Category: Pet health

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What is the Green Bean Diet for Dogs? Does it work?
What is the Green Bean Diet for Dogs? Does it work?

Our question this week was: Doctor - have you ever heard of the green bean diet for dogs? My dog is a 120-pound lab in about an 80-pound frame. My vet recommended the "green bean diet" for dogs. Do you know what it is and if it works? Molly D. Imperial, Missouri Answer Hi - thanks for your email. I have heard of the "Green Bean Diet" to help dogs loose weight.

My dog has parvo - should he be fed through a tube?
My dog has parvo - should he be fed through a tube?

Our question this week was: My dog is in the hospital with Parvo and they say they want to feed him through a tube. Is this normally recommended? Anna Muntean - Phoenix, AZ Answer Hi - thanks for your email. Parvovirus (Parvoviral Enteritis or “Parvo,” for short) is a common condition in young dogs, especially dogs that are not completely vaccinated.

Dog Hip Joint Medication - Vet's Advice On Dog Hip Joint Medication
Dog Hip Joint Medication - Vet's Advice On Dog Hip Joint Medication

What is the best dog hip joint medication? Dog hip joint medications recommendations will vary depending on the severity of the problem. Older dogs that may be in the early stages of arthritis, or dogs with mild hip dysplasia may benefit from nutraceuticals such as glucosamine and chondroitin as the dog hip joint medication of choice.

Cat Eye Anatomy - Vet's Advice on Cat Eye Anatomy
Cat Eye Anatomy - Vet's Advice on Cat Eye Anatomy

You are asking about cat eye anatomy. We'll give you a brief overview here but we have a very good in-depth article about the “Structure and Function of the Eye in Cats” which is very helpful - for more information click here. The eyes allow cats to have a sense of sight. Cat eye anatomy is made up several parts.

Cat Flea Treatment - Vet's Advice on Cat Flea Treatment
Cat Flea Treatment - Vet's Advice on Cat Flea Treatment

What types of cat flea treatment are available? There are several different types of cat flea treatment. Flea powders, flea collars and flea shampoos will eliminate the adult fleas but do little to prevent future flea infestations. These products are cheap and easy but often don't work well. These particular flea cat treatment products can also be toxic to some cats and need to be used with caution and ideally under a veterinarian's recommendation.

Remedy For Cat Fleas - Vet's Advice On Remedy For Cat Fleas
Remedy For Cat Fleas - Vet's Advice On Remedy For Cat Fleas

What is a remedy for cat fleas? You may be looking for a remedy for cat fleas and if so, you are in luck. Fleas can be frustrating pests to deal with! There are many different remedies for cat fleas but the best way to get rid of them is to use a topical flea product you can get from your veterinarian.

Dog Allergy Food Treats - Vet's Advice On Dog Allergy Food Treats
Dog Allergy Food Treats - Vet's Advice On Dog Allergy Food Treats

Which dog allergy food treats are recommended? Many clients ask about what dog allergy food treats are safe to give their dogs. Food allergies can be difficult to control. Some dogs need to be on a very strict diet to prevent allergy symptoms from recurring. In order to give these pets treats, you will need to take special measures.

Cat Flea And Tick Medicine - Vet's Advice On Cat Flea And Tick Medicine
Cat Flea And Tick Medicine - Vet's Advice On Cat Flea And Tick Medicine

There are several cat flea and tick medicines available on the market. Fleas and ticks are irritating pests for cats as well as their owners. Getting rid of these creatures can be achieved through the use of certain topical cat flea and tick medicines such as Frontline Top Spot® and Frontline Plus®. Frontline Plus® contains a product that kills adult fleas within 24 hours and kills juvenile fleas and eggs as well as ticks.

Irradiation of Cat Food: Is it Safe?
Irradiation of Cat Food: Is it Safe?

Food safety is important to you and your pet. This means handling pet food as you would your own - keeping in mind how easy salmonella can be transmitted from food to the countertop to a host. Salmonella (and E. coli) doesn't care whose host body it invades; both you and your pet can get sick. Fortunately, a recent ruling by the U.

