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 allergic reactions to a multitude of things, including medications, pollen, dust and food, abrupt facial swelling after being outdoors is commonly caused by a bee sting or insect bite.

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Telltale Symptom Foretells a Serious Problem, Don’t Delay Medical Help

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

Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) is a quite common problem in cats. FLUTD describes any disorder affecting the bladder or urethra. A few of the most common FLUTD conditions include:

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Contact Your Veterinarian When Your Dog Shows These Signs

Article Featured on PawFriendly.com

The following information may help you decide which conditions are absolute emergencies, and which ones may let you take a “wait and see” attitude. If your dog is sick or injured and you are unsure of the severity of the condition, it is always best to err on the side of caution, and contact your veterinarian (or emergency clinic) right away.

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Simple Boredom Busters You May Never Have Considered

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

Felines in the wild (including big cats and neighborhood feral colonies) are typically lean, lithe and on the move. It’s the nature of all cats to be active, and in fact it’s essential to their physical and emotional health. I believe the majority of housecats today are not only overfed and under-exercised, but also extremely bored, and boredom isn’t a healthy emotional state for kitties.

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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 ill or hurting.

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How To Treat A Sebaceous Cyst On A Cat

By Dr. TB Thompson | Article Featured on Pet Life Today

When you’re cuddling with your cat, you expect to feel soft, smooth fur, not lumps and bumps! It’s alarming to feel unidentified bumps under your cat’s skin. If you’ve been told by your vet your cat has a sebaceous cyst, you may still be a bit confused about what it is and how to treat a sebaceous cyst on a cat.

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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 dentist bill to get your oral health back in good shape.

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Why a Cat Patio Is the Next Best Thing for Your Feline

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

Cats are inherently wild creatures and hunters at heart who instinctively do what they’ve done from the dawn of time: No matter what size they are, from the majestic “king of beasts” to your fluffy indoor feline, they’re at their best in natural surroundings and are fascinated with the outdoors.

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