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DOG - HEALTH

Helping Your Arthritic Dog
Many treatments are available for osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease, both palliative and homeopathic. Your dog does not need to suffer unnecessarily, and your veterinarian can help you control and treat this condition. The first thing you sh...

Bad Breath and Checking for Gum Disease
Bad breath is a sign of gum disease. To check for gum disease, open your dog's mouth and look inside. If you see red and swollen gums, a yellow-brown crust of tartar at the gum line and pain or bleeding when you touch the gums, take your dog to the veteri...

Signs of Parasites
Even if you take the best possible care of your dog, he is likely to become the unhappy host of a varied collection of parasites, both internal and external. By knowing what to look for, you can help eradicate most of those pests before they can harm your...

Working Up a Good Pant
Like you, your four-legged friend will benefit from an exercise routine. Regular physical activity improves muscle tone, joint flexibility, digestion, and cardiovascular fitness.

A Running Start Toward Health
With all the paths you can take, it's easy to dig up an exercise plan to suit your dog.

A Health Checklist
Regularly going through a health checklist will help you pick up on early signs of sickness in your dog.

Healthy Skin and Fur
Your pooch may be thick-furred, but she's also thin-skinned. Take these tips to ensure your canine's health isn't only skin-deep. There's more to your dog's coat than the soft or scruffy feel of it. Fur insulates your dog from the elements, protects her s...

Developing a Workout Schedule
Jump in and find a fitness plan both you and your dog will enjoy. Just like you, your four-legged friend can benefit from an exercise routine. Regular exercise improves muscle tone, joint flexibility, digestion and cardiovascular fitness. Exercise also ...

Heartworm Prevention for Dogs
Prevention is your dog's best bet against heartworm disease. It's hard to fathom how worms can live inside your dog's beating heart, but they can, and if your pet gets infected they could severely damage his heart and lungs. Heartworms spread by tr...

Timeline of Medical Care
It's a snap to keep your doggy in the picture of health when you know what kind of care she needs. You probably know your dog needs food, shelter, exercise, a balanced diet and lots of love to stay healthy. She also needs regular checkups, vaccinations an...

Evaluating Your Pet's New Vet
Finding the right veterinarian and clinic is critical to your pet's long life and overall health.

Annual Examinations
An annual checkup provides a great opportunity to ask your veterinarian questions about your dog's health.

Dental Care for Your Dog
Guard your pet's teeth against gum disease and tartar with regular dental care.

Ear Scratching or Head Shaking
Your pet can't tell you that his ear is itchy, but he'll let you know by shaking his head or scratching at his ears. Then it's up to you and your veterinarian to figure out the cause and what to do about it. Causes What's behind that annoying tickle in ...

Abscesses
When an infection enters the body, white blood cells rush to the site and fight the invading bacteria. Sometimes this collection of blood cells forms a pocket of pus - or an abscess - within the bodys tissues, organs, or confined spaces. In dogs, absc...

Allergies and Dog Ownership
Finding a dog who won't make your eyes itch.

Anal sac disease
Don't let your dog go untreated.

Anemia
Look into why your active dog seems so sluggish lately.

Arthritis
Arthritis If your dog is acting lethargic, he may have a joint problem. Arthritis, which literally means inflamed joints, is an umbrella term for many forms of joint disease. Imagine a machine with well-oiled parts working smoothly, all valves pumpi...

Atopy (Atopic Dermatitis, Allergies)
Atopy (Atopic Dermatitis, Allergies) What to do when your dog keeps scratching and sneezing. Every spring, allergy sufferers turn their thoughts not to love, but to antihistamines. The yearly onslaught of pollen, grasses, and trees makes some pets m...

Bladder Stones
Bladder Stones The ins and outs of how to care for a dog suffering from stones. A bladder stone, or urolith, develops when mineral salts in urine combine and harden. Most stones occur in the bladder and urethra, but occasionally stones form in the k...

Dental Disease
Can't bear to face another day of dog breath? Don't despair. Dental disease, one of the most common and potentially harmful health problems for dogs, is also easily avoided. What causes that special smell? Plaque buildup along the gum line gradually leads...

Ear Mite Infestation
Ear mites are tiny, crablike parasites that live in the dark recesses of your pet's ear canals. These little critters are barely visible to the human eye, but they can cause a big itch with all their scurrying around. These bugs don't always stay in the e...

