The Top Ten Eye Afflictions in Dogs (and What to Do About Them)

Your dog's eyes allow them to see the world and explore new territories. These two organs capture light waves that your pet's brain and neural network convert into imagery. Your furry friend's vision works at its best when they have healthy eyes. Sadly, injuries can damage the eyes' structures. Other diseases can also impact your dog's sight.

Here are ten common eye disorders your dog may develop, and how to manage these issues.

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. 

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.

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.

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.