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What are Types of Dog Parasites?

Our furry friends like to go everywhere with us, especially outside. But what dangers lie (or crawl!), outside? Canine Parasites. Creepy little creatures that can cause so much damage to our beloved pets. Whether the effect is immediate or delayed, they certainly will adversely affect your pet’s health or comfort levels. There are three general types of dog parasites: internal, external, and intestinal. While each type of dog parasite could be a post of its own, we’ll briefly introduce each today. Internal Dog Parasite Archenemy: Heartworm The most common internal parasite is heartworm in dogs, which can potentially be fatal if left unchecked. Heartworms are transmitted to dogs via the bite of an infected mosquito, where the heartworm then travels...

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Dog Poop: What Can It Tell You?

Let's talk about the awesomeness of poop!  This discussion might not be the most ‘fun’ one to have, but poop is an important indicator of your dog’s health, especially since dogs can’t tell us what’s happening in their bodies! Josh Rishman and Anish Sheth write, “Not unlike a snowflake, each bowel movement has a uniqueness that should be regarded with wondrous appreciation.” Just like humans, dogs’ digestive tracts play a leading role in their overall health and so while we often focus on what goes in, what comes out is equally as important.  Instead of switching to auto-pilot next time your dog is doing her business, try to take note of the four C’s: Consistency, Coating, Contents, and Color.   Dog...

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Side Effects of Antibiotics in Dogs: What are the Side Effects of Giving Dogs Antibiotics?

Your dog is on antibiotics – it’s ok! Even the healthiest, most doted on dogs may occasionally get sick. That’s why veterinarians report that antibiotics are among the most frequently prescribed drugs. A dog on antibiotics could be recovering from a range of illnesses - from an ear infection to Giardia. In some instances, however, the side effects of antibiotics on your dog’s digestive system can include vomiting, loss of appetite, and diarrhea.  While antibiotics are effective in destroying the bacteria that causes your dog to be sick, they often also destroy the “good” bacteria in your dog’s digestive tract, where the all-important gut microbiome lives. You might not have heard of the gut microbiome before — and it may...

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Managing Allergy Symptoms in Dogs with Quercetin

With this year’s unseasonably long springtime, seasonal allergies are in full swing for pets and humans.  COVID social distancing is making the quest for in-person answers at the veterinarian even tougher. That’s why we wanted to share some tips and tricks for identifying and managing your dog’s allergy symptoms.   Common Dog Allergies: Signs and Types  Before we dive into some tips for managing allergy symptoms in dogs, let’s start at the beginning – what is an allergy?   Simply put, an allergy is when the body reacts with an immune response.  An allergen is the object that causes this response.  When an allergen is detected, the body’s defense system kicks into alert mode, and does whatever it can to flush the...

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Should I give my dog joint supplements?

While once considered only a large or senior dog health concern, supporting your dog’s joint & mobility health can help improve the quality of life for dogs of all shapes and sizes. From very active dogs to overweight dogs, joint health should be a top health goal for proactive pet parents in 2020! Benefits of Joint Supplements: · Lubricate and cushion joints to support daily mobility · Improve flexibility, strength, and shock absorption · Support cartilage production · Maintain joint fluid to support an active lifestyle · Help repair damaged cartilage · Protext existing cartilage and lower risk of future injuries · Reduce inflammation to ease pain and discomfort Types of dogs who can benefit from boosted joint & mobility...

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