Dog Care

25 Dog Health Warning Signs

How can you tell if your dog is sick? What are the signs? Most of the time they are very hard to see so it's important to be aware of even subtle changes in your dog. Here's a list of 25 warning signs:

25 Dog Health Warning Signs

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I’m really good at hiding my symptoms.

By: Caninest

Dogs can be just as good as cats at hiding illnesses.

Experience of ancestors in the wild tells them that a sick animal is especially vulnerable, and this ancient instinct still sticks around today. There are warning signs you can look for, and here we list common dog health warning signs that should have you monitoring your dog or heading to the vet.

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What Dog Food Do You Use?

Choose A Healthy Food For Your Dog

Commercial dog foods pretty much all claim to be formulated to keep your dog healthy. The fact is most of them are mediocre at best and some can be downright dangerous! Do your research before settling on a brand of dog food as well as dog treats. Your canine buddy's life may depend on it! I regularly check http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/ to get the latest advice on dog food. They review the ingredients and quality of dry, wet and raw dog foods.

My rule of thumb is that if you can buy it in a supermarket or one of the big box stores, it's not your best choice.

Keep in mind it's all about money and profit. Inferior, inexpensive ingredients increase profits but nobody benefits except the manufacturer and the retailer. Low quality dog food can decrease the life expectancy and compromise the overall health of your dog. Every now and then, it may even kill your furry friend.

Check out this recent article by Dr. Karen Becker, a well known proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian:

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Have You Lost A Dog To Cancer?

Cancer in dogsCancer is one of the leading killers if not the leading killer of dogs. I've personally lost 3 dogs to cancer and to be totally frank, it sucks! Two were only 5 and one was 7 years old, all in the prime of their lives.

Well I read an interview about a very promising new treatment for cancer in pets and potentially for cancer in humans that must be shared.

Exciting News About a Vaccine to Treat Cancer in Pets

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Would You Feed Your Dog Road Kill?

road killWould you feed your dog road kill? How about diseased or euthanized animals? 

Can I interest you in expired meat including the package, diseased cattle, meat by-products including heads, bones, feet, beaks and unborn fetuses? Yuck!!

animal partsOf course not! Well that may be exactly what you're doing every time you open that bag or can of commercial dog food. Commercial dog food came about years ago as a means for these companies to monetize all the crap left over from slaughterhouses. They've since added many of the disgusting items mentioned above. Then they ad flavor enhancers so your dog will eat it.

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Can My Dog Drink Too Much Water?

I try to learn something new every day and today I learned about Water Intoxication. I've had dogs for over 40 years and I never heard of this before but thanks to Dr. Becker, I have now!

This Little-Known Medical Emergency Could Kill Your Pup

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Skunk Rinse For Dogs

skunk Your dog just got sprayed by a skunk! What do you do? The old standby is a wash him in tomato juice. That's great but who keeps enough tomato juice on hand to wash a dog, especially a bi g dog? Here's an even more effective solution and you can keep enough of the ingredients on hand without spending a lot of money. Plus you can quickly mix the solution as many times as necessary until the smell subsides. So watch this quick video from Dr. Becker for the recipe:

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Don’t Over Vaccinate Your Dog

Vaccine Expert ‘Very Disappointed’ with Amount of Vaccines Still Being Given

image028Some canine vaccines can do more harm than good. Leptospirosis Vaccine may be one of them. With several adverse reaction cases to this vaccine for an infection that can be treated with anti-biotics, you have to wonder how necessary it really is. Does the reward outweigh the risks?

This Vaccine Can Impair Your Dog's Immune System

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Protect Your Dog From Canine Flu

Canine Flu is spreading across this country. As of this writing, the Washington Post reports that the H3N2 flu has spread to 12 states. There is a canine flu vaccine available but it is not for the current strain of influenza.

So what can we do to help protect our dogs from this potentially deadly outbreak?

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Topical Products That Are Dangerous To Pets

There are many topical products we use every day, both over the counter and prescripyion, that can be dangerous to our cats and dogs. Hopefully, this article by Dr. Karen Becker DVM will raise awareness for all dog and cat owners. Dr. Becker is a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian.

The "Cute" Little Habit That Can Sicken Your Pet – Or Worse

By Dr. Becker

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Thanksgiving Safety For Your Dog

Turkey DinnerDuring Thanksgiving we all need to be diligent about keeping our dogs safe and as stress free as possible.

If you’re planning a big gathering at your house, some dogs love all the extra attention but if your guy is shy or gets too excited around a lot of people, you may want to prepare a quiet space in another room where they can be away from all the noise and activity.

We all love to give our pooches special treats during the holiday season but please be aware that several items are not good for your dog and some are down right dangerous.

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