Arthritis is a common problem for older dogs. It can be a crippling condition, that detracts from a dog's quality of life and may even shorten it, but there are several things owners can do to manage arthritis and keep their pets happy and active.
The causes of dogs vomiting undigested food may be various, and only your veterinarian can confirm or rule out certain medical conditions. This article. offers information I have learned about when my dog started vomiting undigested food out of the blue as he got older.
The medical term 'stroke' conjures up all sorts of negative thoughts when we hear it. Truth be told, our dog has suffered a stroke, and it was both shocking and frightening. Fortunately, with appropriate care, many dogs recover from a stroke without long-term consequences.
If your dog's ears stink, you may be wondering what to do in order to decrease the smell. Consider though that the smell can be indicative of a medical problem and therefore it may be best to have your dog's smelly ears checked by your vet.
If your pet needs access to an emergency clinic but there is none available, there are alternatives. Find out now.
In order to help your dog sleep at night, you need to first identify why they are having trouble falling asleep. Once you've identified the underlying cause, you can take several steps to make your dog go to sleep almost instantly.
If your dog's baby teeth don't fall out, you may just think it's a minor problem, but in reality, left untreated, retained baby teeth in dogs can lead to lifelong dental problems.
We all like our homes to smell fresh and clean, and for that reason, many people use plug-in or spray air fresheners to help their house smell nice. Unfortunately, air fresheners can have a downside—they can make dogs very unwell and can even lead to death.
While most people would never consider giving alcohol to dogs, accidental cases of alcohol poisoning are seen far too often by vets, especially during holidays. Alcohol is highly toxic to dogs and it is important to know the symptoms to ensure your pet is swiftly and effectively treated.
So, Scooter’s veterinarian has recommended a dental cleaning. You’ve heard that there is anesthesia involved and costs that have made you hesitate. What do you do? Here's a breakdown of the stages of veterinary dental cleaning and the various charges explained.
We all catch colds or the flu from time to time, but what about our pets? Dogs, like any animal, can suffer from viruses and infections similar to humans. They can also suffer complications from illnesses, so knowing how to spot when they have a cold is important to keep them healthy.
Obesity in pets is on the rise, but sometimes it is easy to overlook when a pet is just a bit overweight. In fact, many people are unsure of what a dog at a healthy weight looks like. Even slight excess weight puts pressure on a dog's heart and joints, so knowing when they need a diet is vital.
This article details the side effects that I observed in my 11-year-old lab after she recevied the melanoma vaccine for dogs.
Christmas is a joyous time of year. We want to share this fun with our dogs, but every year dogs end up at emergency vets due to holiday-related accidents. Knowing how to prevent these dramas will make your festivities safe and enjoyable for you and your dog.
If your dog has dandruff, you can usually figure out what is causing it and can treat it at home without even having to visit the vet. Find out the four common causes of dandruff in dogs and how to take care of each type.
Reverse sneezing is when a dog appears to snort backwards repeatedly. It is considered a common issue and is usually nothing to be worried about, but sometimes it can be a symptom of a more serious problem.
Titre testing (or titer testing) is a way of checking a dog's immunity to certain diseases. Many owners are choosing this method over annual boosters, but it is a confusing topic and many people do not fully understand how it works.
The Cockapoo (or Cockerpoo) is a popular cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. Due to the breed's popularity, some unscrupulous breeders breed cockapoos for profit, including producing 'rare' blue or red merle cockapoos—a colour that does not exist in either Poodles or Cocker Spaniels.
Have you ever wondered if excessive ear scratching is a sign of a dog ear infection? This article helps you identify the signs and causes, remedies, and what steps to take to keep your dog's ears free of infection. Also included is a helpful video/poll.
Summer and autumn are both great times in the year for walking your dog, but beware of heatstroke and grass seeds! This article tells you what to look out for and what to do.
As the nights draw in and the weather worsens, many people begin to suffer from winter blues, also called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Research suggests dogs may also suffer from depression in winter, so how can we make the colder months a happier time for our pets?
Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI), also known as Seasonal Canine Disease, is a condition found in the UK which can be fatal to dogs. This guide aims to give you the facts about the sickness, how to prevent your pet from contracting it, and how to identify it and help them if the worst happens.
There is only one venomous snake in the UK: the European adder. Adder bites are extremely rare, but every once in a while a dog gets bitten by a snake. Know how to minimise the risk of this happening and what to do if a bite occurs to keep your dog safe.
Urinary problems are quite common in shepherds. We’ll discuss some tips for managing urinary infections and bladder stones in German Shepherds.
Leptospirosis is a serious disease that dogs can pick up from water. Lepto4 is a vaccination by Nobivac designed to prevent the disease, but there are growing concerns about the safety of this vaccine and whether it could be harmful to some dogs.
This article focuses on five causes of bad breath in dogs and five solutions for how to fix it. A helpful video is also included.
Xylitol is a type of sweetener found in numerous food products. Over the last few years, growing concerns have emerged about the toxic effects of xylitol in dogs. With an increasing number of products using this sweetener, it is important you know the risks and what to do if the worst happens.
Many dogs suffer from patellar luxations, a condition also known as "trick knee", where the kneecap slips out of place and can cause discomfort and pain. Fortunately, if caught early, the condition is treatable. That's why it's important to know the signs of a slipping knee and what to do about it.
If your dog is itching and scratching, you need to provide help now before he damages his skin with his nails. Here are some things you can do right now even when you cannot take your dog to the vet.
Have you noticed that extra digit on your dog's leg? Or, maybe you have read a puppy advertisement that says "dewclaws removed" and wonder what that means? This article explains the purpose of a dewclaw, why your dog has them, and why you should be careful when considering having them removed.
Is there blood in your dog's poop? While occasional blood can be caused by less pressing health conditions that may resolve on their own, other times, blood in stool can be a symptom of more serious issues that need to be addressed by your veterinarian.