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Pet Health Tag

Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Canine Heart

Regular Veterinary Check-ups: Schedule routine wellness exams for your dog, including comprehensive heart screenings. Early detection of heart problems can significantly improve outcomes. Balanced Diet: Feed your dog a high-quality, balanced diet appropriate for their age, breed, and size. Consider incorporating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which support heart health. Regular Exercise: Keep your dog active with regular exercise, but tailor the intensity to their age and fitness level. Exercise helps maintain a healthy weight and strengthens the heart muscles. Maintain a Healthy Weight: Obesity can strain the heart and exacerbate existing heart conditions. Ensure your dog maintains a healthy weight through...

Recognizing Symptoms of Heart Problems in Dogs

Being vigilant about the signs of heart issues in your dog can help catch problems early. Look out for the following symptoms: Coughing, especially at night or after exercise Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath Fatigue or reluctance to exercise Fainting or collapsing episodes Abdominal distension or fluid accumulation (seen as a swollen belly) If you notice any of these signs, it's crucial to consult your veterinarian promptly for evaluation and appropriate management. ...

Smiles and Whiskers: The Importance of Dental Care in Cats

When it comes to caring for our feline friends, dental health is often an overlooked aspect of their overall well-being. However, just like humans, cats can suffer from dental issues that can impact their quality of life if left untreated. From bad breath to gum disease, dental problems can affect not only your cat's mouth but also their overall health. Let's delve into why dental care is crucial for cats and how you can ensure your feline companion maintains a sparkling smile. 1. Prevents Dental Disease: Dental disease is one of the most common health problems in cats, affecting the majority...

Understanding Common Heart Conditions in Dogs

As February unfolds and we recognize American Heart Month, it's not just our own cardiovascular health that deserves attention; our furry companions' heart health is equally important. Just like humans, dogs can also suffer from a range of heart conditions that require awareness, monitoring, and preventive measures. We'll delve into the realm of dog heart health and discuss common conditions. Common Heart Conditions in Dogs Mitral Valve Disease (MVD): This is one of the most common heart conditions in dogs, particularly in small breeds like Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. MVD occurs when the mitral valve degenerates, leading to improper blood flow and...

Why Do Dogs Lick the Air? Exploring the Quirky Behavior of Canine Air Licking

If you've ever caught your dog licking the air seemingly out of nowhere, you're not alone. This curious behavior, while amusing to watch, often leaves pet owners puzzled and wondering about its underlying cause. In this blog post, we'll delve into the intriguing world of canine behavior and explore the reasons why dogs engage in the peculiar habit of air licking. 1. Sensory Exploration: One possible explanation for why dogs lick the air is that they are engaging in sensory exploration. Dogs rely heavily on their sense of smell to interpret the world around them, and licking the air may be a...

The Psychology of Winter: How Seasonal Changes Affect Your Dog’s Mood

As the seasons shift and winter settles in, humans aren't the only ones affected by the changes in weather and daylight. Our canine companions also experience shifts in mood and behavior in response to the colder temperatures, shorter days, and other seasonal factors. Understanding the psychology of winter and its impact on your dog's mood can help you provide the support and care they need to thrive during the colder months. In this blog post, we'll explore how seasonal changes affect your dog's mood and what you can do to help them stay happy and healthy throughout the winter season. 1....

Exploring the Mysteries of Catnip: Unraveling the Science Behind Feline Fascination

Catnip, with its magical allure and undeniable effect on cats, has long fascinated both pet owners and scientists alike. But what exactly is catnip, and why do cats go wild for it? In this blog, we'll delve into the fascinating world of catnip, exploring its effects on cats, the science behind its allure, and how cat owners can use it to enrich their feline companion's environment. Understanding Catnip: Catnip, scientifically known as Nepeta cataria, is a member of the mint family and contains a compound called nepetalactone. This compound is found in the leaves, stems, and seeds of the catnip plant and...

Pawsitive Play: The Importance of Interactive Play for Cats

As winter settles in and outdoor adventures become limited, it's crucial to remember that indoor cats still need plenty of opportunities for physical and mental stimulation. Interactive play isn't just a way to pass the time—it's essential for your cat's overall well-being. In this blog, we'll explore the myriad benefits of interactive play for cats. The Importance of Interactive Play: Physical Exercise: Just like humans, cats need regular exercise to stay healthy and maintain a healthy weight. Interactive play sessions provide an outlet for cats to burn off excess energy, stretch their muscles, and improve their agility and coordination. Mental Stimulation: Cats are...

Houseplant Appreciation Day – January 10th

Today is THE day to get back to tending to, and loving your houseplants. And, it’s also a day to appreciate just how special and important they are. They are therapeutic, lifting your mood and outlook. They add warmth and a calming effect. If you are a gardener, they give you an opportunity to play in the dirt, until spring arrives in the far, distant future. Better yet if you don’t have a houseplant go get one. The following plants are non-toxic to both cats and dogs: 1. Blue Echeveria2. Bamboo3. Areca or Golden Palm4. Burro’s Tail or Lamb’s Tail5. Christmas Cactus6. Cliff Brake or Button Fern7. Hens and Chicken8. Pearl...

