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Does a Hen Need a Rooster to Lay Eggs?
Keeping chickens for eggs and as pets is popular in both rural and in urban areas. I have kept chickens and geese as pets for 17 years and never tire of watching them root around the yard. I have been asked many times if hens will lay eggs without a rooster around. Do they? How often do they lay eggs? This FAQ addresses these questions and looks at some other interesting chicken egg facts.
Keep Bugs Away From Your Dog and Cat
Flies, mosquitoes, gnats and other flying, biting insects can and do bite pets. Learn how to safely use insect repellents for pets and how to reduce your pet's exposure to irritating and potentially harmful insects.
How Long is the Heat Cycle in Cats?
Unlike dogs, cats do not cycle only two times a year (on average), they go into heat often if not spayed. Also unlike their canine counterparts, cats are induced ovulators -- they do not ovulate unless they are mated. Find out more in this FAQ on feline estrus.
Why Is My Dog Licking His Paws?
Dogs licking their paws is a common complaint. Is this a medical problem or a behavioral one? How can I stop this often annoying activity? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this FAQ.
How to Remove a Tick from Yourself or Your Pet...
There are many ideas about the best way to remove a tick, one of the most common tricks being to light a match, blow it out, and put the hot tip on the tick to make the tick
Why Your Dog's Paws Smell Like Corn Chips
What should you do if you notice that your dog's feet have an odor, often described as smelling like corn chips or old popcorn? Read this FAQ to find out more about what is commonly termed
Why You Should Never Feed Your Dog Corn on the...
Most people are aware of the dangers of feeding pets a diet of table scraps that are high in fat (trimmings, gravy, etc.), especially pets who do not consume table scraps on a regular basis. This FAQ addresses feeding pets corn on the cob, which may seem like a healthy alternative, but real dangers exist and this food item is not recommended for pets.
What Every Dog Owner Needs to Know about Lyme...
Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi and is spread by ticks. Learn about the risk factors, signs, diagnosis and prevention of Lyme disease in dogs and people.
Can Head Lice Transfer from Humans to Pets?
Dealing with head lice is something most school officials and some parents are familiar with. Is the family dog at risk if the kids have lice? Did the kids catch lice from the cat? A lice parasite infection is termed pediculosis, no matter what species of animal is affected by lice. Read this FAQ to find out more about lice; a class of ectoparasites that affect many animals, including humans.
Why You Shouldn't Give Your Dog Aspirin
When a dog is in pain, owners are eager to give medication to ease that pain, but giving human medications such as aspirin or Tyelenol® to pets can cause more problems than it cures. Learn why in this article.
Are My Dog's Water Drinking Habits Normal?
No matter what age your pet is, a noticeable increase in water intake (drinking) or urination often means there is an underlying medical problem.
Post-Surgical Lumps in Cats: What's Normal?
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How to Control Fleas on Your Pet and in Your...
Fleas have a complex, 4 stage life cycle. Control of fleas on your pet and in your home must address all stages of this life cycle to stop the problem of flea infestation. This article will cover several different methods that are effective at controlling fleas when used properly.
The Pros and Cons of Fighting Fleas with...
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a fine flour-like powder, the microscopic remains of fossilized diatoms, a type of algae. Diatom cell walls are made of silica, a component of glass. DE has been used for years as an insecticide to control mites, fleas and other insects; find out how it works here.
8 Common Signs of Dementia in Senior Dogs
Have you noticed odd behaviors in your senior dog that you can't explain? Do dogs get Alzheimer's? Here is a list of the most common signs seen with senior dementia in dogs.
5 Key Ways to Tell if Your Dog Is Healthy
What is a "normal" body temperature for your dog? How many teeth do dogs have as puppies and adults?
Are Calico Cats Always Female?
Many people are surprised to hear that the vast majority of calico cats are female. Why is this? Can a calico cat to ever be male? Learn about the genetics of coat color in this feline FAQ.
What Are Hot Spots on Dogs, and How Do You Cool...
A hot spot is a localized area of skin inflammation and infection. These inflamed areas are itchy, painful, and can occur within hours. Read this FAQ to learn how to cool them down.
