- Why Does My Dog Have Such Bad Breath?
Your pet’s bad breath can be a real turn-off. It can also be a sign of a harmful condition. Dental and periodontal diseases are the most common reasons for stinky breath, so brush your dog’s teeth regularly to help prevent bacterial infections and inflamed gums. There can also be more serious reasons for bad breath. [...]
- Should I Really Brush my Dog’s Teeth?
A dog’s dental health depends a lot on its breed and diet. But dogs can get gum disease from plaque on their teeth. And gum disease and tooth decay can start early in a pup’s life, so the sooner you attend to your dog’s teeth, the better. Ideally, you should brush your pup’s teeth each [...]
- Dental Care
If possible, get your puppy accustomed to having his teeth cleaned on a regular basis at home. Gently rub his teeth with a soft cloth or a child’s soft toothbrush dipped in a solution of baking soda and water. Do not use toothpaste formulated for humans. Because pets swallow rather than spit out the preparation, [...]
- How Can I tell if My Pet is in Pain? Are There Tell-tale Signs to Watch Out For?
ince animals can’t always tell us when they hurt, it may be hard to know if a dog or cat is in pain. So to determine whether or not your pet is hurting, ask yourself how the same condition might affect you. If you would benefit from pain relievers, chances are your pet will, too. [...]
- What is a Hot Spot and What Causes It?
Your dog has been licking and licking the same spot on his body. Now the area is raw and oozing pus. What’s the problem? Chances are… Spot has a hot spot. Hot spots are bacterial skin infections that are often triggered by fleas or allergies. They are most common in dogs such as the golden [...]
- My Pet has Dry Skin. How Can I Keep Him More Comfortable?
You’re not the only one who suffers from dry skin in the winter. When the heat comes on more frequently in the house, your pet may also become itchy. Unless your dog or cat is continually scratching himself, dry skin is not a serious health issue. But you can’t just wash the problem away. In [...]
- Understanding Glucosamine and Joint Health
Planning for a Lifetime of Mobility Normal wear and tear on joints occurs daily throughout your dog’s lifetime. Cartilage protects your dog’s bones and joints from the friction caused by everyday movement. Natural glucosamine, a building block of cartilage tissue, can help maintain cartilage for healthy joints and mobility. That’s why Purina has created adult [...]
- Is Lyme Disease a Risk Throughout the U.S. or Only in Certain Areas?
Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by ticks. Found in all fifty states, it’s most common in the northeast and upper midwest. In some areas, as many as forty percent of dogs exhibit antibodies against the disease – indicating that they’ve been exposed, even if they have not become sick. Susan Little, Professor of [...]
- What is Lyme Disease and How Can I Protect My Pet?
Ticks get very active in late spring and summer, and they can carry several diseases including lyme disease. Both people and their pets are at risk. Unfortunately, lyme disease can be very difficult to diagnose. The symptoms are often vague and can include lethargy, joint pain, and fever. If you live in an area where [...]
- What are Giardia and Cryptosporidium and How do Pets Catch Them?
Giardia and cryptosporidium are two pesky parasites that can affect an animal’s small intestine, causing diarrhea and cramping. These nasty organisms are transmitted when a form of the parasite called the cyst is shed in one animal’s stool and consumed by another dog or cat. Dwight Bowman, a professor of Parasitology at Cornell University, says [...]