Licking Paws: Ways Vets Can Help Heal Pain & Damage Caused From Overlicking

A dog licking its paw may seem cute and a way for them to clean their bodies, but if the licking becomes obsessive, then it can often become a problem. Eventually, excessive licking can lead to a condition known as lick granuloma. The granuloma is basically a worn down patch of skin that may bleed, become sensitive, or scab over. Ignoring this problem can lead to a lot of pain for your dog and the potential for infections of the skin or blood. Read More 

3 Things Potbellied Pig Owners Need To Know About Arthritis

It's common knowledge that people can get arthritis, a painful inflammatory condition that affects the joints, but your pet potbellied pig can also develop this painful joint condition. Here are three things potbellied pig owners need to know about arthritis. Why do potbellied pigs get arthritis? Potbellied pigs can develop arthritis for a number of reasons. It may occur as a natural part of the aging process. As your pig ages, their cartilage degenerates, leading to decreased cushioning around their joints. Read More 

8 Foods That Should Never Go In Your Dog’s Mouth

If you have a dog who likes to beg shamelessly for food, you know just how difficult it is to say "no" to that face. However, before you give your dog any of your food, make sure it will not harm him. You probably already know that chocolate is toxic to dogs, but you might not be aware of how many other "people" foods are bad for your furry family member. Read More 

Winter Hiking With Your Dog: Don’t Let the Cold Spoil the Trip

If you're an avid backpacker or outdoors person, you're not likely to let a little snow or cold weather keep you from participating in this favorite pastime. You know the importance of being prepared. However, if your dog accompanies you on these treks, you need to be prepared for him or her as well. Hypothermia and frostbite are not just problems for you. They are a hazard for your furry friend as well. Read More 

Does Your Dog Have Allergies?

Humans aren't the only animals that suffer from allergies. If your dog is constantly scratching, missing fur, or has rough scaly skin, it may be suffering from allergies.  There are various types of allergies that affect dogs, and many of them cause some kind of skin disorder or intense itching. If your dog scratches itself excessively, you should observe the focal points of its body where the itching appears to be most intense. Read More