Bad Breath can be Bad

Bad breath is not normal for dogs and cats. It can be caused by gingivitis which is an inflammation of the gingival tissues. You may see redness of the gums at the base of the teeth. Bacterial growth in the mouth causes gingivitis. The rate of growth of bacteria can be related to the animals overall health and immune status. Bacterial growth releases endotoxins which destroys gum tissue, causes inflammation and often leads to more serious dental disease. Plaque is… Continue reading

Paws get burned too!

Asphalt, sidewalks and sand that have baked in the sun can cause paws to burn. Most dogs are so excited to go for a walk with their favorite human they may not let you know the surface they are walking on is burning their paws until its too late. It’s a good idea to check out the temperature of the walking surface with your hand before walking your dog. The best time of day to walk is either early morning or… Continue reading

Growing Old Gracefully

Most dogs are considered senior pets by the time they are 7 years old. Aging for pets can be much like aging for people – arthritis, depleted energy, sleeping more as well as more serious health problems such as dental disease, heart disease and kidney disease. Starting supportive care early before your pets starts to show more serious signs of deterioration is the best approach. Proactive health care involves yearly health exams and bloodwork performed by your regular veterinarian. Conventional… Continue reading

Sunburn – Animals can get sunburned, too!

We all know the dangers of too much sun exposure. While clothing and shade provide protection from the sun for humans, the coat of an animal acts in the same way. However, animals with thin coats are susceptible to sun damage just like we are and it certainly is the time of the year, especially for those in more northern climates, when we are getting out and enjoying the sun and warmth returning to the air. Sunburn is caused by… Continue reading

Pumpkin, The Great Equalizer for Diarrhea and Constipation!

If you find your dog has soft or looser stools try feeding him a teaspoon to a tablespoon of canned pumpkin with each meal. Pumpkin is a fabulous natural remedy for soft stools or diarrhea. Plain canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling), or steamed fresh pumpkin will help harden the stools back up. If pumpkin is not available, cooked squash is a good substitute and can also be a bit more palatable. If you’re noticing a more runny diarrhea or… Continue reading

Cropping Ears – Docking Tails – Why are we still doing it???

A little bit of history: Tail docking was thought to prevent rabies, strengthen the back, increase the animal’s speed, and prevent injuries when ratting, fighting and baiting. In early Georgian times in the United Kingdom, a tax was levied upon working dogs with tails and so many types of dogs tails were docked to avoid this tax. Although the tax was repealed in 1796, the practice of tail docking persisted! In dogs used for guarding property like Dobermans and Boxers,… Continue reading

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