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Why Is My Dog Throwing Up Bile?

Image via Anna Hoychuk/Shutterstock | Article Featured on PetMD
Dog vomiting is a somewhat common occurrence, but it becomes a true health concern when a dog is throwing up bile. If your dog throws up yellow foam, or a yellow-green foam, it’s probably bile, and you should take your pup to the vet right away to determine the cause. Bile is produced in the liver, stored in the gall bladder and released into the small intestine to help break food down. This helps the body digest and utilize the food properly. If your dog is throwing up bile, these are the five most common reasons.
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Are You Ready to Care for Foster Animals?
By Nancy Dunham | Article Featured in PetMD
It’s difficult to imagine a downside to fostering dogs, cats or any other animals.
Just looking at the many social media photos of foster pet parents cuddling the dogs, cats and other foster animals entrusted to their care is enough to prompt anyone to want to volunteer now and ask questions later.
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5 Signs of Dog Dementia

Article found on PetMD | by Katherine Tolford
While your beloved senior dog can’t really forget where he put his car keys, it turns out that he is capable of experiencing “senior moments.” If your dog forgets the route on your daily walk or if he’s not enjoying the things he once did, like chasing after his favorite toy or greeting you at the door, he could be suffering from canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD), or the doggy version of Alzheimer’s.
Canine cognitive dysfunction can occur for a number of reasons, like an accumulation of abnormal proteins in the brain. This creates a build-up of plaque, which eventually damages nerves and results in the loss of brain function, which can affect your dog’s memory, motor functions and learned behaviors. Read more

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Seven Tips to Enhance Your Aging Dog’s Longevity

Article by Dr. Nancy Kay, DVM | Found on PetHealthNetwork
I recently addressed common age-related changes in dogs. Thinking about such changes begs the question, what can we do to enhance the longevity of our canine companions? Here is a list of my top seven recommendations, all of which I think are easier than you might expect.  Read more

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How Old Is My Dog? 5 Tips for Determining Your Dog’s Age

Article by Paula Fitzsimmons | Found on PetMD
Shelter dogs don’t often come with a lot of history, which makes estimating their age a challenge. But having this information is essential to providing optimal care.
“It can help determine the most appropriate time for preventive health protocols, such as vaccination and de-worming, and the best time to test for certain common diseases such as heartworms,” according to Gainesville, Florida-based veterinarian Dr. Brian DiGangi, senior director of shelter medical programs at ASPCA. Read more

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Why is My Cat Getting so Thin?

Article by Dr. Nancy Kay, DVM | Found on PetHealthNetwork
Weight loss is a common feline problem, particularly in senior kitties. Figuring out if your kitty is losing weight may be reliant on what you feel (rather than what you see). This is because a plush feline hair coat can readily mask how svelte or thin your cat is becoming. Note if your kitty feels “bonier” during grooming or petting and pay attention if your normally hefty feline friend is feeling light as a feather when you pick her up.  Read more

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Caring for a Sick Pet Can Really Drain You

Article Found on MedLinePlus
As much joy as a pet can bring to the life of its human, when a beloved dog or cat falls ill, the emotional toll can be high.
In fact, caring for an ailing animal often ends up placing a significant “caregiver burden” on its owner, new research finds. Read more

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Cancer in Pets

Pets today have a better chance of being successfully treated for neoplasia and cancer than they did before, thanks to advances in early recognition, diagnosis and treatment. Read more

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Why Is Your Cat Not Grooming Himself?

Article Found on AnimalPlanet.com
Ever seen comic-strip icon Garfield polish his paws and coat after downing a panful of lasagna? Feline grooming habits are legendary. Cats sometimes even wash themselves after being petted, meticulously putting their fur in order just in case a human’s touch has mussed a patch. They groom not only to clean, but to regulate body temperature and stimulate circulation. When a cat stops grooming, something’s amiss in his world.
You can usually spot the signs quickly, as his once-silky coat will feel harsh or greasy. He may have small mats or knots of fur on his body or tail, and his feet may look stained from litter box residue or urine; such staining is especially noticeable on white or light-colored paws. If the cat is ill, he may have a foul, sour smell due to lack of grooming. Cats routinely wash after eating, so food particles around his face or chest half an hour after a meal indicate that yours is a distracted kitty. Read more

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Best Senior Dog Food: Key Ingredients to Look For

Article Found on GreyMuzzle.org
As your dog gets older, you want to make sure that you are making choices that will make their life as enjoyable as possible, including choosing the right food. There are more dog food options available than ever before, including many that are for “senior” dogs. What makes a dog a senior citizen? It can vary based on breed or size, with larger dogs being considered senior at 6-9 years, and small dogs not reaching that milestone until their early teens.
If your dog is in one of these categories, you may be considering making the switch to a senior formula dog food. Here is what you need to know in order to compare labels and choose the best senior dog food for your pet. Read more