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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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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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Signs Your Pet May Have Glaucoma or Cataracts

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As you age, you begin to experience the obligatory aches and pains. Your body is unable to move in the same way it once did. These whole-body changes include changes in your eyes. Two common eye conditions include glaucoma and cataracts. These same eye conditions can occur in your pet. Therefore, it’s important for your animal to receive a regular eye exam, including a pet glaucoma screening. Certain dog breeds, such as cocker spaniels and poodles, are especially prone to cataracts and glaucoma. Even though the animals may possess symptoms, discussed below, they are capable of masking their pain, including loss of vision in one eye, and go about their day without your awareness.   Cataracts A cataract is an abnormality in the eye that causes blurred vision. As cataracts become thicker and denser, they can result in blindness. Along with old age, cataracts are also the result of trauma,…

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4 Reasons You Should Talk to Your Vet About Pet Acupuncture

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Acupuncture has been around for centuries, at least in China. In the Western world, acupuncture is considered a newer, alternative form of treatment. Some insurance companies have realized the many benefits of the treatment and even cover the costs of acupuncture for human patients.   What to Expect from Pet Acupuncture An expert trained in veterinary acupuncture lightly inserts tiny, sterile needles into specific spots where nerves and blood vessels convene (also known as acupuncture points) to activate the balance of energy throughout your pet’s body. Ultimately, acupuncture helps the body heal itself. The animal may feel brief, mild discomfort with the needle insertion (laser options, instead of needles, exist in certain cases). Overall, acupuncture is a safe procedure, and more often than not, the animal gets very sleepy or falls asleep. Many practitioners, pet owners, and (human) patients rave about the calming effects. Yet, still not everyone finds the…

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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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How Vets Use Pulse Oximetry to Keep Pets Safe During Surgery

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Your pet is about to undergo surgery. You are likely to be worried and confused, especially as the vet bandies about medical jargon unfamiliar to your lexicon. You find yourself looking up words on the Internet dictionary or Web MD or jotting down unknown terms, so you can ask the vet follow-up questions later. Note-taking and personal research are good approaches to have before your pet’s surgery, so you are familiar with all the steps of the procedure and how the vet plans to keep your loved one safe. One such term that may come your way during discussions is pulse oximetry. Below are some details about pulse oximetry and how a vet uses a pulse oximeter, so now you have one less term you have to look up later! What is Pulse Oximetry and What Does Pulse Oximetry Measure? In a nutshell, pulse oximetry is a non-invasive approach to…

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