Learn about the signs and stages of chronic kidney disease and how to make a cat with kidney failure more comfortable.
Hinal asks Dr. Mark why his dog isn't getting pregnant after mating.
Anne-Marie asks how she can help her three-legged dog get around the house without having to put carpet down.
Dawn asks Dr. Mark why her chihuahua's anal glands keep getting impacted and what she can do to prevent it.
From an inability to pee to high blood pressure, there are many causes of kidney failure in cats. Could keeping your cat hydrated help?
Hydrogen peroxide should only be used on dogs with road rash. Otherwise, it will delay healing.
Desiree asks Dr. Mark why her Great Pyrenees is losing hair and whether hot spots could be the problem.
Claudia asks Dr. Mark why her 11-week-old puppy has a lump on his tummy and whether she should be worried about it.
Tshegofatso asks Dr. Mark why his dog has been eating her puppies and what he can do about it.
Medicated baths can be extremely effective for dogs with skin conditions, but only when done right. Learn the steps and which shampoos work best for which conditions.
Haley asks Dr. Mark whether it's safe for an 8-week-old puppy to pee outside and, if not, how to potty train in an apartment.
Learn the most common reasons dogs stop eating and what you can do about the problem at home.
Joann asks Dr. Mark why her cat is constantly grooming and then throwing up all her food.
Colleen asks Dr. Mark why her dog got heartworms while on preventative medication and if there are less expensive medications she can use moving forward.
Sherry asks Dr. Mark how she can prevent her 22-year-old Macaw from laying any more eggs.
Penny asks Dr. Mark about immunity to parvo and how long to wait before continuing with the next round of vaccines after a parvo infection.
Sharif asks Dr. Mark why her bird has become quiet and weak after getting a bath.
Erin asks Dr. Mark why her dog has been throwing up brown liquid and refusing to eat.
Barb asks Dr. Mark why her dog started limping after a nail trim and why pain medications and anti-inflammatories haven't been helping.
Lynet asks Dr. Mark whether she can safely deworm her pitbull while she's nursing her puppies and how she can help her produce more milk.
Bethany asks Dr. Mark how she can stop her mini poodle from growling at her visitors—even those he knows well.
Teaching a dog to stop urinating when excited is easily done at home. Find out why it is happening and use these tips to stop it.
When used together, Douxo shampoo and mousse greatly improved seborrhea symptoms in dogs. Here's why.
Billie asks Dr. Mark what more she can do to help her dog, who has chronic yeast infections, without having to resort to vaccines or chemicals.
Crystal asks Dr. Mark why her dog itches so badly in the summertime and whether there's anything she can do about it.
Joan asks if she should adopt a dog with a history of aggression toward other dogs and whether further training might help.
Gabriella asks Dr. Mark why her hamster doesn't want to stay in her hands and what she can do about it.
Kaitlyn asks Dr. Mark what she can do about her dog, who is aggressive towards visitors and now their other dog as well, and whether her 2-year-old son is in danger.
Here's what you can learn from testing your cat for their oral microbiome info and how it can change your cat's life.
Behavioral changes are unreliable in determining pregnancy in canines. Here are a few other ways to tell whether your dog is pregnant, plus FAQs about canine pregnancies.
Florence asks how she can stop her 9-year-old dog from becoming aggressive toward her visitors if he's never had any training before.
Maddy asks Dr. Mark whether moving her cat out of her current home, where she is bullied by the other two cats in the household, would be more or less stressful for her.
Lety asks Dr. Mark how she can help her constipated chinchilla recover normal functioning.
Rachael asks Dr. Mark why her dog seems to be acting abnormally (refusing to sleep or eat, but continuing to drink) while in heat.
Ray asks Dr. Mark whether he should be concerned about a lump on his dog's side or whether it's just a benign tumor.
Holly asks Dr. Mark why her dog's eye has a loose film moving over it and what might be wrong.
Elize asks Dr. Mark whether it's normal for her dog to have diarrhea after giving birth.
The Avian flu has been seen in several types but one of the newest is highly contagious. Protect your backyard chicken flock now by using these simple tips.
JoAnn asks Dr. Mark whether her Lab will be okay outside in the heat while she's at work all day.
Rema asks Dr. Mark whether his cat really has kidney failure or if more tests are needed to know for sure.
Dog pregnancies typically last just 65 days. Learn what happens during each week of gestation.
Does deworming medication kill tapeworms within hours, days, or weeks?
While home treatment for canine pyoderma (e.g., antibacterial shampoos and topical coconut oil) can be helpful in mild cases, these skin infections should not be taken lightly.
