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.
Reviewed By Dr. Pendergrass, DVM
This content was reviewed by veterinarian Dr. JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM.
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.
Help, my dog is farting a lot! Although typically not a big health concern, gas in dogs can be a real nuisance to live with (not to mention embarrassing when you have company over). Whether your dog is silent but deadly or has flatulence like a foghorn, we’re here to help you get to the bottom of this all-too-common occurrence.
As dog parents, we all know our pups can perform some pretty repulsive displays of behavior (especially when we have company over). And a dog licking its butts is arguably one of the worst. Although you may want to avert your eyes, this behavior could indicate a health concern that requires your attention…
Canine parvovirus (also called ‘parvo’) is a severe, highly contagious virus that mostly affects puppies and can be deadly. As with any medical concern you may face with your pup, you may have questions about the cost. Our experts take a look at what you need to know when it comes to the costs of diagnosing, treating, and preventing parvovirus in dogs.
When dogs feel under the weather, some pet parents think an easy fix is to give their pup something from their medicine cabinet. In some cases, you can give dogs human meds, but human meds are usually off-limits for dogs. If your dog is having tummy troubles, you may wonder, can you give a dog Pepto Bismol? Our guide gives you the lowdown on Pepto Bismol and dogs.
As dog owners, we all have to deal with cruddy critters at times, and ticks on dogs are an unfortunate but common occurrence. Experts say you should always remove ticks on your dog as soon as you spot them to reduce the chance of disease. We’ll tell you how to safely remove a tick from a dog and give you tips on disease symptoms to watch out for, how to prevent ticks, and more.
You’ve most likely seen horrific images of animal organizations rescuing mange-ridden dogs. What you may not know is that mange doesn’t just affect neglected animals. This common skin disease can strike any pet. Untreated mange can result in a hairless, sore-covered dog in lots of pain. That’s why it’s essential to treat mange at first sight. Don’t let your dog’s skin turn to stone.
As the use of medical and recreational marijuana continues to grow — as well as the legalization of weed in the U.S. — pet dogs have more chances of exposure than ever before. If you use marijuana or your dog is around someone who does, you may be wondering how it can affect your pup. Can dogs get high? Is weed bad for dogs? Our experts have compiled a list of the most common questions and answers about dogs and marijuana to give you the best information you need to keep your pup safe and healthy.