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3 Ways to Tackle Your Pet’s Dandruff Problem

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dogs, dog, petsNot every dog or cat has dandruff, but if you begin to notice those little white skin flakes, it may be cause for concern. In addition to contacting your veterinarian, here are a few ways you can manage the dandruff problem in your home over time.

  1. Talk to Your Vet about Your Pet’s Diet
    Dandruff can be the cause of a change in your pet’s diet. In some cases, it may be the result of a lack of nutrients. Your vet can help you find the right food to help you maintain your pet’s diet and reduce dandruff.
  2. Keep Up with Baths
    Your pet may not be a fan of water, but giving him or her a bath can help with dandruff. See if your vet can recommend a moisturizing shampoo to use on your pet to soothe skin and eliminate those flakes.
  3. Consider a Moisturizer
    Believe it or not, moisturizers exist for pets, too! Just like humans, pets can benefit from moisturizers that keep dandruff at bay and eliminate itchiness. Talk to your vet about which options are right for your furry friend.

Dandruff can be messy and downright uncomfortable for your pet. Contact Pet Vet Animal Hospitals today to schedule an appointment with one of our professionals who can address your pet’s skin problem.

How to Tackle Your Dog’s Fear of Nail Trimming

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close up of dog nail trimmingNail trimming can be a difficult task for dog owners, especially if their pet has already experienced some type of trauma in the past. That being said, it’s always a good idea to speak to your veterinarian about the issue before it becomes worse. Here are ways you and your vet can work to address your dog’s fear of nail trimming.

Use the Right Trimmer
Finding the right nail trimmer for your dog is essential, and your vet will know exactly which tools to use on his or her nails. Many nail trimmers these days also come with “guards” that protect against clipping the nail too short, which can cause pain.

Desensitize Your Dog
Desensitization is something that your vet may recommend if your dog does not like his paws touched. This involves gently petting your dog, including his paws, to calm him down and get used to your hands in these areas.

Use Treats for Positive Reinforcement
Just because your dog may have had a bad experience with nail trimming in the past doesn’t mean that the future has to be the same. Your vet may encourage the use of tasty treats to help your dog associate trimming with a more positive experience.

Only your vet can determine which of these tips are best for your dog and assess your specific situation. Contact Pet Vet Animal Hospitals today to learn more about nail trimming and the stress-reducing options available to you. Our staff of trained professionals can provide insight into what may work for your dog.

3 Human Foods You Didn’t Know Your Dog Could Eat

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dog-237187_1280There’s plenty of information out there on the Web talks about what dogs shouldn’t eat, and your vet likely knows plenty of them. However, there are some human foods that may be safe for dogs to eat (on a limited basis, of course). Here are three human foods you might not have thought your pet could consume.

  1. Peanut Butter. Be mindful that natural peanut butter is safe – not the commercial varieties that contain ingredients such as xylinol. Peanut butter contains healthy fats, such as vitamin B and niacin. Maybe this is why it’s included in so many snacks manufactured for pups!
  2. Cheese. In small doses, cheese can be a great treat for your dog, as long as he or she isn’t lactose intolerant. Of course, cheese can be fatty, so make sure you monitor how much cheese your pup has on a regular basis.
  3. Pumpkin. When the holiday season rolls around, don’t keep the pumpkin away from your pup! Pumpkin is full of beta-carotene and fiber, which can be beneficial for dogs. In short, it may be able to help your dog keep his or her digestive tract moving and assist with any existing issues.

It’s important to remember that your pet’s digestive system doesn’t work like yours – some foods may be downright hazardous for your dog. If you have any questions, contact Pet Vet Animal Hospitals. Our professional staff can answer any questions about your pet and address dietary concerns you may have.

When Vomiting is a Problem for Your Dog

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dog-200942_1280Your dog is going to vomit. That one thing is for certain. However, it’s important that you, as a pet owner, keep a watchful eye on man’s best friend to know when vomiting is a problem for your dog. To help you differentiate, use these questions as your guide:

How many times has your dog vomited? If your dog vomits once, maybe twice, and then bounces right back, there’s usually no need to worry. However, if vomiting persists, a serious issue may be behind this illness and additional concerns, like dehydration, can develop.

What does the vomit look like? It’s possible you may find the culprit of your dog’s sickness, such as an unusual food or maybe a chewed toy, through examination of the vomit. On the other hand, you may find blood or a substance that looks like coffee grounds, and that’s your cue to call your vet immediately.

Are there other symptoms? Symptoms in addition to vomiting may indicate a more serious issue. Be on the lookout for exhaustion, diarrhea that persists, pain, and anything else out of the ordinary, and take note of it for your vet appointment.

To help your dog after the first vomiting episode, withhold food and water for four hours. If your dog hasn’t vomited again within that timeframe, introduce small amounts of water or ice chips, and then wait another couple of hours before giving him or her something bland to eat, like rice or scrambled egg. It’s important to ease back into regular feeding to ensure any further vomiting that occurs isn’t at the hand of their diet.

As always, if you’re unsure if your dog’s or other pet’s condition warrants a trip to the vet, err on the side of caution and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.