Health

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) As you’ve probably heard, brushing your dog’s teeth has major pay-offs for his dental care — silly as it may make you feel. But sharing your tube of Crest with Fido isn’t such a good idea. For one thing, human toothpastes contain foaming agents that aren’t meant to be swallowed, and
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Leukemia in dogs is a form of cancer that results in an increased white blood cell count in the blood stream and bone marrow. It can be acute or chronic with the acute form being more malignant. There are two main types of canine leukemia. Lymphocytic leukemia is caused by cancerous
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An estimated 400,000 dogs and cats await owners in Houston-area shelters, but almost more than triple that number are homeless. (Photo credit: Barrio Dogs, Inc.) Houston, Texas, welcomes more than 7 million tourists each year to see the Space Center, the Zoo, or the museums. What patrons won’t see, however, are the stray cats and
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Dr. Robert Furman from the Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral Surgery tends to a patient. (Photo Credit: Best Friends Animal Society/YouTube) The Tooth Fairy does exist, and she’s helping a number of cats and dogs at Best Friends Animal Society’s sanctuary. In fact there are several tooth fairies: All have taken the form
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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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Approximately 3,000 dogs have undergone the new neuter procedure, which allows male dogs to keep their testicles, but renders them sterile. If you could have your dog neutered with an injection instead of the traditional surgery, would you do it? Stephanie Taylor of Shingle Springs, Calif., already had an appointment for her 18-month-old miniature Australian
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Treats are a great way to show your dog a little extra love. These special yummies can be anything from homemade biscuits to a package from a doggy bakery, or even just a morsel of steak from your own plate. With all these options, how can you choose the right treat
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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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Worth the wait: A Poodle-Yorkie mix puppy named Curly Sue. I work at an animal shelter, so when my sister-in-law, Lana, called me with the announcement she was getting a dog, I was thrilled to begin matchmaking. But then she dropped a bomb — they had already found a Maltese–Yorkie mix for sale in Missouri.
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Question: My rescue pup is extremely shy — can Reiki help? Answer: What a very good question–the answer is yes! Why? Because Reiki is a healing energy. What your rescue pup would need is called a mental healing. Rescue dogs have many issues. Many of them have been neglected or abused. They also have anxiety.
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Dental disease is more than just a cosmetic issue — when your canine companion or feline friend has red gums, yellow teeth and stinky breath, it could be a sign of serious oral disease that could, if left untreated, lead to devastating affects on your pet’s quality of life. Neglecting your pet’s teeth and gums
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(Picture Credit: Seth McConnell/The Denver Post via Getty Images) As much as you might like to bring your dog on your travels, sometimes it’s just not possible or practical. And you may have used up all your pet-sitting favors from family and friends. It’s time to go kennel shopping. As with other travel arrangements, planning
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According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), there are approximately 3,500 animal rescue shelters in operation in the United States today. These facilities and the hardworking staff and devoted volunteers who work for them serve anywhere between 6 and 8 million animals every year, providing housing, food, medical attention, and perhaps most
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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: Getty Images) It’s a dog owner’s worst nightmare hearing the four words: “Your dog has cancer.” But it’s a stark reality for many. In fact, one in three dogs will develop cancer, according to the National Canine Cancer Foundation. Cancer occurs in both mixed breed and purebred dogs (depending on the cancer, some
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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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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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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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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Brain tumors in dogs are abnormal growths of cells that affect the brain or its surrounding membranes. They can either be primary or secondary. A primary brain tumor originates in the dog’s brain, while a secondary brain tumor can be a form of cancer that has metastasized and spread to the
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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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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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