Category: General Health

Lumps and Bumps on Your Dog or Cat

If you find a lump or a bump either on or underneath the skin of your dog or cat, you may want to rush to the internet to find out what it is. The problem is that many of the possible reasons look identical, which may result in undue panic. So, images are unreliable. In fact, look at…

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Sunscreen for Dogs

The topic of sunscreen for dogs is a tough one for sure due to the typical chemicals used and the varying amounts of time each dog spends outside. Most modern dogs do not need sunscreen because they predominantly live indoors and/or in a shaded area outdoors, have black noses, and are often not walked as…

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Tail Docking Dogs – A Controversial Topic

    This article and my position may upset some people. Tail docking should not be an animal rights issue, it is a medical issue. I encourage everyone to read completely before forming an opinion. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and several well-known veterinarians oppose the practice of tail…

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Vomiting vs. Regurgitation and Associated Conditions

I am emphatically stating here that vomiting and regurgitating are not synonyms. People likely confuse the two since humans are more prone to vomit than regurgitate. It is very important for pet caregivers – particularly of dogs and horses – to be able to distinguish between the two conditions since they can indicate very different…

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Observe Your Dog’s Urine Habits

    Last week, my article detailed how urinary incontinence can be simply a symptom of a larger medical condition and that spaying may not be the cause. This article will give you a more in-depth view of possible causes of incontinence that can be lessened or prevented. Incontinence can be caused by anatomical or…

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Frequent Diagnosis for a Possibly Infrequent Cause: Urinary incontinence in spayed female dogs

All too often companion dog parents treat urinary incontinence, or uncontrolled or excessive urinating with over-the-counter medications. Don’t misunderstand me, I suggest several of these OTC medications to my clients, but not until a few questions are answered and tests are run. “Self-medicating” your dog simply masks the symptom instead of figuring out the medical…

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