Wellness

Is Bad Breath a Sign of Bad Health?

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Most often, canine bad breath is caused by dental or gum disease.   However, persistent bad breath can also indicate larger medical problems in the mouth, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, or organs.  Dr. Jeff Werber has answers to all of your “bad breath” questions. Does a dog’s breath ever smell “good”? It depends on the person. Most people, certainly myself, can’t ...

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Ahhh, Massage!

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Massages are wonderful. We crave them, we beg for them, and sometimes, we even get them. Your four-legged friend might be craving a massage too. Massage therapy has been integrated into and widely accepted as a supplement to traditional medical care for humans. Now the trend is entering the pet world. Massage increases circulation and flushes out toxins in the ...

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Puppies as Pincushions?!

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by Dr. Brad Kerr Acupuncture for animals is an increasingly popular method of caring for pets, exotic animals, and horses. The use of acupuncture in the West has been on the rise since the early 1970’s, when increased communication between China and the United States began. However, acupuncture has been around for a very long time – historical records suggest ...

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Dogs Go to Bat Against Lou Gehrig’s Disease

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurological disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord of humans. The limited treatment options available, and fatal nature of ALS, have made the need for novel research approaches urgent. Dogs Go to Bat Against Lou Gehrig’s Disease examines how veterinary researchers are studying a canine ...

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Only 28% of Americans Understand the Benefits of Spay/Neuter

Benefits of Spay Neuter

In an era where adopting a pet from a local animal shelter is becoming a growing trend across the country, a national survey by Best Friends Animal Society, the national leader of the no-kill shelter movement, has revealed a surprising disconnect in the way some Americans approach pet adoption. The survey indicates that younger generations (ages 18-34) are more likely ...

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Skin Allergies Revealed as a Top Medical Issue

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As humans and their canine companions contend with a particularly severe allergy season this year, Pets Best Insurance, a leading nationwide pet insurance agency, encourages pet owners to consider the steep costs and greater health risks associated with allergies among dogs. Skin allergy issues consistently generate the highest number of insurance claims filed for dogs through Pets Best Insurance. Environmental ...

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Preventative Health Care Tips for Pets

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Paramount Rx has put together five preventative health tips to consider, whether you’re looking to adopt from an animal shelter or just trying to keep your pets at home healthy and happy this spring. Be proactive about biannual veterinary checkups—Just like us humans, animals need regular visits to the doctor. Because pets age at a much quicker pace, it is ...

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Tips for Safe Exercising in Winter with Pets

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Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow, the nation’s largest doggy daycare and overnight camp, offers a list of important tips for Safe Exercising in Winter with Pets: Just as we need to add layers to guard ourselves from the cold, short-haired dogs need the same protection. Even as internal body temperatures rise with exercise, cold air counteracts ...

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4 Tips for Choosing the Right Dog Food

By Chad Curtiss Walking down the pet food aisle these days can be a scary endeavor. It seems that every month I see another product being recalled for contaminated food, salmonella, or any number of other problems. Products are telling me they are healthy and natural when that’s really not the case. Even packaging that says, “USA” on the front ...

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10 Tips for Proper Dental Care

February is National Pet Dental Month, and the veterinarians of VCA West Los Angeles share their tips, facts, and advice for caring for your pet’s dental health. Oral care is critical for your pet’s overall health and happiness, so here are 10 tips to maintain proper care: 1. Pets have a remarkable ability to hide dental pain; their desire to ...

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