Managing chronic pain in dogs can be challenging and a genuine source of worry. It’s natural to search for solutions to help your companion be as comfortable as possible, especially if you want to minimize the potential long-term side effects of pain meds. You might be considering holistic complementary therapies. One of the most well-known of these is dog acupuncture, which is growing in popularity and credibility. Learn more about the potential benefits and limitations of this low-risk treatme
Your dog’s kidneys are essential organs that filter waste products from the bloodstream. When the kidneys are weakened, either by acute or chronic kidney disease, your dog’s health could suffer. Because kidney disease progresses over time, it’s important to learn the common symptoms so tha you can recognize them. If you catch kidney disease in dogs early on, treatment can slow down the progression and allow your dog to live longer.
What Is Kidney Disease in Dogs?
Kidney disease in dogs is
It might be gross, but dogs throw up. And there are all sorts of reasons, from eating too fast to serious health concerns.
Although you might use the terms interchangeably, vomiting and regurgitating are two distinct behaviors. It’s important to distinguish which one your dog is doing because they have different causes and require different diagnostic tests. Read on to learn all you need to know about regurgitating and vomiting in dogs.
What Is the Difference Between Regurgitating and Vomi
There’s a good chance your dog has herpes, but it’s not what you might initially think. There is a generally higher prevalence in kenneled dogs versus household pets, but Dr. James Evermann, Ph.D., professor emeritus of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Washington State University and a canine herpes expert says that infection rates vary from 15% to 100% based on surveys conducted studying antibodies in the blood serum. So what is it, and how do dogs get it?
What is Canine Herpesvirus?
Just as with humans, a dog’s heart health is an important component of their physical well-being. When your vet checks your dog’s heartbeat with a stethoscope, one of the key things they are listening for is a heart murmur. But what does a murmur mean for your dog, and what should you do if your vet finds one?
What Is a Heart Murmur?
Dog anatomy is similar to human anatomy in that the heart is responsible for pumping blood through the body. The heart does this with four chambers—two ventri
There is nothing as heartwarming as staring into the loving eyes of your dog. But how much thought do you give to your dog’s eye health? Conditions like cataracts can affect your dog’s vision, and signs like cloudy eyes warrant a trip to your veterinarian. But there is another type of eye disease that may be harder to spot – glaucoma. Learning what to look for will help you identify the condition as soon as possible and provide your dog with appropriate treatment and pain relief.
What Is Glau
Yeast infections in dogs are common, especially in certain breeds or dogs with underlying conditions and compromised immune systems. While they can occur anywhere on the skin, they are often seen in your dog’s ears. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to preventing serious complications. Here’s what to know about yeast infections in dogs to keep your dog healthy.
What Causes a Yeast Infection in Dogs?
Yeast is a live, single-celled microorganism classified as a member of the fungus kingd
Stealing food off the kitchen counter, also called counter-surfing, is a common problem for dog owners. Large dog breeds may place their snouts or front paws on the counter for a forbidden snack, but any dog can indulge. Some small-breed dogs can even jump from the floor straight onto the countertop!
You may be reinforcing this annoying (and dangerous) behavior by accident if you leave food or crumbs on the counter and forget that their dogs can get to it. But you can train your dog to stop c
Dogs don’t see the world the same way as humans. For example, dogs can’t see the full rainbow of colors most people can. At a basic level, a dog’s eye structure is the same as ours, which means sharing the same concerns regarding eye health. One concern for your dog’s eyes is cataracts. This clouding of the eye’s lens can impact your dog’s ability to see and sometimes lead to serious complications. Here’s what you need to know about cataracts in dogs, signs, diagnosis, and treatment.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is one of several tick-borne diseases that affect dogs. Caused by a bacterium called Rickettsia rickettsii (R. rickettsii), which is transmitted through tick bites, RMSF can be dangerous to dogs. Knowing the risk factors, signs, diagnosis and treatment are all help in preventing your dog from getting RMSF and treating it appropriately if they do contract it. Here’s everything you need to know about RMSF in dogs.
Where is Rocky Mounted Spotted Fever Found?
When grooming your dog or checking them for lumps and bumps, you may have noticed what looks almost like an additional nail near their front paws, slightly higher than the other four toes. These are called dew claws, and some dogs even have them on their rear legs. But why are dew claws there?
What Are Dew Claws?
Almost all dogs are born with a single dew claw on each front leg, so even if you don’t know what they’re called, you’ve probably seen them. Although you can move them a little, t
Does your dog have a new or recurring cough? Many illnesses can cause your dog to cough, such as kennel cough or canine influenza virus. But it’s also possible that they have dog bronchitis, which is when their lower airwaves are inflamed. It can be an acute condition (one with a sudden onset and short duration) or chronic (existing over a longer time). Learning how to recognize the signs of dog bronchitis can help you identify the cause and help your coughing dog feel better soon.
