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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...

Fleas have been around for a very long time, irritating our pets and invading our homes. They are smart little critters that can survive just about anywhere. They eat sparingly, move quietly and reproduce aggressively. That's the bad news. Credit: Getty Creative But here's the good news: We can win the flea battle! There are medications available that interrupt the flea life cycle and are safe, effective, and simple to use. Pet owners should appreciate how easy it is to control fleas now, especially those who remember how difficult the battle against fleas has been. When I began my career as a veterinarian, pet owners had to spray their dogs with topical chemicals every day, dip them in...

One title leapt off the page as I was looking over the listing of sessions available at the recent American Veterinary Medical Association Convention - Feline Immunodeficiency Virus: Does it Really Cause Disease? Credit: Thinkstock I have long counseled owners that Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is not an immediate death sentence, but short of the cat succumbing to an unrelated illness or injury, I've always thought that the disease would eventually be fatal. Has something changed in our understanding of FIV? Intrigued, I marked that session as a "must see." RELATED: How to Get Your Cat to Take Medicine The talk was given by Dr. Sue VandeWoude, Professor and Associate Dean for...

How to Care for a Senior Cat

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Why Does My Puppy Itch?

So my editor boss-guy gave me a list of topic suggestions when we first planned out Purely Puppy. One of the topics was "diseases and conditions that affect puppies in their first year." Well, since that's a little broad, we'll talk about something that I get asked just about every time I do a new puppy exam: "My puppy is itchy. Does he have fleas?" Credit: Getty Creative Literally, when I walk into the exam room, a little clock starts ticking in my head. It's almost like a game. "When will the itchy puppy question come up?" I ask myself. RELATED: 7 Common Ailments in Senior Dogs Here's the thing, I think all puppies itch. Sometimes it's actually significant; sometimes I think they are...