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Pet Cancer

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Many people are unaware that cancer isn’t just a human condition; it affects cats and dogs as well. In fact, statistics show that one in six cats and nearly half of dogs over the age of 10 will develop cancer in their lifetime. Neoplasia, or the abnormal growth of tissues or cells in the body, is also common with statistics showing that 1 in 4 dogs will develop neoplasia in their lifetime. Surprisingly, pet cancer is one of the leading causes of disease-related deaths in pets, and we see many cases at the Animal Medical Center. According to NCI’S Center for Cancer Research, out of the 65 million dogs in the United States, approximately 6 million new cancer diagnoses were made. Some of the most common cancers include osteosarcoma, soft tissue sarcoma, melanoma, mammary carcinoma, head and neck carcinoma, prostate carcinoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Factors to Consider Most of the…

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Summer Heat and Humidity: The Effects of Heat on Dogs

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The warm, sunny weather of summer is something we all look forward to every year. It means sunshine, vacation, and beach trips to all of us. Unfortunately, summertime isn’t always good news for pets. Heat stress, especially in dogs, is a not something to take lightly. Unlike humans, they do not have an effective defensive mechanism against heat and cannot communicate when they are overheating.

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Top Causes for Dog Eye Ulcer

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Has your dog had irritated eyes lately? Are the white parts of his eyes very red? Is he squinting or holding his eyes shut? If you’ve noticed any of these signs, there is a possibility that your pet could be suffering from an eye ulcer. Also known as the corneal ulcer or ulcerative keratitis, a dog eye ulcer is a break in the continuity of the outer membrane of the cornea, which is the clear part of the eye.

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Heart Failure in Dogs: What You Need to Know

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Any time you take your dog to the vet, you want to hear good news. And, the vet definitely wants to tell you good news. Unfortunately, some medical conditions are more difficult to share and hear about than others. Congestive heart failure in dogs is definitely one of the more difficult ones, as the condition means your dog’s heart has trouble pumping blood to the rest of the body,

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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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