How to clip a dog’s nails

While most dogs do not like having their nails trimmed, with some patience it is a task you can complete at home. It’s best to start trimming nails in young dogs so that they get used to the process. How do you safely clip a dog’s nails? Some dogs will happily sit in your lap […]

Categories: Animal Health, Dogs

Giving oral medications to your dog

Giving a dog oral medication isn’t always the easiest task, but by remaining calm and following the guidance below, you can make sure your pet gets the medications it needs. Your veterinarian will tell you if your dog’s medication can be given with food or an empty stomach. If the tablet or capsule can be […]

Categories: Animal Health, Dogs

Cat and dog anatomy

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Categories: Animal Health, Cats, Dogs

Examining and medicating a dog’s eyes

If your veterinarian has prescribed medication for your dog’s eyes, don’t worry – with a little patience it can an easy task. Medicating the eyes can be messy so cover good clothes and work on a surface that is easy to clean. Some dogs will happily sit in your lap or on a table while […]

Categories: Animal Health, Dogs

Examining and medicating the ears of a dog

Most dogs don’t like having their ears examined, cleaned, or medicated, however, with a little patience and practice, you should be able to perform these tasks at home. Some dogs will happily sit in your lap or on a table while you clean or medicate their ears, but many require some form of restraint. Ear […]

Categories: Animal Health, Dogs

Heart valve malfunction in dogs (mitral insufficiency)

Many dogs slowly develop degenerative thickening and progressive deformity of one or more heart valves as they age. In time, these changes cause the valve, most commonly the mitral valve, to leak. While it can lead to heart failure, many dogs with the condition never show signs of the disease outside of a loud heart […]

Lyme Disease

What is Lyme disease? Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne disease (transmitted by insects or arthropods) in people, is caused by corkscrew-shaped bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, carried by ticks that transmit the infection when they feed on animals and humans. In the United States, Lyme disease occurs predominantly on the Pacific Coast, the Midwest, and Atlantic Coast […]