How to Prevent and Treat 5 Common Parasites in Dogs and Cats

Parasites are something most pet owners would rather not think about. It's not pleasant to consider something living in your pet's digestive system or on their skin, and getting a diagnosis often involves the unpopular task of collecting a stool sample.

However, parasites are a common issue facing pets who go outdoors, and while they can cause serious problems if left unchecked, your vet can help treat them successfully. Here are some of the parasites your pet is most likely to encounter.

Obesity in Dogs & Cats: What You Need to Know

It's tempting to give our dogs or cats a few extra treats, a snack from the dinner table or a little bit more food at meal time. After all, you love your pets and you want to show that by providing something they'll enjoy. But just like with humans, too many calories in and not enough exercise can lead to your pet packing on a few extra pounds.

Pet obesity is a bigger problem than you might think. It's a problem for a lot of domestic animals. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, a group founded by concerned veterinarians and vet techs, estimates that in the U.S., 60 percent of cats and 56 percent of dogs are overweight or obese. That's a lot of pudgy pets!

Why is My Dog Shaking?

If you notice your dog shaking and shivering, you may move to grab his fuzzy sweater or turn up the heat in your house. But being cold isn't the only reason why your dog might be shaking. Though shivering can help your dog regulate body heat, some reasons for shaking can be related to overall physical or emotional health.

Here are eight underlying issues that may be the cause for why your dog is shaking.

How to Stop Your Pet from Eating Too Fast

It always seems that the moment you put your dog’s dinner bowl on the ground, seconds later he has already gulped it down. Sometimes this speedy eating—and the resulting swallowed air—can cause vomiting.

What’s even worse is that this intake of air may also contribute to bloat or a very serious issue known as Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus. This condition causes your dog’s stomach to twist. And without skilled veterinary care and usually surgery, your dog could die.

Cats can also eat too fast, which can lead to vomiting. Fortunately, bloat doesn't affect felines, but it's still not fun cleaning up the mess. So, how do you get your beloved pets to slow down?

12 Common Health Conditions in Senior Dogs

As every dog lover knows, senior dogs give unconditional love, loyalty, and emotional support to their pet parents. These four-legged friends also provide warmth and companionship, and a serene, calming presence often accompanies their golden years.

But senior pets have different health concerns than their younger counterparts. Older dogs need extra care in their later years since aging slows them down. Some canines can't move quickly because of arthritis pain. Others suffer from changes in their eyesight, smell, and hearing. Here are 12 common problems that affect senior dogs. 

What You Need to Know About Feline Leukemia

You may have heard some scary things about Feline Leukemia (FeLV), however, cats exposed to the virus don't necessarily have an automatic death sentence. Seventy percent of felines exposed to FeLV resist the infection. Others eliminate the virus from their bodies on their own. And FeLV cases have decreased over the past 25 years due to vaccination and testing.

While the FeLV statistics are looking brighter than in the past, it's still best to arm yourself with knowledge for peace of mind. So, here is everything you need to know about this potentially dangerous disease.

How to Cope with the Loss of a Pet

Friends and relatives understand why we are sad when a person close to us dies. Unfortunately, people may not show that same level of sympathy after someone loses a pet. Some people don't understand that pets become our family members. They provide us with unconditional love, friendship, and support. It's never easy to lose companions that have brought us so much joy.

Here are some strategies that can help you cope with the loss of your pet.
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."