What Are t
Kinder’s Chick Mickey Chewbaka Starwars BCAT CGC TKI—known by the call name “Chick”—is a triple threat when it comes to canine sports. Chick the Bulldog excels not only in the Fast CAT 100-yard dash, but also in Diving Dogs and more recently, AKC Rally. At two years old, Chick will put his talents on display, alongside owner Michelle Kinder, at the 2023 AKC Fastest Dogs USA competition taking place on May 19 in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Already Part of the Family
Chick was born in 2021, s
Dogs can come into contact with internal parasites at any point in their lives, including before they are born. These parasites—which are often different types of worms—can cause problems once they find their way into your dog’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Depending on the parasite, your dog may experience symptoms, but this isn’t always the case. Deworming dogs is a key part of preventative measures as well as treating parasites if your dog has them.
Since dogs of any age are at risk, your
Being proactive with tick prevention does more than stop your stomach from churning when you discover a tick on your pet. It helps protect your dog (and your whole family) from contracting tick-borne diseases. In addition to Lyme disease, ticks spread conditions like the infectious disease ehrlichiosis, which can be life-threatening for dogs. Thankfully, there are measures you can take to recognize ehrlichiosis in dogs, as well as to prevent it.
What Is Canine Ehrlichiosis, and How Is it Spre
Congratulations! You’ve taken the plunge and joined the exciting and sometimes chaotic world of dog ownership. By now, you’ve probably done some research and have an understanding of how to care for your new puppy. Your house is going to be the place where your dog spends the majority of their life, so it’s vitally important that you take precautions to make sure it’s a safe environment.
Puppies are extremely energetic and curious, so when puppy-proofing your home, you must be thorough. It’s
Trazodone (brand name Desyrel, Oleptro) is a medication used to treat depression in people. Trazodone is a human medication, but it does have a number of uses in veterinary medicine, such as managing separation anxiety, aggression, barking, and excessive licking. Some people use it nightly as a sleep aid or when they’re anticipating something stressful happening. If your dog gets distressed going to the vet or being left alone for short periods, your veterinarian might suggest using Trazodone to
Some dogs prefer to spend their golden years snoozing on the couch. While dogs tend to slow down with age, they still need exercise and mental stimulation, and the senior dogs competing at the 2023 National Agility Championship redefine what it means to be a “senior” dog entirely.
With veterinarian approval, you and your older dog can still enjoy participating in dog sports. And if you ask the owner of the oldest dog competing at the Championship, there’s nothing more rewarding than reaching
If you own a dog, you have probably found yourself wondering “How much exercise does a dog need every day?” Depending on your schedule, that question might sometimes sound more like “How much exercise does a dog really need every day?”
As with people, the answer varies from dog to dog and is dependent on age, health, and breed. There are a few standard guidelines you can follow, however, to make sure that your dog is getting all the exercise they need.
How Much Daily Exercise Does a Puppy Need
When you think of the word “bacteria” you might think of something you want to get rid of as soon as possible. But dogs, just like people, normally have microbes living on and in their bodies, and they can be beneficial rather than bothersome, especially for intestinal health. However, if your dog is sick or has an injury, there’s a risk these bacteria can go from run-of-the-mill to risky. Staphylococcus (staph) infections are the most commonly-seen bacterial skin problems in dogs. Learn more ab
Food poisoning is actually more common than is generally suspected in both dogs and people. While usually not life-threatening, it can still wreak havoc on your pet’s digestion. Here is what to look out for and how to prevent food poisoning in your dog.
Can Dogs Get Food Poisoning?
Dogs do get food poisoning, an illness usually involving gastrointestinal upset caused by bacteria or toxins in food. It is sometimes difficult to diagnose since there are a variety of causes for tummy upset in dogs
Being a savvy pet owner, you spent your dog’s entire life so far trying to be the best. Right from the start, you’ve worked with your veterinarian to ensure your puppy’s diet was appropriate, vaccines were up-to-date, your dog was parasite-free, and more. Many owners have even offered nutritional supplements for maximum health, such as multivitamins, oral joint health products (often containing glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate), and even fish oil containing omega-3 fatty acids for optimal ski
You likely know about the dangers of leaving your dog unattended in a hot car. But, what about when it’s cold outside? While you might think it’s safe to park your pet during the winter months, the potential for harm, while not as high as in the summer, is still substantial. Your dog may enjoy the winter weather and colder temperatures while on walks, but dangers still remain for a dog in a car that’s left unattended in any weather.
Risk of Hypothermia
A car can act like a greenhouse in the su
Staying active is important for both humans and dogs alike. The CDC recommends that an average healthy adult should get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week. Dogs also need regular exercise, but how much depends on your dog’s breed and age. Growing puppies are not yet ready to take on as much activity as adult dogs. And active breeds, such as Border Collies or German Shepherd Dogs, thrive on daily physical activity.
If you’re looking for a new way to get moving with your canine