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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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The Well-Designed Diet for Dogs

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Whether your dog is high- or low-energy, your canine needs the right balance of nutrients to lead a healthy existence. Just like humans, dogs are omnivores and can get their daily intake from both plant- and meat-based foods. The best dog food should provide the six most important elements: water, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins. Knowing your dog’s breed, lifestyle, and health conditions can help you make sound decisions about your canine’s food intake. Here is more on what makes the best dog diet.    Dog Diet 101: What Makes Dog Food Good? Below are some strategies for providing your dog with the best dog food you can afford. Keep in mind that every dog is unique and some require specialized diets. On the whole, the following are beneficial suggestions:   Read and Research Peruse the ingredient list on the dog food packaging, especially the first five ingredients. The…

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Summer Plants that are Poisonous to Dogs   

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The sun is shining. The wind is rustling your dog’s fur. So, you place a leash around your dog’s neck and take Spot or Lassie for a walk around the park. Your dog even wants to stop and smell the roses, literally. There’s no harm in that. Except, when Spot or Lassie ingests plants that are poisonous to dogs. Depending on the plant, side effects can be mild or serious. Learning about the various poisonous plants for dogs is the first step, so you know how to walk a dog safely. Below is a list of some of the poisonous plants to be on the lookout for this summer, no matter where your travels take you, along with common side effects.   Be Wary of These Plants Amaryllis, Belladonna lily, or St. Joseph lily, is a flower commonly red, white, or pink with burgundy marks. If your pooch ingests this…

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Guide to Pet Vaccine Schedules

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For most pet owners, pets are like family. They are loyal companions, and we want them to live vibrant and playful lives. We spend a lot of time walking, feeding and playing with our pets to ensure they stay healthy and happy. In addition to these responsibilities, pet owners need to look out for their pet’s health. This is where pet vaccinations come in, playing a vital role in preventing unnecessary and dangerous diseases. Whether you’re a dog or cat owner, giving your pet routine vaccinations is essential for maintaining their good health. Additionally, it’s important to stay informed about pet vaccines. Let’s look at the benefits and the risks of cat and dog vaccination schedules, as well as their role in your pet’s health and wellness.   About Pet Vaccinations Pet vaccinations provide immunity for many infectious diseases affecting pets. Vaccines contain an agent similar to the disease-causing microorganism….

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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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Why Young Puppies are at Risk for Heart Disease

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When you think of heart disease, you probably picture a middle-aged man– not a frisky little puppy.  The reality is that heart disease, including congestive heart failure, is not only found in humans but can strike other animals as well.  Though you might associate congestive heart failure with being overweight and sedentary–and that is not necessarily wrong–congestive heart failure can occur in dogs that look outwardly healthy, and it can even be found in puppies.  Heart disease in dogs is a serious matter, and just like in humans, it cannot always be cured. However, with proper treatment heart disease in dogs can be managed, allowing your dog to live for many more years in relatively good health.   What is Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs? Congestive heart failure in dogs is a condition caused by other forms of heart disease.  When the heart starts to fail, it no longer properly…

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Pet Heart Murmurs: Are They a Sign of a More Serious Problem?

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A veterinary checkup is a lot like a human checkup. A doctor examines the patient for overall health and wellness, making sure that all of the major systems are in working order.  As with human physicals, most of the time things are just fine. But, sometimes the examination reveals hidden symptoms, even in patients who seem perfectly healthy. One such symptom is a heart murmur, which can present itself in both healthy and unhealthy animals.  As a caring owner, just how concerned should you be if your pet is diagnosed with a heart murmur? What is a Heart Murmur? A heart murmur is an irregular heartbeat. When your veterinarian listens for a heart murmur with a stethoscope, they will typically hear an irregular whooshing sound in between your pet’s regular heartbeat.  That sound is caused by turbulent blood flow in the animal’s heart, and may or may not be cause…

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5 Benefits of Getting Your Pet Tested for Diabetes

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Pet diabetes is a chronic disease that affects more than 370 million humans worldwide, resulting in debilitating complications like nerve damage and blindness. What many people don’t realize is that dogs and other pets can also develop diabetes, which can significantly affect their quality of life. Fortunately, there are some telltale symptoms to watch out for and steps you can take to diagnose and treat diabetes in your pet. For example, there are certain dog behavior changes that may signal diabetes, like increased thirst and frequent urinary accidents. If you’ve noticed any unexpected pet behavior changes, seek veterinary attention as soon as possible to test for pet diabetes. What is Diabetes? Pet diabetes is a disease that occurs when the body is unable to produce enough insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas. Insulin’s job is to help glucose enter cells so it can be used for energy, but when…

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How to Recognize the Signs of High Blood Pressure in Pets

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Watching your pet play, eat, and move around makes you feel good about your loved one’s well-being. However, when your pet is under the weather, you want to reach out and help in any way you can. Not knowing just how under the weather your pet is, can lead to much uncertainty. One of the tell-tale signs of poor health is high blood pressure. Just as a doctor checks your blood pressure, a veterinarian keeps an eye on your pet’s blood pressure for normal rates, especially if your pet has other serious health conditions. For your peace of mind, contact your veterinarian today. What Causes High Blood Pressure in Your Pet? If your pet suffers from chronic kidney disease, it is likely your pet also has high blood pressure or hypertension. This is because the kidneys are responsible for controlling blood pressure and can no longer do their job when they become inflicted…

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Is Your Pet at Risk for a Seasonal Urinary Tract Infection?

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During the winter months, the weather can make it difficult for people to stay active and energized. When the wind howls and your windows are frosted with ice and snow, the idea of going out does not always seem appealing. It is natural to want to curl up with a blanket and read a good book or binge-watch a T.V. series. Your dogs and cats like to curl up with you, too. However, this decreased activity level can put them at risk for a seasonal urinary tract infection. Why Are Your Pets at Risk? Decreased activity and lower temperatures yield less water consumption and, subsequently, fewer bathroom trips. If your pet suffers from arthritis and/or has weakened immune defenses due to age, depression, or past medical conditions like cancer, then your pet is a strong candidate for a urinary tract infection. Generally, urinary tract problems in cats are less common…

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