Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Blog
Because dogs typically consume a healthier diet than humans do, it’s rare for them to develop coronary artery disease. However, they can develop a condition known as progressive heart failure. Veterinarians consider this a disease of aging and not of lifestyle. Congestive heart failure means that the heart slowly loses the ability to pump blood to the rest of the body. It ultimately affects other organs as well.
You love your dog and would spend all your time with him if you could, but you need to work to pay the bills too. Your dog doesn’t understand this and gets lonely in your absence. In fact, you might even describe his behavior while you’re away as destructive. The official name for this behavior issue is separation anxiety and it’s a leading reason why many people surrender their dogs to animal shelters. This is especially sad when many solutions exist to curb destructive behavior by dogs, including doggy daycare.
The winter of 2017-2018 hasn’t exactly been a pleasant one. There has been too much snow and too many days of single digit or even below zero temperatures. It can test the patience of even the hardiest Minnesotan and make a getaway to California or Hawaii look awfully tempting. If you’re ready to board the next plane but aren’t sure what to do with your dog or cat, consider boarding her at Minnesota Veterinary Hospital where you already take her for regular and preventive veterinary care.