Your Lexington Veterinarian Dog Facts

Your Lexington Veterinarian and anyone who has ever owned a dog can tell you they are adorable, loyal companions. They come in all shapes and sizes from a 36”, 150+ pound Great Danes to a 2-pound Chihuahuas. There are 150 dog breeds that make up 8 classes: Sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting, herding and miscellaneous. Of the thousands of dogs that are surrendered to shelters each year, 1/3 are pure bred. Dogs Sharp Senses Most of you know that dogs have a great sense…

Dental Care For Pets

Dental care for pets is an important part of maintaining your pet’s health.  You will want to make routine brushing and exams a part of your pet care regimen.  Here are a few things you can do to ensure your pet’s teeth stay healthy. Food and Chews You can supply your pet with the right kind of food to keep their teeth clean and strong.  Your veterinarian can recommend the best food for your breed pet.  It is usually better to give dry food versus…

Exercise for Dogs and Puppies

Dogs and Puppies love to exercise.  It is a good way to build relationship with your pooch and it will keep them healthy and happy for a lifetime.  Dogs were born to hunt, and spend their lives very actively taking care of their needs.  Today however, dogs don’t have to work for their food or comfort.  Some dogs spend most of their day on a couch or alone in their crate. Why Exercising is Great For Your Dog Just like people, dogs that lead very…

Pet Allergies, Caring For Your Dog

Pet allergies are common in dogs.  Sometimes you will notice your dog having watery eyes or sneezes but that’s not the most common sign of allergies. Knowing the symptoms and what to look for is the first step in caring for your pet that has allergies.  Just like people, pet’s immune system will begin to recognize common substances as allergens and consider them dangerous.  Symptoms will appear as the body tries to rid itself of these allergens.   You will want to discuss any allergy…

Acquainting Your Old Dogs with Your Puppy

Introducing your new puppy to your older dogs can be a bit complicated, especially if your puppy is less than four months of age.  Puppies this young haven’t learned the art of dog communication.  They will usually pester an older dog unmercifully and not notice that the older dog is saying, “leave me alone!”  Here are a few tips to help keep everyone safe. The First Introduction Choose a place that is neutral to both parties.  If you have more than one dog, consider introducing…

Socializing for Dogs

It is much easier to socialize dogs when they are puppies than it is to retrain them when they’re adults.  Dogs who are allowed to interact with as many people and pets as they can are usually socialized fairly well if it is done the right way. Tips To Socializing Dogs Puppies who are encouraged to meet people and other dogs on their own terms are brought up to enjoy social interaction better then other dogs.  It is important to take small steps when socializing…

My Dog Has Worms, Help!

Worms in dogs can be a potentially life threatening problem.  You will want to be aware of the types of worms, what they look like and because many are not visible to the naked eye, what the symptoms of worms in dogs are.  The following is a list of types of worms and what to look for.    If you suspect worms or notice changes in your dogs behavior or appearance, check with your vet to diagnose exactly what is ailing your pet.   Roundworms  …

How Dogs Nutritional Needs Change

You wouldn’t feed a newborn baby the same things you eat. The same thing applies to dogs! Depending upon the stage in life, a dog’s nutritional needs will vary accordingly. Puppies have specific nutritional requirements from an adult to a reproducing dog and even older dogs. As an owner, you have to consider these changes and adjust the diet accordingly. Understanding the basics of their diet is the first thing to consider. All dogs have to have the proper amount of protein, fatty acids, minerals,…

Pet Neutering in Lexington Kentucky

Introduction to Neutering in Lexington Before examining the case for neutering pets, it is important to ensure that the concepts under discussion are understood. For starters, neutering is sometimes used in lieu of castrating to mean removing both testicles to ensure that a male animal is no longer capable of siring offspring. In contrast, spaying means removing both ovaries plus the uterus to ensure that a female animal can no longer bear offspring. Please bear in mind that neutering is sometimes used in reference to…

4 Weird Habits of Pet Owners

Pet owners are said to be a “breed” of their own — sneaking people food under the table, baby talking the cat, and treating the dogs like a kid. Of course, it’s easy to get carried away with spoiling your furry friend and some of these habits can be counterproductive or even unhealthy for your pet. Here are 4 weird habits of pet owners and our take on them: Playing Dress Up People often dress their pets up in adorable costumes. During Halloween and Christmas…