Making a dog comfortable before a euthanasia appointment is the last gift dog owners can provide to their beloved canine companions. Those last moments should be peaceful so to allow a calm setting for that final farewell. Dr. Ivana shares tips on how to make a dog comfortable before euthanasia.
Hip dysplasia is, unfortunately, a common condition found in dogs that can be life-limiting. Dogs with hip dysplasia suffer chronic pain and in severe cases, they may need an operation. Understanding what hip dysplasia is will help you to find the right treatment plan for your pet.
You may have noticed that your dog's front paws are turning out and are wondering whether this is something to be concerned about. Standing 'toe-out' can indicate a range of potential problems, but many can be easily treated, and most dogs will live a healthy life even if their feet are wonky.
Find out how to know if your senior dog has Sundowners Syndrome (also known as Canine Cognitive Dysfunction) which is a common degenerative and progressive dementia experienced by aging dogs that impairs a pup’s awareness and responsiveness to their once-normal setting.
Flea infestations are one of the most challenging things that a dog owner has to deal with. This article lists the three treatments that I've found to be most effective in my own experience. I explain my reasoning and give some tips that I've picked up over the years.
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. In reality, if 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.
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.
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.
Due to the Cockapoo's popularity, some unscrupulous breeders produce 'rare' blue or red merle cockapoos—a colour that does not exist in either Poodles or Cocker Spaniels. Buyer beware.
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.
These are the most common types of parasites that your dog might get, some common symptoms, and what to do if you think your dog has an infestation.
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.
Acquiring a parasite is one of the most common health issues for German Shepherds. When you leave the problem untreated for too long, worms can wreak serious havoc and hamper the growth of younger dogs.
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 the 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.