Category: Pet Health Advice

How Can Dog Owners Prevent Canine Silica Stones & Crystals

What are Canine Silica Stones and Crystals? When a dog suffers from urinary stones or crystals, the most common forms are calcium oxalate and struvite. Sometimes, however, a dog will suffer from silica crystals and stones. Silica bladder stones comprise a mere 3-14% of all urinary stones so not too many and not near as common as struvite or calcium oxalate. According to the Minnesota Urolith Center, Available clinical data provides a strong link between canine silica uroliths and consumption of specific dietary ingredients. Diets that contain substantial quantities of corn gluten feed or grain hulls are especially suspect. Water in

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Apple cider vinegar treats dog ear infection

Apple Cider Vinegar: Home Remedy for Dog Ear Infection

Many people are interested in using apple cider vinegar as a home remedy for dog ear infection. Apple cider vinegar is quite popular! You can find much information online about using vinegar as a household “miracle cleaner.”  Many people using vinegar to mix homemade cleaners and furniture polishes is quite popular.  But, did you know that vinegar can also be a “miracle cleaner” for dog ear infections? Vinegar’s Effects on Ear Infections Sometimes, bacteria, viruses, and fungi invade and reproduce inside a dog’s ear canal, causing an infection. Ear infections are most common in dogs with floppy, hanging ears. The

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Geriatric cat with low immune system

5 Effective Immune Boosters for Cats You Must Know

The following immune boosters for cats can help young and old alike, helping weak cats fight off infections like cats with more robust immune systems. And, giving healthy cats an even better edge on life. Our 5 Favorite Immune Boosters for Cats The immune system protects your cat’s body from outside invaders. Outside invaders include germs such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and toxins. Your cat’s immune system consists of different organs, cells, and proteins that work together to destroy outside invaders. If your cat’s immune system isn’t functioning at total capacity, cat immune boosters help even the odds. 1. Sodium

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Overweight pug dog

Pet Health Advice: The Ugly Truth About Pet Obesity

If your pet carries a few extra pounds, then listen up-pet obesity can be a health hazard. As they say, prevention is the best cure, so a few tips from us and some dedication on your part can go a long way from having an obese pet to a fit and healthy one. Pet Obesity Consequences Compared to overweight pets, fitter dogs live longer and feel much better.   We all want those things for our pets. Right? But even more, in-shape dogs suffer far fewer medical issues over a lifetime. As medical issues arise in overweight pets, life expectancy and

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A cute pug dog wrapped in towel after being sprayed by a skunk.

How Do I Remove Skunk Smell?

When You Need to Remove Skunk Smell You hear your dog barking frantically in the backyard. You open the door to see what’s going on, and it hits you in the face like a steel shovel. SKUNK SPRAY! Yuck! Just what is skunk spray? Skunks have two glands on each side of the anus, similar to dog anal glands, called anal scent glands. Skunk anal scent glands produce oily sulfur-containing chemicals that create a nauseating odor. Believe it or not, skunks can spray a distance of fifteen feet or more! Skunk spray can be very difficult to remove from fur

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Dog Kayaking: Tips for A Fun and Safe Paddling Trip with Your Dog

Yes, You Can Take Your Dog Kayaking, Canoeing, and Stand Up Paddleboarding! Recreational paddling – that is kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding (aka SUP) – is exploding in population across the country. Of course, pet owners may be wondering, “Can I take my dog paddling?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!”  With these tips, you can take your dog kayaking, take your dog canoeing and take your dog SUPing. First Thing to Consider: Dog Temperament Okay, so we’re exciting that most dogs can jump in our boat or on our board and head off with us into the lake, but

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