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Sometimes Dog Scratching is Dermatological, Not Fleas

As a dog owner, you've likely witnessed your canine companion engage in the familiar behavior of scratching. While it's a common occurrence, the underlying cause may not always be as straightforward as a simple case of fleas. In fact, many dermatological conditions can also trigger excessive scratching in dogs. Understanding the potential reasons behind this behavior is crucial for providing your furry friend with the appropriate care and attention.

Understanding the Risks: How Ticks, Parasites, and Fleas Can Harm Your Pet's Health

As a pet owner, you undoubtedly understand the importance of keeping your furry friend healthy and happy. One crucial aspect of pet health is preventative care. By taking proactive steps to prevent common health risks, such as ticks, parasites, and fleas, you can help safeguard your pet's overall health and longevity.

Common Eye Conditions in Pets: What Owners Should Be Aware Of

One aspect of pet health that often goes overlooked is their eye health. We may not realize, but our pets' eyes are as susceptible to diseases and conditions as ours. It is vital to be aware of their eye health, understand common eye conditions, and know the preventive measures to keep them safe and healthy.

5 Tips for Hiking with Your Dog This Fall

Taking your dog along on a hike is not only about the physical activity. It's also about the mental stimulation that comes from exploring new terrain and encountering different smells and sounds.

What Is the Best Treatment for Heartworms in Dogs?

Dirofilaria immitis or heartworms are parasitic roundworms that can infect your pup and kitten. Your pets are likely to get infected via a bite from an infected mosquito if they are not on heartworm prevention prescriptions. But fear not, as several effective treatments are available to help dogs recover from heartworm disease. You only have to be diligent in administering the heartworm prevention medications that your vet will prescribe.

The Most Common Parasites Found in Domestic Pets

The Companion Animal Parasite Council stresses the importance of parasite prevention in households with domestic pets. Parasites can rob your pets of important nutrients to develop and fight diseases.

From Nose to Tail: Examining Your Entire Pet

Veterinarians master proper physical examination of all animals under their care. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, you can also apply the techniques of physical examination on your pets. That way, you could tell your veterinarian right away if you notice something out of the ordinary. Here are the details you must know if you want to know how to examine your pet from nose to tail.

A Guide to Pet Vaccinations

When you adopt a pet, you must understand that your new animal companion depends on you for almost everything. So, it is up to you to give your pets everything they need. Your furry friend will need attention, socialization, best foods, toys, training, comfort, and proper veterinary care, including pet vaccinations.

How Often Do Pets Need Professional Dental Cleanings?

As humans we brush our teeth regularly, and it’s almost certain that the last time you did was only a few hours ago. However, can you remember the last time you brushed your pet’s teeth?

Common Types of Pet Emergencies and How to Respond

Have you ever seen your pet wounded or involved in an accident and you have no idea how to handle the situation? It is essential to know the common pet emergencies and how you can administer effective first aid treatment before taking them to the vet. 

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