Everything You Need To Know About Having Your Dog’s Teeth Cleaned

Everything You Need To Know About Having Your Dog’s Teeth Cleaned

Advertisement Halitosis, otherwise known as doggy breath, is a common complaint among pup parents. While bad breath is certainly a nuisance, it can also indicate your dog is at risk for more serious problems. At-home dental care is a great way to slow the effects of dental disease, but nothing is as effective as having your dog’s teeth cleaned professionally. What effect can dental disease have on your dog? According to the veterinary publication, DVM 360, periodontal disease is the most common health problem small animal practitioners see today. Statistics indicate 80% of…continue reading →
Gastrointestinal Obstructions In Dogs: What Every Owner Needs To Know

Gastrointestinal Obstructions In Dogs: What Every Owner Needs To Know

Advertisement Gastrointestinal obstructions in dogs can be located anywhere along the digestive tract from the stomach to the colon. They occur when the natural flow of ingested materials becomes stopped up, making it impossible for the dog to pass stool or gas. Bowel obstructions are fairly common in dogs due to their habit of ingesting non-food items. [embedded content] Who is at risk for a gastrointestinal obstruction? While any dog can potentially suffer from a gastrointestinal obstruction, puppies are especially susceptible as they explore the world with their mouths. Similarly, adult dogs that…continue reading →
Head Pressing In Dogs: Why You Should Be Concerned

Head Pressing In Dogs: Why You Should Be Concerned

Advertisement Head pressing in dogs is a worrying symptom that may indicate your pup is suffering from a serious medical condition. Dogs that head press typically stand or sit with their head hung low facing a wall, corner, or piece of furniture. In most cases they forcefully push the top of their head against the hard surface, but some may just stand very close. If your dog appears to be head pressing, see your veterinarian right away! In the following video, Dr. Karen Becker of Mercola Healthy Pets explains the possible causes of head…continue reading →
New Report Shows Dog Illness Can Spread To Humans

New Report Shows Dog Illness Can Spread To Humans

Advertisement A new study published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases is warning pet owners and pet professionals about a previously uncharted risk. A strain of bacterium that affects dogs called Brucella canis can be spread to humans. The infection referred to as brucellosis is most often spread by livestock, but new research shows dogs that have not been neutered are responsible for passing the bacteria on to humans. In adult dogs, the infection often goes unnoticed. According to VCA Hospitals, main symptoms include infertility, spontaneous miscarriages, and stillborn births. Male dogs that…continue reading →

What Parents Of Short-Muzzled Pups Need To Know About Their Dog’s Breathing

Advertisement The word brachycephalic refers to animals whose skulls are stubbier than what is typical for their species. In dogs, the result is a short muzzle and flattened face. Brachycephalic dog breeds such as Bulldogs, Pugs and Pekingese often suffer from respiratory problems as a result of their facial structure. Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome (BAS) refers to the various upper airway problems short-muzzled dogs are prone to, including narrowed nostrils (Stenotic Nares), an overly long soft palate, abnormally small or collapsing trachea, and collapse of the voice box (larynx). Symptoms of BAS include snoring, coughing, gagging, rapid…continue reading →

Why Is My Dog Thirstier Than Usual?

Advertisement Do you seem to be refilling your dog’s water bowl more than usual? Is your dog asking to go out more, or having accidents in the house when he can’t be let out for awhile? Excessive thirst is referred to as polydipsia, and it usually leads to polyuria, or needing to urinate more frequently. There are lots of reasons your dog might be thirstier than usual. Some of the reasons are relatively harmless, but some of the reasons are very serious medical conditions that require a visit to the vet. Let’s talk…continue reading →

20 Home Remedies For Your Dog’s Stiff & Aching Joints

Advertisement Has your dog started to slow down as he’s gotten older? If it takes him a little longer to get out of bed in the morning or if he’s sluggish on walks, he may be suffering from stiff, achy, and possibly arthritic joints. Is it really necessary to put him on a vet-prescribed medicine, or are there things you can do for your dog or provide in his diet that might help ease the pain in his joints? While you should still get a diagnosis from your vet to rule out more…continue reading →
The Danger Of Ignoring Your Dog’s Elbow Calluses

The Danger Of Ignoring Your Dog’s Elbow Calluses

Advertisement No matter how many cushy dog beds you provide, some pups simply prefer to lounge on the cool surface of hard flooring. Frequent, prolonged pressure from laying on hard surfaces can eventually lead to elbow calluses. These rough, thick pressure sores are more than just unsightly, they can crack, bleed, ulcerate and even become infected. Elbow calluses form to protect the bony protrusions that take the brunt of the pressure each time a dog flops down for a nap on a hard surface. Calluses usually develop on the elbows, but can also occur…continue reading →
The Top 5 Issues Affecting Senior Dogs According To Our Survey & What Owners Can Do

The Top 5 Issues Affecting Senior Dogs According To Our Survey & What Owners Can Do

