Pets Health

  • Chiropractic Ends Pup’s Pain

    You might not think Rover needs an adjustment, but chiropractic can help dogs heal from traumatic injury as well as chronic conditions like back pain, hip dysplasia, and stiffness. “Just like in humans, when a dog’s vertebrae become misaligned, they pinch nerves,” says Debbie O’Reilly, DC, an animal chiropractor in Littleton, Colorado.

    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • Feline Fecal Odor

    A super-smelly litter box has a pretty high yuck factor and may seem better handled by hazardous waste professionals than a vet. But holistic veterinarian Rachael Feigenbaum, VMD, at Lotus Veterinary Housecalls in San Francisco, urges that Stinky go in for a checkup.

    My kitty’s poop stinks up the whole house. Is there something wrong?
  • Pain-Free Winter Paws

    Crisp air and fresh snow can bring out the silly puppy in the most regal of Rovers. But ice and snow mixed with salt, sand, and chemical de-icers will ruin winter fun in short order.

    By John Monahan
  • Counteract Counter Surfing

    We toil for hours in the kitchen creating the perfect meal only to spend the entire evening shrieking at dogs and shooing cats. Scavenging food off counters and tables—aka counter surfing—is a common problem with dogs (especially big dogs) and cats.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Doggie Arthritis

    Start with his weight. Labs are prone to chubbiness, and maintaining a healthy weight reduces pain and increases joint function, says Carol Osborne, DVM, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. When you run your hands over your dog’s body, you should be able to feel (but not see) each rib.

    My 9-year-old Lab, Vinnie, has arthritis and barely wants to play ball anymore. What can I do?
  • Cataracts in Dogs

    Chances are you’re seeing a condition called lenticular (or nuclear) sclerosis—a hardening of the central region of the lens that does not impair eyesight but will give Pepper’s peepers that gray-blue haze often confused with cataracts.

    My 8-year-old dachshund, Pepper, has cloudy eyes but she seems to see fine. Is it cataracts?
  • Pretty Healthy Bird

    Want to unlock the vital nutrients in your feathered friend’s birdseed to help her thrive? Try sprouting Polly’s food—it’s easy to do! Simply visit the bulk section of your local health food store and create a deliciously nutritious mix of seeds—sunflower, broccoli, and alfalfa seeds, along with lentils and wheat berries make great sprouts.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Is Your Pet a Toxic Dumping Ground?

    You work hard to reduce your family’s exposure to household toxins, but your pets may face a greater risk than you, says Olga Naidenko, PhD, senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group, “Where do our pets spend their time? They sleep on the couch, roll around on the carpet, and get dust carrying toxic chemicals all over their fur and then lick it off.”

    By Nora Simmons
  • 10 Cancer Warning Signs to Look For in Dogs

    When the vet told me Max, our 11-year-old golden retriever, had advanced bone cancer, I was shocked. According to Donald D. Dodge, DVM, at the Jasper Animal Hospital in Lafayette, Colorado, my reaction isn’t unusual. “In my experience, symptoms tend to show up too late,” he says.

    By Gordon Jameson
  • Time To Put Kitty On A Diet?

    We laugh about our fat cats, but it’s no joke that 45 percent of cats in the US are overweight or obese, and that the incidence of feline diabetes has increased fivefold in the last 30 years. Like their tubby human counterparts, cats gain weight because of lack of exercise and a poor diet, and those extra pounds can lead to diabetes, liver disease, heart and renal failure, and arthritis.

    By Nora Simmons