If Your Dog Has Bloody Stool, Don't Wait To...
Hemorrhagic GastroEnteritis (HGE) in dogs is a sudden-onset episode of vomiting and diarrhea, often very bloody in nature. Quick veterinary treatment and supportive care is often essential for recovery.
Why Your Stinky Dog Might Not Just Need a Bath
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Everything Dog Owners Need to Know about...
About Hookworms in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
How to Identify a Histiocytoma on Your Pet's Skin
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How to Identify and Treat Parvovirus in Dogs
ABout parvovirus in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
What You Should Know About Feline Acne
Chin acne is a common skin condition in cats. It may be seen as barely noticeable comedomes (blackheads), to severely inflamed and draining pustules. Some cats are not seemingly bothered, and some are very itchy and painful. Learn more about this condition and how it is treated in this FAQ.
8 Common Signs of Dementia in Cats
Do cats get Alzheimer's? Is it normal behavior for a senior cat, or is there a problem? Here is a list of the most common signs seen with senior dementia in cats.
Why a Dry Nose Doesn't Always Mean Your Dog is...
: My dog's nose is dry. Is he sick? Learning to observe what is normal and and what is not in patients
Canine H3N8 Influenza - Dog Flu - Disease Risks...
The canine H3N8 flu is a relatively new influenza virus in dogs. The Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) jumped from horses to dogs in 2004; it first discovered in Greyhounds in Florida. A vaccine for this respiratory disease was conditionally approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in June 2009. Learn the facts about this vaccine and if it is necessary for your dog.
Getting Rid Of Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac on Pets
Dogs and cats do not suffer the allergenic effects of poison ivy, sumac or oak like humans do, but they can transmit the oil of these plants to humans on their hair. This means that your pet can bring you poison ivy (and related) even though you haven't been in the woods. The oil responsible for the rashes and blisters that humans get is very hardy and long-lived. Here are some tips for getting rid of it on your pets.
What is Canine Distemper?
About distemper in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Do Dogs Get Poison Ivy?
Poison ivy is found in wooded areas throughout North America (except Alaska and Hawaii). Do dogs and cats get poison ivy? Can they spread poison ivy to humans? Learn more here.
Can My Spayed Pet Still Be in Heat?
This FAQ is taken from the Veterinary Medicine forum, where NIGHTSTARR1221 asks:
What You Should Know About Kennel Cough
About kennel cough in dogs, including causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of kennel cough by vaccination.
When Is the Best Time to Spay a Dog or Cat?
Can you spay a dog or cat in heat (Estrus)? Find the answer here.
What Are Those Black Spots On My Cat's Nose?
A common question (and worry) of cat owners relates to black spots that appear with age on the nose and lips of orange tabby and calico cats.
Your Quick Guide to Pancreatitis in Dogs and Cats
It may be tempting to give extra treats to pets, but caution is advised -- Pancreatitis and other stomach/gut upsets can occur, leading to a trip to the vet in some cases. Pancreatitis can also occur without a known history of fatty food ingestion. Learn about the risk factors of over-indulgence for pets and pancreatitis in general.
Identifying, Treating and Preventing Seizures...
Seizures are one of the most common neurological problems seen in dogs. Know what to watch for when a seizure is an emergency.
8 Toxic Foods, 11 Safe Foods for Pets
One little potato chip isn't going to hurt your dog or cat, but there are plenty of other human foods that can. Here are some foods to avoid, and some safe foods that can be used as treats.
What's the Best Wormer for Killing Your Pet's...
Tapeworms are a very common parasite of dogs and cats. Most commonly transmitted by fleas, this parasite is also transmissible to humans who accidentally eat an infected flea (i.e. infants and children). Treatment for tapeworm infection in pets is easy if the correct drug is used.
How to Administer Liquid Oral Medications to Pets
With a little patience and practice, giving oral liquid medications or supplements to your pet can be
What to Expect as Your Dog Gets Older
This question is from a viewer asking what to expect as his dog grows older.
Fight the Fleas: How to Rid Your Home and Pets...
