Content tagged "dog"

Intestinal Parasites

Companion Animals Updated: April 21, 2016

Introduction Internal parasites can be found in many different organs and tissues of an animal’s body. One area commonly targeted is the intestines....

Nuclear Sclerosis vs. Cataracts in Companion Animals

Companion Animals Updated: April 18, 2016

Nuclear sclerosis is a very common eye defect in older animals and is commonly mistaken for cataracts in companion animals. Nuclear sclerosis results in a...

Remove a Tick from Your Pet in a Few Simple Steps

Companion Animals Updated: April 08, 2016

To remove a tick from a pet in just a few simple steps, please do the following. We have included a video from the TickEncounter Resource Center for your...

Guard Animals for Goats

Goats Companion Animals Updated: November 18, 2015

 There are special considerations when selecting the type of guard animal for goats. The first is how much care you want to provide that animal. Dogs are the...

Weight-Control Diets for Dogs and Cats: Reading the Label

Companion Animals Updated: November 16, 2015

When choosing a weight-control or low-calorie pet food, pet owners are faced with a large number of products and product types. Understanding what products...

Choosing, Introducing, and Caring for Pets in Child Care

Child Care Companion Animals Updated: October 01, 2015

Having a pet to talk to and touch can be a great benefit to children in child care, especially shy youngsters. Children can learn responsibility by caring...

Nutrients Required by Dogs

Companion Animals Updated: November 26, 2014

A nutrient is a chemical or substance that an animal requires to live and grow. Nutrients can be found in food, synthesized in the body, or taken in from the...

Heartworm Disease

Companion Animals Updated: August 27, 2014

Heartworm disease (Dirofilaria immitis) is a preventable but serious and potentially fatal disease. It is caused by a parasitic worm that primarily infects...

Hot Weather Care for Dogs

Companion Animals Updated: January 28, 2014

Many dogs like to be outdoors during the summer, but too much heat and humidity can cause them stress. Signs of heat stress can include excessive panting,...

Body Condition Scoring Your Dog

Companion Animals Updated: September 09, 2013

More than half the dogs in the United States are not at their ideal body weight. Obesity is a common concern and can result in health issues such as...

Diabetes in Dogs

Companion Animals Updated: September 09, 2013

IntroductionDiabetes mellitus is a chronic, or long-term, disorder that occurs in both dogs and cats. Diabetes affects approximately one in 150 dogs. The...

Dog Boarding

Companion Animals Updated: September 09, 2013

When dog owners plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, the question always arises: what to do with the dog? Many owners turn to boarding...

Excitement Barking

Companion Animals Updated: August 06, 2013

Training to reduce excitement barking takes patience and a calm approach. Dogs that bark due to excitement are easily aroused, and the owner may...

Winter Dog Care

Companion Animals Updated: November 26, 2012

Man’s best friends can sometimes be a partner in our winter sports, happily joining us for snowshoeing or skijoring or cuddling afterward in front of a cozy...

Why does my female dog mount her stuffed play toys?

Companion Animals Updated: July 02, 2012

Mounting (also known as "humping" or "hunching") is a normal behavior in both male and female dogs. While it is part of sexual behavior, it does not always...

Certification for Animal Training/Behavior Professionals

Companion Animals Updated: June 25, 2012

Are you looking for an animal behaviorist or animal trainer? Finding one who is certified by a professional organization for animal behaviorists or animal...

Barking Dogs

Companion Animals Updated: June 25, 2012

Almost all dogs bark, but barking that is excessive, becomes chronic, or disrupts the neighborhood can be a problem. Controlling barking takes a serious...

Fear Barking

Companion Animals Updated: November 03, 2011

When dogs bark out of fear, the result can be barking that is loud, incessant and extremely frustrating to humans within earshot. A fearful dog will often...

Frustration Barking

Companion Animals Updated: November 01, 2011

Dogs often bark out of frustration or boredom when left alone for long periods or when they are kept in a confined area with little stimulation. They may...

Pet Food Labels: Terms Used to Describe Pet Food Types

Companion Animals Updated: June 06, 2011

There are a variety of terms used on pet food labels that appear to indicate the quality of the product. These terms are primarily used on dog and cat food...

Nutrition for Exercising Dogs: Timing of Meals

Companion Animals Updated: June 01, 2011

Dogs engage in various types of exercise. This may include structured training, such as for obedience, as well as participation in competitive events such...

Feeding the Growing Puppy

Companion Animals Updated: May 31, 2011

Introduction Puppies grow rapidly during the first six months of their lives and have a large demand for nutrients to meet their changing needs. Diet...

Ectoparasites: Sarcoptic and Demodectic Mange Mites

Companion Animals Updated: May 29, 2011

Mange is a skin condition caused by mange mites - arachnids that live in the skin and cause irritation for our companion animals. There are two types of...

Pet Food Labels: How to Read

Companion Animals Updated: February 24, 2011

Commercial pet foods are an easy and convenient way to feed your dog or cat. Deciding what to feed can be difficult for some pet owners. There are some...

Crating Dogs

Companion Animals Updated: February 22, 2011

Crating dogs is a practice that can sometimes raise eyebrows. Individuals who do not understand the natural instincts of dogs might think that owners are...

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