No Magic Wand? Real Life Pet First-Aid

A dog with a bandage on his wrist.

There are few things worse than a pet emergency. The animal is scared, in pain, and defensive, and if you’re neither calm nor prepared, the situation can go from zero to sixty in a hot second. Without a doubt, having the right tools can make all the difference (it also helps to know how and when to use them). Putting together a usable pet first-aid kit is easy, relatively inexpensive, and part of responsible pet ownership.

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Breaking Down the Reverse Sneeze

Dog sneezing with leaves falling around it.

A reverse sneeze, or paroxysmal respiration, occurs when your dog pulls air quickly in through the nose, as opposed to pushing it out like with a regular sneeze. This is often the result of an irritant affecting the nasopharynx, which is located at the back of the throat. Just as humans cough when they have a tickle in the throat, dogs will stretch out their necks, raise their heads, and take a deep breath to try to remove the offending invader. Since the nasopharynx is located behind the nasal passages and above the soft palate, these actions can result in a very unusual sound.

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Understanding Pet Diabetes

Pet cat given a shot by veterinarian.

With over 10% of the population in the United States being affected by diabetes, almost all of us know a little bit about this chronic condition. Not as many people appreciate, however, that dogs and cats can be diagnosed diabetic as well. The Pet’s Place Animal Hospital feels that understanding pet diabetes is an important part of overall pet health care and is happy to share the basics. 

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Protecting Your Family From Zoonotic Diseases

A great many things are unknowingly shared between pets and their people. Unfortunately, some of them can be quite detrimental to our health. 

Zoonotic diseases are those that can be transferred from animals to humans, and vice versa. With more pets being adopted right now and with people staying at home more than ever before, it is essential to understand the risks and the many ways we can prevent sharing illnesses with our best buddies.

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When Dogs Eat Poop, Should We Look the Other Way?

Brown dog looking at camera

Dogs eat poop. Not every dog does it, but it’s safe to say that most dogs have dabbled in the act of feces-sampling. Coprophagia is a common canine behavior. Indeed, it can be a daily occurrence for some pups. Knowing that it’s “normal” may help dog owners cope with this, but it can definitely get in the way of some valuable snuggles. Plus, this behavior can actually be linked to serious health conditions.

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The Bad Breath Connection: Periodontal Disease in Pets

If your pet drives you away with her bad breath as you cuddle together on the sofa, you may be thinking it’s time for a dental chew. But bad breath can signify problems that are deeper than a simple Greenie can fix.

According to the American Veterinary Dental College, periodontal disease in pets is the most common clinical condition affecting them. By the time pets are 3 years of age, most of them have some form of dental disease. Common signs are bad breath, bleeding gums, and tooth loss. Disease of the internal organs can be a side effect.

But what exactly is periodontal disease, what causes it, and what do we do about it? As conscientious pet owners, we all want to do the very best we can for our animals. So, The Pet’s Place Animal Hospital is digging in to help you learn more.

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