Weight's a touchy subject - even in the canine world. If you have a pup carrying a few extra pounds, you've probably heard your vet mention it. But there are just as many concerns about skinny dogs. A dog losing weight can signal lurking health problems. Or it may mean a sudden change in the house, and your dog's protesting. But how do you tell the difference? We'll let you know the critical signs.
You set out water for your dog every day. But do you pay attention to how much they drink? If they stop by the water constantly, probably. What causes excessive thirst? Unfortunately, a lot of things - some more concerning than others. If you have a dog drinking a lot of water, you want to pay close attention. Because the odds are something else is going on that you'll need to visit the vet for. We'll go into the details for you.
Everyone expects their dog to shed. That's normal. But you DON'T expect to see clumps of hair come off your furry friend. A dog losing hair often signals an underlying health problem. And there are plenty to choose from. We'll dive into the possibilities and how you can narrow them down.
Who hasn't seen their dog nibble at a toe now and then? And you've probably seen them performing grooming behaviors similar to a cat. When it's occasional, you don't think much about it. When a dog licking their paws turns into a constant behavior, you take notice. And the reasons behind it? Could be anything from boredom to a significant health issue. We'll go over what to look for and how to address the problem.
Cats are notoriously clean creatures. It's one of the things that endears them to people. So when you find yourself with a cat peeing outside the box, you want tear out your hair. Why are they behaving that way? Especially when it happens out of the blue. It seems like a behavioral problem, but there are other reasons cats start to show this symptom. And we'll go over all of them - and what you need to do.
You made sure to include a litter box in your new kitten or cat supplies, of course. But did you think about the possibility that you'd need to walk through a litter training process? Don't worry - many first-time cat owners skip that step. And it's understandable. Cats are supposed to KNOW how to use the litter box on their own. But you need to do your part to litter train your cat. And we'll help you with this handy guide that works for every age and type of cat.
Once relegated to Halloween, adding touches of color to your dog's natural coat has now become a trend. After all, people change their hair to fun shades all the time. Why not do the same with their canine companions? And while it seems like a fun idea, there are plenty of dangers people don't consider. Dog hair dyes aren't the harmless fad people consider them. And we'll explain why you should avoid them.
You know what your dog's usual sneeze sounds like. And you may have heard an occasional cough thrown in there a time or two. But some dogs add in an unusual string of rapid inhalations that sound like nothing you can quite describe. Is it a sneeze? Not quite. These dog reverse sneezes often frighten owners. Good thing we have all of the information you could want about them!
You often see your dog shake their heads at certain times: after a bath, when they finish swimming, and if they get up from rolling in the grass or dirt. But sometimes all of that head shaking continues. How are you supposed to know what's normal and what's cause for concern? We'll break down dog head shaking into easy to understand pieces. Because sometimes? That shake CAN lead to problems.
When you share a house with cats and dogs, it's inevitable that the two will sample the other's food. And you may think nothing of it. When you look at the ingredients, they probably sound similar. And while the occasional bite won't do much harm, you shouldn't allows cats to eat dog food. The two diets aren't as alike as you may think. We'll show you the differences.