Dr. Katherine Baldwin, Veterinarian

Dog Vomit Color Guide: What Does Your Dog’s Vomit Says About Their Health?

Dog throwing up green vomit (Caption: Dog Vomit Color Guide)

Our canine friends vomit from time to time – it’s practically a given when you’re a pet parent that at some point, you will be cleaning up after them. There are endless reasons why our dogs may get sick, and it’s not surprising when we see what habits they have at times. But is it possible to tell why they’re vomiting from the color of their vomit? A dog vomit color guide may be helpful for you to know when you need to worry about your furry best friend.

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Can Dogs Eat Black Pepper? Is Pepper Bad For Dogs?

Dog sitting next to salt & pepper shakers (Caption: Can Dogs Eat Black Pepper?)

We pet parents often consider our furry friends as part of our family, and that may mean them joining in at mealtimes. A lot of people also give their pups “human food” snacks. We know that some foods that are healthy for people are not safe for dogs, but can dogs eat black pepper? Salt and pepper are common seasonings used in a lot of human food. So, before sneaking your furry friend a sly treat, it’s a good idea to find out if dogs can have black pepper.

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Dog Itching Relief & Home Remedies For Dog Allergies

Small dog scratching himself (Caption: Dog Itching Relief)

Dogs love a good scratch, but excessive itching can be a sign of an underlying allergy or skin condition. It’s possible to spot the signs of irritation caused by skin conditions and manage some of them at home so your dog can get back to his fun-loving antics faster. We’ll help you know how to help give your pup some itch relief and when it’s time to see your veterinarian.

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MDR1 In Dogs: Symptoms, Genetic Testing & More

Two collies sitting in grass with DNA on top of them (Caption: MDR1 In Dogs)

The study of dog genetics is revealing more about the health of our canine companions than ever before. Hidden in the genetic code of some dog breeds is a mutation that can increase their susceptibility to drug toxicity, which can lead to serious health consequences. Awareness of this defect is increasing, but some information and advice about it can be confusing or misinformed. Here, we explain the MDR1 (multi-drug resistance 1) gene, the breeds most affected, how to test for it, and what this genetic mutation could mean for your furry friend.

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Can Dogs Eat Hot Dogs As A Meal Or A Treat?

Dog next to plate of mini hot dogs (Caption: Can Dogs Eat Hot Dogs?)

A hot dog cooked on the grill may seem simply irresistible to your furry friend; what’s not to love? But is it okay for our canine companions to have a hot dog? The answer is mainly yes, but only as a treat. They are okay as an occasional indulgence but are unlikely to form part of a healthy, balanced diet for your dog.

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Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) In Dogs: Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention

Vet looking at an xray of dog (Caption: Intervertebral Disc Disease In Dogs)

Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) in dogs is a condition in which the cushioning discs between the  spinal column bones (vertebrae) move or bulge into the spinal canal. The discs then push on the spinal cord or the nerves around it and cause pain, nerve damage, and can even lead to paralysis. Intervertebral disc disease, also referred to as a slipped or herniated disc, is caused by degenerative disc disease. Here is what you need to know about IVDD and how you can help your dog.

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