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A video made its rounds on Facebook last week. It was called "I Died Today", and for those of us who love pets, it was a tear-jerker. And it brought up a question that all of us who have older or te
The next time you're thinking about taking a trip and need to make accommodations for your pet, consider hiring a pet sitter if you cannot locate a clean, well-managed boarding facility (be sure to to
We all know how tough it can be to control fleas on our pets. Even with the advent of great new flea products to use on (or in) pets, we still need to practice good premise control to achieve a flea-f
If you own a pet with dry eye (KCS) or another chronic disease involving the eyes, you know how expensive that eye medication can be. Well, here's some news you can use. Dr. David Maggs, a noted veter
CareCredit is a large company that offers credit lines to pet owners who may need financial assistance with their pets' veterinary bills. Many veterinary clinics offer CareCredit to their clients; som
Increasing the fiber in your dog's diet can be helpful for a number of conditions, including constipation, fiber-responsive colitis, chronic anal sac issues, and obesity. That said, there are several
I've always been a big proponent of giving hairball laxative paste to cats (i.e. Laxatone; Petromalt) on a routine basis. The main reason for me recommending this is that all cats get hairballs to som
As most of you know, I'm not a big proponent of pet health insurance. Instead of paying those monthly premiums, I prefer directing that money into a savings account that is designated specifically for
If your veterinarian wants to hospitalize your pet overnight, be sure to ask if there will be somebody at the hospital throughout the night to monitor your pet's condition. If not, there is no nee
I'm sure you are aware that in human medicine, low dose aspirin therapy has been shown to decrease the incidence of certain types of cancer, including those that can affect the GI tract. Aspirin does
Does your dog like to swim in stock tanks, small lakes, or other semi-stagnant water sources? If so, he could be at risk of blue-green algae toxicity. It's not so much of a problem this time of year,
There's been a lot of online discussion lately as to whether or not a pet should be spayed or neutered. Well, when it comes to pet longevity, there really isn't anything to discuss. A 2013 compreh
Here is a mental chalkboard that many veterinarians use when presented with an itchy dog or cat. ? Sudden onset? Think fleas or other skin parasites. ? Gradual onset? Think pollen allergy or seco
If you've ever consulted Dr. Google concerning questions about pet nutrition, you've no doubt been exposed to a variety of viewpoints on the subject. While there is a bunch a good information out ther
Outdoor cats that hunt can easily pick-up some nasty parasites from the stuff they eat, including tapeworms (Hymenolepsis nana, Taenia taeniaeformis, Echinococcus) than can infect humans, especially k
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an over-the-counter human medication that is given to pets quite often for a variety of conditions or circumstances. But as with any medication, one can't assume it is sa
Most of us are aware of the fact that if we get bitten by a raccoon, skunk, or bat, or even by a stray dog or cat, we may need to receive rabies prophylaxis injections, especially if the animal cann
Heart disease is a common development in older dogs, especially in those smaller breeds like Chihuahuas, Toy Poodles, and Yorkshire Terriers. These pets may not show any clinical signs if the
The scientific community is hinting these days that high levels of inorganic copper in drinking water can play a significant role in the development of Alzheimer's disease (Journal of Trace Elements i
Acute Moist Dermatitis (AMD) is a common skin condition seen in dogs and occasionally in our feline friends. The skin lesions seen with AMD, commonly referred to as "hot spots", are characterized by m