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  • Overweight and obesity have emerged as the most important disease processes in dogs today. The perils of obesity are far-reaching. It shortens dogs’ lives and can actually contribute to chronic inflammatory pain. The good news is that obesity is preventable. More good news is that even if a dog is overweight or obese, the disease can be reversed, normal body condition can be restored, and life expectancy can be returned to normal.

  • More than 50% of dogs and cats in North America are overweight or obese. These epidemic levels are reflected in the human population as well. Obesity in pets is now the most important disease process pet owners must face. And the effects of obesity are far reaching because it contributes to many other diseases and shortens dogs’ lives.

  • In recent years, veterinarians have made great progress in understanding how dogs feel pain and the best ways to manage that pain. Many dogs will instinctively hide their pain as a survival mechanism, which, in the past, lead to incorrect assumptions about the ability of dogs to feel pain.

  • Palliative care and hospice have become an important part of end-of-life care in human medicine, and they’re becoming more important and common in veterinary medicine.

  • Veterinary palliative medicine is a philosophy of care in which a decision has been made to decline or withdraw the pursuit of curative therapy for a life-limiting illness. Some diseases that we treat in dogs are managed over the long term without any hope for a cure.

  • A pet sitter is like a babysitter for pets. And like good babysitters, good pet sitters don’t just sit in a chair watching your fur babies. They interact, exercise, feed and water them. Pet sitters take care of your pet in your home, but can do much much more.

  • Although often thought to be a teething behavior, nipping, mouthing and biting in young dogs is generally a form of social play. Teething is more likely to involve gnawing or chewing on household objects.

  • Porcupines are not aggressive, but they happily defend themselves, their offspring, and their dens if needed. Porcupine quills can puncture the skin and move through muscle, ultimately penetrating into body cavities and internal organs.

  • After arriving at home, you should keep your dog warm and comfortable by providing a soft clean bed, ideally in a quiet and draft-free room at a comfortable room temperature. For most procedures, your dog’s activity should be restricted for one full week after surgery. Some dogs experience nausea after general anesthesia, so dividing meals into smaller portions may decrease the risk of nausea and vomiting.

  • Since you and your dog will make many trips to the veterinary hospital over the years, it’s best to start preparing your dog for these visits as a pup, but there are ways you can prepare a dog of any age for his first trip to your veterinarian.