Health

(Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images) Question: Under what circumstances is it a good idea to consider alternative medicine for my dog? (Photo by Olivier CHOUCHANA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) Answer: Personally I think it’s always a good idea to consider all the options available for improving the health of the pet and for helping the pet
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) By the tender age of three, more than 80 percent of dogs show signs of gum disease, according to the American Veterinarian Dental Society. It’s no surprise, then, to learn that two-thirds of dog owners aren’t giving their pets the recommended dental care. If left untreated, gum disease leads to tooth
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Bone cancer in dogs, also known as osteosarcoma, is a condition that results in an abnormal, malignant growth of immature bone cells. It is an extremely deadly and aggressive form of cancer that can easily metastasize, meaning it can spread to other parts of the body, and especially the lungs. Usually
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Once-common surgeries to crop a dog’s ears and dock his tail have no place for modern pets. This past week, Banfield Pet Hospitals made headlines for creating a new hospital policy that prohibits their veterinarians from performing ear-cropping and tail-docking surgeries. As the largest veterinary hospital chain in America, Banfield has brought the cosmetic procedures
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(Picture Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) Alternative Therapies Lots of different therapies fall under the umbrella of alternative medicine (also called holistic medicine). But many of them have this philosophy in common: consider and treat all aspects of the patient’s life, not just the symptoms. Here are a few of the most popular ones: Acupuncture involves
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Gingivitis in dogs is an inflammation of the gums and is the early stage of a gum disease called periodontal disease. Gingivitis is very common in dogs, and it is treatable, though if it is left untreated, it can develop into advanced periodontal disease, which will lead to teeth loss. Gingivitis
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(Photo Credit: Shutterstock) If you’re hankering to take a vacation, or if your daily routine simply keeps you away from your furry friend for long periods of time, you may want to consider enlisting the services of a pet sitter. Pet sitters are more than providers of your dog’s food and water. Professional pet sitters
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) These days, spaying and neutering your pet is a part of being a responsible pet owner, but it wasn’t always this way. Over a hundred years ago, the procedure would be considered cruel by today’s standards. Drowning and shooting were acceptable ways to dispose of unwanted animals, and anesthesia, when used,
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) We all want our dogs to be as healthy and long-lived as possible, so it makes perfect sense to feed them well. But can the same ol’, same ol’ food that we plop into the bowl every day fulfill 100 percent of our dogs’ dietary needs? The short answer: it probably
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Question: My dog won’t let me brush his teeth. What should I do to keep his teeth clean and healthy? Answer: If your dog is not a fan of teeth brushing, don’t give up hope yet! From a dog’s perspective, having his/her teeth brushed is not a natural thing. We shouldn’t
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) While not gravitating to the level of destruction, persistent barking, howling or indoor accidents. I feel stressed when my dog is alone. There are others out there feeling this way as well, I know it. Safety in numbers, pack mentality, groups of like-minded pet guardians. Right? A little bit of Googling
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Trouble deciding to spay or neuter your dog? We separate fact from fiction to help you make an informed decision about this important procedure. MYTH: My dog will get fat and lazy.FACT: The only way your dog will get fat and lazy is if you do not provide enough exercise and feed him too much.
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Tartar and gingivitis are two of the most common problems seen by veterinarians and poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease, loss of teeth and, if untreated, could develop into more serious conditions such as bacterial infections of the heart, liver, or kidneys. In fact, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats
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This article is brought to you courtesy of the National Canine Cancer Foundation. (Picture Credit: Getty Images) More posts about Canine Cancer here. Description Vaginal and vulvar tumors are the second most common canine female reproductive tumor after those of the mammary gland. They constitute 2.4% to 3% of canine neoplasia. Unlike mammary gland tumors,
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) It’s important to talk to your pet’s veterinarian about the best time to spay or neuter your dogs or cats. Spaying and neutering dogs and cats should occur before they turn four months old. Spaying (for females) and neutering (for males) has an abundance of health benefits for your pets, and
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Humans have been using healing herbs for as long as there have been humans and herbs to heal them. Many of those same natural remedies may be effective in treating your dog for a variety of ailments, if used in the right ways. In fact, animal experts have long observed that
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February is Pet Oral Healthcare Month and we here at DogTime have some great tips on how to take care of your pup’s pearly whites. Taking care of your dog’s mouth is important not just to fight uninviting breath, but also because dental diseases can be associated with other health issues, such as sinus infections,
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