Category: General Health

How do you know when your dog needs to go potty?

We recently posted the question on social media, “How do you know when your dog needs to go outside?” Several responses from expert pooch parents were hilarious and they gave excellent tips, which we provide below. Of course, it raises the question, “How can new puppy or rescued dog parents get to the ‘clues’ level?” Well, we found some…

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Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals

Depending on where you live, many businesses are now increasingly pet-friendly such as clothing stores, hotels, pet supply stores, photography studios, etc. For people who use and need service dogs for medical purposes or assistance, this can be a blessing and sometimes a problem. Compounding the problem is the definition of what is considered to…

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Medical Cannabis and Its Impact on Pets

Before we discuss the topic of medical marijuana, hemp and their use in pets, we should review current laws and regulations concerning these products. The use of marijuana – medically or recreationally – is illegal at the federal level in the United States. Hemp, by contrast, is legal because it is low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).…

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Why do dogs eat grass?

“Why do dogs eat grass?” My veterinary colleagues and I are asked this frequently and we honestly do not know the exact reason or reasons. To try to answer this age old question, a few studies have been conducted. Researchers at the University of New England in Australia compared two sets of dogs. One set…

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Pet First Aid Kits and Emergency Preparedness

    As we have all been experiencing an increasing number of extreme weather incidents from mega-tornadoes, massive flooding, droughts and wildfires, everyone should create Pet First Aid Kits, learn about administering pet CPR, and be prepared for emergencies. The Emma Zen Foundation’s website provides comprehensive lists for Pet First Aid Kits and Emergency Kits.…

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Fleas on Dogs and Cats

Many readers probably want to know what we recommend in the form of natural or chemical flea preventatives. As this blog is for general information only, it does not recommend specific brands or products, beyond a flea comb, and shampoos and supplements that are made from natural products, and are intended to help control fleas.…

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Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Dogs and Cats

    Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT; alternatively Microbiome Restorative Therapy) is a procedure in which fecal matter is collected from a tested donor, mixed with a saline or other solution, strained, and placed in a patient, by colonoscopy, endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or enema. The purpose of fecal transplant is to replace good bacteria that have been…

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