Food Allergies
Pets experience allergies to pollen, flea bites and even food. With a food allergy, the immune system reacts adversely to one or several ingredients in the diet. Some pets become hypersensitive when they develop an abnormally intense reaction to certain i...

Exercise Requirements for Older Dogs
Just like you, your four-legged friend can benefit from an exercise routine. Regular exercise improves muscle tone, joint flexibility, digestion and cardiovascular fitness. Exercise also helps prevent obesity, which has been linked to numerous health prob...

Additional Testing for Older Dogs
Keeping close tabs on your geriatric dogs health problems can prolong his life.

Puppy Exercise
Just like you, your little four-legged friend can benefit from an exercise routine. Regular exercise improves muscle tone, joint flexibility, digestion and cardiovascular fitness. Exercise also helps prevent obesity down the road, which has been linked to...

Exercise for Puppies
Learn a few tips on how to make exercise fun for you and your dog.

Heartworm Protection for Puppies
Guard your pets most precious organ from invasion. Its hard to fathom how worms can live inside your puppys beating heart, but they can, and if your pet gets infected they could severely damage her heart and lungs. Heartworms spread by traveling in...

Your Puppy’s Vaccinations
Your Puppy's Vaccinations Make sure you're up on all the shots your pup needs. Immunizations keep puppies healthy just as they do babies. And while the thought of getting a shot yourself may make you weak in the knees, most puppies don't mind a bit....

Your Puppy’s First Veterinary Visit
Get your pup checked out, and learn some health and behavior basics.

Abdominal Enlargement
There may be more to your pets bloated belly than proof of too many treats and table scraps.

Appetite Loss
Here's guidance on determining whether your pet is feeling ornery or out of sorts if she's not eating.

Panting
Healthy dogs pant after rigorous exercise or if they're outside on a warm day. After all, that's how they eliminate excess body heat. Some dogs pant when they're nervous - during the dubious car ride to the veterinarian's office, or when there's a booming...

Weight Gain Causes and Solutions
Here are tips and suggestions on how to slim down your full-bodied pet, and what you should do in case your pal suddenly develops a potbelly. Most pets gain weight slowly - little by little - until one day you notice that your pet looks a little broad i...

Vaccines Save Pets Lives
There are many serious and often life-threatening diseases that your pet can be protected from by simply vaccinating, deworming and giving heartworm preventative. The following information will help you choose an yearly immunization program to keep your p...

Vaccination Services: Minimum Age Requirements
Potential Side Effects From Vaccination Include: Depression may occur for the first 24 hours following vaccination. If this persists after 24 hours, call your local veterinarian. Vomiting and/or Diarrhea may occur following vaccines but should not persi...

Quality of Life
When our pets are young and brand new to us, it's easy to remember to visit the vet on a regular basis. However, as time passes, many pet owners don't realize or remember the importance of regular veterinary care. Without regular visits, your pet's health...

Facts About Mosquitoes
Appearance Mosquitoes are small, about 1/8" to 1/4" long, insects with a brown or dark brown body striped down center. They are usually round and suck the blood of animals and humans. Life Cycle Mosquitoes go through four life stages: egg, larvae, nymph a...

Facts About Ticks
AppearanceSmall (1/8 - 1/2" long) dark brown, round, blood-sucking parasite. Adult ticks have eight legs, larvae or seed ticks have six. Life Cycle4 stages: egg larva nymph adultWarning SignsTicks may appear as a small dark speck on your pet's f...

Facts About Fleas
Appearance Small (1/12 - 1/16" long) dark, reddish-brown, wingless, blood-sucking insects. Hard, flattened bodies covered with short spines and long legs adapted for jumping. Life Cycle 4 stages: egg larva pupa biting adult W...

Recognizing Health Issues
A Petco Companion Animal Care Sheet developed with and approved by a Qualified Veterinarian Recognizing signs of health issues early can go a long way toward preventing a mild problem from becoming a serious one. When in doubt, call your vet. They can he...

Petco and Antibiotics
At Petco, animals come first and we believe that diagnosing and treating animals is serious business!

Separation Anxiety in Dogs: Signs and Solutions
Separation anxiety does not go away on its own. There are dog training exercises and solutions which may help alleviate your dog’s stress. If your dog exhibits severe anxiety behaviors, contact a veterinarian board certified in animal behavior.