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3 Essential Things Every Dog Owner Should Know

Here are three things dog owners should be aware of to keep their pups happy and healthy.


What Is Kennel Cough?

Kennel Cough is a common canine illness that can affect any dog at any age. Most cases of Kennel Cough are simple to treat at home, but some dogs can become extremely ill with the condition, and it can even prove fatal.


Seromas: Bumps on a Dog's Surgery Incision

Bumps on a dog's surgery incision are always a scary sight for dog owners. After surgery, the last thing one would want to see is local swelling that appears as a lump or bump or even a hernia. Seromas in dogs are fortunately benign and likely to disappear rather quickly.


Why Is My Dog Constantly Biting and Scratching Himself?

If your dog is constantly scratching and biting himself, you know you have a problem. Identifying the exact problem can turn out to be a challenge. Veterinarian Dr. Ivana shares common causes for dogs constantly scratching and biting themselves.


What You Need to Know About Meningitis in Dogs

Meningitis is a life-threatening but fortunately rare condition in dogs. It can affect any breed, though some breeds such as beagles and German pointers are more likely to be affected. Its consequences can be serious, which is why all owners should know the symptoms of this condition.


How to Perform a Simple Health Check on Your Dog

Here's a guide to giving your dog a simple nose-to-tail health check at home. Regular home checks may help you notice any changes to your dog's health early on so you can seek professional treatment sooner.


Why Does My Dog Have Bad Breath? (Possible Causes and Solutions)

From benign and easily fixable causes like plaque buildup to more serious issues like cancer or dental disease, there are many reasons your dog might have stinky breath.


Blood in My Dog's Urine: Should I Be Worried?

Spotting blood in your dog's urine can be scary. It is not something that normally happens without a cause and often requires a vet visit. This article explores the varied conditions that can cause your dog to pass blood when they urinate.


Veterinarian Shares How to Make a Dog Comfortable Before a Euthanasia Appointment

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.


What Is Hip Dysplasia and How Do I Know If My Dog Has It?

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.


Why Do My Dog's Front Paws Turn Out?

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.


What to Know About Fatty Tumors (Lipomas) in Dogs

Lumps on dogs can be worrisome, but fatty tumors or lipomas are fairly common. Find out what causes them, if they are dangerous, and what to do.


How to Know If Your Senior Dog Has Sundowners Syndrome

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.


Best 3 Flea Treatments for Pet Dogs

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.


Everything You Need to Know About Arthritis in Dogs

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.


Common German Shepherd Diarrhea Issues

Diarrhea in German Shepherds is one of the more common and annoying health problems. Let's look at the causes and treatments.


10 Causes of Dogs Vomiting Undigested Food

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.


Everything You Need to Know About Cerebrovascular Accidents (Strokes) in Dogs

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.


Why Do My Dog's Ears Stink? 8 Causes of Dog Ear Odor

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.


What to Do If Your Pet Has an Emergency but No Vet Is Available

If your pet needs access to an emergency clinic but there is none available, there are alternatives. Find out now.


The Causes of Diarrhea in Puppies

Find out what is causing your puppy's diarrhea. From stress to parasites and viruses like parvovirus, knowing what is causing loose stool is the first step to helping your puppy to recover.


Five Ways to Give Comfort to Your Senior Dog

Find out five ways you can add comfort and quality of life for your senior dog. Older dogs have special needs that we can address—making their lives happier and healthier.


What's the Purpose of Your Dog's Carpal Pads?

Your dog's carpal pads are not there just for decoration: Mother Nature has a strategically planned use for most of your dog's body parts. The purpose of your dog's carpal pads is a noble one: providing protection.


Dog Blackheads: What They Look Like and Treatment

Dog blackheads may appear on a dog's back or belly or other parts of the body. Learn more about blackheads in dogs.


Help, My Dog Won't Sleep at Night: 12 Tips for a Restful Night

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.


Why Is My Dog Licking His Paws All the Time?

Paw licking is a very common behaviour in dogs. Often it is just the dog cleaning its paws, but when the behaviour becomes obsessive or causes damage, then it is a sign of something being wrong.


What Happens If My Dog's Baby Teeth Don't Fall Out? Retained Baby Teeth in Dogs

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.


Could Your Air Freshener Be Making Your Dog Sick?

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.


The Dangers of Alcohol Poisoning in Dogs

Alcohol is highly toxic to dogs and it is important to know the symptoms to ensure your pet is swiftly and effectively treated.


Your Pet's Dental or Teeth-Cleaning Bill Explained

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.


Can Dogs Catch Colds or the Flu?

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.


Helping a Dog With Jaundice at Home

If your dog's skin is turning yellow, he or she is likely seriously ill and needs to be treated correctly. Learn what exactly is going wrong, how your dog should be treated, and everything you can do at home to help them.


Does My Dog Need a Diet?

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.


Elbow Dysplasia in German Shepherd Dogs

Joint issues are common in German Shepherds. Elbow dysplasia is a painful condition, especially when dogs get older, as this can seriously lessen their quality of life.


Dog Owners Beware: Side Effects in the Melanoma Vaccine

This article details the side effects that I observed in my 11-year-old lab after she recevied the melanoma vaccine for dogs.


Canine Urethrostomy Recovery

Here's what to expect in the long-term/future if your pet had a canine urethrostomy.


30+ Ways Christmas Can Be Dangerous for Your Dog

Christmas is a joyous time. We want to share this fun with our dogs but every year, dogs end up at emergency vets due to holiday-related accidents. Learn about the season's dangers to dogs and how to avoid an unhappy Christmas.


Gluten Allergies and Intolerance in Dogs

Know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of gluten allergies in dogs. Learn how you can adjust to your dog's needs for a gluten-free lifestyle.


4 Types of Dandruff in Dogs & Easy Ways to Control It at Home

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.


What Is Reverse Sneezing and When Should I Be Worried About It?

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.


What Is Titre Testing and Is It an Alternative to Vaccinations?

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 Truth About Blue or Red Merle Cockapoos: What You Need to Know

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.


Dog Ear Infections: Signs and Causes, Remedies, and How to Clean Dog Ears

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 Dog Walks: Watch for Heatstroke and Grass Seed

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.


Do Dogs Get Depressed in Winter? How Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) May Affect Your Pet

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?


Why Is My Dog Sick After Walking in Woodland? Seasonal Canine Illness Facts

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.


Worms in German Shepherd Dogs: Types, Symptoms, and Treatments

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.


10 Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool in Summer

As the temperature rises, keeping our pet dogs cool and comfortable is essential to maintain their health and well-being. These ten ideas will help you keep your dog safe and chilled during the hot months of summer.


Combating Lice or Fleas on German Shepherd Dogs

Fleas or lice can be irritating and can also cause some health problems in German Shepherds. Prevention and effective treatment are necessary.


What You Need to Know About the Risk of Adder Bites to Your Dog

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.