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How Your Dog's Food Affects His Mood

Nutrition has an enormous impact on the health of our pets. But have you considered how it may affect their behavior as well? Here are three ways diet can directly impact your pet's behavior. Credit: Getty Creative 1. FEEDING TIMES It's no longer considered standard regimen to feed your pet once a day or leave food out all day - also known as free-feeding - unless recommended by your veterinarian due to a medical reason. "Just think about how you would feel (and look) if you were only able to eat once every 24 hours, or kept nibbling on a high-calorie food all day long," says Nan Arthur, dog behavior expert and owner of Whole Dog Training. Arthur recommends asking your veterinarian if...

What things are necessary to provide a healthy life for your dog? Most owners would answer nutrition, regular vaccinations, parasite control, and regular veterinary exams. Few, if any, would answer socialization. But socialization is a key to the overall wellness and health of dogs. Credit: Getty Creative Improperly socialized dogs risk their own health, pose an injury risk to others, and often jeopardize the ability to provide ideal medical care when it is needed. Here are four reasons why socialization should be a part of a dog wellness program. Fear and Its Unhealthy Hormones Poorly socialized dogs are fearful of unusual or new circumstances. This sets off neurological signals that...

Ebola Virus and Cats

I was recently asked to write about Ebola, the virus that causes it, and whether or not the virus is a risk to our cats. To be quite honest, when I received this request, I found it necessary to do a bit of research to answer these questions. Ebola is, thankfully, a disease that I have never had cause to deal with in my practice. Credit: Getty Images During the course of my research, I turned to a trusted source: the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the information they have to offer on Ebola. RELATED: How to Get Your Cat to Take Medicine Let's discuss first exactly what Ebola is. Here's what the CDC says: Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms...

Puppy appointments are one of the great perks of being a veterinarian. It's hard to be in a bad mood when faced with an adorable bundle of exuberance, which makes puppies suffering from a disease called strangles, or juvenile cellulitis, especially pitiful. They are neither adorable nor exuberant. Credit: Getty Creative Puppy strangles is an odd disease. First of all, it tends to only affect puppies younger than four months of age, and for all the world it looks like it should be caused by a bacterial infection. Affected puppies develop some combination of the following symptoms: - facial swelling - papules (small, solid, raised masses) around the face and ears - pustules (small pockets...

You know what they say about curiosity and cats. Well, that's not far from the truth in some cases. Cats do tend to be curious creatures, choosing to play with or chew on things that perhaps they shouldn't. Let's talk about some of things that can get cats into trouble. Credit: Mira Arnaudova / Shutterstock One of the quintessential pictures of a cat is that of playing with a ball of yarn or string. Certainly, some yarn or string can keep a cat entertained for hours. But there's also a dark side to this obsession. Cats that ingest string, yarn, or similar linear objects can suffer from severe intestinal damage. These foreign bodies can cause intestinal obstructions or even perforations...

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