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DOES YOUR DOG EAT HIS OWN POOP?

Ever seen your dog eat his own poop? To us it is really gross, but dogs will often see it as just another food source. It is normal behavior, but sometimes it can be a sign that your dog is experiencing stress or that something is missing in the diet you are feeding. Cleaning your […]

FLEAS or Ctenocephalides felis

Fleas or Ctenocephalides felis are generally the leading cause of scratching and itching in both cats and dogs. These tiny critters survive by jumping onto a host animal, ripping open their skin and then feeding on their blood. For most adult pets these tiny bites cause a mild itch, however a heavy infestation on puppies […]

DIABETES IN DOGS

Diabetes mellitus, or sugar diabetes, is found more common in certain breeds of dogs. German Shepherds, Miniature Schnauzers, Golden Retrievers, Poodles and Keeshonden have the highest incidences, however all breeds can be found with this disease. It is more common in female dogs on a three to one rate, and the onset is generally seen […]

ARTHRITIS IN DOGS: SYMPTOMS AND CAUSES

Ever heard the term “hip dysplasia?” If not it is an inherited orthopedic disease that is medically called Osteochondrosis and is a degenerative condition of arthritis that affects one or more joints. Other forms of arthritis in dogs can be from a joint injury or even related to an immune-mediated joint disease or a joint […]

MY DOG IS SMARTER!

Ever wonder about the intelligence of your dog? Like human intelligence, dog intelligence comes in various forms. While it is true that the best in any breed can be nurtured by an owner that is willing to put in the time and effort, there are certain fixed realities of inherent qualities in the various breeds. […]

GUM DISEASE

Gum disease is usually silent and can be devastating in its advanced stages. When it starts there are no outward signs or even symptoms, but it will eventually cause chronic pain, eroded gums, loss of teeth and bone. Regrettably gum disease is common in dogs, fortunately it doesn’t have to go down this road, and […]

WHAT IS A HOT SPOT?

At your wit’s end over listening to your dog scratch, or seeing him lick his paw or bite his tail constantly? If you think you are just imagine how your dog feels. Scratching, licking and chewing compulsively are quite common in dogs and have a variety of causes. They may also be harmful. A term […]

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DOG FOOD?

Ever looked at the dog food aisles in your local market and notice the dozens of brands and wonder which one you should feed your pet? Dry food, canned food, semi-moist food, labeled with words like natural, holistic, super-premium, and the infamous “organic”, how do you know which is right for your dog? In this […]

PET GROOMING

One of the most misunderstood arts and sciences is pet grooming. The benefits are the improvements in your dog’s health, appearance and social acceptance. Often asked questions include the following: Why have my dog groomed? Many pet owners don’t understand “grooming” with a haircut which often is referred to as clipping. Clipping is what is […]

DOG SKIN PROBLEMS

DERMATOLOGY The sound of a dog constantly scratching or licking can be as irritating as nails on a chalkboard. But don’t blame your pooch for these bad habits — a skin condition is probably the culprit. Possible causes range from parasites to allergies to underlying illness. WebMD has compiled images of some of the most […]

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