• Protecting Your Pet from Heartworm Infection

    Heartworm infection is a deadly condition, but it is also preventable and treatable. Watch this video to learn more about heartworms and how a heartworm infection can affect your pet.

    Heartworms live in pets’ blood vessels, hearts, and lungs. When a mosquito bites an infected pet, it can then transfer the disease to another animal. The mosquito injects small heartworm offspring into the pet’s bloodstream, where they grow to about one foot in size. They then reproduce over the course of months. Affected pets may be lethargic and lose their appetite. Be sure to provide either a topical, injectable, or oral heartworm preventative for your pet, and remember to practice prevention all year long.

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  • What You Need to Know about Giardiasis in Your Pup

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    Like humans, dogs are susceptible to infections caused by intestinal parasites. Giardiasis is an infection that occurs in the intestine and typically results in diarrhea. Keep reading for help in recognizing the signs of giardiasis in your pup.

    Symptoms
    Giardiasis is also referred to as parasitic diarrhea—this is because diarrhea is the most common sign of the condition. The diarrhea usually contains an abundance of mucus and a very strong and foul odor. The feces may be greasy and soft as well. The diarrhea can occur sporadically, chronically, or temporarily. Your dog may also become weak and sick. Younger dogs tend to have more noticeable symptoms than older dogs. Dogs typically develop this condition by coming into contact with infected feces; this usually occurs through the consumption of contaminated water. Giardiasis is especially common among dogs that live in kennels.

    Treatment
    Visiting your veterinarian at the first signs of giardiasis is important for your dog’s recovery. If your dog has not been affected to the point of becoming very weak, he or she will probably undergo outpatient treatment. Treatment consists of a combination of prescription medications and thorough baths. This will not only rid your dog of his or her parasites, but it will also prevent the infection from reoccurring. During recovery, it is important to give your dog the medication at the right time and return to the veterinarian in order to ensure that the parasites have been completely eliminated.

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  • How to Help Your Overweight Dog Slim Down

    If your dog keeps packing on pounds, there may be several different factors at play. Certain breeds are more prone to obesity than others, but any dog can lose weight when the right steps are followed. Keep reading to learn how to help your overweight dog slim down.

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    Diet
    In many cases, the cause of a dog’s weight gain is simple—the dog’s owner is overfeeding him and simply needs to offer less food. Try reducing portions for a few weeks and see if your dog undergoes any noticeable changes. You should also keep an eye on how many treats you are feeding your furry friend; if your family tends to feed the dog a lot of snacks, try choosing healthy options, such as carrots or low-calorie dog treats.

    Exercise
    Just like humans,  dogs need exercise  in order to shed their excess weight. Be sure to play with your dog several times each day. Whether you go for a walk or play a game of fetch, it is important to keep your pet moving. Swimming is a great activity for dogs, especially in hotter regions. If you do not have the time to exercise your dog, look into doggy daycares or hire someone to take your four-legged friend on walks each day.

    Medication
    Does your dog eat reasonable portions and exercise each day, but is still overweight? This could be due to medical reasons. If this is the case, there are medications available that effectively treat obesity in pets. Although this is a last resort, it is still an option. Obesity in dogs can lead to a multitude of health concerns including diabetes, heart conditions, and high blood pressure, so reaching a healthy weight is essential.

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  • Why Your Dog’s Nails Need to Be Trimmed

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    Trimming your dog’s nails is an important part of the grooming process. Although it may seem like an overwhelming task, it comes with a host of benefits. Read on to find out why your dog’s nails need to be trimmed on a regular basis.

    Overgrown nails are prone to breaking, which can be very painful for dogs and cause profuse bleeding. In addition, overgrown nails can impair your dog’s ability to walk comfortably. She may have to support her weight awkwardly, which can hurt the joints in her hips, legs, and feet. If your dog is constantly straining his or her feet in order to cope with long nails, your furry friend might eventually develop arthritis. A professional groomer will be able to trim your dog’s nails to the correct length and provide a recommendation for how often your pet’s nails need to be trimmed.

    Is it time for your dog’s nails to be trimmed? Enlist the services of Pet Love Mobile Grooming . We are happy to take care of pets in the Dallas area. For more information about our services, call us at (972) 591-0319 or visit our website today.

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