Fleas are bothersome to humans as well as pets. They may also carry diseases. To fully tackle a flea problem, it is important to know the flea life cycle and treat not only the pet but also the pet's environment. Learn some interesting facts about fleas and the recommended methods for controlling and eradicating fleas in your home in this article. Page 2.
What Should You Do If Your Dog Injures A Toenail
Toenail injuries are common in dogs and cats, and may occur while playing, exercising or while the nails are being trimmed. Learn how to take care of an injured toenail in a dog or cat.
How to Identify, Treat and Prevent Roundworms...
About Roundworms in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Did You Know Dogs and Cats Take Valium, Too?
Diazepam (Valium®) is used for several purposes in dogs and cats. Read about the usages and the potential side effects of diazepam for dogs and cats.
What You Should Know About Roundworms in Dogs
About Roundworms in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Menopause and Dogs
This question comes up fairly often, do dogs go through menopause? This, and a few other questions about canine reproductive health are answered here.
What Does It Mean When Your Dog's Tail Goes Limp?
Your otherwise healthy dog can't lift his tail all of the way. What happened? Is this an emergency? Read this FAQ to find out more about this fairly common tail occurrence of large breed dogs.
15 Creepy Crawlies You Don't Want Anywhere Near...
Parasites come in many sizes, shapes and levels of
Protect Your Pets From Getting Sunburned
People are realizing dangers of sun exposure. Now this sun care attention is turning to our pets. White animals and those that have a summer hair cut or with naturally thin (or nonexistent!) hair coats are particularly sensitive to the sun, and may suffer the same ills as humans: sunburn and skin cancers. This Quick Tip offers ideas and cautions for protecting your pet on those sunny days.
Summer Hazard: Hot Feet
Hot pavement and metal surfaces are hard for dogs to avoid in summer. Learn how to recognize symptoms of burned pads and follow tips to minimize risk.
What You Should Do If Your Pet Gets Quilled by...
Porcupines and skunks are primarily nocturnal animals that unleash nasty surprises on unsuspecting dogs
How to Identify, Treat and Prevent Ehrlichiosis...
About Ehrlichiosis in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Lipomas 101: What You Need to Know about Your...
A list of questions and answers from a veterinary expert about Lipomas (fatty tumors) in dogs and cats.
Everything Dog Owners Should Know About...
Demodex mites are microscopic normal inhabitants of dog skin. The mites are few in number and do not cause skin or health problems. In some cases though, the mites can take over, leading to a condition commonly called
Can You Safely Give Benadryl to a Pet?
Can Benadryl® also be used for allergic reactions in pets? This is a common question for many pet owners. This FAQ offers general information about Benadryl® also known as Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride.
Everything You Need to Know About Flea Control
Pet parasites - all about fleas: life cycle information and how to get rid of fleas on your pet and in your home.
Pets and Ringworm: What You Should Know
Ringworm derives its name from the classic red, round
Lyme Disease in Cats
About Lyme Disease in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Dermatology Diary - photos of two canine...
Lianne McLeod, Guide to Exotic Pets at About.com, has written an extensive " dermatology diary " account
How Do I Know If My Dog Has Kennel Cough?
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Is Your Pet Sick and You Can't Afford a Vet...
My pet is sick and I can't afford to go to the vet - Ideas and (possible options) for sick pets in financially tough times
The Stages of Degenerative Myelopathy in Pets
Guest author Marjorie Zimmerman discusses the stages of canine Degenerative Myelopathy in this piece.
What You Should Know About Kidney Disease in...
Kidney failure can occur in both dogs and cats. Learn about the sometimes subtle changes seen with kidney disease and when it is time to visit the vet.
How Do I Know if My Pet Has Ear Mites?
About ear mites in cats and dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
What's Cheyletiella and How Is It Treated?
About Cheyletiella in cats and dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
How to Identify, Treat and Prevent Leptospirosi...
About Leptospirosis in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Cats and Dogs Can Have Dermatitis, Too
Yeast and bacterial infections can contribute to dermatitis in dogs and cats. Treatment of yeast and bacterial infections in dogs and cats involves anti-fungal medications and antibiotics, respectively.
