May 21, 2012 @ 3:02 PM
Every dog has some bacteria and yeast in their ears. Sometimes this balance can be thrown off, which can lead to an ear infection. This over growth can be very uncomfortable and even painful for your dog. It can even lead to hearing loss if left untreated for too long. Your dogs ear infection can last anywhere from a couple days to a couple weeks. As always it is important to check with your vet for proper treatment.
If an ear infection is very severe your dog may yelp when it is touched or whine when itching his/her ear. Ear infections are easily treated if you know what you are looking for, I will try to give you the information to tell the difference between an ear infection, ear mites, or allergies.
Here are some symptoms to ...
May 14, 2012 @ 2:59 PM
It is always a sad experience to hear your beloved pet has arthritis. The good news is there are some ways you can make your pet more comfortable. The first step to understanding how to help your animal, is understanding what it is you are dealing with.
Arthritis is a painful yet common condition usually (as with people) in older dogs. It causes swelling of the joints. One in Five adult dogs are affected by arthritis. There are two types of arthritis in canines. These are known as degenerative and inflammatory. However the symptoms for both are basically identical.
Symptoms of canine arthritis:
Weight loss/gain- Your dog may lose or gain weight if they are suffering from arthritis. Depression is ...
May 7, 2012 @ 2:58 PM
It is not terribly common, but it is heartbreaking to have a pet that does not cope well with being left alone. In most cases it is triggered by the departure of a specific individual. Some of the ways dogs react to this anxiety are: scratching point of exit, chewing, barking, whimpering, pacing, panting and some even lose control of their bladder or bowls. Most of the time the anxiety is caused by a traumatic experience, that may have occurred in your pets past. Sometimes something as simple as getting your pet a “friend” will solve the problem. However in most cases it seems only human attention will relieve this fear.
There are ways to help relieve this stress to your pet. Here a some of them. First of...
May 2, 2012 @ 3:00 PM
A lot of cat owners hear about this, your doctor told you about it, or a close friend, but sometimes you are not given all of the information. The sad fact is, some cat owners will even take their beloved pet to a shelter thinking they have no choice. I will do my best to explain what exactly Toxoplasmosis is and what it can do to you and your unborn child, as well as ways to avoid it.
Toxoplasmosis is a parasite that can affect cats and, if passed on to pregnant women, can cause the fetus to be miscarried, or be born afflicted with hydrocephalus, seizures, or mental disabilities. While this sounds quite terrifying, experts in parasitological science and public health agree, there is no reason for you to give kitty away to avoid ...