Content tagged "dog health"

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...

Is it O.K. to give my dog rawhides to chew?

Companion Animals Updated: April 18, 2016

Yes. There appear to be no negative effects of offering rawhide chews. Feeding rawhide chews is an effective method of maintaining dental health,...

I want to smoke beef bones and sell them to my customers for their dogs. Is this safe?

Companion Animals Updated: April 18, 2016

Cooked bones, including smoked, should not be fed to dogs. The bones can splinter from the cooking process which causes the bones to harden and become...

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...

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...

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...

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...

My dog's skin is flaking, and fur is falling out. Is that because of the food?

Companion Animals Updated: July 24, 2012

Food allergies are typically presented in dogs with the itching of the skin. However, other signs of food allergies can vary depending on the severity...

My dog likes to nibble on sweetpotato vines. Will that hurt him?

Companion Animals Updated: July 24, 2012

The sweetpotato vine (Ipomoea batatas) has many varieties grown for either its tuberous roots or for its decorative foliage. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control...

I think my dog ate some mushrooms in our backyard. Will they hurt him?

Companion Animals Updated: July 24, 2012

Wild mushrooms can be extremely poisonous to animals and humans, especially if you do not know what type of mushroom was eaten. Your dog should be taken to a...

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...

Dog Collars and Harnesses

Companion Animals Updated: February 22, 2011

Every puppy should have a collar to wear on its first day home. Collars can save a dog’s life by helping owners keep the dog from wandering into traffic or...

Canine Vaccine Guidelines

Companion Animals Updated: February 21, 2011

Introduction When should I vaccinate my puppy? Does my dog need to be vaccinated every year? These are common questions about vaccinations for which there...

Ectoparasites: Fleas

Companion Animals Updated: February 14, 2011

The most common external parasite of the dog and cat is the flea. Fleas love warm, humid environments and do not survive for long periods in extreme heat,...

Alopecia X

Companion Animals Updated: February 11, 2011

Alopecia X is the name given to a cosmetic condition found primarily in Nordic breeds of dogs, as well as miniature and toy poodles. The primary symptom...

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