Mental Illness in Pets: Not Just a Problem for People

iStock_000000686354_LargeJust about everyone knows someone, or has themselves been touched by conditions such as depression, anxiety, or dementia. These issues are very real for many Americans. But while we focus very heavily on the bodily health of our pets, we sometimes forget that pets can battle these types of problems as well. Learn what you need to know about mental illness in pets

Common Types of Mental Illness in Pets

There are many manifestations of mental illness in pets that we must deal with. A few types are more common than others, however. Some of the more common issues that we deal with include: Continue…

Foxtail Grasses and How They Harm Your Pet

FoxtailsFoxtails…the word makes you think of a lovely meadow with the sun shining through those golden-tipped grasses. And, while foxtails can seem beautiful from afar, but can actually cause severe infections and abscesses in pets – mostly generally, dogs. That is why it is important to know how to keep your pet away from foxtail grasses and similar species of this problematic plant group.

Identifying Foxtails

Foxtails belong to a family of grasses that contain awns, or barbs, that are designed to burrow into the ground, along with the seed, to encourage propagation. Awns are the dried arrow-shaped stickers that the grasses shed, and are the harmful portion of the foxtail. Continue…