When it comes to our dog friends, grooming is often viewed as a luxury, especially when you have to rely on regular visits to a professional zookeeper. However, in most cases, grooming your dog does not require any special skills and can be done at home with basic equipment. We’re not talking about hair rejuvenation or artistic pedicures. Just a few simple tasks that can become part of a grooming routine and soon become a relaxing bonding experience for both of you. As with anything, some pooches are happier to
Your dog’s energy levels will likely decrease as they age, but did you know this could indicate something other than age? In some cases, this is one of the signs of a disease known as Cushing’s syndrome in dogs. Here’s what you need to know. What is Cushing’s Disease in Dogs? Cushing’s disease, also known as hyperadrenocorticism, is more common in dogs over 7 years of age. The disease involves an excessive production of cortisol, a naturally produced steroid often referred to as the stress hormone. Certain levels of this
Some congenital causes of deafness in dogs can be tested in parents or young puppies and tend to occur in certain breeds. For example, deafness is more common in Dalmatians. If you are looking to purchase a purebred puppy, speak to your veterinarian about potentially inherited problems that certain breeds experience. If you already own a dog and suspect they may be losing their hearing, see your veterinarian as some conditions, such as infections, that cause these signs can be treated. How can I tell if my dog is deaf?
Although it is major surgery, amputation can actually help dogs rather than hinder them by removing their source of pain and suffering. Limb amputation in dogs is ultimately supposed to improve their lives and only happens if your veterinarian believes the procedure can achieve it. Most dogs will be happy to adapt to life on three legs with your help and the advice of your veterinarian. In fact, they are often so busy running around chasing balls and playing “fetch” that they barely notice that something is wrong. How will
Did you know that the nutritional needs of dogs from food alone include 37 different essential nutrients? Complete groceries Damp or “wet” food dried animal food Change food All good quality fully manufactured dog foods have been carefully formulated to give dogs the precise balance of all the nutrients they need to thrive. Whether you choose a moist (“wet”) food or a complete dry food is entirely up to you and your dog. The most important thing is to check that the meal is a “full” rather than a “free”
Dog Health Checklist: Some dogs are better at covering up pain than others, so they may need to count on your vigilance to spot any unusual signs. Use the checklist below to do a thorough monthly examination of your dog and help identify any signs of illness or injury early on. Your dog’s body condition Get to know your dog’s ideal body condition and make sure they are neither overweight nor underweight. A noticeable change in your dog’s weight can be a sign of an underlying health condition. If you