Jerimiah asks Dr. Mark why his puppy won't stand up to pee or poo and whether an emergency vet visit is in order.
Sai asks Dr. Mark whether it's okay to rinse and dry his muddy dog on a daily basis.
Belamia asks Dr. Mark why their cat always throws up after eating and whether it might be due to stress.
Evelyn asks Dr. Mark why her pregnant dog refuses to eat anything other than treats.
Tracey asks Dr. Mark what could have caused her young bunny to die if there were no signs of trauma on the body.
Penny asks Dr. Mark why her dog suddenly has bald patches and red marks on his skin and what to do about it.
Kimberly asks Dr. Mark what over-the-counter tapeworm medications she can get for her cats.
Deborah asks Dr. Mark if eating rabbit poo will make her dog sick and if there's anything she can do to stop him from eating the droppings.
Ann asks Dr. Mark whether her 14-year-old bearded dragon is too old to breed.
If your dog is anxious and tearing up the house, this comprehensive list of available methods to reduce stress will help you find which way to try so that you both can improve your lives.
Lara asks Dr. Mark why her dog has started limping and suddenly falling over.
Lotus asks Dr. Mark why her dog has stopped delivering puppies even though there seem to be more.
Matthew asks Dr. Mark whether he should be worried about a sudden lump under his dog's skin.
Robin asks Dr. Mark what to do about her dog's stinky, oozing lesion if a vet visit isn't currently an option.
Sarah asks Dr. Mark why one of her dogs is so protective of the new kitten and how she can prevent her from fighting over it with her other dog.
Kimberly asks Dr. Mark how to help soothe her dog's burned paw pads.
Christina asks Dr. Mark what is biting her pit bull puppy and how to get rid of it so that it doesn't spread to her other dogs or to herself.
Susan asks Dr. Mark whether her dog's IBD will flare up after eating cat food.
Joni asks Dr. Mark why her Morkie scratches at the cabinets and doors during meals, but then refuses to eat if she is given kibble.
Kelly asks Dr. Mark why her puppy is still passing bloody stools after successful treatment for giardia.
Brushing your cat's teeth is the ideal way to take care of them at home, but if you cannot, here are the best alternatives.
Jeanne asks Dr. Mark why ducks sometimes have a swollen chest on one side and what to do about it.
Aimee asks Dr. Mark what went wrong during her dog's c-section.
Bunso asks Dr. Mark how to keep his hamster from getting stressed and eating her babies.
Melanie asks Dr. Mark how she can help her epileptic dog if she can no longer afford phenobarbital.
Doreen asks Dr. Mark if it's possible to keep a dog outside most of the time and leave them with lots of alone time.
Is coconut oil better than other oils for alleviating constipation in dogs? Yes. Here's why.
Is your dog straining to poop, passing blood or mucus, or not managing to pass any stool at all? Learn about these signs of constipation.
Maria asks Dr. Mark why her dog has been unable to poop for several days. Is it her tumor, her food, or her new medication?
Kai asks Dr. Mark how he can help a pigeon who has lost his sense of balance.
Nathaniel asks Dr. Mark why one of his cats is suddenly acting aggressively toward his other cat after a short separation.
Anna asks Dr. Mark about a white growth on her dog's inner lip.
Rinita asks why her GSD is suddenly growling and biting at her during play.
Annie asks Dr. Mark why her recently spayed female still seems to be attracting her male dog.
Elaine asks Dr. Mark what treats she can give her dog, who just had a struvite stone removed.
Judy asks Dr. Mark why her dog seems more tired than he used to.
Chickens that get too fat have serious health problems, so these great tips on keeping them in shape will allow them to become productive and healthy again.
L.J. asks Dr. Mark why his dog's bark is hoarse and she is breathing heavily after getting the lepto vaccine.
Adele asks Dr. Mark how to help her cats stop fighting all the time.
Is herbal tea a suitable treatment for puppies with diarrhea? No. Here's why, and what to give them instead.
When presented with the question of whether a cat is nearing death, the first thing to do is figure out if the cat is just sick and in need of health care.
Kristen asks Dr. Mark why her beagle is suddenly losing hair around its mouth.
Jane asks Dr. Mark why her dog's nose is suddenly turning from brown to pink.
Rebeca asks Dr. Mark what to do about her puppy, who is suffering from parvovirus and a case of worms.
Although surgical sterilization is the best option to prevent kittens, if you do not have a vet available or want to breed your cat later on, here are the best chemical and natural options for birth control for your cat.
