(Picture Credit: Getty Images) February is Spay & Neuter Awareness Month. As dog lovers, we should take this time to educate pet owners about the importance of spaying and neutering. These days we consider, spaying and neutering your pet as a regular part of being a responsible pet owner. However, it wasn’t always this way.
(Picture Credit: Debra Bardowicks/Getty Images) Nothing uplifts our moods than our dogs kissing us to make us feel better. However, when the kiss comes with a stinky puff of doggy breath, it becomes harder to enjoy. Dental diseases affect the majority of adult dogs, and these diseases can really contribute to your pup’s halitosis. Regular
(Picture Credit: JoeChristensen/Getty Images) These days, most pet owners consider spaying and neutering to be the norm for dogs. That’s a good thing. Thanks to education and advancements in spaying and neutering procedures–along with help from the No Kill Movement–the rate of dogs euthanized in shelters due to overpopulation fell by 90 percent over the
(Picture Credit: jkitan/Getty Images) Dental disease is more than just a cosmetic issue. When your feline friend or canine companion has red gums, yellow teeth, and stinky breath, it could be a sign of serious oral disease that could, if left untreated, lead to devastating affects on your pet’s quality of life. Neglecting your pet’s
(Picture Credit: DenGuy/Getty Images) Medicine has progressed for our canine friends, and many pet parents want safe, modern, alternative options to take care of their dogs. New high-tech solutions like light therapy can address many debilitating and uncomfortable conditions, like arthritis and skin infections. But what is light therapy for dogs? What does it do?
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) DogSpeak is a series that translates canine behaviors so that we, as pet parents, can better understand and communicate with our dogs. Aggression can be challenging for dog lovers to understand, and there are many reasons a dog might engage in aggressive behaviors. There are very few dogs who are prone
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) If you plan to leave your dog at home during the eight hours or so while you’re at work, or if you just plan to be out of the house for a while, your pooch is going to at least need a potty break and maybe a bit more care. There
(Picture Credit: Oxyfresh) I have three animals–two dogs and a cat–and they all enjoy giving kisses to their human friends right on the face. My dogs are Chihuahua mixes, and this small breed is notorious for bad breath. When I got the chance to test out Oxyfresh Pet Dental Gel, an oral gel that promised
(Picture Credit: Hero Images/Getty Images) Doggy Daycare can be an important part of a dog’s socialization and exercise. It can also be super convenient for dog owners who want to board their dog while on vacation or at work and a real necessity for dog owners who don’t have a yard. But not all dogs
(Image Credit: Getty Images) We don’t like to think about it, but from time to time our dogs get sick. Sometimes those ailments cause our pups pain. Don’t feel bad if this happens to you, it’s all par for the course. However, it’s vital that you learn and know the signs, especially of the more
Nothing beats doggy affection in the form of slobbery kisses–unless your dog has a bad case of halitosis, or bad breath. Dogs aren’t exactly known for their fresh breath, but if your pup has really horrible breath, it may be a sign of something more serious. Dogs have bad breath for a myriad of reasons. Sometimes it’s
(Image Credit: Getty Images) We don’t like to talk about it, but it happens. Sometimes, our best friends have bad breath. Whether or not their breath smells though, dental health in dogs is vital for a long and happy life. Dental diseases in dogs can become fatal if not treated and are on the rise
(Picture Credit: LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images) Lymphoma is a form of cancer in dogs that affects the lymphocytes, which are white blood cells that are important for immune system function. It is one of the most common malignant tumors in canines, and is usually found in the lymph nodes, the spleen, or the bone marrow, which
Worth the wait: A Poodle-Yorkie mix puppy named Curly Sue. I work at an animal shelter, so when my sister-in-law, Lana, called me with the announcement she was getting a dog, I was thrilled to begin matchmaking. But then she dropped a bomb — they had already found a Maltese–Yorkie mix for sale in Missouri.
