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Can you imagine what your teeth would look like if you never brushed them? Not pretty that’s for sure! So what about your pets’ teeth? Like us, pets need routine dental care. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), dental disease is the number one health issue affecting 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of three. Not too surprising considering that most people don’t brush their pet’s teeth (and we know their pets aren’t doing it either). So why should you care? Poor oral hygiene doesn’t just cause bad breath, it can lead to tooth loss, painful abscesses, difficulty eating, and other serious health problems.
What to watch for when the mercury drops.
Snow and cold can be just as difficult for our furry friends as it can be for us! “Frostbite” refers to the damage of body tissue that has been exposed to freezing temperatures for an extended period of time. In addition to hypothermia (low body temperature), all warm-blooded creatures—including dogs and cats—can fall victim to the damaging effects of frostbite when exposed to low temperatures.
Growing older isn’t optional for your pet, but a lot of the suffering that goes with it can be, particularly during the colder months. The aches and pains that go hand and hand with getting to the upper reaches of middle age and beyond can be minimized during cold weather in three easy steps, without much effort or expense on your part.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to turn up the heat on the problems of older pets in cold weather.
Walking the dog in the winter doesn't have to be miserable — or unsafe. With much of Canada who experiences cold and winter weather, we've pulled together some expert tips for protecting your dog from wind, snow and ice while you're out getting some exercise.
As winter continues, we want to make sure our four-legged friends are safe from the elements. After all, people can bundle up, but our pets can’t add extra layers on a whim. During the winter a change of sun exposure and sunlight will affect your pet’s hair growth, and stimulate a thicker coat. This adds some protection during the cold seasons, but for dog breeds with thin or short hair, cold weather poses a threat (e.g., greyhounds, Italian greyhounds, whippets and boxers). Keep in mind that underlying medical problems (like an underactive thyroid or “hypothyroidism,” skin disease, cancer, immune-related diseases) or certain medications (e.g., heart medication, diuretics, and steroids) prevent your pet from having a normal metabolism and being able to thermoregulate appropriately.
The holiday season is upon us, which means parties and presents and endless festivities for many of us. As errands and invitations pile up, it can be tempting to let routine slide, but changes in your schedule may cause your pets to feel anxious and stressed and lead to behavior problems, like chewing or acting overly rambunctious at home — and that can leave you and your animals feeling less than festive.
Fortunately, there’s a solution: Taking time to provide for your pet’s social, physical and emotional needs during the busy holiday season can result in a less stressed animal — and a more peaceful you, too. Here are five simple ways to help manage your pet's stress during the holidays.
With the holidays coming up, your home is likely to be experiencing more activity and guests. Depending on your dog’s personality and habits, this can be a difficult time for both your dog and your family. Planning ahead and doing some simple training with your dog can make this a more pleasant experience for everyone.
There are many times children will interact with dogs, whether you have a dog at home, with friends and family or strangers on the street; it is important for children to know about how to safely interact with dogs.
Is your dog feeling anxious? Stressed? Worried? You may think they can’t tell you if they are, but they often will, in nonverbal ways. Your dog communicates their emotional state through their body language and behavior. Decoding these cues is mostly a matter of knowing what to look for.
It is important to notice the signs of stress in their early stages; this gives you an opportunity to remove your dog from a situation before their reaction escalates and becomes potentially aggressive or dangerous. Other anxiety intervention tactics, like training, are also more successful if started as soon as possible, before your dog has a chance to become chronically stressed.