Yogurt is a natural and reliable source of probiotics, but flavored yogurts can contain ingredients that are dangerous for dogs.
Pedialyte can help dogs with dehydration, but there's a great natural alternative.
Given in moderation, blueberries can be a great supplement to an active dog's diet.
Given in moderation, apples can be a nice treat for your dog. Just be sure not to feed them the core.
A bit of banana makes a great daily treat for your dog. Just make sure they don't eat the peel.
Strawberries aren't the most practical treat for dogs, but they can be okay in moderation.
While you don't necessarily need to visit the vet for this condition, cats with a flea infestation are really miserable, so it is in their best interest to find a solution as soon as possible.
It is common to see excessively thin older cats suffering from kidney disease and diabetes, but the most common cause of muscular atrophy most of us see is hyperthyroidism.
This type of therapy has been around a long time, and it is worth spending the time using it if your horse is suffering from laminitis, lameness, or other issues.
Most horses with heaves are first noticed because they are coughing, but there are other common signs of this problem.
The prognosis for horses with heaves is not good. Most live less than a year after being diagnosed.
Even though heartworms are spread by blood, and fleas drink blood, they are not able to spread heartworms.
No, your dog shouldn't eat apple cores—but not for the reason you might think.
Like a lot of things in life, there isn't a yes or no answer to that question. Let's look at both sides of the coin.
Menthol may not be very dangerous for dogs, but it's often paired with things that are.
There are so many causes for this issue that it is impossible to diagnose without an examination by your veterinarian, but here are a few possibilities.
Noise, barometric pressure, and possibly even static charges in the air factor into why your dog is afraid of thunderstorms.
Wild raccoons have much, much shorter lifespans than pet raccoons.
One supplement pill has only small amounts of many different additives—just enough to put them on the label—and cannot meet the needs of all dogs.
Choosing the right foods to keeping your cat indoors are two ways to help prevent him or her from being infected with Toxoplasma gondii.
Dogs and cats suffer much worse than humans when it comes to nicotine poisoning.
In some areas, horses can live well over 30 years. In others, their lives are tragically short.
Secondhand smoke can cause a host of serious health issues in dogs.
Exercise-induced collapse is the most common reason Labrador Retrievers and some other breeds collapse during exercise, but there are other possibilities. They are discussed here with how to diagnose and treat.
If your cat is constipated, they are in pain and will need help to prevent the development of megacolon or other serious problems. Find out what you can use and the safest way to handle your cat during an enema.
Although bulldogs are more easily constipated than other breeds, there is a lot you can do at home to avoid the problem.
Find out what you can do at home if your cat is drooling excessively.
When no veterinarian is available, you can treat your cat at home. Learn why cats vomit and how you can treat them without a vet visit.
Many of the conditions of older cats cannot be taken care of at home and will require a veterinarian´s assistance. This article will help you take care of some things at home to improve your cat's quality of life.
If your cat is limping and you cannot visit the vet, there are some things you can do at home. Learn how to find out what is wrong and find out some alternatives.
Are you looking for a quiet companion that is not going to cover your carpet with loose fur? This list of eight dog breeds has exactly the answer you are searching for.
If your pet needs access to an emergency clinic but there is none available, there are alternatives. Find out now.
Searching for a dog that will bark but not hurt your family or visitors? Be on the lookout for these seven mellow breeds.
If you are thinking about getting a new puppy and already have a cat, their ability to get along has probably been worrying you. If not, read these recommendations before bringing a new puppy home.
No matter where your child is on the autism spectrum, he or she will benefit from having a dog. Not all breeds are the same, however, and it is important to learn which you need to avoid and which breeds will usually do best.
If your dog's skin is turning yellow, he or she is likely seriously ill and needs to be treated correctly. Learn what exactly is going wrong, how your dog should be treated, and everything you can do at home to help them.
If you are looking for a perfect companion but live in an apartment and are allergic to dogs, this list describes some of the best large, medium, and small dog breeds. Use this article to guide you in your search.
This is not just another list of dogs that do not shed. A dog that sheds can be clean, and a dog that does not shed can make a mess around your house. Find out which breeds are least prone to drooling, digging, messing, and stinking, and which are easiest to train and groom.
If your dog has dandruff, you can usually figure out what is causing it and can treat it at home without even having to visit the vet. Find out the four common causes of dandruff in dogs and how to take care of each type.
Are you looking for a great guard that will not shed all over your house? Here are some large and medium-sized dogs that will guard your family and property, not make a mess of the house, and provide excellent companionship.
