If you have decided to change your pet's diet, feed your pet a combination of the new and old food over a 10-day period to get them used to the new texture and smell. Abrupt changes to a pet's diet can trigger diarrhea and other intestinal upsets, especially if your pet has a sensitive stomach, so be deliberate and & Read more �
Reverse sneezing (aka pharyngeal gag reflex) is a common phenomenon in dogs, especially toy breeds. It is called a reverse sneeze because air is rapidly pulled into the nose; whereas in a regular sneeze, air is pushed out through the nose. It looks and sounds like the dog is actually inhaling sneezes.
Abnormalities in the central nervous system (CNS), or brain, can cause seizures and seizure-like episodes. The abnormalities can be caused by epilepsy, brain tumors, head trauma, toxins, cancer, compromised blood flow, infections and poorly functioning internal organs that cause build up or body wastes in the blood.
Canine influenza or “dog flu” is a relatively new strain of virus with symptoms that are very similar to kennel cough or Bordetella. According to Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Baker Institute for Animal Health, canine influenza is highly contagious and in some cases, especially when pneumonia develops, even fatal.
The thyroid gland produces essential hormones that are involved in the regulation of many vital body functions. Tumors of the thyroid gland can cause over production of these hormones or hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism usually develops gradually and can be difficult to notice in the early stages. In cats, the thyroid tumors are usually benign and do not spread to other & Read more �
It’s hard to think about a beloved pet suffering a sudden, serious injury or being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. Worrying about a pet’s well being is difficult enough, let alone fretting about how to cover the costs of care.
Buddy Luv, a Mastiff/Boxer mix, was in trouble. For a dog that should weigh 90-plus pounds he was skin and bones. His big brown eyes were full of pain. He could only eat very little at a time and had diarrhea. To make matters worse, Buddy’s family gave him up after more than eight weeks of watching his health & Read more �
Coccidiosis is a parasitic disease of the intestinal tract caused by a microscopic organism. The disease generally spreads from one pet to another by contact with stool from infected pets.
Let’s say you want to bring home an irresistible little puppy for your child. Great - except for one potential problem: You’ve already had a dog for years, and he has never shared his space with another pooch.
Suddenly, your old friend may wonder why he has to compete for attention and love from you. Will jealousy get & Read more �