The grass is green and inviting and the weather is great – what better time to throw a ball with your dog or go on an hours-long walk? Unfortunately, all this natural beauty and extra time outside comes with some risks to your family dog: Namely, mosquito bites. You may know all the go-to remedies for…
Dogs are naturally curious and love to explore, but that can lead to trouble if they come across a snake. Venomous snake bites can be life-threatening for your dog. An estimated 150,000 dogs and cats are bitten each year. Immediately getting your dog the treatment they need can increase their chances of survival.
As a dedicated dog parent, you should be concerned if your dog or puppy eats dirt or rocks. This can be a very dangerous behavior. Eating excessive dirt or just one rock has the potential to cause intestinal blockage or choking. Choking will be obvious, but intestinal blockage may happen without you even knowing it until it’s too late. Not to mention all the chemicals and waste found in today’s dirt.
Sportmix Pet food and Midwestern Pet Food, both made in Oklahoma have been recalled by the FDA. Deadly levels of Aflatoxins have been found in the corn contained in these pet foods. Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus. It it toxic to the liver of dogs and cats.As of January 11,…
No matter how hard you try to monitor your dog’s health, vomiting happens. Like humans, dogs vomit occasionally to expel food (or other substances) they shouldn’t have ingested. In many cases, this type of one-and-done vomiting isn’t a cause for concern.
For Cold Winter Weather for Dogs & Cats Thermometer: Acceptable rectal temperatures for dogs and cats ~100-103.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Note: The Classic normal rectal temperature is 101.5 for dogs and cats Pet First Aid – What do you do if your dog gets too cold? Temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit are too cold for most…
Just as humans are urged to be prepared for natural disasters at all times, it is equally important that we remember to prepare for our four-legged family members who cannot fend for themselves in a time of crisis.
Spotting heat stroke in dogs isn’t always easy. Veterinarians say these are the signs every dog owner should know.
Occasionally pets vomit. Dog vomiting that occurs every now and then in an otherwise healthy canine is generally not a cause for concern. By far the most common cause of dog vomiting is dietary indiscretion. Persistent dog vomiting, with or without signs of illness such as appetite loss, depression, lethargy, diarrhea, or constipation can indicate a more severe problem and should be addressed.
Humans have been using essentials oils for thousands of years to treat a myriad of health issues. But can essential oils penetrate fur or be safe for pets to ingest or inhale? Read on to find out more.
Here are 5 Tips on Managing and Medicating Your Dog What foods work the best for hiding pills and medicating your dog? Peanut butter, cream cheese, hot dogs, and lunch meat usually do the trick. It’s important to make sure they don’t spit it out. Tip: Hold your hand under their jaw while they are…
Vomiting & Diarrhea Remedies Herbal Pet Tea Vomiting/Indigestion Recipe: First withhold food & water for 4-6 hours. Then prepare this herbal recipe Pour 8oz (250ml) boiling water over 1 tbsp. (15ml) chamomile flowers, steep 15 minutes, strain and dilute with an equal amount of distilled water. Wait until tea is cooled to room temperature. Give…
What do you do if your dog stops breathing? Do not move your dog, if something is stuck in their throat you do not want to move thing around. Call your vet immediately and if they are closed proceed to the nearest emergency room. You can check his mouth and throat to see if anything…
Most pet owners have heard about the dangers associated with feeding pet’s chocolate, onions and garlic but what about Peanut Butter?
Pet Winter Time Safety Tips for Dogs & Cats: Each year as the seasons change, outdoor temperatures drop and the snow starts to fly, it’s a good time for ..
Traditional medicine is well established however holistic alternatives are natural and very effective for many ailments in pets.
Dog Choking ? Recently a K-9 officer was credited with saving the life of a family pet who was choking. Harry, a lovable Shih Tzu, began choking on a raw-hide treat at his home in West Hartford.
Toxic Plants & Medications to Avoid. Last year nearly 150,000 cases of pet poisoning and pet toxicities were reported for dogs and cats. To help ensure pets and their people enjoy a safe, healthy holiday this New Year
Each year in the United States, thousands of people lose their lives to fire. Tens of thousands are injured and the financial costs can reach into the billions of dollars.
Over the last decade advances in veterinary medicine have nearly doubled the canine life span. The technological innovations we now offer for pets, parallel those available for people
We trust that medications for our families and our pets are made with the highest regard for purity and safety. But, several recent high profile cases have unnerved many people and created a negative spotlight for compounding pharmacies.
PETS AND their PEOPLE. How Much Exercise Do Dogs Need? Dogs needs at least 20 minutes of exercise twice a day. The exact amount varies with age, breed, weight and physical condition.
Kids and pets are nothing out of the ordinary that is until you meet Riley, an 8 year old girl from Colorado who’s allergic to peanuts.
Pet owners are trying to save money in many ways, but according to veterinarian, Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM of Chagrin Falls, Ohio stopping your dog’s heartworm prevention should not be one of them.
With Spring in the air, many homeowners and gardeners are sure to be outside getting their hands dirty. But veterinarians say cocoa mulch made by Hershey’s has a sweet-smell attractive to pets
In a time of crisis, many people consider giving blood as a means to help victims of war, natural disasters or even terrorist attack. But when tragedy occurs, what happens when your pets need blood? How do veterinarians cope with an immediate need for these vital fluids?
Fortunately, animal blood banks exist and can help insure that your pet gets the right blood product and the right type of blood for any injury or illness. Historically, most veterinarians used their own pets as a reservoir for emergencies, but too often, transfusion reactions occurred and many pets died.
Blood types are well known in humans and our pets are just as complex. Cats, as an example, have three main blood types (A, B, and AB) while dogs actually have more than a dozen different blood groups. Problems occur when pets of one blood type receive blood from a different blood type and often the resulting reaction can be catastrophic or even deadly.
Beyond typing the blood, animal blood banks can also help cross match samples of donor and recipient blood. This procedure further insures that no unplanned reactions happen when the patient receives the blood. Typing and cross matching is common in human hospitals and is just now becoming the standard for our pets as well.
Interested pet owners can talk with their veterinarians about animal blood drives happening in their local area. Often, blood collected locally is used to save pet lives across town or even across the country
January 27, 2009: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed the sources of tainted pet peanut butter products containing Salmonella bacteria.
The economy is in bad shape and may be for years. Whether it’s the stock market falling or crazy bail outs, saving money in tough economic times is a challenge
As a reward for being our constant companions, in sickness and heath, many pets are now included in their owner’s wills. Celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Betty White, along with millions of other pet owners
The last thing any pet owner wants to do this holiday season is rush to the animal emergency clinic. Since the holidays often pose many unexpected pet health issues, veterinarian and author, Dr. Carol Osborne