By John Gilpatrick
The unconditional love dogs show their owners is a constant source of joy. And it’s reliable: Dog owners know they can walk through the door after a long day at work and have their pup shower them with kisses while she barks, cries, and jumps excitedly and almost uncontrollably. There’s nothing quite like that feeling, which makes the rare occasions when your dog reacts in a more subdued way—or doesn’t react at all—stand out so much.
Depression isn’t typically diagnosed in dogs, but veterinarians and behaviorists know the signs of depressive behavior well. Jane Bowers, a certified dog trainer and certified canine behavior consultant, says symptoms of depression in dogs include becoming withdrawn, no longer participating in things he or she used to like to do, becoming inactive, sleeping more, and being less interested in food.
But because we can’t ask dogs why they’re behaving this way, it’s important to pay attention to the context around this behavior and know the common causes. Here are six reasons why your dog might be acting depressed.
By Hanie Elfenbein, DVM
Curious cats will play with anything. If you dropped it, chances are they will find it and think it’s the greatest toy ever. Usually, that’s really entertaining to watch—as long as they don’t eat it.
Luckily, cats are pickier than dogs about the things they swallow. But, that doesn’t mean they won’t chew on something dangerous. From electrical cords to rubber bands to plants, there are hazards lurking all over your house. In general, keep all potentially dangerous items out of your cat’s reach, and safely store lotions, soaps, cleaners, and chemicals. If you think your cat has swallowed a non-food item, call your veterinarian immediately.
Here are 10 common household hazards for cats, as well as steps you can take to keep your cat safe.
By Nicole Pajer
Winter weather can pose all sorts of threats to your four-legged friends. So when it comes to pet care, it’s crucial that you plan for upcoming snowstorms or freezing weather.
“You never know when the weather is going to take a sudden turn for the worse, so it’s a good idea to prepare well before the start of snow season,” says Portland-based veterinarian and author Dr. Jason Nicholas.
Frigid temperatures, if not properly planned for, can lead to dangerous conditions like frostbite, dehydration, and hypothermia, Nicholas notes. “As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention can go a long way in keeping your pets safe this winter season.”
Here are eight ways to prep your animals for the dropping temperatures and inclement weather.
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