Aquarium Water Quality: Ammonia and Nitrite Toxicity Explained
Aquarium Water Quality: Ammonia and Nitrite Toxicity Explained

It's important to know about this danger in order to maintain well-functioning aquarium with healthy fish. When ammonia and/or nitrite levels in an aquarium become too high, such as during the period when biological filtration is being established, fish become sick and frequently die. Ammonia toxicity and nitrite toxicity are the result of complex interactions between these chemicals, other water quality parameters and the fish.

How to Apply Topical Medication to Your Cat
How to Apply Topical Medication to Your Cat

Medications come in a variety of forms - pills, liquids and ointments. New flea and tick products are most commonly associated with topical application but other drugs are also available, such as antibiotic creams and ointments for wound care. Some topical medications include an applicator for easy administration.

Safe Ways to Remove Mats from Your Cat
Safe Ways to Remove Mats from Your Cat

Removing hair mats is fraught with potential complications. Many mats are firmly attached to the skin, so you must be extremely careful not to cut the skin as you cut off the mat. Begin by brushing and combing as much as possible. Many small mats can be removed with a thorough brushing. If mats remain, try to make the mat smaller by brushing the hair near the mat.

Dietary Requirements in Dogs
Dietary Requirements in Dogs

Most of us were taught the importance of a balanced and nutritionally complete diet. But when it comes to knowing what nutrients our pets need to grow properly and stay healthy, we often come up short. Many years ago, little thought or research was put into the manufacture of pet food, or the proper way to feed our pets.

Hypothermia in Fish
Hypothermia in Fish

Hypothermia (the condition of being too cold) is usually the result of an aquarium or pond that is inadequately heated. This serious condition is most common in colder climates or during the winter months. In most cases, a heating unit is either lacking, improperly functioning, or of insufficient strength to maintain water temperatures at optimal levels.

How to Take Your Cat's Temperature
How to Take Your Cat's Temperature

When your cat is ill, you may have to determine whether or not he has a fever. Learning how to take your cat's temperature properly can help determine if immediate veterinary care is needed. Your cat's normal rectal temperature is 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Higher temperatures may necessitate a trip to your veterinarian, depending on other symptoms.

Flavored Medications for Cats
Flavored Medications for Cats

If you have a finicky pet that needs medication and refuses to take it willingly, there is some help available. Physicians and pharmacists realized long ago that adding certain flavors to medicine could greatly increase a child's willingness to take the medication. This was a great help for parents who for years have had to fight, plead and cajole to give their children much-needed medication.

Can Fish Have Surgery?
Can Fish Have Surgery?

Can you have surgery on your fish? The answer is an emphatic Yes! Veterinarians perform surgery on fish for many of the same reasons they perform surgeries on other species, along with some that are unique to fish. A few of these are removal of external and internal masses, repair of skin lacerations, removal of a severely damaged eye (enucleation), and swim bladder repair for buoyancy problems.

Does Crunchy Food Prevent Dental Disease in Dogs?
Does Crunchy Food Prevent Dental Disease in Dogs?

Does feeding dry food or crunchy food to your dog make a difference in his teeth or prevent dental disease? When it comes to dental health, should you feed your dog's crunchy kibbles or the meaty moist stuff? It's a question I should get almost every single day…but don't. If my experience is any guide, that's because people assume they know the answer.

Should You Feed Your Fish Live Food?
Should You Feed Your Fish Live Food?

Why bother with live food? With all the various kinds of prepared flake fish food available, it would seem your fish could get a balanced diet without resorting to raising worms or flies. The answer is that you can maintain a healthy aquarium on prepared foods, but that varying the fish's diet with live food can enhance color, activity, and breeding success.

Fish Surgery
Fish Surgery

Can surgery be performed on your fish? Of course, it can. Fish are hardy animals and, with the proper modifications for their aquatic life-style, surgery can be readily performed on them. In fact, they do very well following the procedure. More and more veterinarians are expanding their services to include species not traditionally served by the veterinary profession, including fish.