5 Things That Can Improve Your Dog’s Teeth

Article by Lynn Miller | Found on PetMD

It’s not pretty. When a veterinarian opens a dog’s mouth, he often finds teeth stained brown and red or bleeding gums. In extreme cases, teeth are loose, broken or missing altogether.

Infection, disease and other oral problems are far too common in canines. More than 85 percent of dogs over the age of three have dental problems that require professional treatment, according to the Animal Medical Center of New York’s website. Continue reading 5 Things That Can Improve Your Dog’s Teeth

Solving Cat Litter Box Problems

Article by Julie Edgar | Featured on Medicine Net

Cats are fastidious creatures, and nowhere is that more evident than in their litter box habits. When your cat won’t use the litter box — and at least 10% of all cats develop an elimination problem — the cause could be anything from an unclean box to an illness.

Before you try some easy strategies to get her back in the litter box, have her checked out by a veterinarian to rule out a health problem. If you’ve just introduced a new cat to your household, make sure the litter box is as cat-friendly as possible to prevent a problem in the future.

WebMD looked at common litter box problems and solutions. Here’s what we found: Continue reading Solving Cat Litter Box Problems

Dogs and Mushrooms: Are They Poisonous?

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

Just last week, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s dog sadly died of mushroom poisoning. On Instagram, he left an important message:

“This mushroom happened to have a lethal toxicity and within hours it was rapidly destroying [Brutus’] liver and immune system to the point of no return. I encourage all of you out there to be mindful of mushrooms in your yards, parks or anywhere outside your dogs play. What looks innocent, can be deadly to your lil’ family members…”

Our hearts go out to The Rock and his family, as it’s heart breaking to lose a dog to poisoning.

Mushrooms to know about
So, when it comes to mushrooms, how does a dog guardian know which ones are poisonous versus which ones are safe?

There are thousands of mushrooms out there, but only about 100 types are poisonous. (Don’t worry about mushrooms sold in large-chain grocery stores – these are safe and considered non-toxic to dogs and humans). Depending on what type of mushroom is accidentally ingested, poisoning can be seen even with just a small bite. Mushrooms are very difficult to identify, and that should only be done by mycologists. Continue reading Dogs and Mushrooms: Are They Poisonous?

Your Dog Remembers Every Move You Make

Article by Jon Hamilton | Found on NPR

You may not remember what you were doing a few minutes ago. But your dog probably does.

A study of 17 dogs found they could remember and imitate their owners’ actions up to an hour later. The results, published Wednesday in Current Biology, suggest that dogs can remember and relive an experience much the way people do.

That’s probably not a big surprise to people who own dogs, says Claudia Fugazza, an author of the study and an animal behavior researcher at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. Fugazza owns a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog named Velvet.

“Most dog owners at least suspected that dogs can remember events and past experiences,” she says.

But demonstrating this ability has been tricky.

Fugazza and her colleagues thought they might be able to test dogs’ memory of events using a training method she helped develop called “Do As I Do.” It teaches dogs to observe an action performed by their owner, then imitate that action when they hear the command: “Do it.” Continue reading Your Dog Remembers Every Move You Make

Do Dogs Get Colds? Everything You Need to Know

Found on PetMD | Article Written by Jennifer Coates, DVM

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year in the United States, there are millions of cases of the common cold. The CDC states that adults have an average of 2-3 colds per year, and children have even more. So, with human colds being so common, it’s natural to wonder whether our dogs can catch colds too. Continue reading Do Dogs Get Colds? Everything You Need to Know

Good Widdle Doggie! Baby Talk Works Only for Puppies

By Kacey Deamer | Found on LiveScience

Do you use “baby talk” to fuss over your dog? If your pup is still young, then the childish chatter may help, but older dogs don’t care about that high-pitched cooing, a new study finds.

To determine how dogs react to human speech, researchers in the new study first recorded 30 women reading from a script while looking at a dog’s photograph.

When reading such phrases as “Hello, cutie!” and “Who’s a good boy?” with the photos, the women spoke in the distinctive sing-song tones of baby talk. But when reading the script to humans, the women’s voices were more neutral in tone. The age of the dog in the photo did not alter the participants’ use of the dog-directed speech, though the women did take on an even higher pitch when looking at puppy photos, the researchers said. Continue reading Good Widdle Doggie! Baby Talk Works Only for Puppies

Hives in Dogs: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options

Article by Jessica Remitz | Featured on PetMD

Hives (Urticaria) and a swollen face (Angioedema) are commonly the result of an allergic reaction in dogs. Similar to humans, when a dog is exposed to one a particular allergen, the immune system reacts—or in most cases, overreacts—and causes a hypersensitive state. Hives in dogs are usually not life threatening, but it is important to seek veterinarian care as soon as possible to treat the condition. Continue reading Hives in Dogs: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options

Ticks, Dogs and Winter Weather: The Danger is Still Here

Did you know that ticks are not just a spring and summer problem? You might be surprised to learn that ticks can be found year round, and not just in warmer climates. A 2010 study from the Journal of Clinical Investigation showed that some infected ticks have actually developed a type of anti-freeze glycoprotein to survive the cold. Unfortunate
ly, this means that just because winter has arrived, dog parents cannot let their guard down when it comes to ticks.
Continue reading Ticks, Dogs and Winter Weather: The Danger is Still Here

Five Great Ways to Challenge Your Dog’s Mind

Article by Mychelle Blake | Found on PetHealthNetwork

Proper exercise for dogs is important to their overall physical and mental wellbeing, but often “mental exercise” is given short shrift when looking at fulfilling a dog’s needs. Dogs that are bored and that have little mental and environmental stimulation can develop mild to severe behavioral problems as a result. Providing your dog with “brain exercise” is easy to do – here’s some ideas you can try out! Continue reading Five Great Ways to Challenge Your Dog’s Mind

How Cold is too Cold for Your Dog?

By Jennifer Coates, DVM | Article Found on PetMD

We all know that exercise and the mental stimulation being outdoors play are key to keeping our dogs healthy and happy, but what should we do when it’s cold outside? When do the risks of spending time in the cold outweigh the benefits of being outdoors? Let’s take a look at the dangers associated with winter weather and how we can still safely enjoy the great outdoors with our dogs. Continue reading How Cold is too Cold for Your Dog?