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Dog Care

Would Your Dog Need Insurance?

It can happen swiftly without warning. You could be walking with your dog in the park today taking in the sun while he scours the park grounds for squirrels, and tomorrow he could be in the veterinary hospital needing life-saving surgery for bloat or a vital blood transfusion for immune mediated hemolytic anemia. Would financial constraints limit the amount or quality of care your dog would get? Would you be able to afford life saving surgery and treatment for your dog if he needs it? Veterinary Care is a Basic and Fundamental Expense for Your Dog Veterinary costs have risen

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A dog does not want to take his medicine.
Dog Care

How To Get Your Dog To Take Their Medicine

It is a well-known fact that both dogs and kids hate to take their medicine. Since dogs cannot grab a cup of water to swallow a pill, you have to a bit more resourceful. Medication is a necessary evil, and you will have to figure out some way to make it work whether you put it in their dinner, treats, or water. Here Are Some Solutions to Help Your Dog Take Oral Medications Use Food Food is your friend when it comes to coaxing dogs into taking their medication. You can put a pill or even liquid medication in the

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All About Dogs

Heartworms In Dogs: Myths VS. Facts

How Heartworms Are Spread All dogs are at risk for potentially deadly heartworm disease. Heartworms live in the heart and blood vessels of the lungs of dogs, cats and other mammals like wolves, foxes and coyotes. Heartworms cannot be spread directly from animal to animal without a mosquito as an intermediary. Heartworms are spread when a mosquito bites an infected dog and picks up tiny larvae called microfilariae from the dog’s bloodstream. Then that mosquito bites another dog infecting it with the heartworm larvae. Over the next several months the heartworm larvae grow and migrate to the heart and lungs. These

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Intestinal Parasites

Most pet owners do not know their pets may carry worms capable of infecting people.1 Infected dogs contaminate their surroundings by passing eggs in feces. People can acquire roundworm and hookworm infections by coming into contact with an environment contaminated with eggs or larvae. That means it’s important to clean up pet feces on a regular basis to remove potentially infectious eggs before they spread through the environment. Eggs in the environment can remain infectious for years.1 Children are more likely to become infected in part because they are more apt to play in contaminated areas or put dirty objects in

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All About Dogs

What You Need to Know About Hookworms

Parasite Profile Hookworms are dangerous parasites that live in a dog’s small intestine. With remarkable efficiency, hookworms “graze” on the lining of the intestine, leaving multiple bloody holes in their wake. These can lead to anemia and may even cause a small puppy to bleed to death. In humans, hookworms migrate through tissue close to the skin, causing painful, itchy rashes. Three common hookworms are: Ancylostoma caninum is the most pathogenic hookworm and can cause anemia in infected dogs. Like other hookworms, it poses a zoonotic threat to humans and can cause creeping eruptions. Ancylostoma braziliense is a species of

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All About Dogs

Heartworm FAQs

Heartworms are among the most dangerous parasitic worms that can infect dogs. Hundreds of thousands of cases of canine heartworm disease are reported in the US every year. The disease is passed from infected dogs to other dogs by mosquitoes. That means all dogs are at risk for heartworm disease. What is heartworm disease? Heartworm disease in dogs (dirofilariasis) is a serious and potentially fatal disease. Heartworms spend their adult lives in the right side of the heart and the large blood vessels that connect the heart to the lungs. The adult worms block the heart and major blood vessels

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Choosing the right vet for your pet can be a hard decision.
All About Dogs

10 Tips For Choosing The Right Vet

When you bring a dog into your life, you are responsible from that day forward for his dog nutrition, dog safety, dog health and dog care. But finding a stellar veterinarian doesn’t just happen by accident. Here are some helpful tips for choosing the right vet for you and your dog: Communication Get the family together for a conference. Share your thoughts about what qualities in a veterinarian are important to all of you. Make a list of questions and concerns to ask every vet you interview. Also get references from breeders, shelter and dog rescues or other dog owners.

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Best Age To Neuter Or Spay A Dog

Dear Dr. Weaver, I was writing to ask about the right time to neuter a Lab male.  When he got his annual exam and shots, the vet said to leave him unneutered until he was two years old as “large-boned dogs get cancer if they are neutered before then.”  I had never heard of this before and have always been a proponent of early neutering, but since this has come up, I am now unsure what to do.  Is there any truth to this?  What is the best time to neuter/spay a dog? Thanks, Eileen Read Dr. Sherry Weaver’s Advice

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Shih Tzu With Back Problems

I have a Shih Tzu that is about 10 years old, and he is having problems with his back hind leg. It is almost like there is a catch in his back. He is unable to jump and appears to be in some pain. I have taken him to the vet 3 different times. They put him on steroids, which seems to help for awhile, but it always happens again. I have limited his exercise, and basically he does nothing but sleep and eat. I was reading on the internet about the breed, and it said the breed tends to

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