Category: General Health

How does stress affect a dog’s long-term health?

How does stress affect a dog’s long-term health?

How do you know if your dog is stressed? Experts have identified some of the anxious behaviors your companion dog may exhibit: Aggression Anxiety Avoidance Barking Crouching Crying or whining             Drooling                               Fear Hiding Inappropriate elimination Jumping               Looking away from a threat         Loss of appetite Pacing Panting Pinning ears back Self-directed behaviors such as flank sucking,…

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Toxic Foods for Dogs Consumption and Choking Hazards

Toxic Foods for Dogs Series: Consumption and Choking Hazards

In this blog series on toxic foods for dogs, we have chronicled actual toxic foods for dogs, and foods that are not so much toxic based upon the definition of toxic. This final blog details foods that often end up on toxic foods for dogs lists, but could cause other health problems due to consumption…

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Toxic Foods for Dogs Series Nontoxic Foods to Avoid

Toxic Foods for Dogs Series: Nontoxic Foods for Dogs to Avoid

In the second part of Hemopet’s Blog series on toxic foods for dogs, we discuss nontoxic foods for dogs that often end up on toxic food lists. The definition of toxic is: containing material or being poisonous, especially when capable of causing death or serious debilitation. These foods do not necessarily contain a chemical that…

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Toxic Foods for Dogs

Toxic Foods for Dogs: Are they all truly toxic?

When you ‘Google’ “Toxic Foods for Dogs” and quickly read through the various articles, you might inadvertently believe that a food is toxic, when it truly is not. While the authors go on to explain if a particular food is or is not toxic, you still may have the embedded thought that it is toxic.…

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Climate Change Can Affect Seasonal Allergies

Climate Change Can Affect Seasonal Allergies

Several studies have predicted that the increase of seasonal allergies is due to climate change. Indeed, these studies suggest that the increases and numbers affected will likely continue. We and our companion pets are and will be subject to increases in frequency, intensity, and duration of allergies due to extreme weather events – particularly heat.…

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Is That Truly the Spot Why Does My Dog Kick When I Scratch Him

Is That the Spot? Why Does My Dog Kick When I Scratch Him?

“Oh, that’s the spot.” Many of us companion dog parents say that when our pooches involuntarily start moving their legs when scratching their bellies. According to experts, that’s the scratch reflex, it’s probably not the spot and may be an indicator of other medical conditions. This involuntary response to scratching is coined appropriately as the…

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Exercising Your Companion Dogs and Mental Health

Exercising Your Companion Dogs and Mental Health

While we all hear about how exercise is good both physically and mentally for us and our companion dogs, we often take it for granted. However, we need to see the connection between the mental health of our puppies and how it affects our mental health. For instance, many new puppy parents don’t connect puppy…

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