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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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pet hot spots

Hot Spots on Pets: When You Need to See a Vet

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Of course we want what is best for our pets, but this does not mean that we are willing, or financially able, to rush them to the vet’s office every single time something small comes up. Pet hot spots can seem like a perfect example of “something small” that most pet owners feel they should be able to treat at home. However, they can quickly flare out of control if not addressed and treated properly. It is therefore helpful to understand what types of hot spot issues can be successfully handled at home, and at what point a trip to the vet’s office is necessary. What Are Hot Spots on Pets When the surface of a pet’s skin is superficially damaged in some way, normal skin bacteria irritates the area and creates an infection that is known as a hot spot. Superficial skin damage most often occurs when the pet…

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summer safety

Summer Lawn Care: Could You Be Putting Your Pet At Risk

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One of the most pleasurable parts of summer is being able to spend lots of time outdoors with the ones you love, which of course includes your family pet. And while you don’t want to be unnecessarily worried about every single possible thing that could potentially harm your pet while they are outdoors, it is also very wise to be prudent when allowing them to run around outdoors. There are definitely a few things that can cause them harm, including such as the products that are used in lawn care. Keeping Pets Safe for Summer There are many summer hazards for pets, including increased temperatures, the risk of dehydration, sunburns, and sunstroke. Other hazards we may not normally consider include toxic plants in our home or yard or the chemicals that we sometimes use in order to care for our lawn. However, the fact is that pets are often more…

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pet fire safety

What to Do if Your Pet Gets Burned

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Many pet injuries result from a pet’s curiosity and persistence in locating and inspecting those things that can cause them harm. It is an unfortunate fact that even when we are incredibly prudent and take action to try and protect against injury, it can still sometimes happen. This means that in addition to knowing how to prevent injuries from occurring, pet owners should also know how to resolve injuries when they do occur. Pet fire safety is important to keep your pets healthy and safe. Preventing Burns on Pets Just as is the case with humans, burns on pets can be caused by heat sources, electrical equipment, and chemicals. Following basic pet fire safety rules can help to minimize the chance of pet burns occurring, which is obviously the most ideal solution. However, in the case that a pet burn does occur, pet owners who understand what to look for…

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summer paw care

Guide to Summer Paw Care: Tips for Protecting Your Pet

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While we enjoy interacting with our pets at any time of the year, summertime can provide us with even more wonderful opportunities to engage in fun outdoor activities with our pets. That said, the increase in temperature can bring certain dangers to your pet if you are not adequately prepared. That’s why it’s very important to review some basic pet summer safety tips and consider how best keep your pet safe in the hot summer weather. Summer Safety Tips for Pets There are many hot weather tips for pets that owners should be aware of, not the least of which is how to protect your pet from heatstroke. Another, often overlooked, point to consider is your pet’s paws–which while apparently quite hardy, can actually be easily damaged by summer weather. Following are some simple tips for how to protect your pet’s paws this summer: Watch for sweaty paws. When a…

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fireworks safety

Fireworks Safety: How to Manage Pet Stress During 4th of July Celebrations

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Have you ever taken your dog with you to a fireworks event only to discover that you have to spend all your time trying to calm them down? This can be particularly confusing and frustrating when your pet normally seems to be very relaxed, easy-going and open to all sorts of activities. After all, you have the very best of intentions when you choose to bring them along and you have definitely provided them with the perfect opportunity to spend some extra time with you. So what’s the problem? Fireworks and Pet Anxiety It can often happen that those events and celebrations that we find to be the most fun and exciting can be incredibly upsetting and stressful for our pets. This is largely because we understand exactly what is happening and our pets don’t. A perfect example is the fact that we understand that fireworks exploding loudly in the…

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pet joint pain

Joint Problems in Pets: Common Causes and How to Treat Them

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As pet owners, we are always interested in doing whatever is necessary to improve and stabilize our pet’s health, comfort, and happiness. We help them maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen and take them to the veterinarian for their annual examinations. We can normally tell when our pets aren’t feeling well, but the truth is that many pets are absolute experts at hiding their symptoms of discomfort. This means that by the time our pets are clearly physically uncomfortable, they may have actually struggled with a medical or health condition for some time. This is certainly true in the case of joint pain, and since it is easier and better for the pet to handle this problem early on, it is worth learning about the causes and signs of pet joint pain. Treating Joint Pain in Pets Joint pain in pets can not only greatly affect their quality of…

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