According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), there are approximately 3,500 animal rescue shelters in operation in the United States today. These facilities and the hardworking staff and devoted volunteers who work for them serve anywhere between 6 and 8 million animals every year, providing housing, food, medical attention, and perhaps most
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Treats are a great way to show your dog a little extra love. These special yummies can be anything from homemade biscuits to a package from a doggy bakery, or even just a morsel of steak from your own plate. With all these options, how can you choose the right treat
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Leukemia in dogs is a form of cancer that results in an increased white blood cell count in the blood stream and bone marrow. It can be acute or chronic with the acute form being more malignant. There are two main types of canine leukemia. Lymphocytic leukemia is caused by cancerous
Most dogs like a little alone time now and then. However, some dogs are extremely people-oriented and will act out when they are left alone. This is called separation anxiety. Dogs with this affliction will show it within 20-45 minutes after you leave. Typical behaviors are: Digging, gnawing, and scratching at doors and windows inside,
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) The International Society for Animal Rights established International Homeless Animals Day in 1992, and it falls on the third Saturday in August. The goal of this society is stated sadly, but simply; “keeping the issue of dog and cat overpopulation before the public until victory is achieved and humane societies can
Dr. Mahaney and his Welsh Terrier, Cardiff When my dog, Cardiff, first got sick, I didn’t anticipate that he was afflicted with one of the most severe, often fatal, illness seen in veterinary practice. Yes, my dog has Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) and survived three hemolytic episodes in his five years of life. Unfortunately,
Dental disease is more than just a cosmetic issue — when your canine companion or feline friend has red gums, yellow teeth and stinky breath, it could be a sign of serious oral disease that could, if left untreated, lead to devastating affects on your pet’s quality of life. Neglecting your pet’s teeth and gums
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Basal cell carcinomas and tumors are the most common forms of skin cancer found in dogs. Most basal cell tumors in dogs are benign, though they can become malignant. Malignant tumors are referred to as “carcinomas”. When they are caught early, most basal cell carcinomas can be treated without further complications, usually
Question: How can I stop my puppy from chewing everything in sight? Answer: Puppies, like babies, tend to explore the environment by putting things in their mouths. The problem, of course, is that not everything a pup finds lying around is appropriate to chew, and many things can be downright dangerous. Just as with a
The Dachshund’s short legs and unique body shape makes him an ideal digger and hunter of tunneling prey. Anyone who has ever witnessed a dog digging a hole in the ground has no doubt been amazed (and envious) at the speed and skill exhibited by their canine friend. They make it look easy, and they
Question: My rescue pup is extremely shy — can Reiki help? Answer: What a very good question–the answer is yes! Why? Because Reiki is a healing energy. What your rescue pup would need is called a mental healing. Rescue dogs have many issues. Many of them have been neglected or abused. They also have anxiety.
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) February is Pet Dental Health Month! Unfortunately, many pet parents never look inside their dog’s mouth. That’s a shame because up to 80% of dogs have significant oral pathology. A dogs’ mouth is the ideal incubator for all kinds of bacteria to thrive, partly because the mouth is warm and moist and
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) A squamous cell carcinoma is a malignant tumor in the epidermal layer of a dog’s skin. It often appears as a mass of white skin or a raised lump that can be directly on a dog’s skin, in the nail beds of the toes, or in the mouth. The mass may begin bleeding
Doggie daycare can be a great option for pups who might otherwise spend the day alone. This editorial courtesy of Dr. Vivian Cardoso-Carroll, PetMD.com. My friend Jason Mayfield owns a pet boarding facility in the Houston area called the Bed Bath and Biscuit. He also trains dogs, zebras and apparently a slew of other exotic
With 3 to 4 million animals euthanized in American animal shelters every year, rescuers and animal lovers everywhere continually wonder what can be done to stem the tide of homeless pets flowing into the system. When you work in a shelter, and in a single day, you receive two dozen puppies and kittens, carried in
Now that you have an idea as to Cardiff’s IMHA history and clinical signs from my last article (see Using Integrative Veterinary Medicine to Treat Illness Affecting My Dog- Part 1), let’s discuss the integrative (combination of Western and traditional Chinese veterinary medicine) treatment I use to manage his illness. Cardiff’s therapy includes blood transfusion,