Is Ivermectin Safe for My Pet?
Ivermectin is used in dogs and cats to treat a variety of parasitic diseases. It is also a popular heartworm prevention medicine. Learn about the safety and side effects of ivermectin for dogs and cats.
What are Those "Black Pepper" Spots You See on...
This Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) is from Margaret.
Learn All about the Life Cycle of Fleas
Fleas. They make pets' lives miserable, and humans begin to itch just at the thought of them. Vets are often asked what pill, drop, dip, collar, or shampoo works the best to get rid of these persistent parasites. The answer is that there is no single method or insecticide that will completely eradicate (or at least control) a flea problem. The flea life cycle is fairly complex, and understanding the various stages will make it easier to get rid of them.
Is It Parvo? What to Watch For.
Parvovirus infection is a serious disease that affects the gastrointestinal or cardiac systems of dogs. Parvo is a highly contagious and often sudden viral disease; puppies are particularly susceptible. Learn what the common clinical signs are in this FAQ.
Is Your Pet Scratching a Lot? Here's What You...
Itching, scratching, and hair loss are very common problems for many pets, both dogs and cats. Fleas, allergies, parasites and immune problems are often to blame. A thorough veterinary examination is in order to find the problem and the inciting cause. Here are some answers to common itchy skin and hair loss questions.
What's Causing the Odor Around Your Dog's Eyes?
Dogs that have excessive tearing (called epiphora) and drainage around the eyes may have a foul odor from the discharge as it collects on the hair and skin.
Is Hair Loss on a Cat's Hind Legs Normal?
Veterinary Q & A - Itching, Scratching, and Hair Loss. Why is my cat going bald? What is the cause, and what is the treatment? Find out possible causes in this FAQ.
What Is Puppy Vaginitis?
About puppy vaginitis, including signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and care.
10 Common Dog Eye Diseases and Why You...
Common eye diseases of dogs, including Cherry Eye, Eyelash Problems, Entropion. If your dog is pawing at, rubbing or shows signs of pain or irritation around the eyes, seek veterinary help as soon as possible, as eye conditions can change quickly.
What's the Difference Between 1- and 3-Year...
Why are some rabies vaccines good for 1 year and some for 3? Find out in this FAQ.
All about Canine Pregnancy and Heat Periods
How long is a dog pregnant for? Do female dogs experience menopause? What health benefits can be gained from spaying (ovariohysterectomy) surgery? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this FAQ.
6 Treatment Options for Canine Arthritis
Arthritis in dogs is painful and the pain can be relieved with many different treatment options. Learn what options may be available for your arthritic dog.
Bath Time! Tips giving a flea bath for the best...
How to get the most out of a flea bath, the start of a good flea control program. Not every itchy dog (or cat) has fleas, though. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian if your pet is itching or has inflamed skin before initiating treatment or special shampoos.
Parvovirus: Disinfecting the Environment of Parvo
One of the most common questions and concerns about parvovirus is how long it lasts and how to disinfect the environment. This is especially important if a new puppy will be brought into a possibly contaminated area. Read this FAQ to learn about disinfecting against parvovirus.
How Gabapentin Can Ease Pain and Treat Seizures...
Gabapentin can be used in dogs and cats to relieve pain and treat seizures. Learn about the uses of gabapentin in dogs and cats and how it can be used to treat seizures and/or pain.
What Happens If Your Pet Ingests Nicotine?
Pets may also find discarded cigarette or cigar butts, nicotine patches, nicotine gum, e-cigarettes, and chewing tobacco and give them a taste test. All of these products contain nicotine, which can cause illness and even death in fairly small amounts.
A Day in the Life of a Veterinarian: The Inside...
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Find Out Why Skunks Spray and How to Effectivel...
Your dog barks frantically, and zooms off before you can react. Then you smell it. Skunk! Learn about skunks, why and how they spray, and what to do if you get skunked.
Cat Parasites - Fleas, Ticks, Worms, Mites and...
Parasites come in many sizes, shapes and levels of "severity" for our pets. This collection of parasites
Consider These Important Factors Before Putting...
