Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a relatively common occurrence in dogs and cats. Infections in the urinary tract can occur in the bladder or can become serious and involve the kidneys. Most pets with urinary tract infections will have fairly classic symptoms and most UTIs can be treated relatively easily. Learn more about improving your pet's urinary health and preventing and treating UTIs.
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.
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.
The spleen is an organ whose job is to filter the blood and remove old red blood cells. It is also plays a role in the immune system. This article discusses some of the common diseases in dogs that require removal of the spleen (splenectomy).
Believe it or not, it wasn't very long ago that pain relievers for animals were discouraged. Even when I was in veterinary school 20 years ago, there were some faculty members who taught that relieving pain in our patients would encourage them to move too much and re-injure themselves. These professors weren't monsters; they were operating with the best intentions and teaching us the best medicine that they knew. Luckily for all of us, this field has changed dramatically for the better. Your pet now can enjoy the same level of pain control that you or I can.