Just like with a friend or family member, your pet needs your care as it gets older. It can be heartbreaking to see them struggle as they age. However, it is a chance to reciprocate the unconditional love they give. It will expand its lifespan and help it live as long as possible.

Most pet owners have experienced times when they cannot stand the smell coming from their pet’s mouth. Like human beings, your furry animal can also have bad breath. But since they love to play, kiss, and hug you, the smell may become unbearable. Halitosis or bad breath is a common problem that affects pets such as cats and dogs.

Just like humans, your furry friend can get cancer. This is especially true when they are older. However, knowing if a mass on your dog is a tumor can be difficult. The lump could be cancerous or one arising from another health issue. Without the assistance of a medical expert, you will find it hard to determine if it is benign or cancerous.

Spaying/neutering are the most common elective surgeries for animals in the United States. Spaying refers to the removal of the reproductive organs in females (the ovaries and usually the uterus), while neutering refers to the process in males in which the testicles and associated structures are removed.

Heartworms are foot-long worms that live in the body of an affected animal. They live in the lungs, heart, and the associated blood vessels. Heartworms can cause heart failure, severe lung disease, and damage to other body organs.

Knee injuries are just as common in animals are they are in humans. The most common knee injury seen in dogs is a cruciate ligament tear. In humans, this injury is better known as an ACL or anterior cruciate ligament tear. However, in pets, you may hear it called the cranial cruciate ligament or CCL. The CCL is a small ligament that is located inside the knee joint and is responsible for helping to keep it stable, in position, and functioning as it should. Although CCL tears are most common in dogs, they can affect cats too.

Feeling a bump or lump on your pets’ skin can be worrying. Many pet owners assume the worst when they find a lump. But not all lumps are a cause for concern. A tumor is an abnormal growth that occurs when abnormal cells begin to replicate. 

According to the Best Friends Animal Society, separation anxiety is common among dogs. It can start at any life stage, to any breed. Some experts believe that the anxiety develops because dogs are pack animals, and they see their humans as part of their pack. Once their humans leave them, their sense of security goes away, which leads to anxiety.

Just like us, animals can experience accidents, many of which result in injury. Sometimes injuries are minor and can be treated at home, but in some cases, they can be much more serious, requiring veterinary intervention. Our pets can also become sick very suddenly. While every effort will always be made to treat your pet with as minimal fuss as possible, there are some circumstances in which emergency surgery really is the best course of action.

September 30, 2020

Pet experts often hear pet owners complaining about bad breath or halitosis in their cats and dogs. Because of this, cuddling with your furry companion often becomes less engaging than before.