Having to make the decision to end a pet's life is never easy. Here are some things to consider when evaluating your pet's quality of life.
Everything You Need to Know about Parvovirus...
Parvovirus infection is a serious disease that affects the gasstrointestinal or cardiac systems of dogs. Parvo is a highly contagious and often sudden viral disease; puppies are particularly susceptible. Learn about the clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Parvo in this article.
The Causes of Seizures in Dogs
Seizures in dogs can occur for many different reasons. Explore the various causes of canine seizures.
What age I take my new kitten to the vet?
Adding a new kitten to the family is always exciting. Sometimes it is a pre-planned and highly anticipated event, sometimes it is a spontaneous adoption-rescue. Either way, along with shopping for all of the new necessary items like food, dishes and litter boxes, be sure to schedule in some time for that first vet check. The earlier, the better.
What Should You Do If Your Pet Has a Seizure?
Seizures are often scary to witness. What should you do if you suspect that your pet has had a seizure? What are the treatment options and prognosis? When are seizures an emergency? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this FAQ article.
When Will Your Puppy or Kitten Lose Its Baby...
Just like human children, puppies and kittens lose their baby teeth. These teeth are also called
Does Your Cat Need to See the Vet? 5 Things to...
What is a normal temperature for a cat? How many teeth do they have? Learn these facts and more about Cat Normals.
The Signs Your Pet May Have a Urinary Tract...
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Does the DAP Collar for Dogs Work to Reduce...
I tried out the DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) calming collar for dogs on my own dog, Sophie, who suffers from noise phobia and separation anxiety. Here are my findings.
What You Should Know About Whipworms in Dogs...
About whipworms in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
What You Should Know About Furosemide for Cats...
Furosemide (Lasix®) is used in dogs and cats to treat congestive heart failure and other diseases. Learn what furosemide is used for and possible risks.
How Lily Plants Can Seriously Harm Your Cat
Lilies are bold, beautiful, fragrant and... poisonous to cats. What makes lilies poisonous is unknown, but it is known that the toxin is deadly.
What's Causing that Red Lump in Your Dog's Eye?
Questions about cherry eye are common on this site. Dog owners notice a
Common Signs of Kidney Failure in Dogs and Cats
Kidney failure in dogs and cats is commonly seen. Kidney failure is especially common in older dogs and cats but can occur in dogs and cats of any age.
How To Remove a Tick
How to safely remove a tick from pets and humans.
Signs Your Cat Has an Ear Infection
Cat owners should know the signs of ear infections and monitor their cat for them. Learn the signs of feline ear infections and find out what your veterinarian might need to do to diagnose an ear infection for your cat.
Signs Your Cat Could Have Arthritis
Arthritis in cats is a frequent cause of pain, especially in older cats. It is important to be able to recognize the signs of arthritis in your cat so that you know whether treatment is necessary.
3 Effective Arthritis Treatments for Cats
Arthritis in cats can be treated using several different treatment options. Arthritis in cats in a painful disease and successful treatment methods must relieve the pain caused by feline arthritis.
5 Normal Signs of Aging in Cats
Each cat, like each human, is different. Here are some general things to watch for as a cat ages.
Could Your Dog Have Cancer? Signs to Look For
Cancer is an unfortunately common disease of dogs. For dogs over 10 years of age, approximately 50% of deaths are cancer-related. Like humans, there are many types of cancers and many clinical signs seen. The causes of these cancers are largely unknown, making prevention difficult. Being aware of possible signs of cancer in pets will help provide early detection and care.
Why Does Your Adult Dog Still Have It's Baby...
Like humans, dogs and cats have baby (deciduous) teeth that are replaced by permanent teeth as they mature. In some cases, the animal will gain the permanent tooth but fail to lose the baby tooth, resulting in what is termed a
Why is my Pet Itching and Scratching?
Questions about itching, scratching, fleas, allergies and hair loss in pets are among the most common questions asked of veterinarians. Here are some answers.
Identifying and Treating Upper Respiratory...
