How to Curb Your Dog's Excessive Licking

Dogs have limited ways to communicate with their pet parents. Some dogs whine when they're anxious during severe thunderstorms, they bark loudly when delivery workers approach their front doors, and others thump their tails when they're happy to see their owners.

Unfortunately, most dogs can't tell their human companions when something is wrong with their bodies. Some pet parents don't know that there is something wrong with their fur babies until they behave abnormally. One such abnormal behavior is excessive licking. While not always serious, excessive licking is a sign that your dog may have an undiagnosed medical or behavioral condition. 

Should I Give My Pet Probiotics?

One of the more vexing questions pet owners confront is whether particular medications and supplements which are effective for humans are also appropriate for dogs and cats. While most pet owners know, for example, not to give nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) (like aspirin) intended for people to their dogs and cats, they don't necessarily know whether other medications and supplements are safe and effective.

So, what about probiotics?

How to Keep Pet Hair from Taking Over Your House

Do you almost always see a thin layer of pet hair on your carpeting, even if you've just cleaned? Is your vacuum choking on the large amounts of hair you're trying to suck up? Do you avoid wearing dark clothing so it doesn't show pet hair?

If so, you may be living with excessive pet hair–and struggling to keep it from taking over your house completely!

Why Bloat is Dangerous for Dogs

When you hear about "bloat" in dogs, it sounds almost harmless—like how you feel after eating too much at a Thanksgiving feast. But bloat, also called gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) complex, is a medical emergency for your canine family member. In fact, untreated bloat often leads to death in dogs.

Why is this condition so dangerous, and what can you do to prevent it—or treat it if it does strike your beloved pet?

15 Common Pet Skin Issues and How to Solve Them

Pet parents worry that their furry companions may have fleas if they constantly scratch themselves. But these pesky critters aren't the only ones that can cause itchiness. Your dog or cat could have a common skin disorder.

Veterinarians routinely treat skin diseases in pets. Most skin problems are easily treated with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Others are serious signs of dangerous health conditions. Here are 15 common pet skin disorders and how to treat them.

What are the Pros and Cons of Free Feeding vs. Scheduled Meals for Your Cat?

If you have one or more cats, you probably spend a good deal of time doing research and making decisions about how to provide the best care you possibly can, but you're still bound to have questions or need advice from time to time

For example, is it better to keep your cat permanently indoors, or should you let him outside from time to time? What are the best flea and tick solutions? Is it safe to have a home with both dogs and cats? And, what about feeding?

The Down and Dirty Scoop on Dog Anal Glands

Some pet owners think it's cute or funny when dogs scoot their bottoms across the floor. Unfortunately, this behavior may be a sign that their pets have serious anal glands problems which need veterinary care.

What are anal glands, and how do you know if your puppy has an issue? Here's the down and dirty scoop on anal gland issues.

What to Do If Your Indoor Cat Gets Loose

It just takes a second for your indoor-only cat to slip out. Maybe the neighbor kids were coming through your back door to play, or you opened the front door to sign for a package. Determined kitties who want to seek adventure and fresh air will take advantage of almost any brief opening to get their freedom.

The problem is, your indoor cat isn't used to being outdoors. And you've done that for a reason—indoor-only cats are typically safer and live longer than their outdoor counterparts. But when cats used to being indoors are suddenly free outdoors, they are vulnerable to other cats, dogs, wildlife and disease. You need to get that kitty safely home, fast! Here are ten tips for finding your feline friend:

Is Grain-Free Dog Food Linked to Canine Heart Disease?

Health-conscious pet owners are willing to pay a premium for dog food marketed as "grain-free" because it sounds like a healthy option.

But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently began investigating these foods for possible links to canine heart disease.

How to Keep Your Pet Comfortable When They Are Sick

Pets provide unconditional love and support to their owners every day. These compassionate animals know when people need comfort to brighten bad days.

Unfortunately, many owners don't realize when their pets need special attention. Some don't recognize that their fur babies are ill, because they disguise their illness. Other owners don't know how to provide tender loving care for their sick pets.