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Yard Mushrooms and your Dog – Know What to Look For

Throughout the spring, summer, and fall there are many types of mushrooms that naturally grow in backyards.  Although many mushrooms are harmless, there are certain varieties that can poison your pet.  Here, mushrooms that are dangerous to your dog will be discussed as well as what to do if your dog ingests a poisonous mushroom. Dangerous Yard Mushrooms There are four types of dangerous mushrooms.  Category A mushrooms are most toxic and destroy kidney and liver cells.  Category B and C mushrooms affect the nervous system and can cause symptoms such as hallucinations.  Category D mushrooms cause gastrointestinal distress, such as vomiting and diarrhea.  Regardless of the type of mushroom your dog consumes, the most likely symptoms include: Vomiting Diarrhea Abdominal pain Disorientation Lethargy Weakness Jaundice Lack of coordination Excessive drooling Seizures Coma Fly Agaric (Amanita Muscaria) The Fly Agaric is common in wooded areas throughout North America.  This mushroom...
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Product Review: PROGENY BB Dog Breeding Supplement

Just like humans, dogs can benefit from increased micronutrient and prebiotic intake, particularly before pregnancy or during lactation.  The same nutrients that help support a healthy pregnancy and puppies can also benefit non-pregnant dogs, particularly if they suffer from inflammatory issues such as arthritis or inflammation.  Here, PROGENY BB Premium Brood Bitch Formula will be reviewed, which is a powder supplement intended for pre-breeding nutrition, when nursing, and for dogs with allergies or arthritis. PROGENY BB Dog Breeding Supplement Progeny BB Dog Breeding Supplement is formulated for the health and well-being of both a female breeding dog and her puppies.  This product is custom manufactured in the United States at Kauffman Animal Health in Lebanon, PA and distributed by Scientific Resources, Inc.  The advantages of PROGENY BB Dog Breeding Supplement include: Increased litter health and fewer failed pregnancies and losses Lactation support Amino acid formula for improved muscle and organ...
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Product Review: Pawsome Naturals Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil

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Nutritional supplements are an important component of care for many dogs.  Whether used for preventing, treating, or curing disease, supplements are a very powerful tool that many pet owners do not realize they have at their disposal.  Here, Pawsome Naturals Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil will be reviewed. Tester:  Lucy Lucy, my 15 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, received Pawsome Naturals Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil with her dinner.  As recommended on the bottle’s label, she received 1 pump of oil each day. Although Lucy is aging, she has great mobility but suffers very badly from skin allergies.  Her tell-tale allergy symptom is a red, watery, gunk-filled right eye that can be very bothersome for her.  She also develops dandruff and is very itchy in the Spring.  We chose for her to receive the fish oil supplement over our Beagle mix in hopes we could clear some of her skin and...
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How to Read Dog Food Labels: Is Your Dog’s Food Healthy?

  One of the easiest ways to ensure your dog lives a long and healthy life is to make sure you are feeding a high-quality dog food.  But, with all the available options, where do you start?  Reading the dog food label is the first step when ensuring your dog’s food is healthy.  Listed here is everything a dog owner should know when reading the label on a bag (or can) of dog food. Which Nutrients do Dogs Need? Before you learn how to read a dog food label, it is important to know the types of nutrients that dogs require.  While dogs have similar basic needs as humans, the macronutrient ratios required for a dog to thrive varies. Protein The most important nutrient in a dog’s diet is protein.  Unlike humans, most of a dog’s energy is converted from protein.  In addition, protein is also necessary for supporting a...
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How to Spot Eye, Nose, and Ear Disorders in Dogs

The most common health issues  – particularly for purebreds – are eye, nose, and ear disorders in dogs.  In many instances, early detection is crucial for preventing worse problems in the future.  Here, how to spot eye, nose, and ear disorders in dogs will be discussed. Ears The most common eye, nose, and ear disorders in dogs are undoubtedly ear infections among dogs.  This is especially true for pets with floppy ears or excessive hair growth.  Cocker spaniels, beagles, Labrador retrievers, and Bassett hounds are among the most likely to suffer from frequent ear infections. The best way to determine whether your dog has an ear illness is to watch his or her behavior.  Excessive head shaking and ear scratching are two telltale signs that your dog’s ears are bothersome.  Next, peer into your dog’s ear with the help of a flashlight.  If the skin appears red and inflamed, an ear infection is...
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Which Situations Does Your Pet Require Emergency Treatment?

