Posts Tagged ‘cats’

Pet Care : How to Potty Train Your Puppy

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Potty training a puppy requires determining the pre-potty behavior, taking the puppy outside at regular times throughout the day and offering lots of praise for …

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THE UNKNOWN SUGAR IN PET FOOD

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You’re feeding sugar to your dog and you don’t know it. Find me on on on …

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Basic dog health check

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Wondering how to do a basic health check on your dog at home? Watch this video as Amy the vet tells us how to carry out some basic health checks ¬©Vet’s …

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Top Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy

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Today’s Pet has been family owned and operated since 1996 with a single location serving Elkridge, Columbia, and the surrounding areas – from Annapolis to …

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Flying Puppy Travel Tips EP5

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Traveling can be complicated. Dr. Timi Lee has some advice and checklists for packing your pet for a secure and safe flight. Pet Advice is a webisodic series …

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8 Secret Signs Your Pet is in Pain

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Since pets can’t just speak up and tell us when they’re experiencing pain, we have to keep a lookout for clues. This week, Dr. Andy shares 8 subtle signs that …

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5 Tips for Tiring Out Your Dog Indoors

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Dogs need exercise, but it’s not always easy to get outdoors. Whether the weather is bad, you’re stuck in a 5th floor walkup, or you just don’t have time to get …

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Dr. Marty Becker Offers Pet Health Advice

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“Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul” co-author, “Good Morning America” contributor, newspaper columnist and practicing veterinarian, Dr. Marty Becker, knows pets and how to keep them healthy and happy. As you will see, Dr. Becker has come up with simple tips to help improve your pets’ health and lives.

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Tips for Better Dogs Skin Health

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While underappreciated or even unrecognized as an organ, skin has amazing properties. For starters, it’s the largest organ of the body. Both tough and pliable, skin has many functions, including regulating body temperature, helping to prevent dehydration and protecting against injury and disease. Without skin, our pets couldn’t have hair, and everything that was on the inside would be exposed, making snuggle sessions a little on the icky side!
Canine and feline skin shares many similarities with human skin, but there are significant differences. They do have three layers of their skin, with the same nerves and blood vessels running throughout. Even though the pigmented skin in dogs They do have three layers of their skin, with the same nerves and blood vessels running throughout. Even though the pigmented skin in dogs contains melanin, dogs do not have the ability to tan like humans do. Also, they have apocrine glands (similar to human sweat glands), however, dogs do not sweat like we do. Instead, dogs have eccrine glands in their paws, which secrete a watery substance like sweat, although this typically only occurs when they are nervous and under stress. Now you know how it is that they can sometimes leave little damp paw prints when exiting the veterinary office!
As the body’s first line of defense to environmental factors, the skin is subjected to all sorts of insults and injuries. Critters of all stripes, from fleas to ticks to parasites (like mange mites) bite and damage the skin. Additionally, skin is under repeated assault by foreign objects, nibbling teeth, scratching claws and constant licking, all of which can weaken and impair the skin’s protective barrier. Skin can also be affected from the inside out by infections, hormonal imbalances, allergies and immune disorders.
Young pets are particularly suspectible to skin problems because their skin is more sensitive and their immune systems are not fully developed. Kittens, for example, are prone to ringworm (fungal) infections and puppies are predisposed to demodectic mange. If your puppy or kitten develops a rash, loses hair, or has bumps or warts, consult with your veterinarian to determine if treatment is necessary.
The bottom line is, healthy skin is a vital part of pet health, and its condition is a reflection of a pet’s overall well-being. Vulnerable to attacks on all sides, it’s very important that pet parents regularly monitor their pet’s skin health. Skin normally does its job well as the body’s protector, but sometimes even skin needs an extra boost. In this episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah reviews some common causes of skin and coat problems in dogs and cats, and reveals some safe and natural home remedies that promote overall skin health.

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Wahl Pet Grooming Tips and Techniques

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Wahl Clipper Corp shares tips and techniques for grooming your dog. We love pets, more than that…we love happy pets! Click over to to see our home pet grooming products

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