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Many dog owners leave out water for their dogs all the time with the thought that they'll drink as much, or as little, as they need. But how much water does a dog need? Monitoring your dog's water intake can improve their health, prevent illness and insure proper hydration. While some dogs naturally do this on their own, some either under-drink or over-drink. Too little water can lead to dehydration in dogs, kidney stones, organ failure and even death. Drinking too much water can lead to stomach bloat, electrolyte imbalances, and Hyponatremia (water toxicity). Credit: Thinkstock Also, keep in mind that if your dog is under-drinking or over-drinking, it could be a sign of an underlying...

Bad Treats for Dogs

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How Dog Food Can Make You Sick

Recently the American Veterinary Medical Association issued a policy statement discouraging pet owners from feeding raw diets. The American Animal Hospital Association followed with a similar policy statement. Owners of dogs fed raw diets are now excluded from many groups that offer therapy dog visitations to nursing homes and hospitals. And certainly, studies have shown that raw diets do pose a greater risk for bacterial contamination to family members than other pet food sources. This, however, does not imply that commercial dog food is risk free. Credit: Getty Just published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association is an epidemiology study of a Salmonella outbreak...

Best Treats for Dogs

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How Dangerous Is Chocolate for Dogs?

If you're a dog lover, you undoubtedly have heard that chocolate can be deadly to dogs, but is that really true? Will the chocolate bar surreptitiously snagged off the kitchen counter by Fido end in his early demise - or is this an old wives tale? In the aftermath of Valentine's Day, the holiday maybe most associated with chocolate, let's look at the veterinary science behind this claim. The quick answer is YES. Yes, chocolate can a kill a dog. Now the more nuanced answer, which may help you not panic if your dog wolfs down an unattended Hershey bar. Chocolate poisoning is one of the most common causes of canine poisoning. Chocolate's deadliness to pooches however depends on the size of...

Although viewed mostly as an annoyance and diet or breed related, flatulence may also be an indication of a medical condition. Diseases that affect intestinal motility, intestinal digestion and malabsorption, and food hypersensitivity can increase flatulence. Understanding intestinal gas production, intestinal motility, and intestinal bacterial populations offer more opportunities for interventions to reduce gas production and flatulence for the benefit of both the dog and owner. Credit: Getty Creative Causes of Flatulence in Dogs Gas in the intestine is a result of ingestion or production within the gut. Although swallowing air, or aerophagia, does occur in animals that "inhale" their...