I have an eight month old poodle with double fang teeth on each side. Is there a problem with these teeth?

Filed Under: Dogs, Diet & Nutrition

Puppies can have a problem when baby teeth don't fall out as expected. Retained baby canine teeth can be a severe problem because hair, plaque and food can become packed between the adult and baby canine tooth. The impacted material will result in decay and or displacement of the adult tooth. Baby teeth should not be allowed to remain once the adult teeth have come in. If a breed or family of dogs has a history of retained teeth it is better to remove baby teeth before they cause the permanent teeth to come in misaligned.

Choosing a Diet for the Geriatric Cat

Filed Under: Cats, Diet & Nutrition

Nutrition is an important subject at any age. The geriatric cat tends to present a unique set of problems. Cats are by virtue of their nature are an obligate carnivore; they require meat in their diet. Cats do not typically consume carbohydrates which constitute the energy portion of most diets. Cats must therefore create a carbohydrate source by changing proteins through a process call deamination. The end product of this deamination process is urea. Proteins are typically used as a carbohydrate source over their lifetime and will therefore cause greater stress on their kidneys.

A Room of Your Cat's Own

Filed Under: Cats, Behavioral & Training

Any cat owner will tell you that the idea that cats are solitary and distant is largely a myth. Cats love attention and affection as much as the most excitable dog. But cats also like to have a space that's entirely theirs, where they can groom or nap or just get away from it all. A cat or kitten in a new house, in particular, will have a much easier time adjusting to home life if he has space to call his own.

Kennel Cough

Filed Under: Dogs, Diseases

Kennel Cough--or Infectious Tracheobronchitis--is an easily transmitted combination bacterial/viral disease in the canine patient. It is caused by a bacterial infection of Bordetella bronchiseptica and viral components parainfluenza and canine adenovirus. Tracheobronchitis is a highly infectious condition seen 5 to 10 days following exposure to the causative agents.

Housetraining Your Dog

Filed Under: Dogs, Behavioral & Training

Housetraining is the number one concern new dog owners have when they bring home their new family member--aside from taming the occasional wild curtain-destroyer or couch-mauler. Luckily it's as easy to master as it is to get to know and love your new canine friend.

In fact, getting to know your dog is the key element to successful housetraining. Knowing his habits and paying attention to the signals your dog is giving you is the easiest way to understand your dog’s cycle--and to avoid accidents.

Dr. Susan named best vet in Northeast Alabama!

Critterology.com's primary contributor, Dr. Susan Muller Esneault, has been named for best veterinarian in northeast Alabama!

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