If your dog is getting up there in age, it’s important to be on the lookout for signs of canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (dog dementia) and see your veterinarian if you notice any changes.
When Fido or Fifi gets sick or injured, unexpected medical expenses can create quite a financial strain. Like human health insurance, pet insurance is an option available to help families offset some or all of the costs of medical care.
If your pet needs to make a trip outside for work, potty, or play, do what you can to limit their time outdoors in the extreme cold. Also take into consideration your dog’s breed, typical environment, and other environmental factors.
The very ingredients of summertime fun for people often cause anxiety, fear and illness in pets. It’s important for owners to understand summertime hazards for pets and to take steps that will help keep companion animals safe, healthy and happy.
Throughout spring and early summer, the emergency and urgent care service sees on average two to four cases per week of puppies with parvovirus, a virus that can be easily avoided by regularly vaccinating your dog.
In veterinary medicine, vaccination is the No. 1 defense against some very nasty – and often fatal – diseases in pets, including rabies and distemper in dogs and panleukopenia in cats.
For most pet owners in the United States, spaying and neutering dogs and cats is an important way to benefit animals, their households and society.
Parasites come in two main varieties, external and internal, but all are bad for your pet’s health. In some cases, they endanger human health as well. With the potential for parasites to harm both animal and human health, veterinarians at Colorado State University consider parasite control a cornerstone of preventive veterinary care.
The medical term for hairball is “trichobezoar.” These masses accumulate in the digestive systems of animals that groom themselves, including cats, rabbits, cattle, even llamas. And hairballs are often no laughing matter for some species, sometimes requiring surgical removal because they may cause cause obstructions and dangerous medical conditions.