The Danger of Pet Obesity

September 17th, 2010

Childhood obesity is an epidemic in this country. Our pets aren’t far behind. In fact, a 2005 study from Purina found that 60 percent of America’s pets are overweight. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy National Dog Day!

August 31st, 2010

The 5 Most Common Canine Ailments

August 31st, 2010

What are the most common dog diseases and health problems? In 2008, a popular pet health insurance provider (VPI) evaluated this issue and released the following results, listed in order of frequency: Read the rest of this entry »

The Human and Canine Bond

August 19th, 2010

Dogs have long been considered “man’s best friend,” and they have certainly earned the title. The bond between humans and canines is unmistakable. Since the domestication of the dog, people have been drawn to them (and they to us). Read the rest of this entry »

Q. Fish Oil for Dogs?

August 10th, 2010

Is it harmful for dogs to take intended-for-human-consumption fish oil supplements for itchy skin? Read the rest of this entry »

Feeding Your Adult Dog

August 3rd, 2010

Adult dogs require sufficient nutrients to meet energy needs and to maintain and repair body tissues. The amount you feed your adult dog should be based on his or her size and energy output. Activity levels vary dramatically between pets, and will play an important role in determining caloric intake. Read the rest of this entry »

Dog’s Exercise Needs

July 26th, 2010

We often think of exercise only as a health issue, but it has significant day-to-day effects on a dog’s behavior as well. Dogs–particularly puppies and young dogs–have a lot of energy, and if they don’t get the chance to burn it off, destructive behavior is often the result. If you’re annoyed at the holes your dog has dug, have headaches from his barking, and have to replace pillows shredded into expensive fluff, your dog’s probably not getting enough exercise. Read the rest of this entry »

Doggie Hot Spots

July 16th, 2010

What is a “hot spot”?

A hot spot is a localized area of skin inflammation and infection. The infection can be superficial or deep. Other common names for this condition include: moist dermatitis, and acute moist dermatitis. Read the rest of this entry »

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

July 7th, 2010

Separation Anxiety VS. Looking For Something To Do

Separation anxiety (S.A.) symptoms often resemble boredom behaviors, including chewing, dissecting, digging (if dogs are left outside), “accidents” in the house, and excessive vocalization. A close look at your lifestyle will determine if yours is a case of dog anxiety or dog boredom. Read the rest of this entry »

Lose Weight with Your Pet

June 28th, 2010

If your cat or dog has packed on a little padding lately, doing what’s good for them can be just as good for you–loosing weight, exercising more and generally de-stressing. Plus, keeping Socks and Sparky fit and happy should be all the motivation you need to get you both in shape for swimsuit season! Read the rest of this entry »

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