Pet Health Center Veterinary Care and Information from WebMD
Welcome to the new WebMD Pet Health Center. WebMD veterinary experts provide comprehensive information about pet health care, offer nutrition and feeding tips, and help you identify illnesses in pets.
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Healthy Dogs Guide: Health Conditions and Aging
(1 days ago) Health Problems. Arthritis What to do about joint problems in dogs. Diabetes Symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of diabetes in dogs. Diarrhea What to do if your dog has diarrhea, and when to call the vet. Ear Infections Could your dog have an ear infection? How to tell and what to do.
6 Most Common Dog Health Problems
(1 days ago) Continued Common Dog Health Problem: Vomiting. Vomiting is a common dog health problem, with dozens of possible causes, from infection or intestinal parasites to pancreatitis, kidney failure, heatstroke, an obstruction in the stomach or intestine, or poisoning.. Symptoms are basic: abdominal heaving and drooling caused by nausea. If your dog also has diarrhea, blood in the vomit, …
Dogs: How to Keep Your Pet Happy and Healthy
(6 days ago) AKC Canine Health Foundation: "Canine Ear Inflammation and Infection," "Canine Eye Health," "Brachycephalic Research Shows Body Condition Is Key to Thermoregulation," "Why Pets Pee." Veterinary Institute of Integrative Medicine: "Dogs Chronic Resistant Ear Infections."
Healthy Dogs Guide: Caring for Your Puppy
(4 days ago) Puppy Health. Newborn Puppy Care: Formula and More Advice for caring for a puppy during the first weeks of its life. Tips for Feeding Your Puppy Puppies have special nutritional needs. Get the facts. Puppy Vaccination Schedule Find out which vaccinations your puppy needs, and when.
Kitten Health Problems, Illness, Vaccines, Wellness, and More
(6 days ago) Purebred cats have more health issues, too. It has to do with genetics and a smaller gene pool. Q: Are kittens prone to respiratory problems? A: It’s almost standard issue with kittens. They have little immunity at this age, and these diseases are fairly easy to transmit.
Your Pets Can't Put Your Aging on 'Paws'
(4 days ago) Other research has hinted at health benefits such as weight regulation and improved heart health, possibly from having to walk a dog or stress relief from petting a cat. But the authors of the new study noted that there can be a downside to pet ownership, too: People can feel significant grief and distress after the loss of a beloved pet.
Healthy Cats Guide: Health and Aging
(8 days ago) Health Problems. Compulsive Grooming How to spot this unhealthy behavior, and tips for controlling it. Diabetes Symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of diabetes in cats. Diarrhea What to do if your cat has diarrhea, and when to call the vet. Hyperthyroidism Could your cat have an overactive thyroid? How to tell and what to do.
Cat UTI Problems: Signs, Causes, and Treatment
(Just Now) Other health conditions can affect cats' urinary tract health. Diabetes and thyroid issues are sometimes to blame. In rare cases, cats get tumors in their urinary tract. Your vet will need to do blood and urine tests to diagnose these conditions. Can Both Male and Female Cats Have Urinary Tract Problems? All cats can develop urinary tract problems.
Diseases Your Pets Can Pass to You Shown
(4 days ago) “Health Pets and People: About Pets and People.” Merck Manual: “Cat-Scratch Disease (Cat-Scratch Fever),” “Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.” Nemours Foundation: “Infections That Pets Carry,” “Ringworm.” National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Lyme Disease Diagnostics Research.”
How Having Pets Can Improve Your Mental Health
(2 days ago) Pets can help your body as well as your mind. There have been decades of studies about the physical and mental health benefits of spending time with dogs. Many dog owners have better overall physical health thanks to the exercise they get with their pets. Walking …
Healthy Cats Guide: Caring for Your Kitten
(5 days ago) Before You Buy or Adopt: Signs of Good Health How to tell if the kitten you're bringing home is healthy. Kitten Care. Newborn Kitten Care Advice for caring for a kitten during the first weeks of life. Nutrition Tips for Kittens Kittens have special nutritional needs. Get the facts.
Pet Apps From First Aid to Fitness
(Just Now) Whether you have one pet or a menagerie, keeping track of their current medications, vaccination due dates, and other health information is, well, no walk in the park. A host of health apps have made it easier to remember to give heartworm preventives, apply flea and tick control, or schedule wellness visits, according to Jim Dobies, DVM, veterinarian and president of UrgentVet in Charlotte
Overweight Dogs: Weight Loss and Management
(8 days ago) Factors such as size, age, and overall health dictate the type or brand. Your vet may even suggest a prescription dog food. "Some diet foods that are higher in certain types of fiber can help a dog feel fuller while ingesting fewer calories," Murray says. If you decide to switch to diet dog food, do so slowly, each day mixing in more and more
Pumpkin for Dogs: Health Benefits, Harmful Effects
(Just Now) Health Benefits of Pumpkin. Pumpkin is a delicious addition to a human diet, but it also has a number of health benefits for your dog. Mineral and vitamin-packed. Pumpkin contains vitamins like A, C, and E, as well as minerals like iron and potassium. Feeding plain canned pumpkin gives a great boost to your dog’s nutrition. Great for digestion.