Are you looking for a dog that is not going to add stress to your life? Here are some dog breeds that will offer you a relaxing walk each and every morning so that both you and your dog can enjoy the experience.
Loose dogs can injure you, your children, and your pet. It is both legal and ethical to defend yourself from an aggressive dog, but how do you justify your actions to the angry dog's owner?
Looking to get a duck but want it to stand out from the others? Here's why you should get out there and find a Muscovy duck.
Antioxidants and fatty acids found in coconut oil can help many dogs suffering from skin conditions. Learn how to produce high-quality coconut oil at home and how to use it.
Looking for a canine companion to go for a motorcycle ride with you? This article will highlight which dog breeds are likely to do okay on your motorcycle.
If your dog is itching and scratching, you may need to provide help before he damages his skin with his nails. If you cannot take your dog to the vet, over-the-counter antihistamines like Benadryl and Zyrtec may be able to help.
Did you know that courts have the legal authority to declare your dog dangerous? Here are some steps you can take to prove that your dog is safe even when something happens.
Do you have both a dog and rabbit at home? Learn how to train a dog around the presence of rabbits and, if you don't own a dog yet, the best breeds that get along with these furry creatures.
Do you have a small backyard farm and need a dog to help out? Here are six of the best choices. Also, learn about the pros and cons of each type before you make that final selection.
If your dog is itching and scratching, learn about some natural alternatives to steroids before the problems start.
What is the best way to clean, disinfect, and treat your wounded horse? Learn basic first aid and correct treatment methods so that you can help in the event that a veterinarian cannot be reached.
If your dogs are fighting instead of just playing, you need to figure out the trigger that is causing the aggression and implement methods to help them get along.
Your next dog's ability to get along with other pets in your home is partly determined by his prey drive. Here's a list of the best dogs with low prey drive—and a list of which breeds you might want to avoid.
Is your dog losing weight, even though they are eating and seem healthy? Find out why unexplained weight loss is dangerous and what you can do for your dog at home.
Looking for home remedies that could work on dogs with dry skin? Here are a few vet-approved options to help provide them with some relief.
If your dog has a cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injury, take care of it as soon as it happens. Learn what to do later if the problem persists.
Did you know that there are some things you can do to increase your dog's lifespan? Here are easy steps that you can follow at home to help your dog live a long and happy life.
If your dog is scratching and his feet and ears smell like corn chips, he should be helped as soon as possible. Here's how to resolve a yeast infection at home, naturally.
Even if you are in a remote area, you can train your dog not to chase sheep. It can be simple and does not involve cruel training methods.
Impolite puppies can be hard to live with, and young dogs that are not taught impulse control may act rough and begin to bite. Some dogs that are not trained early may even be relinquished.
Learn what submissive behaviors your dog might be showing and tips on how to stop this problem by building up his confidence. Stop this behavior before it turns into fear-biting.
Looking for a large dog? Do you live in a small apartment? Finding your new best friend starts here with photos, videos, and descriptions of the six best large dog breeds for apartment living.
Corn snakes are fairly easy to care for and have been selectively domesticated through breeding programs. They are docile when handled regularly and are a pleasure to look at.
How can you get your dog to sleep through the night? Here are some easy tips to help both puppies and adult dogs get some sleep.
Are you a big fan of Marvel and the MCU? Are you so obsessed that you even want to name your dog after one of the characters? Check out these suggestions.
Want your horse to come running at the sound of your voice? Learn this easy method involving just a bucket and some feed.
If you live in a city or have a small yard, some dogs should not come and live with you. Find out which dogs may not suit you, and why you need to avoid them.
Find out how to take care of your Pionus parrot to help them live as happily and healthfully as possible.
Guineafowl are excellent watchdogs. They spend their days eating ticks and other insects around the property and will produce enough eggs to pay for their upkeep.
Did you know that tamanduas face several challenges in the wild? If you live in a suitable location where keeping this species is legal, you will find that tamanduas make for a loveable, engaging companion.
Did you know that your dog's hot spots should be immediately treated at home? Find out how to treat a hot spot at home, what causes the red, itchy skin, and how to keep it from coming back.
Thinking about adopting? Not sure exactly how to choose? Before making the final decision to adopt a dog, it is important that you make sure his personality will fit in with your family. Find out what you need to do.
Want a poodle hybrid? Poodle crossbreeds are popular for many reasons, and this list will tell you why they are popular and why some may have some serious problems.
Does your dog get bored and lonely when left alone? Try doing these 10 things to keep her from becoming sad, depressed, or destructive.
