5 Facts You May Not Know About Lyme Disease in Dogs

Article by Dr. Mike Paul | Found on PetHealthNetwork

If you are not yet aware of Lyme disease, you almost certainly will be soon. Lyme disease has spread to many regions of the U.S. Lyme disease is a condition caused by an organism, called Borrelia burgdorferi. It’s not a new disease. There is actually evidence in at least one Egyptian mummy that the organism infected people 5000 years ago, according to Bay Area Lyme Foundation. That organization also says that Lyme was first observed in the United States in the 1960s, in a village called Lyme, CT. In the 1980s, Willy Burgdorfer showed the causative agent to be a bacteria transmitted in North America by deer ticks (Ixodes scapularum). Continue reading 5 Facts You May Not Know About Lyme Disease in Dogs

Does a Dry Nose Mean My Dog Is Sick?

Article found on DogHealth.com

It’s commonly thought that you can tell a dog is healthy if his nose is cold and wet, but this isn’t necessarily true. Not only does a cold, wet nose not always indicate good health, but a warm, dry nose doesn’t automatically mean a dog is sick.

Why is A Dog’s Nose Often Wet?

In order to discuss a canine’s warm nose, it’s important to understand why a dog’s nose is often wet and cold. Dr. Stanley Coren, author of “What Dogs Know,” offers a biblical explanation. As the tale goes, Noah used dogs to patrol his ark and keep the animals safe. One day, while sniffing around, the dogs discovered a coin-sized hole in the ark. One dog quickly plugged the leak with his nose while the other ran for help. Noah patched the hole in time, and all hands were saved. God bestowed the dog with a cold, wet nose as a reward for his quick thinking. Continue reading Does a Dry Nose Mean My Dog Is Sick?

Cataracts in Dogs

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Cloudiness of the Eye Lens in Dogs

Cataract refers to the cloudiness in the crystalline lens of the eye, varying from complete to partial opacity. When the eye lens (located directly behind the iris) is clouded, it prevents light from passing to the retina, which can cause vision loss.

Most cases of cataracts are inherited. For instance, Miniature poodles, American cocker spaniel, miniature schnauzer, golden retrievers, Boston terriers, and Siberian huskies are all predisposed to cataracts. Continue reading Cataracts in Dogs

Dogs, Toddlers Show Similarities in Social Intelligence

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Most dog owners will tell you they consider their beloved pets to be members of their families. Now new research suggests that dogs may be even more like us than previously thought.

Evan MacLean, director of the Arizona Canine Cognition Center at the University of Arizona, found that dogs and 2-year-old children show similar patterns in social intelligence, much more so than human children and one of their closest relatives: chimpanzees. The findings, published in the journal Animal Behaviour, could help scientists better understand how humans evolved socially. Continue reading Dogs, Toddlers Show Similarities in Social Intelligence

Your Dog’s Gums: Problems to Watch For

Article By Teresa Traverse | Found on PetMD

Gums can be an often-overlooked part of a dog’s mouth, but they’re just as important to keep clean and healthy as your dog’s teeth. Below, learn more about what color your dog’s gums should be, gum problem to look out for and how to help your dog maintain his or her healthy gums. Continue reading Your Dog’s Gums: Problems to Watch For

Grapes and Raisins Pose Serious Threat to Dogs

Article Featured on Animal Health Foundation

From the Boston Herald on January 20, 2017

Q My 3-year-old female Weimaraner got into a large quantity of grapes at the house this morning. After some quick research, I reached for some hydrogen peroxide and gave her a few teaspoons. Within a few minutes, she vomited up three large piles of the barely chewed grapes. I took her into my vet’s office, and they ran some tests and gave her some fluids and medication. She seems well now. What could have happened to my dog if she had eaten these grapes and I was not around?

Continue reading Grapes and Raisins Pose Serious Threat to Dogs

How to Bring Your Dog to Work

By Nicole Pajer | Article Featured on Cesars Way

More companies are starting to allow employees to take their dogs to work with them. Having your dog in your workplace has been shown to boost morale, increase productivity, and keep workers motivated. In addition, it provides employees with a reason to step away from their desks and get outside for a workday break.

As more companies are allowing dogs in the workplace, it’s important to know the proper dog etiquette and dog rules. I touched base with several dog-friendly companies (including ours) to learn the do’s and don’ts of bringing your dog to work:

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A Guide for Traveling By Car With Your Pet

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Road trips are basically instilled into Americans as a birthright. We just get in the car, gas it up, turn on the tunes, and drive off into the beautiful sunset. But what if you’re bringing your pet along? Besides packing your pet’s favorite chew toys and a favorite blankie for them to cuddle with, what else should you bring? We’ve compiled this handy list of suggestions that will make your trip as safe, enjoyable, and trouble free as possible — yes, that goes for Fido and Kitty, too. Continue reading A Guide for Traveling By Car With Your Pet

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