How to Prepare for a New Dog
(2 days ago) Your veterinarian is just as important to your dog's health as your pediatrician is to your kids' health. Find one you trust. Ask friends for recommendations, and then interview the vet to be sure. "You don't just want to meet the veterinarian. You want to meet the office staff, the technicians. You want to feel welcome," McConnell says.
Pets and the New Baby: What's Safe, How to Prepare
(9 days ago) Continued. Gradually help your pet get used to the idea that a baby is on the way. “If all these things start changing suddenly, it's going to be very stressful for the pet,” says registered veterinary technician Nancy Peterson, cat programs manager for the Humane Society of the United States, in Washington D.C.
Cat Health: Common Mistakes Owners Make
(6 days ago) The most common health mistake owners make is not getting their cat preventive care, say the pros. Oregon veterinarian Marla J. McGeorge, DVM, says preventive care is vital to catching health problems in their early stages. Although regular vaccinations are an important part of preventive care for cats, they're not the whole picture.
Health Insurance for Pets
(7 days ago) The cost of health insurance is not only rising for humans, but for pets, too. Pet insurance's mere existence was inevitable. And now, more and more employers are starting to add the coverage to their list of employee benefits.
Dog Park Safety: What to Know Before You Go
(2 days ago) For some dogs, running off-leash and romping with their canine pals is a real treat. "Dogs are social creatures and like to play with other dogs," says Susan Nelson, DVM, clinical associate professor at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Are You Obsessed With Your Pet
(2 days ago) But if your health or the pet's quality of life suffers, that's an unhealthy obsession. “If a person is obsessed, they may not realize that they or the pet is suffering," Richardson says. "Sometimes it takes a friend, relative, or vet to point out the problem.
Fitness Trackers for Pets
(2 days ago) Pets have the same weight-related health problems as people. So why not try the same strategies to boost exercise? At around $100 to $200 each, about a half-dozen pet activity trackers hit the market this year. A number of veterinarians think the gadgets will revolutionize pet care.
Basic Tips for Healthy Dogs: Vaccines
(5 days ago) The schedule and shots they need will vary, based on their health issues and where you live, so talk to your vet about what to get. In general, most puppies should get their first set of shots around 6 weeks, and then every 3 weeks until they are 16 weeks old. Adult dogs need to be revaccinated every 1 to 3 years.
Dog Dental Health: Brushing Teeth, Dental Treats, and More
(4 days ago) 10 Tips for Better Dental Health in Dogs. Keeping your dog healthy includes taking care of their oral hygiene. Taking care of your dog’s teeth and giving them a healthy diet can decrease their risk of oral diseases later on.
Is it OK to kiss your dog
(2 days ago) But the truth is, those bacteria aren’t big health risks for most people. So kissing your furry baby is OK, if it doesn’t gross you out. Just have a healthy awareness of what could be in your dog’s mouth, says Clark Fobian, DVM, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Pets Boost Owners' Emotional, Physical Health
(Just Now) Health Benefits of Pet Ownership "The present work presents considerable evidence that pets benefit the lives of their owners, both psychologically and physically, by serving as an important source of social support," the researchers say.
Toxic Algae Kills Dogs Across the Country
(3 days ago) Editor's note: This story was updated Aug. 27, 2019 with warnings about toxic algae blooms in several New York City parks. Aug. 14, 2019 -- A deadly variety of algae has caused a recent spate of dog deaths in the Southern United States, causing concern among canine owners nationwide.
Healthy Cats Guide: Preventive Care
(6 days ago) 10 Steps to Dental Health Spotting gum disease, brushing your cat's teeth, and more. How to Choose Cat Litter Factors to consider when shopping for kitty litter. Fleas and Ticks. All About Flea and Tick Medications Spot medications, shampoos, collars: How flea and tick treatments work. Other Care
Study: Raw Dog Food Can Be Risky for Pet, Family
(7 days ago) The samples were checked for bacteria that could potentially pose a health risk to animals and people: Enterobacteriaceae species; Clostridium perfringens, salmonella and campylobacter species. All 60 samples contained Enterobacteriaceae species, which are indicators of fecal contamination. Levels varied, but 31 (52 percent) of the samples had
Purebred Cats: Which Breed Is Right for You
(9 days ago) Health Issues with Purebred Cats. Elyse Kent, DVM, ABVP, owner of Westside Hospital for Cats in Los Angeles, says that while purebred cats have more predictable personalities and looks, they also have more health problems than mixed breed cats. “There’s a lot of inbreeding in purebreds to get the look they want,” Kent says.
Obesity Can Cut Years Off Your Dog's Life, Too
(6 days ago) By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Carrying extra pounds isn't just bad for humans: New research indicates dogs' lives may be significantly shorter if they're overweight.. The study, which evaluated data from more than 50,000 dogs across 12 of the most popular breeds, found that the life span of overweight dogs was up to 2.5 years …
Keep Dogs Safe in Winter: Common Cold Weather Hazards
(6 days ago) When the temperatures drop, dogs need special care to stay healthy, safe, and warm. Whether your pup spends lots of time outdoors or goes out for a couple of quick walks, they need your help to avoid cold-weather health hazards. Keep a few basic tips in mind this winter. Watch out on walks: Snow and ice can take a toll on your dog’s paws. If