Pet Health

Itchy Pets and Constant Licking in Elderly Pets

Many dogs and cats lick and scratch as result of itching (also called pruritis). The most common cause of itching is allergies, skin disease, dry skin, external parasites, infections and in rare cases, skin cancer. You can often see skin infections by looking closely at your pet’s skin; especially if you

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Top Ten Foods You Should Not Feed Your Senior Pet

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, cats and small dogs are considered seniors at age 7; large dogs are considered seniors at age 5 or 6. Owners should be careful about many people foods they may feed to their pet, regardless of their age. However, senior pets are even

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How to Detect Urinary Issues in Senior Cats

A cat is considered a senior cat at age 7 and oftentimes, senior cats develop urinary tract issues. Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease is not merely one problem, but a collection of clinical symptoms that may have more than one possible cause. Cats with FLUTD can experience painful urination, bloody

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How Joint Supplements May Help Senior Dogs

Joint pain is often caused by bone-on-bone wear and tear to a joint. If the fluid and cushion between joints has worn, and bone is rubbing on bone, this can cause joint pain in your senior pet. Once the cushioning is worn, there is very little that can be done

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Help for Senior Pets with Allergies

Pets can develop allergies at any stage of life, but allergies in elderly pets can be very frustrating, not only for pet parents but also for pets. Pets with allergies are often itchy and uncomfortable and can cause skin irritations that need to be addressed by a vet. The good

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Celebrating Holidays with Elderly Pets

The holiday season will soon be upon us and if you have an older pet, the holidays can be especially challenging for them. Older pets are prone to illnesses and disabilities such as arthritis or blindness, which can make getting around holiday crowds more difficult.  Certain foods and holiday plants

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Elderly Pet Safety in Cold Weather

Cold weather can pose serious threats to pet health. Pet’s cold tolerance for cold weather can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level and health.  You will probably need to shorten your dog’s walks in very cold weather to protect you both from

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How to Soothe Pet Crying and Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is triggered when dogs become upset typically because they have been separated from their caretakers. Dogs with separation anxiety will bark, howl or display other distress behaviors typically within a short time of being left alone.  Fortunately there is help for anxious pets. First, it is important to

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Elderly Pet Travel Safety

Elderly pets are at greater risk for injury during travel because some may not react as quickly as a younger pet would if a vehicle stops short or is in an accident. Many animals, especially dogs, love driving in the car with their head out the window. This is not

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Elderly Pet Dental Care

Elderly pets are at higher risk for tooth decay and gum problems than younger pets. Pet parents must be especially vigilant with older pets to ensure that their teeth and gums stay healthy and strong into pet old age.  AVMA recommends that all pets be seen by their vet at

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