It seems with every passing year, there is an increasing number of pets diagnosed with allergies or allergy-related skin conditions. And now there’s a new (less than 10 years old) drug on the market that claims to relieve all those itchy symptoms.
It’s called Apoquel ( oclacitinib maleate).
Now, before we go any further, let’s be clear — we are not promoting nor are we discounting Apoquel as an effective medication for the treatment of allergies and skin conditions. …
It happens (or doesn’t happen) … constipation. When your dog is constipated, he can’t properly empty his bowels. It’s a common issue that your dog will likely experience at least once in his lifetime. There are many reasons your dog may be constipated, and most of the time there’s a simple fix.
Read on to learn:
When your dog digests his…
Is your dog hacking and coughing? Does it sound like he’s choking on a hairball? He might have kennel cough. In some rare cases, it can develop into pneumonia, but fortunately, most cases of kennel cough resolve without treatment (just like when you get a common cold).
Read on for answers to common questions about kennel cough, such as:
Also known as infectious tracheobronchitis (ITB), the term “kennel cough” is a bit misleading. …
You love your pets. We do too. We talk to pets like they’re human, we love them like they’re human, and sometimes we want to feed them like they’re human. But here’s the deal … they’re not human.
Pets have very different digestive systems than humans. What may be a delicious treat for you may be extremely dangerous (if not fatal) to your pet.
Today we’ll talk about all kinds of potentially dangerous foods you should NOT feed your pets, no matter how tempting. It’s a pretty extensive list, so let’s dive right in.
Did you know …
Approximately 500,000 pets suffer from smoke inhalation every year. And as many as 40,000 pets die in house fires.
That’s not OK. Many of these tragedies could have been prevented.
So, to recognize National Pet Fire Safety Day, let’s talk about how you can:
Anyone can start a fire. Even your pets.
FACT: The National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are started by family pets.
Since July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day, let’s kick things off…
No matter where you are in the world, heat waves usually roll in at one time or another. For those of us in Western Canada, that time is now. It’s hot. Super hot. Our daytime highs have been between 40°C and 47°C. We’re breaking records. Environment Canada and local Medical Health Officers are expecting “an increase in health and safety risks from heat and are advising the public to take precautions.”
That goes for your fur babies, too. Heat stroke is extremely dangerous for everyone … including your pets.
As a loving pet parent, we know you’re doing your best…
Although we do our best as pet parents to keep our little furballs safe, inevitably, they’ll still find ways to get a booboo in one way or another. C’est la vie! No matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to prevent every injury, but you can do your best to be well prepared to handle emergencies when they arise.
First of all … do you have a pet first aid kit? You should.
Do you know what goes into a pet first first aid kit? We’ll tell you. In fact, we’ll show you how to compile all the…
Finding a lump on your fur-baby can be scary. Is it a bug bite? An injury? Or worse, is it a cancerous tumor?
It could be a lipoma — totally benign (non-cancerous) and totally treatable.
In fact, I had one a few years ago. A big old lump on the back of my shoulder. It started out small and grew over time. Eventually it was getting large enough to see through my shirts, so I decided it was time to see my doc.
Fortunately, it was nothing more than a lipoma. A fatty tumor. …
Also known as esophageal dilation, megaesophagus is a disease that causes the esophagus (the tube that carries food and liquid between the mouth and stomach) to dilate (get larger) and lose motility (the ability to move food into the stomach).
When your dog’s esophagus is functioning properly, nerves are stimulated in his mouth when he eats, sending signals to the swallowing centre of his brainstem. Those signals trigger his swallow reflex.
When esophageal motility is decreased or absent, food and liquid have difficulty getting into the stomach, and instead collect in the esophagus.
There are two types of megaesophagus:
It can be more than a little scary, not to mention confusing, to see your pet suddenly spasm uncontrollably. It may be that your fur baby has had an epileptic seizure. Here’s what you need to know about epilepsy in dogs and cats.
First, what’s the difference between a seizure and epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a term used to describe a chronic neurologic (brain) disorder that causes recurrent seizures. While there is no cure for epilepsy in dogs and cats (or humans for that matter), there are medications you can give to manage the condition. We’ll get to that shortly.