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  • Dry Nose = Sick Dog?

    Is a dry nose a sign of sickness in dogs? Find out in our Q&A with Dr. Lauren Brickman

  • Heartworm Myths

    Separate fact from fiction so you can best protect your dog.

Chelsea McGivney, DVM, Nestle Purina Pet Care   Dogs exposed to contaminated soil or feces, grooming or licking by an infected animal or contact with mosquitos can result in worms in dogs. Depending on the type of parasite, infections could affect the heart and arteries, lungs, intestines or skin, and side effects might include diarrhea, vomiting and lethargy. How do …

  Callie Harris, DVM, Nestle Purina Pet Care There are many reasons for dog vomiting including, but not limited to, dietary indiscretion, rapid food changes, infectious or metabolic diseases, gastrointestinal obstructions, toxins, stress, and chronic conditions. To determine the cause of a dog throwing up, a veterinarian needs a description, time of, and frequency of your dog vomiting. Causes: Which …

  Some dogs are prone to eye infections and certain breeds are more susceptible if the hair around the folds of skin near the eyes acts as an irritant. Other dogs get infections because of blocked tear ducts, contagions, or bacteria-harboring particles in the eye leading to poor eye health. What are the dog eye infection symptoms? Just like humans, …

  Dry skin on dogs is a result of an allergic, parasitic or bacterial reaction to the environment, nutrition, or season, causing dogs to scratch, rub-up, bite or lick excessively. Signs of dry skin include flaky, red or dandruff patches that can become irritated or sensitive to touch. Dry skin is uncomfortable for a dog and may indicate it’s time …

  Core puppy shots start at six to eight weeks old and protect and prevent new pups from high-risk, prevalent, or contagious diseases. Young dogs are most susceptible to rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and hepatitis and immunized against these infections in two-week vaccination cycles during their first three months. Vaccinations are some of the first boxes pet parents tick off a …

Dr. Kurt Venator, DVM, PhD, Chief Veterinary Officer, Nestle Purina Pet Care   Lyme disease in dogs is a bacterial infection spread by black-legged ticks, which can result in fever, loss of appetite, lameness and swollen joints. The clinical signs of Lyme disease can usually be effectively treated with antibiotics and other therapies targeting the specific patient conditions. How is …

Dr. Kurt Venator, DVM, PhD, Chief Veterinary Officer, Nestle Purina Pet Care Diarrhea is a relatively common problem in dogs.  Primary causes of sudden onset dog diarrhea include dietary indiscretion – also known as “garbage gut”, sudden change in diet, stress, or viral, bacterial, or parasitic infection.  Often acute diarrhea in dogs can be self-limiting and appropriately managed by consulting …

Dog years are multiplied by seven to get a human age, as a dog lifespan is a seventh of a persons. Converting dog years to human years depends on various factors as toy, small, medium, large and giant dogs mature differently, which is why dogs up to 50 lbs. can live longer than pups up to 100 lbs. Experts agree, …

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