Is My Dog Getting Enough Sleep?

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There’s no easier way to protect your health than consistently getting eight hours of sleep. And we have plenty of products and strategies—from Egyptian cotton sheets and memory foam to ambient noise machines and pharmacological aids—available to help make it happen.

Canine sleep is a different animal. While dogs who live with us tend to get their sleep when we do, that’s more a product of their environments than what comes naturally, according to Dr. Joan C. Hendricks, the Gilbert S. Khan Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. “They’re not strictly nocturnal or diurnal. They’re social sleepers,” she adds. Continue reading Is My Dog Getting Enough Sleep?

Helping Your Dog through Grief and Depression

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Article by Dr Ernie Ward, DVM | Found on PetHealthNetwork

I recently received a letter from a reader about her grief-stricken dog. Her senior pooch had lived an entire life with a recently departed mother and wasn’t handling the loss well. She shared that her dog was becoming increasingly depressed and despondent. The writer didn’t know what to do and wanted to know if there was anything that might ease her pet’s pain.

This is a sadly familiar scenario for most seasoned veterinarians. I’ve had to hospitalize dogs that refused to eat or drink following the loss of a human pet parent. I’ve treated many pets for depression and witnessed many more that die shortly after their human, the result of a quite-literally broken heart. Grief is real for dogs and cats and I personally suspect it exists in horses and other species, as well. Unfortunately, there is no treatment to instantly take away a grieving pet’s ache, but there are a few steps a pet parent can take to comfort a crying soul. Continue reading Helping Your Dog through Grief and Depression

7 Ways Cold Weather Can Affect Your Dog

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Article by Katherine Tolford | Found on PetMD

Although our faithful canine companions are equipped with a warm fur coat and tough paw pads they’re still vulnerable when the cold weather chill sets in.

Dr. Kelly Ryan, director of veterinary services at Animal Medical Center of Mid-America, says most dogs can tolerate colder temperatures but they need some extra attention and care from us to prevent them from being uncomfortable or suffering from hypothermia.  “It’s easy to spot when dogs are cold. They shiver and seek warmth just like we do. They may not act like themselves. They may be lethargic or they may want to spend more time inside.” Continue reading 7 Ways Cold Weather Can Affect Your Dog

The Top 10 Signs Your Dog May Be Sick (and What You Can Do About It)

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Article Found on PetHealthNetwork

Overview
As is the case with people, a dog’s health changes with age. Unfortunately, our pets age much faster than we do.

Symptoms
Regardless of your dog’s age, you play a key role in helping her combat illness and remain as healthy as possible. Remember, your dog cannot describe symptoms to you, but she can show you signs of disease. Awareness of the signs of the most common diseases is one way to help reduce your pet’s risk of being affected by them. It’s a little scary to consider that at least 10% of pets that appear healthy to their owners and their veterinarians during annual checkups have underlying diseases.1 Continue reading The Top 10 Signs Your Dog May Be Sick (and What You Can Do About It)

Skin Problems, Allergies and Your Dog

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Article by Jenna Stregowski | Found on The Spruce

Is your dog itching, scratching and chewing at his skin? Is it keeping you up at night? If so, you are not alone. Skin problems are common in dogs, but they can be caused by a variety of things. To learn how you can help your itchy dog, your best option is to figure out why he is having skin problems in the first place. Fortunately, even if you cannot get to the bottom of the itching right away, there are some things you can do to help. Continue reading Skin Problems, Allergies and Your Dog

Sorry, Grumpy Cat — Study Finds Dogs are Brainier than Cats

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There’s a new twist to the perennial argument about which is smarter, cats or dogs.

It has to do with their brains, specifically the number of neurons in their cerebral cortex: the “little gray cells” associated with thinking, planning and complex behavior — all considered hallmarks of intelligence.

The first study to actually count the number of cortical neurons in the brains of a number of carnivores, including cats and dogs, has found that dogs possess significantly more of them than cats. Continue reading Sorry, Grumpy Cat — Study Finds Dogs are Brainier than Cats

5 Things That Stress Out Your Cat

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Sounds and smells we may enjoy or don’t think twice about can make our feline family members miserable. Cats have a heightened sense of smell and hearing that serves their wild counterparts well. But our homes are not the wild.

Nobody can say precisely why your cat reacts to a certain stimulus, mostly because there’s not a lot of scientific research available on this subject. Still, experts agree it’s beneficial to identify sounds and smells that stress out your cat, and make necessary adjustments to your environment. The following are some of the most common irritants for cats. Continue reading 5 Things That Stress Out Your Cat

Ear Play or Dog Ear Infection?

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Article by Sally Jones | Found on Canine Journal

Has your dog been scratching or rubbing her ears more than usual? How can you tell if it’s just normal “ear play” or if there’s something to worry about? Ear infections in dogs is one of the most common problems veterinarians see, but it’s difficult as a dog owner to decipher what’s exactly going on with your pup and when you should seek treatment. Read further to get our tips about how to spot, treat and prevent dog ear infections. It’s important not to wait until it becomes a serious problem for your pup! Continue reading Ear Play or Dog Ear Infection?

Why Do Dogs Have Whiskers?

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Have you ever taken your dog to the groomer and then noticed its whiskers are gone? Your dog probably feels a bit disoriented afterward. The technical term for whiskers is vibrissa, and they are more important than the hair that humans grow on their faces. What do dog whiskers do and why should you never remove them? Read on to learn the answers to these questions and more.

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5 Toxins to Watch Out For This Fall

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Article by Dr. Justine A. Lee, DVM, DACVECC | Found on PetHealthNetwork

As autumn approaches, so do new potential dangers that pose a threat to your dog and cat. Here are the top 5 fall toxins to be on the lookout for as summer ends. Keep your pet safe by keeping these out of reach! Continue reading 5 Toxins to Watch Out For This Fall