstances. With less hunting and gathering and more computer work, humans are sedentary more than ever before. While many animals, such as dogs, are prone to an active lifestyle, they tend to take on the lifestyles of their owners. Essentially, how you live your life can affect how your pet lives! Since exercise is beneficial for both you and your pet, finding ways to exercise that you both can handle is the best place to start. You should begin to build endurance slowly. See below for some specific pet care tips to keep your loved one active for years through pet exercise. Benefits of Exercise Aside from cardiac health, weight control, and bodily agility, exercise can help your pet sleep soundly at night and limit behavioral problems, such as hyperactivity, destructive scratching, and barking or mewing. Additionally, if your pet…

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Understanding Chemotherapy and Cancer in Pets

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If you have just received the cancer diagnosis for your pet, then you may be in a state of shock, confusion, or both. The “c” word has a variety of emotions and perceptions attached to it. Before you jump down the rabbit hole of Internet research for “pet scan cancer” (a sadly common search), read below to understand the definition of cancer in pets and how chemotherapy works as a form of treatment for animals. What Does Cancer Mean for Your Pet? When your vet detects a tumor in your pet, oftentimes surgery is the first recommended course of action. After removal, the vet can then send the appropriate tissues to the laboratory for analysis of the cells to determine if the tumor is a single entity or has, or is, likely to spread to other areas of the body. If the cancer has spread or is likely to spread,…

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Natural Pet Healthcare: Laser Therapy for Dogs

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If your dog has ever been in pain, then you know how difficult it is to watch your friend suffer, with decreasing moods, activities, and energy levels. Perhaps, you have tried a variety of traditional approaches and medicines to keep your canine comfortable. Maybe some approaches have worked and some have not. If you have not yet considered natural options for relief, particularly laser therapy for dogs, then read below for more details about bringing your dog into the light. What is Laser Therapy? Known as red light therapy, cold laser therapy, or low-level light therapy, this form of treatment has been around for 40 or more years, even though studies are still confirming more and more benefits of the treatment. Laser therapy uses light on a low or cold setting. The emitted beam enters the dog’s tissues to arouse cell growth, blood circulation, and endorphin release and decreases inflammation….

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5 Signs Your Pet Needs Professional Dental Treatment

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You love your pets and want to take care of them. You feed them, walk them, show them affection and look out for them. It’s just as important to take your dog or cat’s dental health seriously. Pet dental issues can cause animals pain and discomfort. If they are left untreated, the complications can lead to very costly procedures and treatments. Additionally, the overall quality of your pet’s life can be affected and their lifespan shortened. If you notice any of the signs below it is time to take your pet in for a teeth cleaning. Professionals in the Animal Medical Center can help. Bad Breath – Bad breath is one of the surest ways to tell if there’s something off about your dog’s dental health. Many people assume dogs and cats simply have bad breath and just live with it. However, if your pet’s mouth is healthy and clean,…

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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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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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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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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: 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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