Winter Care Tips for Keeping Your Feline Friend Cozy and Safe

As winter blankets the world in frosty hues, it's essential to remember that our feline companions need extra care and attention during the chilly months. While cats have built-in fur coats, they still require special considerations to stay warm, happy, and healthy throughout the winter season. Here are some winter care tips to keep your beloved cat safe and comfortable during the coldest time of the year: 1. Create a Warm and Cozy Indoor Environment: Ensure that your home provides a warm and cozy sanctuary for your cat during the winter months. Keep the indoor temperature comfortably regulated, especially in areas...

Purr-fect Resolutions: New Year’s Goals for Cat Owners

As we bid farewell to the old year and embrace the new, it's the perfect time to reflect on ways we can enhance the lives of our beloved feline companions. New Year's resolutions aren't just for us humans; they can also benefit our whiskered friends. So, if you're a cat owner looking to make positive changes in 2024, here are some purr-fect resolutions to consider: 1. Prioritize Regular Veterinary Check-ups: Just like us, cats need regular health check-ups to ensure they're in optimal condition. Make a commitment to schedule annual vet visits for your feline friend. These check-ups not only help...

3 Tips to Protect your Pet from Heartworms

1. Preventative Medicine The American Heartworm Society and many veterinarians recommend year-round preventative medication. Medications can be administered orally or topically, and prevention is far more effective and less costly than treatment if your dog is diagnosed with heartworm. But, remember that preventives are not used to kill the adult worm and some can cause severe problems if given to animals with adult heartworms. You should follow the recommendations of your veterinarian prior to giving the preventive product. 2. Keep Your Home & Yard Mosquito Free It may not be top of mind, but mosquitos can also be a threat in and around your own...

Is Ice Cream OK for my Dog?

With the summer approaching fast and bring in the heat, the local ice cream shop becomes the your favorite hang out. You might be wondering if it’s okay to buy your dog their own scoop.Ice cream isn’t a healthy snack  for dogs. While the occasional small amount of vanilla ice cream probably won’t send your dog to the vet, ice cream shouldn’t be a regular treat for your dog. Most adult dogs can really handle lactose. This inability to deal with dairy can lead to bloating, gas, diarrhea, and vomiting. In most cases, your dog will probably just be a bit gassy.Dogs...

Celebrate National Pet Month in May

National Pet Month, celebrated in May (in the U.S), aims to support pet adoption; make people aware of the mutual benefits of pets for people and people for pets; increase public awareness of services available from professionals who work with animals; and raise awareness of the role, value and contribution to society of working companion animals. Check out more information on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s page Healthy Pets, Healthy People. ...

May is Chip Your Pet Month

May is Chip Your Pet Month, which is officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and was made to educate responsible pet parents on the importance of microchipping your furry kid. What is a Pet Microchip? A pet microchip is a tiny device, about the size of a grain of rice, that is implanted into an animal’s neck, just below the skin surface. The purpose of a microchip is to give your pet a unique identifier in the event they get lost. Microchips have helped bring pets back to their owners for years. When an animal has a microchip, it increases the chance of the owner being...

Summer Hazards for Your Pet

Warm, sunny days of summer are prefect reason to spend even more time with your pet.  Here are just a few things to be aware of to make those days a little safer. 1. Heat and sun exposure Dogs and cats become dehydrated quickly, so make sure they have access to plenty of fresh water and shade when outdoors. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recommends filling up an inflatable pool for your pooch if he or she is spending the day outside. If it’s over 80 degrees and/or humid, avoid long walks and asphalt or other hot surfaces, which can burn paw...

It is OK for the Dog and Cat to share your Ice Cream?

Ice Cream, you scream we all bark or meow for ice cream!  Lets face it we like to think our furkids deserve the saI lean more towards no.me treats we give ourselves.  Many online articles say that a lick or to is just fine, but not a whole bowl of their own.  Many dogs and cats are lactose intolerant and that small ice cream cup can be big potty trouble later.  If you most share (because those sad eyes are to irresistible), for the first time give them a small scoop and see how they react.  Also be...

Packing Tips for your Dog’s Summer Road Trip

Taking the furkids on a summer road trip is fun, but need some planning. They need their own stuff when they are on vacation. Lets face it, being prepared will make it more fun for you both. Here is a list of somethings to bring:Food and Treats – Traveling can be wary on your pets tummy, so make certain that you pack enough of their usual brand of food for the whole trip plus a little extra. For canned food – don’t forget the can opener!Drinking Water – If your pet’s stomach is easily upset, it pays to take drinking water from home...

Make Spring Cleaning Pet Safe

Spring is all about making a fresh start. Rituals to clear out the old and make room for the new as winter weather fades away. It’s important to recognize the potential toxic effects household cleaning products may have on our pets. Our cats, dogs and other companion animals live in a shared environment with us and are exposed toxic substances we use inside and outside our homes. Residues from cleaning products can end up in their skin, coat, eyes, nose, and throat. Ingestion of or contact with cleaning products can cause a variety of clinical signs in pets, including: Sneezing Coughing Nasal and ocular (eye) discharge Ptyalism (salivation) Emesis (vomiting) Diarrhea Anorexia...