About Upper Respiratory Infections in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
First Aid For Pets Sprayed By A Skunk
Dogs, whether just curious or in wrong place at the wrong time, can have medical issues that arise from startled skunks.
Keppra® (Levetiracetam) for Controlling...
Levetiracetam (Keppra®) is an anti-epileptic drug used to treat seizures in pets. Learn how levetiracetam can help prevent seizures and about the potential side effects of levetiracetam in dogs and cats.
Can Anipryl Help Your Senior Dog or Cat with...
If your pet has a clean bill of health, but showing behavioral signs of
Heart Failure in the Dog
The signs of heart disease in dogs are a result of heart failure. Learn to recognize the signs of canine heart disease and heart failure.
Why (and What) is My Senior Dog "Leaking"?
Many dog owners have been startled to find a wet spot on the floor or bed after a pet gets up after a nap. The dog is usually feeling fine otherwise and may not seem to notice the leakage. Learn more about this common senior canine finding.
Everything You Should Know About Heart Disease...
Heart disease in dogs is common. Dogs with heart disease and heart failure may cough, tire easily, and have a loss of appetite. Learn to recognize the signs of heart problems in dogs, various causes, diagnostic and treatment options, and how to manage your heart patient dog at home.
How to Know if Your Dog is Having A Seizure
Seizures can occur in dogs and can take several different forms. Learn the different types of seizures which dogs can suffer and how to recognize a canine seizure.
7 Anti-Seizure Medications for Dogs and Cats
Phenobarbital is the medication that is most commonly used to treat seizures and epilepsy in dogs and cats. There are other medications for canine and feline seizures too. Learn more about traditional and newer seizure control medications.
Traveling with Your Cat? How to Make It Easier
Traveling with a cat isn't impossible, it just takes a little preparation and planning. Here are some tips for a smooth trip.
What to Do if Your Dog or Cat Has a Seizure
Watching your dog or cat have a seizure is a frightening experience. Learn how to take care of your dog or cat if he does have a seizure.
Top 5 Signs of Urinary Tract Troubles
Is is urine marking or a medical problem? Learn how to tell the difference, and why immediate care may be necessary for a cat or dog experiencing urinary problems.
Tick Tips - What to do with that tick that you...
Ticks are notorious vectors for a variety of potentially very serious diseases; the most common one being Lyme disease. Learn what to do with that tick once it is safely removed from your pet or from you.
Urinary Problems in Dogs
Urinary problems in dogs are common. Signs can range from barely noticeable to unable to urinate (this is an emergency). Some urinary problems are the result of other diseases, such as diabetes with increased urination as the most common first sign. Other problems may be the result of stones or tumors in the bladder; causing abnormal urination habits, blood in the urine and urinary tract infections. If your pet has changes in urinary habits, please see your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Is it Safe to Give a Cat Aspirin?
Cats are not small dogs. Cats metabolize drugs such as aspirin very differently than dogs or humans. Find out why aspirin should not be given to cats in this FAQ.
How, When and What to Feed a Diabetic Dog
Dogs with diabetes mellitus require a strictly controlled diet. Find out what, when and how to feed a dog with diabetes.
Answers to Commonly-Asked Veterinary Questions
Veterinary Questions and Answers Archive - Veterinary Medicine
Top 8 Care Tips - after your pet's dental or...
Most veterinarians send home printed handouts after an anesthetic procedure detailing the pet's post-procedure care. This is helpful because in the busy discharge time of most clinics, coupled with excitement at seeing their pet, many owners don't hear all of the details or think of questions until after they are home. This article discusses general post-procedure care. Please call your veterinarian with specific questions about your pet's recovery.
What Is an Epulis?
Epulis is a common tumor in dogs' mouths, occurring along the gum line. Surgical removal is best, and easiest, when the lump is small. While these tumors may recur locally, they do not spread to other areas of the body.
What Vaccinations Does Your Dog Really Need?
About vaccination in dogs, including which vaccines are commonly given to dogs as part of their preventative medicine program.
Surgery for Slipped Discs in Dogs
Guest Author Dr. Beatrix Nanai, a veterinary neurosurgeon, discusses intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) diagnosis and treatment in dogs.
