Our pets age faster than we do and their health changes with age. 10 to 20 percent of all dogs that veterinarians see for their annual examinations have underlying health issues that have gone unnoticed by their owners. So how do you know your fur kid is actually sick? Here are 10 signs that your […]
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photo credit: kellyhogaboom Spring is full of warmer weather, beautiful flowers and more time outdoors. Many of us enjoy these signs of spring, but some find them intolerable due to seasonal allergies. The same thing applies to our pets.
Some itchy dogs ( and cats) have allergies to the food they eat. Food allergies and food intolerances are among the most difficult problems to diagnose as there is no concrete test that will pinpoint the offending food. Frequently trial and error with exclusion diets and adding foods one at a time is needed to […]
Most people understand that constipation is stool that is drier and harder than normal with decreased frequency of bowel movements resulting in lack of or difficulty passing stools. In cases of constipation it is important to rule out things that may be obstructing the stool or causing pain when the pet is trying to pass […]
Keeping our pets strong and vibrant through their lives is a goal of most pet owners. Pain and discomfort due to a variety of musculoskeletal conditions can alter our pet’s vitality and affect muscles and joints. Owners will most commonly notice an alteration in their pet’s way of moving or may even see an obvious […]
As much as we all shudder at the thought of parasites infesting our pets it is a common condition. Pets pick them up either in-utero, through eating infested rodents, or through nursing. They can also pick up parasite eggs in the environment by eating grass or through drinking contaminated water. The most common therapy to rid […]
A tick is an ectoparasite (living externally) that feeds on the blood of mammals, birds and occasionally reptiles and amphibians. Ticks are often found in tall grass or wooded/forested regions throughout the world but they are especially common where there are deer. They are more active in warmer weather (April to November) but can attack […]
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 […]
Spring is arriving and with it, a lot of animals, like people, will be suffering from seasonal allergies. As most allergy sufferers are aware, seasonal allergies are caused by airborne pollens released by trees, grasses and weeds as they pollinate and fertilize each other. Another contributor to seasonal allergies are molds in outdoor air. Allergy […]
Once upon a time, I had a major love affair. He was beautiful, sensitive, and completely in love with me. He was my everywhere companion, my confidant. And then he left me. And I’m 100% certain that had I neutered him, he would still be with me today. Sob.