Not all small dog breeds are good with all families; here are seven dog breeds that make great family members, several that don't, and the reasons why.
You can protect your dog and avoid attacks from most other dogs. If a dog does attack, however, this is what you need to stop him and make him let go.
If your dog has a bloody nose (epistaxis), follow these first aid steps to stop the bleeding, find out what might be causing it, and learn what you need to do to prevent it happening again.
Great videos, pictures, and interesting facts about the best Hungarian dog breeds. Find out more about the dogs developed in this part of the world.
Is it necessary to take your dog to the vet after eating chicken bones? Find out what you can do if your dog ends up eating them.
Find out why vet care for your dog is so expensive, and check out these tips to keep costs down.
If your dog is lame, you can try to figure out why. Learn how to identify an injury and determine whether or not you will need to take your dog for a visit with a vet. Learn how to manage a minor injury at home and help your dog recover.
If you want a dog that is good with the family, but still large enough to guard the house, check out this list (includes photos and videos).
Dark urine can be caused by blood or blood byproducts in the urine. If you do not take care of this problem immediately, it could be fatal. However, some other causes of darkened urine are less serious. See the possible causes.
It is not easy to house train a monkey but with the right effort, and plenty of time, it can be done.
Looking for an authentic Tibetan name for your new Lhasa Apso puppy? Check out this list of 50 names and pick one that suits your pup!
Tired of getting out the vacuum every time your dog is around? Here are pictures, videos, and descriptions of some great alternatives if you still want a big dog.
Has your dog started to drool a lot? Find out what you can do if your dog does not normally drool a lot but has started drooling everywhere.
If your dog is shedding excessively and you are trying to control it, these five methods are sure to help.
Ear infections in dogs are so common that about 16% of dogs at the vet are dealing with this problem. Many get better with treatment but come right back. What can you do to stop this?
Follow these tips to help your dog handle the heat and humidity of the tropics.
Dogs cause us to release oxytocin and care for them; they express one selfish gene by manipulating humans, convincing us to provide them with food and shelter.
If your dog is a family member and also a guard, teaching it to refuse food from strangers is important and may save its life. It is not always easy, so find out the best methods and start today.
Do your dogs need a weight loss exercise plan? Here are seven tips that will help them get in shape and prevent the diseases associated with obesity.
Great baby boomer names from TV, cars, and more for your new puppy—even for those dogs born too late to qualify. Go ahead, find something special on this list.
Perfect dogs deserve perfect names. Here are a few for a new Coton puppy.
If your indoor dog is suffering from more than fleas, these suggestions will reduce the number of allergens around the house and help him breathe easier.
Here are five simple steps to take to make sure your pit bull is not aggressive.
Did your dog swallow a fishhook? Ideally, you should take him to the vet for proper removal. If that is not possible for whatever reason, here is an alternative method that may save his life.
Small dogs, sometimes with no apparent reason, tend to bark more. Find out why they are more vocal, and learn some effective methods to reduce this undesirable behavior.
Learn the seven most common reasons your dog might smell bad, and discover some traditional and alternative things you can do to reduce dog odor.
Why not name your dog after famous people or your favorite character from movies or TV from the 50s, 60s or later? Here are some great choices.
Poorly socialized dogs need special training; a safety word will allow you to spend more time walking your aggressive dog.
Lingala, the language from the Congo, will provide you with lots of great choices when you are picking a new name for your Basenji puppy.
Looking for a dog breed that looks like a dire wolf from "Game of Thrones?" The American Alsatian is one of the best options.
Most dogs are faithful, some dogs are loyal, and a special few even become heroes. Here are the five breeds made for the right stuff.
Here are a few of the best names for a tropical bird, straight from the parrot's mouth. Explore Portuguese names for colors, household objects, and some movie-inspired names.
A dog-aggressive dog can be trained to like other dogs. What might be setting your dog off is detailed in this article, along with tips on the best ways to control this dangerous form of aggression.
Every dog is prone to broken bones, but some dogs are more likely to suffer from it than others. Find out what you need to do when an accident occurs and be prepared for the worst.
If your new Rottweiler puppy is as powerful as the German World Cup football (soccer) team, he should have one of these names. Pick from the best and honor your powerful Rottweiler pup.
Our dogs are family and they deserve special treatment. If your dog's eyes are red or inflamed, find out why and what steps you need to take to relieve them.
Looking for a dog that is happy to see you come home? While About any dog will do, here are seven of the happiest breeds.
Here are over 70 great names from Turkey—with their meanings—that will help you find the perfect name for your perfect new dog or pup.