The Declawing Dilemma
The Declaw Dilemma - What is involved in a declaw surgery for cats? Learn what is involved with this controversial surgery - there are a few different surgical techniques. Learn more about alternatives to declawing.
What You Should Know About Feline Infectious...
About feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Watch Out For Foxtails and Grass Awns
As these plants dry out and the barbed seed pods begin to scatter, this can mean trouble for pets who get them caught in paws, eyes nostrils and embedded in fur and skin.
Treatment of Heartworm Disease in Dogs - Slow...
Heartworm treatment in dogs is risky with any method. Learn about the relative risks of the slow kill method with monthly ivermectin-containing heartworm preventive medications versus using melarsomine (Immiticide®) to treat canine heartworm disease.
The Signs of Heartworm Disease in Dogs
Canine heartworm disease is a potential cause of heart failure as well as damage to the lungs in dogs. Learn about heartworms and the signs of heartworm disease in infected dogs.
Foods Toxic to Pets - Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts are toxic to some dogs. Like raisins and grapes (also toxic), the toxin and mechanism of action are not known at this time. Another similarity is that sensitivity to macadamia nuts appears to vary between dogs as does the amount of nuts that cause a toxic reaction. Learn about this common food toxicity, the signs seen and what to do if your dog ingests macadamia nuts in this FAQ.
What Are Hot Spots in Dogs?
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Sago Palms are deadly plants to have around the...
The sago palm, a common yard and house plant, is deadly toxic to pets and people. Learn more about this plant and why it is so toxic.
What Causes Kidney Failure in Dogs and Cats?
Kidney failure in dogs and cats can have many different causes and be sudden or chronic in nature. Learn more about kidney failure in pets here.
Swollen paw: call the vet or wait and see?
Soft tissue swelling in an animal's paw may mean a few things: insect bite or sting, infection and abscession, or blunt tissue damage. First question to ask: is the paw painful? Learn more in this FAQ.
What can we do about our sock-eating dog?
A forum member asked this question:
When Should Your Senior Dog Visit the Vet? 7...
Some changes are to be expected with old age, some are not. Learn to watch for, and differentiate between, normal and possible medical problems for your senior dog.
Visual Guide to Lipoma Removal Surgery in Dogs
Lipomas are fatty tumors found commonly in dogs. They appear in middle-aged and senior dogs, usually on the belly or upper legs, but can appear anywhere. Most lipomas are just watched and not surgically removed, but if they are large, impede movement or function, or suspected of being malignant, they are removed surgically. This is a surgical step-by-step of a lipoma removal. Note: photos are graphic and not for the squeamish.
Should You Use Zonisamide for Treating Dog and...
Zonisamide is one of the medications used to treat seizures in dogs and (less often) in cats. Learn about how zonisamide is used in dogs and cats and what the side effects of zonisamide may be in treating seizures for dogs and cats.
Help - My Pet May Have Been Poisoned
Poisonings in Pets: Learn the signs of poisoning, what to do, and what substances are poisonous to pets.
Tick Twister - Easy Tool for Safely Removing...
The 'best way' to remove ticks is with as minimal as possible handling of the tick. A lit match is definitely not the best way, and can induce more damage. The Tick Twister provides an easy way to remove ticks that is low cost, safe, and utilizing a technique to reduce the spread of infectious agents via ticks.
Marijuana Poisoning in Pets is on the Rise
Marijuana is available in many different forms. Pets may become poisoned from marijuana by smoke inhalation or ingestion of foods or products made with marijuana. Get the facts here.
How to Treat Canine Heartworm Disease
Treatment of heartworm disease in dogs is possible but is not without risk. Learn about the options available for treating a dog with heartworm disease and the risks involved.
Why is treatment for tapeworms different than...
A friend of mine purchased some tapeworm medicine to deworm her cat. She noted that only one dose was needed, unlike the dewormer medication used for other types of worms (roundworms, hookworms, etc.). Was the tapeworm medicine a different dose? Why is only one dose needed? Learn more about tapeworm treatment in this FAQ.

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