dog wellness

Cherry Eye in Dogs

~by Nomi Berger~ The condition commonly called “cherry eye” occurs when a tear gland protrudes from your dog’s eye socket. Easily spotted, it appears as a pink or red mass bulging from the corner of the eye nearest your dog’s nose. It can affect either one or both eyes AND can be recurrent. Located underneath the nictitating membrane (known as the third eyelid) which

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PUPPY PROOFING IS NOT JUST FOR PUPPIES

By Nomi Berger A puppy-proofed home is a pet-safe home whatever the age of your new dog. Before that first front paw crosses your threshold for the first time, your home must be a health zone, not a hazard zone. Be especially attentive to the sensibilities of former puppy mill dogs or “outside” dogs. They may never have walked on wooden floors, carpets or

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Dental Care for Pets

by Nomi Berger Protect Your Pet: Provide Proper Dental Care Did you know that 80% of dogs and cats over the age of four have some form of dental disease? As with people, the main culprit is a build-up of plaque, which eventually hardens into tartar, leading to gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontal disease. The result? A bacterial invasion of the gums

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Pet Alert: Tick Prevention for Dogs

By Nomi Berger With the arrival of summer in southern Ontario, comes the arrival of an annoying and possibly fatal pest: the tick. For the past 20 years, what was considered a nuisance found only in the wooded countryside and farthest reaches of the province, has been invading cities as large and diverse as Toronto. Now ticks can be as close as your neighbourhood

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Divorce and Your Dog: What Happens Next?

It is all too common: People fall in love, decide to take the next step and get a puppy—then it doesn’t work out between them. This scenario doesn’t apply just to divorce but to separations, other relationship breakups or a family member moving out. Your dog is emotionally attached to the life you all shared—he or she loves the family unit. The split can be devastatingfor

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