Dr. JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM

What Can Dogs Not Eat? Lists Of Safe & Toxic Foods For Your Dog: Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, Human Food, Fish, Meat, Bones, Etc.

Dog and cat at open fridge (caption: Foods Not To Feed Your Dog)

Dogs aren’t pick eaters by any stretch of the imagination. However, this doesn’t mean that everything that they eat is good for them. As a dog parent, you should know how certain foods affect your dog. Be aware of which foods are unsafe for your dog, so you can keep them safe. We help you by giving you lists of foods dogs can’t eat and some they can eat safely.

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Common Dog Health Issues You Must Know

Common Dog Health Issues

No two dogs are alike. Likewise, no two dog breeds are alike, especially when it comes to their health. Dog health problems range from infections to cancers, and it’s up to you as pet parents to keep your companions happy and healthy by understanding some common dog illnesses and diseases. See below for the most common types of dog health issues, and make sure to take immediate action if you think something serious is wrong with your dog.

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Dog Skin Allergies: Causes, Symptoms, Home Remedies, Treatment & More

Dog itching ear (Caption: Dog Skin Allergies)

Is your dog scratching and licking herself excessively? Does her skin look red or irritated? You’re certainly not alone. Dog skin allergies are one of the most common reasons pet owners seek veterinary care. But how do you know if your dog has skin allergies or if something else is going on? If it is allergies, what’s the cause? And what should you do if you suspect your pup has skin allergies? We’ll answer these questions and more to help you give your dog some much-needed relief.

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Is Pet Insurance Worth It? How Does Pet Insurance Work And Should I Get It?

Dog At Vet (Caption: Is Pet Insurance Worth It?)

A big misconception about pet insurance is that it’s too expensive. We spend hundreds of dollars on ourselves and our families each month for health insurance, yet we don’t get coverage for our furry “children.” In reality, paying $48 per month* for pet insurance could end up saving your pet’s life. Instead of being hit with an $8,000 vet bill because your dog needs cancer treatment, you can have a vast majority of it covered through pet insurance. The worst scenario is learning that your dog has cancer but having to turn down treatment because you can’t afford the bills. No one wants to face this decision, and signing up for pet insurance can take care of most of the cost. Pet insurance allows you to make the best choices instead of the least expensive ones when an emergency arises. Pet insurance can also prevent a tragedy commonly referred to as “economic euthanasia.” This is when a pet owner can’t afford treatment and has to ask the vet to put down the pet rather than care for him due to financial limitations. For this reason, it’s vital to consider buying pet health insurance to protect your canine (and your wallet) from some of life’s most unfortunate incidents.

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CPR For Dogs: A Step-By-Step Guide To Saving Your Dog’s Life

CPR for Dogs

Seeing your dog in a life-threatening situation can be a frightening and stressful experience, especially if the dog is unresponsive. Equipping yourself with the knowledge to effectively recognize and take action treating your dog’s condition can keep you calm and greatly increase your dog’s chance of survival.

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Malignant Melanoma In Dogs: Eye, Skin, Oral, Symptoms, And Treatments

Dog snout with melanoma (caption: Melanoma In Dogs)

In humans, malignant melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, but can dogs get melanoma? The unfortunate answer is yes — however, just like with humans, there are varying types of melanoma that affect different parts of a dog’s body. Some types are more serious than others.  But with any type of cancer, an early diagnosis is key to catching this potential killer before it’s too late.

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