Health and Care

Ear Infections in Puppies and Dogs

Have you noticed your pet constantly shaking or tilting their head? Are they acting head-shy? Or, you may have found them rubbing their head on you, the furniture or the floor a lot lately. Is their behavior erratic? Are they walking with an unsteady gait? Do they seem feverish, lethargic or unusually restless? Is that incessant scratching of their ears driving both of you nuts? Maybe it's the strange eye movements you've noticed in the past few days?

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Differences Between Heat Exhaustion, Heat Prostration and Heat Stroke

Hyperthermia is the elevation of body temperature, primarily in response to illness or environment. Excessive heat and humidity are a deadly combination for man and beast! This is especially true for dogs that are not acclimated to it.

Many are under the impression dogs do not sweat. That's not true. However, where and how much they sweat is not enough to cool them down when they are in distress. Dogs barely sweat the pads of their paws. A sign of an overheated dog damp paw prints.

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Transitioning a New Dog

After falling head over heels in love with Ramona, the dog in the corner with the wiggly butt, you have decided to bring her home. This is where the hard work begins. It's easy to become enamored with nearly every dog, but taking her home and making her comfortable and happy is not necessarily so simple.

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How to Deal with Anxiety in Dogs

Dogs suffer from varying forms of anxiety. Some suffer with stress when they hear thunder or fireworks, which leaves them shivering in fear or trying to hide under furniture. Other ways of displaying stress regarding noise is barking or howling.

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New Puppy Tips - Getting Things Right Right Away

A new baby has arrived at your home and it is very sweet. If you have had dogs before, here are some good things to remember - if you have never had a dog, here are some good tips for you! Always remember that it is important to do things right from the start! So here it goes:

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Canine Diabetes - Causes, Signs, Symptoms and Treatments

Diabetes is caused when the pancreas no long produces enough or entirely stops producing insulin. Without insulin, the body's cells cannot use glucose for aiding in digestion and for energy. The excess glucose builds up, causing diabetes. There are two types of Canine Diabetes. Canine Mellitus I and II and Diabetes Insipidus. Mellitus I and II are the most common. Type I is often found in puppies and younger dogs. It usually has a congenital connection. Type II is typically found in middle age, senior and unspayed female dogs (estrogen interferes with insulin).

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Do Dogs Grieve? Helping Your Dog Through Their Grieving

The simple answer is yes. However grief is never simple.

It has been found most people go through five stages of grief when we suffer the loss of a relative, friend or pet. They are denial/isolation, anger, depression, bargaining, and acceptance. We do not go through them in any special order, nor do we all experience all five stages. Each of us deals with loss differently. So do our dogs.

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Important Considerations and Solutions to Common Puppy Health Problems

Owning a puppy requires constant attention, and lots of TLC. Like us humans, they need to be taken care of or else they'll suffer from mild to more serious health problems.

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Helping Your Dogs Fight the Cold of Winter

As the winter months approach, you inevitably find yourself stocking up on heartier foods, switching out your tank tops for sweaters, and triple checking the windows in your house for drafts. Derek, your French Bulldog, and Lila, your Shepherd mix, can only grow thicker coats to prepare for winter. While this helps, it alone cannot alleviate any winter woes they may have - that's right! It is up to you to help your pooches stay warm and healthy, no matter how low the temperatures plummet.

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Winter Dangers for Your Dog

Swedish Elkhound :: Swedish Elkhound (Jämthund) Sitting in the Snow

Winter can be a fun time of year, for both you and your furry friend. There are the holidays: Christmas, Hanukah, New Year's Eve, the parties, snow ball fights, skiing, sledding, and other winter sports. While you are probably well aware of the hazards to yourself like slipping on the ice or getting into a car accident, winter brings a whole host of dangers for your buddy Lily that you may not have considered.

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