This Fatal Disease Is No Longer the Death Sentence It Once Was

Written by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker

Certain dog breeds, including brachycephalic (flat-faced) breeds, golden retrievers and especially Labrador retrievers, are genetically predisposed to a rare, but life-threatening condition in which an extra electrical connection known as an accessory pathway (AP) exists between the upper and lower (pumping) chambers of the heart.

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Why are my dog's eyelids and muzzle swollen. What happened?

By Dr. Jenna Ashton DVM, MS, DACVIM | Article Featured on VetStreet.com

Swelling of the eyelids and face, hives and facial itching (or pawing at the face) are common signs of an allergic reaction. Essentially, this occurs when the dog’s immune system generates an exaggerated response to a foreign substance. While dogs can have . . . → Read More: Why are my dog’s eyelids and muzzle swollen. What happened?

Should You Stay Away From Your Pets if You Have the Flu?

Written by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker

When flu season rolls around, you may start to wonder if you can pass the virus on to your pets, perhaps perpetuating a vicious cycle of flu transmission within your own household. While not common, human-to-pet flu transmission, known as “reverse zoonosis,” has happened.

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How Your Dog Tells You He’s in Pain

Written by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker

Because humans rely so heavily on spoken communication, it can be challenging at times to understand what’s happening with the nonverbal members of our families — the ones covered in fur who bark but don’t talk. This can be particularly stressful in situations where a pet may be . . . → Read More: How Your Dog Tells You He’s in Pain

4 Sleep Disorders in Dogs

by JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM

The average adult dog sleeps about 12 to 14 hours a day through a combination of daytime naps and nighttime sleep. Just like in people, sleep is key to a dog’s overall health. It also helps a dog feel more rested and energetic.

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5 Reasons Why Dog Dental Care Is Important

By JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM | Article Featured on PetMD

How would you feel if you never brushed your teeth? Constantly having lots of plaque and an unpleasant taste in your mouth would probably be more than you could tolerate. Your wallet probably wouldn’t feel so good either after having to pay a hefty . . . → Read More: 5 Reasons Why Dog Dental Care Is Important

10 Mistakes Even Loving Pet Parents Make Way Too Often

Written by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker | Article Featured on Mercola Pets

Even the most well-intentioned pet parent makes mistakes every now and then in caring for their dog. Sometimes, we don’t even recognize a mistake for what it is! However, it’s important to know when something we’re doing (or not doing) might cause . . . → Read More: 10 Mistakes Even Loving Pet Parents Make Way Too Often

Opioid Overdoses in Pets: What Are the Risks?

By Carol McCarthy | Article Featured on PetMD

How’s this for a scary statistic? Every day, 91 Americans die of an opioid overdose. Also alarming, most pet parents may not know that the widespread availability of these morphine-like painkillers, whether by prescription or illegal purchase, can put animals at risk.

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How Can I Get My Dog to Lose Weight?

By Dr. Sarah Wooten | Article Featured on PetMD

Have you been frustrated because your dog doesn’t lose weight, no matter what you do? Obesity in dogs is one of the biggest health concerns that veterinarians and pet guardians battle.

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Patellar Luxation Causes Sudden Limping and Pain, Then Disappears Just as Quickly

By Dr. Karen Shaw Becker | Article Featured on Mercola

Patellar luxation, also called luxating patella and floating kneecap, is most often seen in small and tiny dogs. The condition can sneak up on pet parents, because often dogs with a floating kneecap seem fine, with no history of injury, limping or pain. They’re . . . → Read More: Patellar Luxation Causes Sudden Limping and Pain, Then Disappears Just as Quickly