Is It a Pet Emergency?

Smart look and thongueWhen a pet suddenly behaves differently or seems under the weather, it is hard not to panic and assume that it is a pet emergency. Thinking back, there may have been a time or two when you panicked over a one-time vomiting incident, and it turned out to be a hairball. But, then again, vomiting can also be a warning symptom of a more serious illness or poisoning situation.

It’s difficult when our fur friends cannot communicate with us directly. Knowing a pet companion may be experiencing an illness, and yet also wondering how on earth to tell when this occurs, can be unsettling. Some symptoms, after all, are not as overt as a physical injury. Continue…

A Pet Owner’s Guide to Lumps and Bumps: What to Know About Growths on Dogs

AIMSS_iStock_000005781697_MediumYou are enjoying some quality time with your furry companion snuggling on the couch. As you run your fingers over him, suddenly you feel something that shouldn’t be there. It’s a lump, right behind his ear. Before you panic, take a deep breath and read on to learn what you need to know about growths on dogs.

Types of Growths on Dogs

It isn’t unusual for our canine companions to develop a lump or bump during their lifetimes. Lumps and bumps are often growths of some kind, but they can also be an abscess (an infection) or a granuloma (the body’s reaction to something foreign). Continue…

Helping Your Pet Live a Longer Life

dogs going for a walkMost of us understand that, unless your pet is a parrot or tortoise, the lifespan of our pets is significantly less than our own. Cats and dogs typically live between 10-18 years, depending on the breed. And, in some ways, quality of life certainly trumps a longer life.

While quality of life can certainly trump longevity in some instances; what if you could add another year or two to your pet’s life simply by making better decisions as a pet owner? In fact, daily care decisions do have a direct impact on lifespan and health. Continue…

Expecting Unexpected Traumatic Events: the Pet First Aid Kit

ULVH_iStock_000054618018_LargeNo one expects an accident. If they did, it would likely be called an “expected traumatic event,” instead. Unfortunately, accidents and unplanned illnesses strike humans and pets alike. Planning ahead is the only way to be prepared when unexpected traumatic events happen.

While no one likes thinking about an emergency or disaster, the difference between thinking about them and avoiding the whole idea can save lives. For pet owners, a little training and a good pet first-aid kit can mean the difference between a temporary headache and permanent heartache. Continue…

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