According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80 percent of dogs have oral disease by the age of two. As with people, the main culprit of dental disease is a build up of plaque which eventually hardens into tartar, leading to gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontal disease. The result: a bacterial invasion of the gums and tissues supporting the teeth, damaging them and ultimately causing tooth loss. These bacteria can also invade the bloodstream, potentia
While one of the most enjoyable experiences of working from home throughout the COVID-19 pandemic may be the extra time you’ve spent with your dogs, the downside may be their separation anxiety when you return to work. This is particularly true for those adopted during the pandemic because they’ve had less time to accustom themselves to their new homes and new routines. Animal behaviorists are, therefore, encouraging you to start preparing your canine companions NOW to help t
When Your Dog Goes Missing Sometimes, even the most closely watched dogs can escape from the safest of homes. If this happens to your precious pet, the following suggestions should, hopefully, help reunite you. But first, if your dog isn’t microchipped, update the information on his ID tag. If it’s worn out, order a new one – the best is steel and slides onto the collar itself. Inscribe it with two telephone numbers plus area code and your street address including city and st
Has your senior dog been drinking a lot more water recently, and having to urinate more frequently? Has he begun losing weight despite being hungrier than usual and wanting to eat all the time? If so, your dog may have diabetes. While the exact cause of diabetes is unknown, genetics, autoimmune disease, obesity, chronic pancreatitis, certain medications, and abnormal protein deposits in the pancreas can play a major role in the development of the disease. The most common form
As dogs change from adults into seniors, behavioral changes are sure to follow. Because of this, protective pet parents must become proactive pet parents to ensure their cherished companions receive the extra care they require.
For senior dogs without a specific disease or injury, these are some of the most common behaviors associated with their overall physical and cognitive decline:
Confusion and disorientation: Many dogs may appear lost or confused in familiar surroundin