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Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis In Dogs

Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints due to the immune system treating some of its own protein as a foreign invader. This triggers the immune system to attack the protein using antibodies, but as the protein is harmless, the antibodies and protein combine and are then deposited in the joints. This triggers an inflammatory response due to your dog's body interpreting the protein deposits as an injury.

Hamsters And Mouth Abscesses: What You Need To Know

A mouth abscess is a painful condition that affects a lot of people, but you may not have known that this problem can also affect your pet hamster. As you can imagine, a mouth abscess could cause your furry friend a lot of pain and discomfort, and, if left untreated, the animal could even die. Learn more about the causes of mouth abscesses in hamsters, and find out what you will need to do if your pet develops this condition.

4 Tips for Traveling in the Car With Your Cat

If you are planning on a long-distance move or going on a road trip, you might need to bring your cat with you. This requires taking some preparation steps to make the trip enjoyable for both you and your beloved pet. Here are some tips to follow when you are planning on traveling with your cat. Speak to Your Veterinarian Before you take a long car ride with your cat, you should first speak to your veterinarian.

Itchy and scratchy - Does my cat have fleas?

If you are wondering if that itch your cat is scratching is just allergies, or a sign that puss has a flea infestation, here are some questions to ask.   Are these flea bites? Flea bites are small raised bumps on the animal's skin. It can be hard to identify flea bites under the skin, but you can usually see your cat over grooming in that site. In some cases, cats will over groom to the point of creating bald spots, if they suffer from flea allergic dermatitis.

Canine Periodontal Disease: Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

Gum disease is a serious and common problem in dogs; therefore, it is critical for you as a pet owner to understand the condition. Typically, there are no significant symptoms when the disease first attacks. However, it advances fairly quickly leading to erosion of the gums, loss of teeth and general dental bone loss. The causes of canine periodontal disease are similar to the ones identified in humans. Basically, when you feed the dog, the particles along with oral bacteria form a sticky layer on the teeth known as plaque.