Hug Your Hound Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in September each year. In 2019, the holiday falls on September 14th, so get ready to give your dog a hug! But only if they enjoy it, of course. Here’s how you can teach your dog to give hugs and what you should consider before you begin.
Phenobarbital is one of the most commonly used drugs to treat epilepsy and other seizure disorders in dogs. It is also known by the brand names Luminal and Barbita. It can also lead to some unintended side effects, such as lethargy and sedation. Here’s what you should know.
Tachycardia in dogs is, simply put, an abnormally rapid heart rate. It is usually characterized by heart rates greater than 140 bpm in large dogs, 160 bpm in medium sized dogs, 180 bpm in small dogs, or 220 bpm in puppies and can result in heart failure or death. Here is what you should know.
September is Responsible Dog Ownership month. Most dog owners are awesome people, but we’ve all met these annoying, uninformed, and irresponsible people who serve as a great example of what NOT to do. Here are some of the most annoying dog owners that we can all agree are the absolute worst.
The answer to that question is no, you cannot give Advil to your dog unless your veterinarian specifically instructs you to do so. Advil is highly toxic to dogs, and veterinarians rarely recommend it due to the high potential for disastrous side effects.
Hypothyroidism in dogs is a disorder where the thyroid gland in the neck doesn’t secrete enough thyroxine, a hormone that controls metabolism. This means that a dog’s body is no longer able to convert food into fuel at an appropriate rate. Here’s what you should know.
Eating poop is actually not all that uncommon among dogs. It’s called coprophagia, and it’s generally a natural behavior with a few different causes. So why is your dog eating poop? Here are some possible reasons.
The answer to that question is no, you cannot give aspirin to your dog unless your veterinarian specifically instructs you to do so. This is because it is very easy to accidentally give your dog too much aspirin, as the difference between a proper dose and an overdose is quite small.
Any police officer can tell you some pretty strange stories from their time on the force, so it’s no wonder that police dogs have some pretty weird tales, themselves. Here are seven weird stories about police dogs that might leave you laughing or scratching your head.
Neem oil is extracted from the seeds and bark of the neem tree, which is native to India, and is used as a natural insecticide, pesticide, skin treatment, and more for dogs. It has many beneficial properties that boost dogs’ overall health, and it’s very potent. Here’s what you should know.
Leukemia in dogs is a form of cancer that results in an increased white blood cell count in the blood stream and bone marrow. It can be acute or chronic with the acute form being more malignant. Here’s what you should know.
The short answer is yes, you can give your dog Tums for digestion issues and it may provide temporary relief, even though it almost certainly isn’t the most effective choice for treatment. However, you must follow certain guidelines and consult your veterinarian first, or you could make your dog much sicker.
Brachycephalic dogs are adorable. That’s hard to deny. So why should it be a problem when breeders continue to produce these dogs to meet demand? Well, those cute, smushed faces come at a price, and not just in terms of how much money it costs to buy a dog from a breeder.
Maybe you just don’t have the financial means, or maybe you live with an allergy sufferer. Well don’t worry, there are plenty of ways you can hang out with dogs and take on plenty of dog-related chores–I mean opportunities–that you can ask your dog owning friends and neighbors about.
The answer to that question is technically yes, you can give Pepto Bismol to your dog, but NOT without asking your veterinarian, first. In many circumstances, it can make your dog sicker, it can mask signs of severe illness, and it can be difficult to determine a safe dosage.
Hypoglycemia in dogs is the condition of having low blood sugar, which results in symptoms that mostly relate to an affected dog’s energy level. When it becomes severe, hypoglycemia can cause pain, seizures, loss of consciousness, and even death in canines.
It’s important that we don’t shame people who consider returning their dog to the shelter, but instead give them resources and encouragement that might help them realize that they can take steps to keep their pup. Here are some ways to deal with problems before you return your dog to the shelter.
Urinary tract infection (UTI) in dogs is a condition that affects the bladder, upper urethra, or both. Symptoms of a UTI in dogs are especially visible during urination and often include feeling the need to urinate frequently even though little to no urine is released.
Ursodiol for dogs is a bile acid used to treat liver disease and dissolve or prevent gallstones. It is also known by the brand names Actigall and Urso. Dogs usually tolerate it well, but some side effects can occur. Here’s what you should know.
Pneumonia in dogs is a condition that affects the respiratory system, including the lungs and airways that allow dogs to breathe. This results in several symptoms that usually disappear with proper treatment, though if it’s not treated, it can lead to serious complications.
Azathioprine for dogs is a drug that suppresses the immune system, which is useful in treatment for various disorders and autoimmune diseases of the skin, blood, or other areas of the body. It is only available with a prescription. Here’s what you should know.