- Why Does My Dog Yawn so Much?
If you’ve ever wondered why your dog yawns so much, even when he’s well-rested, the answer may surprise you. When your dog yawns a lot, it could be a sign that he’s nervous and trying to relax himself. Yawning is one way that dogs communicate. So just as you might bite your fingernails when you’re [...]
- What is Kennel Cough?
Just as kids will often catch colds from classmates, dogs can become sick from other animals boarded at the same kennel. Kennel cough is an infectious respiratory disease caused by the combination of several viruses and bacteria. It affects a dog’s upper airway, causing laryngitis and a hacking, productive cough. Antibiotics may help, but they [...]
- What are the Signs of Diabetes in Dogs?
When the family pooch is eating like a racehorse, drinking water like there isn’t enough left on this blue planet, and requiring walk after walk to relieve himself, something is wrong! What’s going on with your friend? Your dog may have diabetes mellitis, the most common hormonal disorder of dogs. The disease is caused by [...]
- What are Common Symptoms of Heart Disease in Pets?
Sudden onset shortness of breath, apparent weakness, or a distended abdomen might be signs of heart disease in either your cat or your dog. But all too often, there are no symptoms, so your pet’s best bet is regular visits to the veterinarian. Jonathan Abbott, a Cardiologist at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary [...]
- My Dog Keeps Scratching His Ears. What Might be Wrong?
Don’t just assume your dog’s ears itch if he scratches them frequently. It may be a sign of a painful infection. Other symptoms include ear discharge, a strange odor, and head shaking. If you notice these signs, call your veterinarian. Dogs frequently develop ear infections because of their long el-shaped ear canals that easily trap [...]
- My Dog’s Eyes are Very Watery. What is the Problem?
Glaucoma is a disease that many dog owners notice too late. It’s caused by a buildup of fluid in the eye, and is one of the most common causes of canine blindness. In fact, glaucoma strikes about one out of every 200 dogs. Some breeds are more disposed to it than others. High-risk breeds include [...]
- Does it Matter if My Dog’s Nose is Wet or Dry?
A dog may be a man’s best friend, but the nose is a dog’s best buddy. Your dog’s nose is two million times more sensitive than yours. In fact, your pup’s sense of smell is his most important sense, so help him keep his nose healthy. But don’t worry if that nose is wet or [...]
- My Dog Has Diarrhea. What Should I Do?
Lots of things can cause diarrhea in dogs, and a single bout or two is probably nothing to worry about. You may not even need to see a veterinarian. First, make sure your pet didn’t eat anything poisonous. For a day or two, avoid treats and table scraps, and limit his food intake to regular [...]