Category: General Health

Pets in the Classroom

Pets in the Classroom: 4 Reasons Why They Help Children Study

The involvement of pets in the classroom has become more and more popular lately. In fact, a study carried out by the Waltham Centre has recently found that “the inclusion of animals in a classroom setting can have an indirect effect on learning by directly affecting motivation, engagement, self-regulation and human social interaction.” Whether the…

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Acral Lick Granulomas in Dogs

Acral Lick Granulomas in Dogs

Acral lick granulomas – which are also known as acral lick dermatitis – are skin lesions that are typically found on a dog’s lower limb or flank and are caused by excessive licking. Acral lick granulomas are reddened, thickened, scarred and irritated skin. The constant licking causes the wound to become infected with bacteria. What’s…

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Hot Spots on Dogs

Hot Spots on Dogs

If you think your companion dog has a hot spot and look it up on the internet, you will be bombarded with three different terms: superficial pyoderma, acute moist dermatitis, or pyotraumatic dermatitis. Additional confusion may come about because your dog does not have a “hot spot” according to the veterinary world, but simply has…

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Water Filters, Lead and Pets

Water Filters, Lead and Your Companion Pets

Please help the residents and their companion animals of Newark, New Jersey afflicted by lead in their water; we encourage everyone to donate to the United Way of Essex and West Hudson. The organization says that an online gift will go 100% toward purchasing bottled water. The United Way of Genesee County continues to collect…

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Dog Paw Inflammation

Dog Paw Inflammation: More Important Than You Know

Oftentimes, when dog companion parents notice something a bit odd about their companion dog’s paws, they assume the dog stepped in, walked through, or got something lodged in the paws. This very well could be the case. However, dog paw inflammation can also be a sign of a more complicated problem. Definition The medical name…

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Itch relief for dogs

Anti-Inflammatory Cream for Dogs

The bugs have been out in full-force this summer! Whether they are simply swarming or actually biting, they can be aggravating. To seek relief from the itchiness caused by bug bite inflammation, you might desperately grab calamine lotion or some other anti-itch cream. For humans, calamine lotion is fine. For pets, it is not recommended.…

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Doggles Dog Sunglasses

Dog Sunglasses: Fashion Statement or a Health Necessity?

Dogs are so darn cute in a pair of “doggles” – the popular term for dog sunglasses. But, do dogs benefit from sunglasses? Dr. Dodds and Hemopet present both sides of the argument. Why Some Experts Say the Majority of Dogs Don’t Need Sunglasses as Much as Humans Dr. Robert English – a veterinary ophthalmologist…

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