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What To Consider When Buying A Life Jacket For Your Dog

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(Image Credit: Colleen Gara/Getty Images) Have you ever thought about getting your dog a life jacket for boat rides and water activities? It might be an odd thing to consider. Why does my dog need a life jacket? Can’t dogs swim? We like to think that our pets have retained all of their wild instincts, but…

Mange In Dogs: Types, Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Mange is a skin disease in dogs that can be caused by several different species of mites. “You mangy cur!” is a time-honored insult, but if you could experience itchy scratch-til-you-go-bonkers mange the way dogs do, you wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Highly contagious mites burrow into the skin, causing rashes,…

Is Your Anxiety Contagious To Your Dog? Here’s What You Can Do

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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Dogs are good at picking up on human emotions. That’s one of the things we love about them. They always seem to know when we need a cuddle to cheer us up, when we need a partner to share in our joy, and when we need a friend to act silly…
Gabapentin For Dogs: Uses, Dosage, And Side Effects

Gabapentin For Dogs: Uses, Dosage, And Side Effects

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(Picture Credit: Auscape/UIG via Getty Images) Gabapentin is a drug that can be used as a treatment for seizures or chronic pain in dogs. Some know this medication by the brand name Neurontin. It’s not FDA-approved for canine use; however veterinarians commonly prescribe it and find it safe for dogs, so long as dog owners obtain veterinary…
Alopecia (Hair Loss) In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, And Treatments

Alopecia (Hair Loss) In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, And Treatments

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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Alopecia in dogs refers to hair loss that can be partial or complete, but it also refers to deficiencies in a dog’s coat or a failure to grow hair at all. While dogs normally shed and may even have patchy coats as the seasons change, alopecia is usually very noticeable. The…
Important Tips For Walking Your Dog While Social Distancing

Important Tips For Walking Your Dog While Social Distancing

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(Picture Credit: Julia) So much has changed in the last few months and continues to change weekly–and even daily. Our lives have been impacted dramatically. However, with so many pet parents confined to their homes, our dogs have never been happier! Staying informed is essential, but taking time out for meditation and dog walks is…
Coronavirus & Pets: A Vet Tells Us What Pet Parents Should Know About COVID-19

Coronavirus & Pets: A Vet Tells Us What Pet Parents Should Know About COVID-19

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(Picture Credit: gilaxia/Getty Images) Communities around the world are doing their part to slow the spread of coronavirus from human to human, but many pet owners are wondering if their pets are safe from COVID-19. With all the misinformation out there, pet parents need to rely on facts from the experts more than ever. DogTime…
Tularemia In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

Tularemia In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Tularemia in dogs, also known as rabbit fever, is a disease caused by an infection of Francisella tularensis bacteria. The bacteria exists throughout the United States and elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere. The disease is known as rabbit fever because it’s commonly found in rabbits and other rodents. However, many other…
Degenerative Myelopathy In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

Degenerative Myelopathy In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Degenerative myelopathy in dogs, also known as chronic degenerative radiculomyelopathy and German Shepherd myelopathy, is a hereditary disease. It causes fibers in the brain, spinal chord, and nerves to break down over time. This condition usually appears in dogs over the age of seven years old and is more common in…
Hyperparathyroidism In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

Hyperparathyroidism In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Hyperparathyroidism in dogs is a condition that happens when the parathyroid glands produce unusually high levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH), which results in an increase in blood calcium levels. Normally, the parathyroid glands maintain calcium and phosphorus levels in the blood. When calcium levels drop, PTH levels increase, and the blood…