Is Getting A Dog The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Health?

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Article by Gretchen Lidicker | Found on MindBodyGreen

Ever feel like health news is too overwhelming, fast-paced, or hard to decipher? Us too. Here, we filter through the latest in integrative health, wellness trends, and nutrition advice, reporting on the most exciting and meaningful breakthroughs. We’ll tell you exactly what you need to know—and how it might help you become a healthier and happier human.

If you’re a dog owner—or even just a dog person—you know firsthand how much joy a furry friend can bring into your life. I mean, who doesn’t love endless affection, companionship, loyalty, and sloppy kisses? Continue reading Is Getting A Dog The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Health?

Vets Reveal 11 Symptoms In Your Dog That You Should Never, Ever Ignore

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Article by Phil Mutz | Found on Little Things

One of the best ways to spot serious medical problems is by paying attention to what is going on inside your body. Unfortunately, our pets are not able to tell us when something is wrong inside of their bodies — or are they?

Just in the same way that we should be on the lookout for certain symptoms in our own bodies, there are also signs and symptoms that we can observe in our dogs that let us know when something is very wrong. Continue reading Vets Reveal 11 Symptoms In Your Dog That You Should Never, Ever Ignore

Dogs with Underbites: What Is Canine Malocclusion?

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Article by Maura McAndrew | Found on Pet MD

Photos of “dogs with underbites” have been the focus of many an adorable Internet slideshow. But while misaligned teeth in dogs, or canine malocclusion, may make our pets seem more endearing or “ugly-cute,” it can be a serious health issue.

To learn more about this condition, we spoke with two board-certified veterinary dentists from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (CUCVM). Here is everything you need to know about canine malocclusion, including symptoms and causes, and when to seek treatment. Continue reading Dogs with Underbites: What Is Canine Malocclusion?

My Dog is Aggressive Around Strangers

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Article by Mychelle Blake, MSW, CDBC | Found on PetHealthNetwork

It’s not unusual for a dog to “protect” his territory, and for many, it’s an inherent trait. Some breeds seem more prone to this behavior— in my experience— including dogs bred for guarding like mastiffs and some herding and terrier breeds. Unfortunately, many dogs take this behavior to an extreme level, which can lead to serious issues. A dog that feels he must aggress and bite strangers coming into the yard or into the house has the potential to cause harm to people, leading to uncomfortable guests, lawsuits, or worse. Fortunately, by understanding what drives your dog to this behavior, you can correct it. Continue reading My Dog is Aggressive Around Strangers

5 Ways to Help Your Dog Live a Longer, Happier Life

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Article by Amy Sinatra Ayers | Found on VetStreet

We all wish our dogs could live forever. Luckily, there are some easy things you can do to give your beloved pup the best chance at a long and healthy life.
We’re sharing the best ways to help protect your dog’s well-being, from exercising his body and brain to providing the right nutrients for good health. Continue reading 5 Ways to Help Your Dog Live a Longer, Happier Life

10 Helpful Ways to Calm Your Cat

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Article by Maura McAndrew | Found on Pet MD

Cats are something of an enigma—intelligent, sometimes inscrutable animals whose sensitivity and perceptiveness make them fascinating and lovable pets. But as most cat owners can tell you, cats are also creatures of habit and comfort. They can become stressed or scared by a range of things, from a trip to the vet to a new person in the house.

To tell if your cat is experiencing stress, closely observe his body language, advises Dilara Goksel Parry, a certified cat behavior consultant with the San Francisco-based company Feline Minds. “As prey animals, cats are masters of disguise,” she says. “People need to be able to take in all the information the cat is giving them with their expressions and body language—the tension in the body, the size of the pupils, the movement and direction of the ears, vocalizations, and so on.” Continue reading 10 Helpful Ways to Calm Your Cat

Summertime Dehydration and Your Dog

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Article by Dr. Nancy Kay, DVM, DACVIM | Found on PetHealthNetwork

Some of us take the phrase, “dog days of summer” quite literally— we want to go everywhere accompanied by our beloved dogs! While this can be great, know that the heat of summer has the potential to be hazardous to your dog’s health. One of the greatest summer dangers is dehydration. Dogs get hot faster than people, and it’s easy for even the healthiest of dogs to become dehydrated.

Significant forethought and planning to accommodate higher temperatures separate a fun summer day from a trip to the emergency veterinarian. Continue reading Summertime Dehydration and Your Dog

Lyme Disease: Protect your Dog From Tick Bite Threats

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Lyme Disease threatens your dog’s health because ticks know how easy it is to latch onto your dog’s body for a tasty meal.  Large populations of these bloodsuckers lounge around all year in places like woody trails and campgrounds where you take your dog for walks or enjoy vacations with your family. 

There’s no magic bullet to stop the spread of ticks because climate change and reforestation has widened the range for tick infestation. What’s more frightening is that warmer winters allow hosts for ticks to survive longer. Continue reading Lyme Disease: Protect your Dog From Tick Bite Threats

Paw Pad Burns in Dogs

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Article Found on DogHealth.com

Did you know that your dog’s paw pads can be burned by walking or running on hot pavement? Many people think that a dog’s paw pads are impervious to being injured or burned, but that is not the case. Continue reading Paw Pad Burns in Dogs

My Cat is Perfectly Healthy: Why Should I See a Vet?

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Post by Dr. Ruth MacPete, DVM | Found on PetHealthNetwork

Whether healthy or not, all cats should see their veterinarian at least once a year. Why, you might ask? Why not! We go to our doctor for our regular checkups. We take our kids to their pediatrician for their well-child visits. We don’t like it, but we even go to the dentist twice a year to have our teeth looked at. We even bring our car to the mechanic every 5000 miles to change the oil. So why should it be any different with our feline friends? Regular examinations are the best way to ensure that your cat is protected against preventable illnesses and to detect medical problems early. Continue reading My Cat is Perfectly Healthy: Why Should I See a Vet?