Dementia in Senior Dogs: 5 Ways to Deal With the Effects

Dementia in Senior Dogs: 5 Ways to Deal With the Effects

Confusion, disorientation, dogzheimers. Call it what you will, but canine dementia (known clinically as canine cognitive dysfunction) can be a serious problem. Just like humans, dogs can suffer from many of the same symptoms: Sleep-wake cycle disturbances Generalized anxiety Lower threshold for aggression Decreased activity levels Inappropriate vocalization (howling, barking or whining) Repetitive behaviors (pacing) Elimination disorders Staring at walls Fewer social interactions Disorientation (getting “lost” in […]

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UC Davis study: Homemade feline diets nutritionally inadequate

UC Davis study: Homemade feline diets nutritionally inadequate

Not only do these diets lack essential nutrients, some may contain ingredients toxic to cats. May 07, 2019 By dvm360.com staff DVM360 MAGAZINE A study performed by researchers at the University of California, Davis, found that many homemade cat food recipes didn’t include all the nutrients cats need, and they potentially contain ingredients that are toxic to cats, according to a release from the university. Published in the May […]

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Why Do Some Cats Get Crystals?

Why Do Some Cats Get Crystals?

Crystalluria in Cats   Crystalluria is a medical condition where crystals are expelled into the urine. The detection of urinary crystals is not synonymous with kidney stones or the clinical signs associated with them, nor is detection of urine crystals irrefutable evidence of a stone-forming tendency, but there is some association with an increased risk for kidney stones in animals that are afflicted with crystalluria. […]

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Hot Cars and Loose Pets

Hot Cars and Loose Pets

As the hot Tennessee summer is rapidly approaching, please take a moment to read some statistics about the dangers of leaving pets in hot cars or leaving them unrestrained while the vehicle is in motion. Brutus, Duke, Coco, Lola and Jake…sure, they’re fairly common pet names, but they’re also the names of just a few of the pets that died last year because they were […]

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Increased Body Temperature and Heat Stroke in Dogs

Increased Body Temperature and Heat Stroke in Dogs

Hyperthermia is an elevation in body temperature that is above the generally accepted normal range. Although normal values for dogs vary slightly, it usually is accepted that body temperatures above 103° F (39° C) are abnormal.   Heat stroke, meanwhile, is a form of non-fever hyperthermia that occurs when heat-dissipating mechanisms of the body cannot accommodate excessive external heat. Typically associated with temperature of of 106° F […]

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8 Ways To Keep Puppies Cool During The Summer

8 Ways To Keep Puppies Cool During The Summer

Puppies can’t take off their fur when the summertime heats gets intense. And as babies, they’re still learning how to regulate their body’s temperature when it’s hot. So, it’s up to their responsible caretaker to keep them comfortable on hot summer days. Letting your puppy chill inside in the air conditioning is one option for keeping him cool. But for puppies that spend most of their […]

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5 Reasons I’d Like to Be My Dog for a Day

5 Reasons I’d Like to Be My Dog for a Day

Take a look at this post by Amy Sinatra Ayres. She explains in her own words just how awesome the “ruff life” could be.   By Amy Sinatra Ayres   As I’m packing the kids’ lunches, trying to meet a deadline and squeezing in a trip to the gym, my dog is cozy in his bed, snoozing away, without a care in the world. If […]

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8 Ways to Help a Blind Cat Keep Safe in Your Home

8 Ways to Help a Blind Cat Keep Safe in Your Home

A blind cat can have a wonderful, happy life. It is not at all uncommon for pets, particularly older ones, to suffer vision loss. Normal cat vision is close to humans or perhaps just a little less. Pets have more problems focusing on near objects than people do, though, which is why your kitty may have some trouble seeing the last few kibbles in the food bowl. […]

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Easter and Springtime Hazards

Easter and Springtime Hazards

When it is time for spring cleaning, you often stow away your winter decor, perhaps dig out your Easter or springtime decorations, and transform your home for the season. If you have a cat or dog in the house, you might want to steer clear of seasonal items that might pose potential threats to your pet’s health. Prevent a trip to the emergency vet by […]

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Canine Parvovirus

Canine Parvovirus

Canine Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that can affect all dogs, but unvaccinated dogs and puppies younger than four months old are the most at risk. Dogs that are ill from canine parvovirus infection are often said to have “parvo.” The virus affects dogs’ gastrointestinal tracts and is spread by direct dog-to-dog contact and contact with contaminated feces, envioronments, or people. The virus can […]

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