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Five Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Your Dog

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Dog owners often love to brag that they know everything there is to know about their beloved pets, starting from their favorite food, going all the way to their sleeping rituals.

Nevertheless, there are certain interesting facts about these creatures that many people are not aware of. 

Here are some of the most surprising facts you probably did not know about your pooch...

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Help Your Dog See More Clearly with #BayerExpertCare

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We’ve spent some time talking about the new line of ExpertCare™ Pet Care products from Bayer® available exclusively from Petsmart® - and just in time! Cheiss, our senior dog, has had a slew of issues lately that are requiring a lot of home care. The first time we explored the ExpertCare line was during a double ear infection, which (along with antibiotics and an antibiotic cream), required twice daily cleanings (you can read about that in How to Clean Your Dog's Ears with #BayerExpertCare).

But that’s not all he dealt with. He also has a large cyst on his eyelid that is requiring us to keep his eye lubricated. We could have the cyst removed, but it’s a very costly (and very dangerous) surgery. As he’s now 15 years old, he isn’t a great candidate. We instead opted for a more conservative course of action, which requires eye drops to help ensure the cyst doesn’t scratch his eye and to help keep it lubricated.

That’s where the ExpertCare Eye Lubricant Drops for dogs from Bayer came into play once again.

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VetOnDemand Teaches You to do a Cancer Check on Pets

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We’re finally on the cusp of winter - the time of year that means we’re not only changing our clocks, we’re changing our pet health concerns (usually from concerns of heat stroke to concerns of frostbite).

There are other concerns we should have as well. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - an important time for men and women, but also an important time for pets.

Just as we need to perform regular self-checks on ourselves, it’s also important to regularly check our pets. All animals can develop breast cancer - but performing a check can help with early treatment - which may very well save your pets life.

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How to Clean Your Dog's Ears with #BayerExpertCare

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This week we were asked to try out a few new products from the Bayer® ExpertCare™ lineup. For those who don’t know, Bayer now has a new lineup of products developed for pet owners who know how to handle specific problems, but maybe don’t have the time to get into the veterinarian. These include things like grooming items (for hot spots), ear cleaners (for regular cleanings), tapeworm medication, and even antiseptic wipes for those times you're on the road.

A perfect example of when this type of product comes in handy is during one of Cheiss’ ear infections (you can tell his ears are bothering him in the photo). Like me, he suffers from occasional ear problems and they can make him absolutely miserable (particularly when it rains). We’ve treated these issues with a veterinarian often enough that I know what he needs to have done and how to do it.

Frequent ear cleanings are very important for certain breeds of dogs. We learned this with Roscoe, our former beagle. Due to Cheiss' long, floppy ears, he often gets dirt and dust trapped inside, which can cause an excess of wax as the body tries to get rid of the debris. When it rains, the excess moisture creates a problem.

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5 Tips to Improve Your Dog’s Joint Health

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It has been said that every single dog, if they live long enough, will develop joint pain or arthritis. Already, one of every five dogs over age 7 is suffering with arthritis. So, what can you do to prevent joint disease and pain in your growing dog, or to help alleviate it in an older dog?

Is My Dog At Risk?

Most dogs in their senior years have arthritis. In fact, osteoarthritis is the most common skeletal disease of dogs. Working, athletic, obese dogs, those with diabetes, Cushing's disease, prior trauma or injury, hip or elbow dysplasia, and certain breeds may be predisposed to arthritis and joint pain.

What are the Signs?

Most of the time, people notice that their dogs are doing less or having difficulty with common activities. The dog has trouble getting up on the couch, or climbing stairs, or they can’t play as long at the park. From there, it progresses to more obvious pain - holding a limb up, limping, or lameness.  But rarely is pain the first complaint.

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