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Dogs and Congestive Heart Failure

Happy dog

Is your dog sleeping more than usual? Is your small dog suddenly coughing, especially after that nap or following the least bit of exertion? Has your dog had problems with his dental health in the past?  Then your pet could be suffering from congestive heart failure which is a leading cause of death in older, especially smaller breeds of dogs.

Holiday Safety for Pets: Trees, Food and More

Christmas tree with ornaments

The holidays are a joyous time for friends and socializing.  We decorate our households, cook elaborate meals, bring trees and special plants into our households.  Yet we often pay little attention to how these new habits might affect the furred and feathered around us. 

Some of the more common disorders seen during the holidays in smaller pets include pancreatitis, salmonella, plant toxins, chocolate toxicosis and of course gastric foreign bodies.

Holiday Safety for Pets: Mistletoe

Dog sniffing a Christmas decoration

Though it's a fun holiday tradition for humans, mistletoe is toxic for pets.  Learn more about how to keep pets safe this holiday season. 

Pets become exposed to the toxic effects of mistletoe when the vine is bought in the home for as holiday decoration.  It is an English custom that any two people who meet under a hanging piece of mistletoe are obliged to kiss each other.  According to tradition, the mistletoe must not touch the ground between its cutting and its removal as the last of the Christmas greens after Christmas Eve.

Holiday Safety for Pets: Poinsettia

Poinsettia plant

You may have heard poinsettias are poisonous for pets.  Although poinsettias are toxic, they are more of a gastro-intestinal irritant.

Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are also known as the Christmas flower or star.  They are a popular plant used as decoration around the holidays from November through December.  The plant is actually a shrub, and features brightly colored red, white or pink terminal leaves, while the lower leaves remain green in color. 

Are People Really Giving Fiji Water to their Pets?

Mr. Foo the Cat Drinking Fiji Water

We can't say for sure on a large scale, but anecdotally—yes! As people are becoming more conscious about what they're putting in our own bodies, it's only natural that we start to think about our pets as well. For years, many of our bestselling dog foods, such as Orijen, Acana, and Blue Buffalo, have been those that emphasize natural, organic ingredients and whole proteins. But how many times have we refilled our dogs' bowls with unfiltered tap water?

Healing Your Turtle's Broken Shell

Turtle

Cracks or injuries to your turtle's shell are nothing to ignore. Even a small crack or tear can turn into a serious infection. Always check with your veterinarian on any injuries your turtle might sustain. Here is how a veterinarian may treat your turtle and get her back on her feet.

Traditional wound management in turtles, or chelonians, has generally consisted of surgical wound debridement by a veterinarian (removal of the dead tissue), followed by topical and systemic administration of antibiotics.

Are there Hookworms in My Dog?

Is your puppy anemic?  Does your dog appear to be losing weight? Is your pet’s hair coat dull and thinning?  Have you noticed that your dog’s bowl movements are dark and tarry?  Then your pet may be suffering from a hookworm infection. 

Hookworms are small thread-like worms that suck blood from the small intestinal tract of infected pets.  The most common types of hookworms infecting dogs include Ancylostoma caninum, Ancylostoma braziliense, and Uncinaria stenocephala

English Bulldogs: Medical Problems You Should Know About

English Bulldog sprawled out in humorous fashion

The English or British Bulldog is an old breed of dog originally developed on the British Isles. Ancient Mastiffs from Asia are believed to have been used to establish the core of the breed.  The early Mastiffs were known for their ferocity and their ability to bring down aggressive prey.  The first English Bulldogs were bred in the 13th century for “Bull baiting” and dog fighting.  The goal was to develop a breed that was nearly insensitive to pain.

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