After adopting a new puppy, you might be nervous about taking them out to the city or dog parks to interact with other pets. After all, a little puppy could easily be hurt by an animal or frightened by an unfamiliar situation, right?
If you were to ask the average pet owner how they would know if their furry friend was feeling sick or in pain, they might not be able to tell you. Some pet owners might provide more obvious answers, like seeing a change in their stool or noticing their pet is limping, but if not for those signs, they might not be able to tell. It’s no wonder that so many pet illnesses fly under the radar until an annual exam or a significant disease progresses with more easily identified symptoms.
Melting snow, longer days and rising temperatures indicate that spring is finally here. Many pet owners and their furry friends have been longing to take advantage of the nicer weather and head outside for long walks and play sessions in the park. However, spring is also a common time for yard work and landscaping on both public and private property…and that means pesticides, herbicides and other lawn chemicals—many of which are toxic to animals. This can be a dangerous time for dogs!
The news and social media are filled with updates surrounding the new novel coronavirus that began its spread late last year, also known as COVID-19. One of the biggest points of concern for families with pets stems from the knowledge that the virus strain was likely transmitted from animals in a livestock market in China. Since it’s believed that people caught COVID-19 from animals to begin with, it’s natural to wonder whether or not other animals like our family pets can transmit it, as well.
There are many forms of dog cancer, each affecting a particular part of the body, causing different symptoms and requiring a specific form of treatment. One such form of canine cancer is mast cell tumors. Although it is the most common form of skin cancer in dogs, it is one of the least understood by the public because of its variability.
If you have a female dog who isn’t spayed, you’re probably familiar with the fact that she goes through a reproductive cycle, which dictates her fertility and her ability to produce puppies. This cycle is somewhat similar to a woman’s, although there are some notable differences.
Not all relationships last forever, and there may come a point when you and your partner decide to part ways. This process can be extremely painful…but it’s even more so when you share ownership of a furry friend. Having a pet in the middle of a separation can be tricky—both for you and for your pet.
Hypothermia in dogs is no joke. Just like with humans, the condition can rapidly become fatal if not treated immediately. If hypothermia sets in, there is a series of simple steps you should take to save your four-legged companion. This winter, take extra care to protect you and your dog against the elements!
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s often discussed in humans, but many people don’t realize that pets can suffer from it, too. Dogs can develop PTSD after a traumatizing event or lifestyle, whether under your care or at a previous home. The condition can cause several problematic behaviors and force your furry friend to lead a life of fear and stress.
Think about the daily routine of your dogs. They go for walks, roll in the grass, chew on toys, and eat practically everything—whether it’s edible or not. Such activities are part of a typical day for dogs, and pet owners don’t give it much thought.
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