Is Ear Cropping Still Necessary?

Ear cropping is still a heavily debated issue among dog lovers and owners. There are opposing views on this topic, and the biggest problem is the necessity of it. There is no denying that certain breeds look impressive with cropped ears, and they had a specific purpose that required them to have cropped ears. If you are thinking of getting your dog's ears cropped, here are some things you should know. Ear cropping procedure When it comes to the procedure of ear cropping, the biggest question is, "Is this procedure necessary?" Many dog owners and breeders argue it is, and the way vets do it shouldn't cau...

Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken?

Most dogs love chicken, but should you prepare it for them, or is it safe for them to eat it raw? Whatever you decide to do, there are some things you should know before you decide to make any changes in your dog’s regular diet. Here are the most important things you need to know about feeding your dog raw chicken. Is raw chicken safe for dogs? The shortest possible answer - yes. Dogs have a stronger stomach acid than humans, and they shouldn’t have any problem digesting raw chicken meat and bones. In fact, chicken and other poultry would be the biggest part of their diet if they lived in the wild. Can...

Kidney Infection In Dogs: Causes, Signs & Treatment

Was your dog recently diagnosed with a kidney infection? This can be very painful and potentially life-threatening. You can do many things to quickly get your dog back to their healthy and happy life and there are many ways to prevent them from developing a kidney infection. What Is a kidney infection? The medical term for a kidney infection is pyelonephritis.  This is not as common as a bladder infection but can occur in dogs with untreated bladder infections.  What Causes Kidney Infections A kidney infection is caused by a bacterial infection that moves from your dog's bladder up the ureters, the tube...

Pain Relief for Dogs: Natural & Safe

Is there anything worse than our pets in pain, and we cannot do anything to help them? It is one of the worst feelings in the world that makes us want to help our dogs any way we can. We can easily end up hurting them more if we don’t know what we are doing in our attempt to do that. The best thing you can do in this situation to help relieve the pain your dog is feeling is to call your vet for advice. Ask them the safest option for your dog and never self-medicate or give human drugs to your pet. If you are going to be a responsible dog owner, you should know how to safely help your dog if they are in...

Pepto-Bismol For Dogs - What You Need to Know

Pepto-Bismol is a well-known, popular over-the-counter medication that helps humans deal with tummy problems. Some human meds are safe for dogs, and Pepto-Bismol is one of them. Humans use this medication to deal with problems like diarrhea and vomiting, and dogs can take it for the same reasons. Visiting a vet every time your dog gets diarrhea is not the most practical thing, and mostly there is nothing seriously wrong with them. If you are a dog owner, you noticed that dogs often have stomach problems that cause diarrhea or vomiting. Pepto-Bismol is a human medication that all dog owners should have a...

Leptospirosis In Dogs: Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention

Taking care of our dogs is the most important thing we as dog owners must do. That also includes preventing diseases like leptospirosis from affecting our dogs. That is sometimes easier said than done, and we can easily panic when we hear the name of a disease we are not familiar with. We will help shed some light on what leptospirosis is, how to treat it, and the best ways to prevent it from developing in the first case. Here is what you need to know about lepto in dogs. What is leptospirosis? Leptospirosis, or often abbreviated as lepto, is a disease that affects different animal species like raccoons...

Dog Bad Breath: What To Do?

Getting kisses from your dog can be very cute unless they have bad breath. If your dog ever had bad breath, you know that it is nearly impossible to be with them in the same room. They can easily stink up the place, and the smell is terrible. Not only is it terrible and can make you vomit, but bad dog breath can also be a sign of several health problems. Before you decide to freshen their breath with something minty (and potentially toxic), make sure you learn a bit more about it. Why does my dog have bad breath? Most inexperienced owners think their dog has bad breath because they are exactly that - a...

How To Make Your Dog Vomit?

Your dog may get its paws onto something they shouldn’t, like chocolate, and sometimes the best course of action is to make your dog vomit. As dog owners, it is our duty to keep our pets safe and healthy. We should know what to do in any situation. It is impossible to keep an eye on your dog 24/7, and sometimes, they will get into trouble by eating something that can be toxic. Our homes are full of things that could harm our dogs, things like: Chocolate Alcohol Plants Vegetables Fruits Cleaning chemicals Despite our best effort, our dogs can ingest something potentially toxic. The best thing to do at...

Can Dogs Get Hiccups?

There aren’t many things cuter than a dog getting hiccups. Except maybe puppies getting hiccups. They are adorable, and after the first few seconds of melting our hearts, we can’t help but start wondering if hiccups are dangerous. Sure, humans get it all the time, but dog hiccups are something different, right? It is normal that you wonder about it and worry about your dog’s health. Luckily, we are here to help you get to the bottom of it. Let’s see what we should know about dog hiccups as dog owners. What are hiccups? Hiccups are natural, and they can be defined as “involuntary contractions of the diap...

Anal Glands In Dogs: All You Need To Know

Not every aspect of owning a dog is beautiful and great. Some parts could be considered yucky, and anal glands are precisely that. If you already are a dog owner, you probably heard that some dogs could have anal gland problems. It is an excellent sign that you are interested in learning about your dog's health and how to help them. You probably wondered what dog anal glands are or what they are for. We will answer all possible questions a future owner might have about them and understand why anal glands' health is essential. Let's start. What are anal glands? Anal glands, or anal sacks, are scent gland...