Due to potential salmonella contamination, Nylabone Products is recalling one lot of their Puppy Starter Kit dog chews. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall to date. [click to continue…]
There’s a lot of information (and misinformation) out there regarding pet health! While it’s good to do your own research, it’s important to decipher between fact and fiction. Don’t fall for these four common pet health myths:
1. A warm, dry nose means your dog is sick: The moistness and temperature of a dog’s nose is not a good indicator of health. A canine’s nose temperature can vary day by day, even hour by hour depending on their environment and activity level. [click to continue…]
The virus has been identified as H3N2, a strain that originated in Asia. At this time, it is unknown how H3N2 spread to the United Sates. Unfortunately, the current U.S. approved canine flu vaccine only effectively protects against H3N8, and offers no protection against this Asian born strain. [click to continue…]
If you’re the proud pet parent of a senior cat or dog, you already know how lucky you are. The love, loyalty, and wisdom of a super senior is sure to fill the hearts of any family. Whether you already have a four-legged senior best friend or are thinking about adopting an older animal, don’t miss these 5 reminders why senior pets are the best! [click to continue…]
Your canine companion isn’t a puppy anymore, so you should be home-free when it comes to bathroom issues, right? Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Below are three common adult dog potty problems that pet parents face and how to solve them:
1. Your housetrained dog starts having accidents: It can be frustrating for owners when their perfectly housetrained dog is all of a sudden having accidents indoors.
Solution: The first step is to consult with a veterinarian. Urinary tract infections and other health conditions can make it difficult for your dog to hold it. [click to continue…]
As a loving pet parent, you probably already know the importance of regular veterinary visits, especially as your pet gets older. Regular veterinary exams can help catch serious diseases early on and will ensure your furry companion is as comfortable as possible when it comes to common old age ailments like arthritis. But the question still remains…
Do pets need vaccinations during their golden years?
The answer, of course, depends on the individual animal and veterinarian recommendations. Vaccination is a powerful preventative tool, and can be especially important for older pets because the immune system tends to weaken with age, making infections harder to fight off. [click to continue…]
If you’ve ever experienced a rash or another itchy skin condition, you know it can be downright uncomfortable. So, the next time you notice your dog or cat scratching, biting, or rubbing his skin against the furniture or another surface, don’t brush this behavior off as nothing. Itchy skin can result from a variety of medical conditions, from minor to serious, and should be discussed with your pet’s veterinarian. Depending on the cause, relief can sometimes be achieved by simply switching your pet’s food or sticking to a monthly flea and tick control program.
Below are ten reasons that pets experience itchy skin:
1. Environmental Allergies: Also known as atopic dermatitis, environmental allergies can trigger excessive scratching, licking, chewing or rubbing. [click to continue…]
When it comes to pet food, many pet parents are trying to make the healthiest choice possible for their four-legged companions, but understanding the wording on pet food labels can be tricky. Two commonly confused words that often appear on labels are natural and organic. While both adjectives are potentially positive when it comes to your pet food choice, it’s important to understand what you’re paying for. [click to continue…]
Maybe you know someone who’s considering adopting a dog or you’re a proud fish owner looking to make the leap to a canine companion. Since dogs require care for the entirety of their lives (upward of 15+ years), potential pet parents shouldn’t take the decision to bring home a dog lightly. Making a responsible, carefully considered decision before bringing home a new pet is a much better option than the animal ending up in a shelter later in life.
Below are four signs you may not be ready for a dog:
1. You’re not home enough: Not everyone’s lifestyle is conducive to dog ownership. [click to continue…]
Does your dog love to fetch or chew on sticks? These activities may be common and seem totally harmless, but in actuality, playing with sticks poses some major risks for canines. Below are five possible injuries that can occur, ranging from minor to life threatening:
1. Splinters: Although not a serious injury, splinters in the tongue or under the gumline aren’t a whole lot of fun for dogs.
2. Tooth damage: When fragments break off of a stick, they can become lodged between the teeth, which can result in tooth damage (not to mention pain). [click to continue…]