Are Supplements Imperative, and Does Your Pet Need Them?

As we begin to learn more about pet nutrition, it’s natural to wonder if we’re giving our pets everything they need to live long, happy, and healthy lives. For some pet parents, there’s no better example than the use of pet supplements, and we certainly understand why. Even though pet supplements are growing in popularity, that doesn’t quite prove that they’re essential.

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Why CBD for dogs

Your dog isn’t feeling well, and you want to do everything you can to help. Chances are as a responsible pet parent you have already consulted with a veterinarian regarding your dog’s health and treatment. Dog owners are often surprised to learn that prescription drugs from a veterinarian don’t exactly heal their dog, but only treats the symptoms instead of the actual cause.

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What to Feed an Older Dog That Won’t Eat

Being faced with an older dog that refuses to eat or exhibits signs of a loss of appetite can be a scary situation for pet owners.  Loss of appetite in dogs is often one of the first signs that your pet is not feeling well.  At some point, however, older dogs begin to eat less. This is a natural byproduct of aging, where the dog’s intake of food reduces as their metabolism begins to slow down. 

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Tips for Helping Epilepsy in Dogs

Dog seizures can occur for many of reasons across an entire range of ages. They are the most common neurological disorder found in dogs.

Types of Seizures in Dogs

Epileptic seizures can range from mild, barely noticeable “focal” or “partial” seizures to generalized “tonic clonic” or “grand mal” seizures. Focal seizure characteristics may include facial blinking or twitching, muscle tremors, and partial loss of motor control.

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How to Treat a Rash on a Dog’s Belly

Dogs can actually have a skin rash anywhere, but the belly does seem to be a particularly vulnerable spot. Perhaps it’s because the skin there is extra soft and tender, making it prime real estate for mites, bacteria, and fungi. Whatever the reason, skin rash is never fun, not for you or for your poor dog.

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Side Effects of Xanax for Dogs

Nobody likes experiencing the feeling of anxiety. In some cases, symptoms of can be so intense, they are downright crippling. But did you know that your dog can also suffer from health conditions like anxiety and panic disorders?

The stresses of life can impact your dog and affect their mood and temperament, exactly the same way stresses of life can affect you and your mood and temperament. There is a plethora of reasons a dog could suffer from anxiety.

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Keeping Your Senior Dog Active

Caring for an older dog is drastically different than caring for a young puppy. While it is easier in some respects, owning a senior dog does come with its unique challenges. One of the biggest challenges pet owners face as their dogs grow older is keeping them active on a daily basis.

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What to Feed a Dog with Cancer

Cancer seems to affect a lot of lives and families at some level, in some way, these days. As painful as it is to watch a loved one suffer through this devastating, difficult disease and its draining treatment approach, it can be equally hard to see one of your beloved pets fight the cancer battle.

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Why Is My Puppy Itching?

There are several sounds you look forward to with a new puppy. Scratching is not one of them. Unfortunately, dog itching is the second highest reason pet owners visit the vet. Find out the top reasons leading your pup to itch, and what you can do about it.

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How to Treat a Cut on Your Dog’s Paw Pad

Dogs have skin on their feet that is very different from the skin on human feet. It’s also very different from the skin elsewhere on a dog’s body. It is thick with a rubbery texture, providing padding and shock absorption for your dog’s leg bones and joints. A dog’s paw pads also help protect their feet from extreme weather conditions and rough terrain. Because the skin of a dog’s foot pad is not like the skin that is found elsewhere on a dog’s body, it also doesn’t heal in quite the same way if your dog suffers any sort of injury.

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McGrupps as a Natural Alternative to Pet Medications

Many pet owners are not enthusiastic about the potential side-effects of using pharmaceuticals like tramadol, rimadyl, steroids like prednisone, NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), keppra, gabapentin, cerenia, and prozac, or of the long term effects of administering these medications to companion animals.

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What Can I Give My Dog For Nausea?

As much as you would like to protect your pup, there are just some aches, pains, and discomforts that occur no matter how careful you are. Canine nausea is one such ailment. It is not uncommon for your dog to develop diarrhea or an upset stomach, seemingly without warning.

While an isolated incident of vomiting or diarrhea in dogs is common, persistent symptoms demand treatment. Other symptoms to look out for include excessive drooling, persistent licking or chewing, and/or dry heaving.

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