What You Should Know About Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis (HGE) in Dogs

Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis is an acute gastrointestinal disorder that strikes healthy dogs without warning. This serious condition can progress quickly in small dogs. It causes vomiting, hemorrhagic (bloody) diarrhea, and other symptoms. The illness can potentially kill if left untreated.

Read on to learn the difference between gastroenteritis and hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE), and to find out common symptoms of this potentially deadly ailment. 

How to Get Some Sleep When Your Pet Keeps You Up at Night

No matter how much you adore your pet, you may get irritated when your beloved companion constantly wakes you up at night. Your hungry cat may scratch at the bedroom door until you get up to feed it. The dog may whine, whimper, or even howl until you let it inside your room.

How To Choose The Perfect Pet For You

There is nothing quite like the relationship between a pet and its owner. You love each other unconditionally, even after they chew up your favorite pair of shoes, or use the good furniture for a scratching post. Having a pet is rewarding in so many ways, but finding the perfect one can sometimes be difficult.

There are many breeds of dogs and cats, and they all have very different qualities. So, how do you decide what qualities to look for in your new pet, and figure out which breed is a perfect fit for you?

Why Do Cats Have Hanging Bellies?

You may have noticed your cat's belly hanging low and swinging while they're walking. Some pet parents assume their kitty gained a few pounds from eating one too many treats, but they may not be overweight. Belly flaps are a normal part of feline anatomy called primordial pouches, or "abdominal folds."

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?