Earlier this month, we shared a poll on our iHeartSeniorDogs Facebook page to identify the most common health problems facing older dogs. Five ailments stood out overwhelmingly above the rest: joint pain, hearing loss, skin allergies, vision loss, and dental problems. It’s heartbreaking to see your best friends suffer, so read on to find out how you can improve their quality of life when it comes to these issues! 1. Joint Pain/Arthritis More than 1,000 responders noted that their senior dogs struggle with the painful effects of arthritic joints. The aging process causes…continue reading →
8 Foolproof Steps To Prevent Ear Infections In Dogs

8 Foolproof Steps To Prevent Ear Infections In Dogs

Ear infections are messy, stinky, frustrating, and worst of all, uncomfortable for your dog. Several factors contribute to the development of yeast or bacterial ear infections including allergies and excess hair or moisture in the ear. The following 8 steps can help you get ahead of the causes and prevent this itchy, painful and all-too-common problem from affecting your pup. 1. Know your dog’s risk. While any dog can develop ear infections, several breeds are especially prone to them. Cocker and Springer Spaniels have thick hair and large, heavy ears that droop down…continue reading →

Could Your Dog Suffer From A Collapsing Trachea?

Advertisement Have you heard about collapsing trachea before? If you have a small or toy dog breed, your dog may develop a collapsing trachea, so it’s important for you to understand what collapsing trachea is, what the symptoms are, and how it’s treated in order to prevent your dog from suffering needlessly before you take him to the vet for a diagnosis. And while larger dog breeds may also suffer from a collapsing trachea, small and toy breeds are significantly more likely to suffer from this condition. In particular, Chihuahuas, Lhasa Apsos, Maltese,…continue reading →

How To Help Your Dog Through A Seizure

Advertisement Whether your dog has a diagnosed seizure disorder or is experiencing an episode for the first time, it can be difficult to keep your wits about you. In fact, owners often end up doing more harm than good when trying to help their dog through a seizure. Dr. Pippa Elliott, a veterinarian with 30 years experience, shared her basic rules for protecting your dog and minimizing the effects of a seizure. Related Post: The 5 Things You Need To Know About Seizures In Dogs Keep the Dog Safe Above all else, it…continue reading →

5 Things You Should Know About Lick Granulomas

Advertisement Have you heard about lick granulomas? If your dog already has one, you may already know how difficult they can be to treat. If you have never heard of them before, what do you need to know in order to prevent your dog from getting one? What is a lick granuloma? What causes them? How are they treated? Is there anything that can be done to prevent them? Here are 5 things you should know about lick granulomas – hopefully before your dog ever develops one. #1 – What is a lick…continue reading →

The 5 Things You Need To Know About Seizures In Dogs

Advertisement Watching your dog have a seizure can be a terrifying experience. But what is a seizure exactly? How concerned should you be if your dog has one? Is there any cure? What should you do if your dog has another seizure, or several? According to The Spruce: “A seizure is a sudden episode of abnormal brain activity that often involves some loss of body control. Seizures can look like full body convulsions or small, localized spasms. There are various types of seizures in dogs as well as several reasons for these seizures.” Here’s…continue reading →

7 Dog Breeds Prone To Serious Tummy Troubles

Advertisement There are dogs that seem to be able to ingest just about anything with little to no trouble; then there are those that require special diets, feeding methods and medications just to maintain basic digestive function. Many dogs have “sensitive stomachs,” but the breeds on this list are predisposed to serious – sometimes life-threatening – gastrointestinal illnesses. 1. Irish Setter Irish Setters are genetically predisposed to gluten-sensitive enteropathy (GSE) which causes diarrhea, weight loss and chronic skin problems if wheat or other grains are ingested. Due to their high risk of gluten…continue reading →
A Guide To Cushing’s Disease In Dogs

A Guide To Cushing’s Disease In Dogs

Advertisement Difficult to diagnose, Cushing’s disease is a condition affecting a dog’s endocrine system–the glands that produce and secrete hormones throughout the body. One of those hormones, cortisol, is responsible for stress management and balancing the immune system. Cortisol is essential for healthy body function, but too much or too little can cause problems. A dog dealing with increased levels of cortisol has hyperadrenocorticism—more commonly known as Cushing’s disease. Causes There are three types of Cushing’s disease in dogs. The most common is caused by a benign tumor on the pituitary gland located…continue reading →
5 Causes Of Canine Incontinence & How To Help Your Dog Manage It

5 Causes Of Canine Incontinence & How To Help Your Dog Manage It

Advertisement Canine incontinence occurs when an otherwise housetrained dog is no longer able to control its bladder. It is most commonly seem in adult and senior spayed females, but can occur in dogs of any age, sex or breed. This difficult medical issue is heartbreaking to witness and stressful for everyone involved. In order to treat the problem and make your pup more comfortable, you first need to identify the cause. Note: urinary incontinence is not to be confused with frequent, inappropriate or submissive urination.  As dogs age they have increased risk factors…continue reading →