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6 Ways Pets Improve Your Health

You've heard before: Adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue and you save a life. And while those words ring true 365 days each year, they have even more meaning on April 11 – National Pet Day, founded by animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige in hopes of saving some of the 16,000 unwanted pets killed each day in U.S. shelters. Indeed, providing a forever home for a dog or cat is a loving, noble and worthwhile act. But based on findings from some four decades of medical research, their lives aren't the only ones being "saved" in their adoption. Here are six ways pets can save your life from America's top killer – heart disease – and improve your overall health. Credit: Getty Creative STRESS MA...

Pancreatitis is a scary and confusing disease for any pet parent to encounter. For veterinarians, it's maddening. Pancreatitis is often difficult to diagnose, difficult to identify its underlying cause, and sometimes resistant to treatment. To fully understand why, you must know what exactly is pancreatitis. Credit: Flickr/Bev Goodwin What is Pancreatitis? The pancreas is a small organ that is located between the stomach and the first part of the small intestine. It has two main functions: the production of the hormone insulin and the manufacture of digestive enzymes. Pancreatitis develops when the organ becomes inflamed for any of a number (or no particular) reason. The symptoms of panc...

7 Signs of Arthritis in Pets

Arthritis is one of the most common ailments seen in middle-aged to older pets. Even younger dogs and cats, under the right circumstances, can suffer from arthritic changes. Arthritis causes changes within the affected joints that are painful for the affected pet. This pain is responsible for many of the signs associated with arthritis. Here are seven of those common signs. Credit: Associated Press 1. LIMPING You may see your pet limping or favoring one or more of his legs, depending on which legs and which joints are arthritic. In some cases, the limp may seem worse when your pet first rises and become less noticeable as your pet "warms up" by moving around. RELATED: Kennel Cough in Dog...

How to Clean Dogs' Ears

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