Dogs aren’t picky 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. All too often, our dogs get into foods they shouldn’t. Some of those foods are toxic to dogs and require immediate vet treatment, which can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars. If you have pet insurance, accidental poisoning may be covered, which can help save you money and focus on your dog’s health. But whether you have pet insurance or not, you need to 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.
Reviewed By Dr. Pendergrass, DVM
This content was reviewed by veterinarian Dr. JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM.
The topic of spaying and neutering is often brought up by dog owners. However, it’s a subject that should be addressed by all pet owners. There are many benefits of spaying and neutering, including improved health outlook, enhanced temperament, a declining homeless pet population, and a reduction in the expense associated with breeding.
Does your dog have an upset stomach? Normally dogs will eat grass to clean out their system. This is the natural method to cure your dog’s sick tummy. However, this won’t always do the trick. In fact, your dog may not even feel like eating grass. So, here are some additional tips to help cure your dog’s upset tummy.
Bravecto is a controversial prescription medication in the pet world. Vets recommend it, it’s FDA-approved, and it helps eradicate ticks and fleas. However, many pet parents claim it causes seizures in their dogs and has even caused some to die. Is Bravecto safe to give your pet? Learn more so you can decide. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding Bravecto from our readers.
Bees and wasps are one of nature’s little miracles for a curious canine. It’s hard for pups to resist these flying and buzzing wonders. Unfortunately, dogs don’t understand the pain these insects can inflict — and dogs’ faces and paws often pay the price. If your dog gets stung by a bee, what do you do? In most cases, you can help them at home. But some dogs suffer severe reactions, so it’s important to know when it’s time for emergency care.
Is your pup a big-time chewer? If so, there is a chance your dog may experience intestinal blockage at some point in their lifetime. All it takes is your dog ingesting one small toy or sock to cause a serious blockage in his gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which can lead to major surgery and astronomical medical bills.
If your dog is suffering from allergies and needs relief for her itchy skin, you’re likely wondering, what’s the best allergy medicine for dogs? Dog allergies are best diagnosed by your veterinarian, who will recommend the best treatment for your dog depending on what your dog is allergic to (food, fleas, environmental factors, etc.). One commonly vet-prescribed dog itching medicine is Apoquel. But exactly what is Apoquel used for in dogs? Are there side effects? And is it the most effective anti-itch medicine for dogs? We give you the whole scoop on these popular allergy pills for dogs.
Since ancient times, physicians have looked to stool samples as a reference point for the health of their patients. For dogs, referencing stool samples is a more viable option than ever because of the rising costs of vet care. Concerned pet parents and vets can learn a lot by looking at a pet’s stool samples. And when it comes to puppies, what you learn might even save their lives.
Witnessing your dog being unable to stand up suddenly can be very alarming. This can happen as dogs age, or it could be the result of an injury or illness. Instead of brushing it off and seeing if it gets better with time, call your vet and schedule an appointment immediately. It could be something you can fix, but you don’t want to wait too long because time is of the essence, and your dog could be experiencing pain. The sooner you determine the cause, the sooner your dog can hopefully start feeling like his happy self again.
Have you ever thought about sharing your beverages, adult or otherwise, with your dog? Fresh water, of course, is the best way to keep your dog hydrated, but what else can dogs drink? You might be surprised at the number of human beverages that are no-gos. There are some dog-safe options for your pup’s own happy hour, but the bottom line is that water really is the best drink for your dog. If you want to occasionally splash some juice or gravy into their water, that’s fine, but trust us – your pup will be just as happy getting an approved canine treat to enjoy with their water as they will taking a sip of your beverage.