Health

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Neutering is a simple surgical procedure that sterilizes a male dog so he’s incapable of parenting puppies. “The big snip,” as some people call it, provides many benefits beyond making sure dogs don’t become puppy daddies. Neutering can cut the risk of certain diseases, unwanted behaviors, and conflicts with other dogs.
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(Picture Credit: Rodrusoleg/Getty Images) February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and it’s important because poor oral health is one of the most common problems vets see in their patients. Taking care of our dogs’ oral health is necessary for all pet parents, not just for fight uninviting breath, but also because dental diseases can be
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(Picture Credit: Liliboas/Getty Images) A spay surgery prevents female dogs from getting pregnant by removing both the ovaries and the uterus. Some people refer to it as getting your dog “fixed.” It’s not as simple as the neuter surgery the guy dogs get–in fact, it’s major surgery–but your darling girl will only be affected for
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(Picture Credit: Hillary Kladke/Getty Images) Hydrotherapy, or water cure, for dogs is a form of occupational or physiotherapy that uses water resistance to rehabilitate injuries and relieve pain. From Greek roots, the word hydrotherapy means “water healing.” But does this type of therapy have benefits for dogs? In fact, there are many benefits of hydrotherapy
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(Image Credit: Getty Images) We don’t like to talk about it, but it happens. Sometimes, our best friends have bad breath. Whether or not their breath smells though, dental health in dogs is vital for a long and happy life. Dental diseases in dogs can worsen or lead to fatal conditions if not treated and
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Acupuncture is a therapeutic process during which a practitioner inserts fine needles into your dog’s body to help control pain and cure chronic ailments. It’s a very old practice in humans and in animals; something very much like acupuncture was practiced in India more than 7,000 years ago, and there is
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Most dogs like a little alone time now and then. However, some dogs are extremely people-oriented and will act out when they are left alone. This is called separation anxiety. Dogs with this affliction will show it within 20-45 minutes after you leave. Typical behaviors are: Digging, gnawing, and scratching at doors and windows inside,
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Question: How can I stop my puppy from chewing everything in sight? Answer: Puppies, like babies, tend to explore the environment by putting things in their mouths. The problem, of course, is that not everything a pup finds lying around is appropriate to chew, and many things can be downright dangerous. Just as with a
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The Dachshund’s short legs and unique body shape makes him an ideal digger and hunter of tunneling prey. Anyone who has ever witnessed a dog digging a hole in the ground has no doubt been amazed (and envious) at the speed and skill exhibited by their canine friend. They make it look easy, and they
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Now that you have an idea as to Cardiff’s IMHA history and clinical signs from my last article (see Using Integrative Veterinary Medicine to Treat Illness Affecting My Dog- Part 1), let’s discuss the integrative (combination of Western and traditional Chinese veterinary medicine) treatment I use to manage his illness. Cardiff’s therapy includes blood transfusion,
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(Picture Credit: Oxyfresh) I have three animals–two dogs and a cat–and they all enjoy giving kisses to their human friends right on the face. My dogs are Chihuahua mixes, and this small breed is notorious for bad breath. When I got the chance to test out Oxyfresh Pet Dental Gel, an oral gel that promised
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Basal cell carcinomas and tumors are the most common forms of skin cancer found in dogs. Most basal cell tumors in dogs are benign, though they can become malignant. Malignant tumors are referred to as “carcinomas”. When they are caught early, most basal cell carcinomas can be treated without further complications, usually
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Doggie daycare can be a great option for pups who might otherwise spend the day alone. This editorial courtesy of Dr. Vivian Cardoso-Carroll, PetMD.com. My friend Jason Mayfield owns a pet boarding facility in the Houston area called the Bed Bath and Biscuit. He also trains dogs, zebras and apparently a slew of other exotic
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With 3 to 4 million animals euthanized in American animal shelters every year, rescuers and animal lovers everywhere continually wonder what can be done to stem the tide of homeless pets flowing into the system. When you work in a shelter, and in a single day, you receive two dozen puppies and kittens, carried in
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If you’re reading this story you’ve probably got an older dog. And if you’ve got an older dog you should probably have pet insurance. If you don’t have it, you’re not alone. Only three percent of pet owners have pet insurance, according to the American Animal Hospital Association, which seems astonishingly low when you consider
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February is National Pet Dental Health Month and we here at DogTime have some great tips on how to take care of your pup’s pearly whites. Taking care of your dog’s oral health is important not just to fight uninviting breath, but also because dental diseases can be associated with other health issues, such as sinus infections,
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Living with any roommate can be a struggle, but furry, four-legged roommates can take your frustration to a new level. Those claws, teeth, and annoying habits can wreak havoc on any space, particularly a small apartment. If you’re really hoping to keep your apartment and belongings intact while living with a dog, you’ll have to
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Once-common surgeries to crop a dog’s ears and dock his tail have no place for modern pets. This past week, Banfield Pet Hospitals made headlines for creating a new hospital policy that prohibits their veterinarians from performing ear-cropping and tail-docking surgeries. As the largest veterinary hospital chain in America, Banfield has brought the cosmetic procedures
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(Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images) Question: Under what circumstances is it a good idea to consider alternative medicine for my dog? (Photo by Olivier CHOUCHANA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) Answer: Personally I think it’s always a good idea to consider all the options available for improving the health of the pet and for helping the pet
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