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How to Keep Your Pet Healthy & Hydrated

By Patrick Mahaney

How can an owner tell when his canine or feline companion has incurred body water loss that can manifest as health problems? What measures can owners take in preventing their pets from becoming dehydrated?

As a veterinarian practicing in warm and sunny Southern California, I know the important role hydration plays in promoting my patients's best health. Water makes up 70-80% of a dog or cat's body mass, so it's an crucial nutrient to maintain normal cellular function. A loss of only 10% of the total body fluids can cause serious illness.

Symptoms of Dehydration

Dehydration is a diagnosis that is often seen in conjunction with other ailments, including kidney and liver disease, infections, immune system disorders, cancer, and more. There are many clinical signs of dehydration in pets, including: Lethargy Less water available to help cells normally function leads to a pet acting...

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dog summer activities

Is Your Dog Summer Ready?

By Stacy Hackett

Summer is coming! Longer days and warmer weather will tempt you and your dog outdoors to enjoy long walks, games of fetch, and lazy picnics on the beach. Before you head outside for summer fun, however, make sure you and your pet are summer ready. We've put together a list of common warm weather mishaps, along with tips to avoid them. Check off the list below, grab your sunscreen and your dog's favorite ball, and get ready for summer fun!

walking puppies

Leash Training Puppies: Part 2, Walking Your Puppy

By Caryl Wolff

This is part 2 of the series on leash training puppies. The first part was about the prep and getting him used to his collar or harness. Now we'll introduce your puppy to walking on the leash outside.

puppy cost

Unexpected Costs for New Puppy Parents

By Caryl Wolff

Are you thinking of becoming a new puppy parent? Everybody wants a puppy! Who can resist those soulful eyes and wagging tail? But before we get a dog, we need to know the costs so we can plan to give him the best home and care. Puppies ain't cheap!

pet probiotics

Pet Nutrition FAQs about Probiotics & Prebiotics

By David Haworth

The world of human health supplements has become well populated during the last decade with a dizzying array of probiotic and prebiotic products that tout multiple benefits. With all the attention on the potential benefits of probiotics and prebiotics for people, it wasn’t long before attention turned to the potential benefits for our pets. After all, they have guts, too! Get answers to frequently asked questions about probiotics for pets.

walking puppies

Leash Training Puppies: Part 1, Introducing the Collar or Harness

By Caryl Wolff

This is a 2-part article on leash training puppies. The first part is about the prep and getting him used to his collar or harness, and the second is about the mechanics of training.

pet memorials

Creating a Memorial for Your Pet

By Audrey Pavia

It's something no pet owner wants to think about--the day when our beloved companion leaves us behind. When it does, it's best to be prepared. Having a sense of how you will memorialize your pet can make the grieving process just a little bit easier when the time comes to say goodbye. Besides thinking ahead on how you want to handle your pet's remains--burial on your property or at a pet cemetery, or cremation--it's a good idea to think about what you will do to honor your pet's memory. Here are some ideas to help you celebrate your pet after he's gone.