Heartworm Disease in Dogs

Filed Under: Dogs, Parasites

Heartworms can be a problem anywhere mosquitoes inhabit. This disease syndrome is especially prevalent in Florida and the other Gulf Coast States. Due to their mild climate, these states are pestered by mosquitoes year round.

Moving With Your Dog?

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

Before making a big move, check with your new local municipal office and find out if there are any regulations or by-laws that could affect your canine companions.

Check first to see if there is any type of breed ban in effect in your new location. Certain dog breeds may be prohibited altogether by neighborhood or homeowners' associations. You may be required to hold a special license or have your dog muzzled at all times. Breed regulations may also dictate the type of outdoor enclosure or fencing required to contain your dog

Tainted Pet Food Recall

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Poisoning

On 17 March 2007, Menu Foods recalled 90 brands of dog and cat foods after 16 pet deaths were reported and countless animals became sick. The international recall covered 60 million packages of "cuts and gravy" pet food sold in cans and pouches.

The Food and Drug Adminstration's official count of cats and dogs that have become fatally ill from eating the contaminated food stands at 16. It is unclear how many deaths will eventually be linked to the recalled food, but is it expected more will be announced.

Your Dog's Dental Health

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

More pet owners pay attention to dental health than ever before. Dog owners now commonly brush their canine companions’ teeth--and fret over bad breath. But this isn't just an aesthetic interest: all dog owners should be aware of the importance of dentistry to our pets' overall health.

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.

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.

How to Get Rid of that Skunk Stink

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, General Care

Although skunks are lovable animals, we all know they have a very specific odor, and it's generally not pleasant. What do you do when a skunk leaves its mark on your pet? A few standard household products will take care of it.

The standard home recipe for the elimination of skunk spray is as follows:

1 quart of hydrogen peroxide
½ cup baking soda
drop of liquid dish detergent

The resulting solution will foam. Wash the offending area with the solution and rinse clean with warm water. Make sure you do not get the solution in your pet’s eyes.

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.

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