12 May 2016
In some parenting circles, a trend of declining children's vaccines has sprung up. The reasons for avoiding vaccines range from fear of side-effects to questions about the efficacy of the vaccines. This trend has led to a resurgence of diseases like measles in some areas. Now, some veterinarians are concerned that the anti-vaccination movement is spreading to pet owners as well. There are only a few vaccinations that are required for dogs, including those for distemper, parvovirus, and rabies.
13 April 2016
A dog can bring joy, love, and excitement to your household, but your new family member will require a great deal of time and energy. From feeding and grooming to training and providing your dog with medical care, these tasks are essential for your dog's health and wellness. Unfortunately, certain conditions may arise even when you properly care for your dog. Considering that separation anxiety affects an estimated 20 percent of the 80 million dogs in the nation, understanding this condition is key to helping your own dog.
1 April 2016
People can get heatstroke if they spend too much time out in the hot sun, but surprisingly, the same is true for animals. Your new potbellied pig is very susceptible to heatstroke, a life-threatening condition characterized by a high internal temperature. Here are five things potbellied pig owners need to know about heatstroke. Why are potbellied pigs at risk of heatstroke? Unlike people, potbellied pigs don't have any sweat glands. This means that they're completely incapable of sweating to cool down their bodies.
16 March 2016
Rabbits are susceptible to a number of diseases and health issues, but one of the most common is a condition called fly strike. This condition is caused by green bottle flies laying their eggs on the damp fur of the rabbit. The eggs hatch into larvae that then burrow under the rabbit's skin and release toxins that make the rabbit very ill. As a bunny owner, you should hope that you never have to deal with this scary, life-threatening ailment.
19 January 2016
The liver is one of the most important organs in a cat's body. It performs many functions that are crucial to a cat's well-being, and if compromised, the consequences can be serious, even lethal. One such condition is called a portosystemic shunt. The most common form of the disease is congenital, and a cat will typically begin to manifest symptoms during the first year of life. If your young friend begins to show signs of an underlying condition, it's important to get an early diagnosis.
29 December 2015
When it comes to your beloved dog, you probably want the best for it and its health. However, there are many things that can come in between your pet and fully healthy lifestyle. One of the biggest detriments to your pet's health are parasites. Numerous parasites can affect how your dog goes about its business and leads a normal day-to-day life. It is good practice to keep yourself informed of what kind of parasites can pose a threat to your beloved pet.
30 July 2015
Dogs love barbecues: the sights, the smells, the people and of course, the food. Dogs can get into all manner of trouble when they eat people food, but one of the biggest threats to dogs at summer barbecues are the bones found in foods like chicken and ribs. Knowing what to do if your dog swallows a bone can help you keep your dog safe, and may even save your dog's life.