Health

(Picture Credit: Hillary Kladke/Getty Images) Hydrotherapy, or water cure, for dogs is a form of occupational or physiotherapy that uses water resistance to rehabilitate injuries and relieve pain. From Greek roots, the word hydrotherapy means “water healing.” But does this type of therapy have benefits for dogs? In fact, there are many benefits of hydrotherapy
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Acupuncture is a therapeutic process during which a practitioner inserts fine needles into your dog’s body to help control pain and cure chronic ailments. It’s a very old practice in humans and in animals; something very much like acupuncture was practiced in India more than 7,000 years ago, and there is
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(Picture Credit: Debra Bardowicks/Getty Images) Nothing uplifts our moods than our dogs kissing us to make us feel better. However, when the kiss comes with a stinky puff of doggy breath, it becomes harder to enjoy. Dental diseases affect the majority of adult dogs, and these diseases can really contribute to your pup’s halitosis. Regular
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(Picture Credit: JoeChristensen/Getty Images) These days, most pet owners consider spaying and neutering to be the norm for dogs. That’s a good thing. Thanks to education and advancements in spaying and neutering procedures–along with help from the No Kill Movement–the rate of dogs euthanized in shelters due to overpopulation fell by 90 percent over the
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(Picture Credit: DenGuy/Getty Images) Medicine has progressed for our canine friends, and many pet parents want safe, modern, alternative options to take care of their dogs. New high-tech solutions like light therapy can address many debilitating and uncomfortable conditions, like arthritis and skin infections. But what is light therapy for dogs? What does it do?
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) DogSpeak is a series that translates canine behaviors so that we, as pet parents, can better understand and communicate with our dogs. Aggression can be challenging for dog lovers to understand, and there are many reasons a dog might engage in aggressive behaviors. There are very few dogs who are prone
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(Picture Credit: Oxyfresh) I have three animals–two dogs and a cat–and they all enjoy giving kisses to their human friends right on the face. My dogs are Chihuahua mixes, and this small breed is notorious for bad breath. When I got the chance to test out Oxyfresh Pet Dental Gel, an oral gel that promised
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Worth the wait: A Poodle-Yorkie mix puppy named Curly Sue. I work at an animal shelter, so when my sister-in-law, Lana, called me with the announcement she was getting a dog, I was thrilled to begin matchmaking. But then she dropped a bomb — they had already found a Maltese–Yorkie mix for sale in Missouri.
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Most dogs like a little alone time now and then. However, some dogs are extremely people-oriented and will act out when they are left alone. This is called separation anxiety. Dogs with this affliction will show it within 20-45 minutes after you leave. Typical behaviors are: Digging, gnawing, and scratching at doors and windows inside,
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According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), there are approximately 3,500 animal rescue shelters in operation in the United States today. These facilities and the hardworking staff and devoted volunteers who work for them serve anywhere between 6 and 8 million animals every year, providing housing, food, medical attention, and perhaps most
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Question: My rescue pup is extremely shy — can Reiki help? Answer: What a very good question–the answer is yes! Why? Because Reiki is a healing energy. What your rescue pup would need is called a mental healing. Rescue dogs have many issues. Many of them have been neglected or abused. They also have anxiety.
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Basal cell carcinomas and tumors are the most common forms of skin cancer found in dogs. Most basal cell tumors in dogs are benign, though they can become malignant. Malignant tumors are referred to as “carcinomas”. When they are caught early, most basal cell carcinomas can be treated without further complications, usually
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Question: How can I stop my puppy from chewing everything in sight? Answer: Puppies, like babies, tend to explore the environment by putting things in their mouths. The problem, of course, is that not everything a pup finds lying around is appropriate to chew, and many things can be downright dangerous. Just as with a
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The Dachshund’s short legs and unique body shape makes him an ideal digger and hunter of tunneling prey. Anyone who has ever witnessed a dog digging a hole in the ground has no doubt been amazed (and envious) at the speed and skill exhibited by their canine friend. They make it look easy, and they
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Now that you have an idea as to Cardiff’s IMHA history and clinical signs from my last article (see Using Integrative Veterinary Medicine to Treat Illness Affecting My Dog- Part 1), let’s discuss the integrative (combination of Western and traditional Chinese veterinary medicine) treatment I use to manage his illness. Cardiff’s therapy includes blood transfusion,
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Doggie daycare can be a great option for pups who might otherwise spend the day alone. This editorial courtesy of Dr. Vivian Cardoso-Carroll, PetMD.com. My friend Jason Mayfield owns a pet boarding facility in the Houston area called the Bed Bath and Biscuit. He also trains dogs, zebras and apparently a slew of other exotic
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With 3 to 4 million animals euthanized in American animal shelters every year, rescuers and animal lovers everywhere continually wonder what can be done to stem the tide of homeless pets flowing into the system. When you work in a shelter, and in a single day, you receive two dozen puppies and kittens, carried in
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If you’re reading this story you’ve probably got an older dog. And if you’ve got an older dog you should probably have pet insurance. If you don’t have it, you’re not alone. Only three percent of pet owners have pet insurance, according to the American Animal Hospital Association, which seems astonishingly low when you consider
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Question: My dog won’t let me brush his teeth. What should I do to keep his teeth clean and healthy? Answer: If your dog is not a fan of teeth brushing, don’t give up hope yet! From a dog’s perspective, having his/her teeth brushed is not a natural thing. We shouldn’t
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Brain tumors in dogs are abnormal growths of cells that affect the brain or its surrounding membranes. They can either be primary or secondary. A primary brain tumor originates in the dog’s brain, while a secondary brain tumor can be a form of cancer that has metastasized and spread to the
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Living with any roommate can be a struggle, but furry, four-legged roommates can take your frustration to a new level. Those claws, teeth, and annoying habits can wreak havoc on any space, particularly a small apartment. If you’re really hoping to keep your apartment and belongings intact while living with a dog, you’ll have to
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