As a new pet owner, you may be unfamiliar with which situations are medical emergencies requiring immediate treatment and which can wait until the following day.  Since emergency vet visits are expensive, it is important to know which situations are dire emergencies and which are not.  Discussed here are a handful of common problems a new pet owner may face. My Dog Is… Vomiting Vomiting in itself is not a cause for immediate concern.  If your dog is attempting to vomit but cannot produce anything in conjunction with having a very bloated stomach, you should seek immediate medical attention for your pet, as Bloat may be to blame.  However, if your dog is throwing up but acting normal otherwise and the vomit does not contain traces of blood, pet owners are advised to wait 24 hours to see if symptoms subside before scheduling an appointment. Has Diarrhea Dogs are prone...
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Benefits of Maintaining a Healthy Weight for Your Dog

Pet obesity is at an all-time high, with an estimated 53% of America’s dogs registering at least 20% overweight.  While many pet owners do not think much of their dog carrying a few extra pounds, the truth is that an animal’s quality of life, as well as its lifespan, decreases as weight increases.  Listed below are just a handful of benefits that maintaining a healthy weight for your dog can provide. Longer Lifespan An alarming study showed that obese dogs may live up to 3 year less than their littermates who maintained a healthy weight.  If no other reason compels an owner to keep their pet’s weight in check, this should be it! Fewer Health Problems Dogs that are overweight have a drastically increased risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, kidney and liver failure, arthritis, as well as certain types of cancer.  Dogs that maintain an appropriate weight are less...
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TYPES OF WORMS IN DOGS, AND THEIR TREATMENT

It does not matter the age of the dog; worms are common ailments for them all. Either you are referring to a purebred dog from a reputable breeder or a rescue pup fresh in from the shelter; any dog can be infected by worm-related ailments at some point in their lifetimes. Different parts of a dog’s body are attacked by several types of worms. Worms come in different forms and effects. Some pose no hazardous threat to health risks and are easy to deal with, while others are fatally dangerous to dog’s life. By learning about the five most rampant worms usually found in dogs, their symptoms as well as their treatment options, you can surely protect your pup by keeping her in good health. Just as applicable to all other health issues, it is mandatory to consult a professional veterinary doctor for diagnosis as treatment is only effective when...
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Dog Dental Chews- Choose The Right Type Of Chews And Treats

Have you ever though that your pet friend can face dental, oral problems as well? Yes, that’s right. Your dogs can suffer from oral health conditions like gum disease and much more. Dental problems in your furry friend can result in lost or broken teeth, loss of appetite and damage to organs when bacteria get in the bloodstream via diseased gums. So, to avoid getting such dental problems, there are dog dental chews and treats available in the market that proves to be really useful. Some of these products contain polyphosphate in the form of coating. It helps to reduce tartar by around half. These chews are available in different flavours and tastes as well like some taste like mint and others like chicken and so on. Professional brushing and cleaning are surely amazing ways that help to maintain good oral health. But these dog dental chews may provide amazing...
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Dealing With Dog Diseases

Dogs are likely to catch certain dangerous diseases, and these if not treated immediately, may cause further health problems. The key is that owners take responsibility of addressing the disease in time so that necessary steps can be taken to eradicate the disease as soon as possible. Admittedly, a disease-free dog is one which is healthy and active! Canine distemper is caused by an extremely contagious virus through tiny particles present in the air or respiratory secretions of infected dogs. Such infected dogs usually develop watery eyes, fever, runny nose, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea etc. Such a disease, if not attended to within the timeline, may even become fatal. However, there is an effective vaccine available now to protect your dog from this deadly disease, which is considered a “core” vaccine and thus applicable to every dog! Canine influenza is another common disease found in dogs, and is caused through respiratory...
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