chronic inflammation

Dogs With Chronic Inflammation

Just like in humans, chronic inflammation is a problem that can lead to health complications in our pets. While inflammatory immune responses are normal, chronic inflammation is not. Preventing chronic inflammation starting when your pet is young may help them live a longer and healthier life. There are many ways we can help our pet’s bodies fight off unnecessary inflammation, …

Pet Obesity is a Growing Problem

According to the Pet Obesity Prevention Organization, 56 percent of dogs and 60 percent of cats in the United States are overweight or obese. That is an alarmingly high number of pets at-risk of weight-related health issues. More than 100 million dogs and cats in the US are considered obese. Pet obesity is at an all-time high, and unfortunately, routine …

Limping Dog: Common Causes

Dogs have twice the legs we do. However, despite this advantage, they still limp when they have an injury. A limping dog is the last thing we want to see. Often times lameness or limping happens gradually. And, seemingly without pain. But this can be deceiving. Dogs instinctively will hide their pain. Many times we do not know they even …

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Your Dog’s Personality Changes With Age

Dogs are a lot like us. Just like humans, a dog’s personality changes over time with age. A recent scientific study monitored the behavior of several hundred dogs. The resulting discovery is that a dog’s personality shares many similar characteristics to that of humans. Amongst the findings, older dogs are found to be less active or excitable in comparison to …

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Collagen for Dogs Joints

What is Collagen? Collagen is an ingredient with many health benefits. Collagen is one of the most common types of protein found in both humans and animals. It is present in skin, fur, tissues, ligaments, tendons, bones, and blood vessels. Since collagen is the most common structural protein in the body, supplementing it will stimulate its production, decrease joint pain, …

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Dog Joint Chews

The hard truth is dogs and cats do not live as long as we do. The average life expectancy of a dog or cat is about 10-13 years. While some breeds live longer than others, there is no doubt humans outlive their pets. And, while it is sad to see a pet decline in health due to the diseases that …

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What Pain Reliever for Dogs and Cats is Safe?

We can easily access a range of over the counter (OTC) pain relief for a variety of our human pain issues. Acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve), and aspirin are some of the most common medications we use for pain relief. And, when your dog is in pain, it may be tempting to give them one of these medications. However, …

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Hip Dysplasia in Dogs: Prevention, Causes, & Treatment

What is Hip Dysplasia? Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) is one of the more common skeletal disorders in dogs. CHD affects many dogs with varying degrees of symptoms from virtually unnoticeable to severe pain and lameness. It is a deformity of the hip that occurs with growth. The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. During growth, both the ball …

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What to Do if Your Dog is Limping

When your pet suddenly starts limping for no apparent reason that you can see, it may be difficult to determine the cause.  Often times cases of sudden lameness that just involve a limp resolve by themselves, but some can represent major injuries. If your pet won’t put any weight on a limb, or it is visibly misshapen or swollen, see your …

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Tetanus in Dogs

While you may think of tetanus as something you get from rusty metal, that is actually not at all where Clostridium tetani live. These bacteria inhabit dirt and dust. And, it lives in many dogs’ mouths. Tetanus infections are not common. However, around 10 percent of cases are fatal. If it’s been more than ten years since you last had a tetanus shot …