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Discovering the Longest Living Dog Breeds

Explore the longest-living dog breeds and their care essentials. Learn how proper nutrition, exercise, vet check-ups, and mental stimulation can enhance your pet's longevity and happiness.

July 3, 2024

Pet Health

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Understanding FIV in Cats: Symptoms, Care, and Prevention

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) weakens cats' immune systems, making them more susceptible to infections. Despite the lack of a cure, with proper management and reduced stress, FIV-positive cats can live relatively normal lives. Learn about transmission, symptoms, and how to care for a cat with FIV to ensure your feline friend enjoys many loving years with you.

June 26, 2024

Pet Health

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Recognizing the Signs of Dog Cancer

Dog cancer involves uncontrolled cell growth, with common types including melanoma, lymphoma, and osteosarcoma. Watch for lumps, sores, weight changes, and behavioral shifts. Regular vet check-ups, a healthy lifestyle, and early detection are crucial. Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Ensure comfort and manage pain with proper care and nutrition.

June 20, 2024

Pet Health

Identifying the Initial Signs of Cushing's Disease in Dogs

Cushing's disease in dogs, caused by an overproduction of cortisol often due to tumors, can significantly impact your pet's health. Early signs include increased thirst, urination, weight gain, and skin conditions. Timely diagnosis and treatment, including medications, surgery, or holistic approaches, are essential.

June 12, 2024

Pet Health

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A Comprehensive Guide to Leptospirosis in Dogs

Leptospirosis in dogs is a serious bacterial disease that can affect pets of all ages and breeds. This guide covers everything you need to know, from causes and symptoms to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Learn how to protect your dog from this potentially life-threatening illness.

May 24, 2024

Pet Health

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Understanding the Lifespan of Great Danes

Great Danes, known for their majestic size and gentle nature, have a lifespan of 7 to 10 years. Originating from Germany, they were bred for boar hunting. Despite their imposing stature, they are friendly and loyal pets. Proper diet, regular vet check-ups, and moderate exercise are crucial for their health and longevity.

May 22, 2024

Pet Health

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A Complete Guide to Understanding Your Dog's Lifespan

Know your dog's lifespan for better care: Genetics, diet, exercise, and vet visits matter. Recognize aging signs early for proactive healthcare. CodaPet supports you through every stage of your dog's life.

May 15, 2024

Pet Health

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A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding Your Cat's Lifespan

If you're wondering how long do cats live, it's essential to understand that the average cat lifespan varies based on factors such as breed, genetics, care, and environment. Indoor cats tend to live longer, averaging 12 to 18 years, and some even reach their 20s. Regular vet visits, proper diet, and a safe, stimulating environment can help extend your cat's lifespan. By considering these factors, you can give your cat the best chance for a long, healthy life.

May 10, 2024

Pet Health

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Identifying Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes in Your Dog

Learn how to spot and manage diabetes in dogs with our guide. From early symptoms like increased thirst and weight loss to treatment options and ongoing care, discover how to support your diabetic dog for a healthier and happier life.

May 1, 2024

Pet Health

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How to Identify a Dog Cancer Lump

Dog cancer affects dogs as it does humans. Learn about signs, symptoms, and common types of dog cancer, such as lymphoma and osteosarcoma. Early detection is key.

April 26, 2024

Pet Health

Dog Dying Naturally At Home

Can I Let My Dog Die Naturally?

A natural death is one that occurs as a result of the disease process or failure of one or more major body systems. It is important to note that a natural death can be assisted or unassisted. Join us as we explore both, discuss the stages of natural death, and an alternative way to say 'goodbye' to your dog.

March 31, 2024

Pet Euthanasia

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End-of-Life Care: How to Help a Dying Dog

What signs might you see if your dog is dying? How can you help them feel more comfortable throughout the process? These are difficult topics but important to consider when you have a terminally ill dog.

March 13, 2024

Pet Health

What is Cushing's Disease in Dogs

When to Euthanize a Dog with Cushing's Disease

Cushing's Disease, or hyperadrenocorticism, is a serious condition resulting from the overproduction of the stress hormone cortisol. There are a few different disease processes that may result in the diagnosis of Cushing's disease for your dog.

February 29, 2024

Pet Health

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How Do I Tell if My Dog is Dying?

As a dog approaches the end of their life they may show signs of the dying process. Here we will discuss 10 signs you may see in your dog's final days. It is important to note that these signs must be evaluated along with your dog for a full picture and that these signs are not always present before a dog's passing.

February 19, 2024

Pet Health

Why choose in-home pet euthanasia?

Why choose in-home pet euthanasia?

Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is one of the most challenging decisions a pet owner can face. In such moments, choosing how to say farewell becomes profoundly significant. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the benefits of in-home pet euthanasia.

February 3, 2024

Pet Euthanasia

What if my pet passes before my euthanasia appointment?

What if my pet passes before my euthanasia appointment?

Sometimes a beloved pet will pass away before the scheduled euthanasia appointment. Though this can be a challenging situation to face during your loss, we are here to support you through the process of arranging compassionate and dignified care for your beloved pet.

February 3, 2024

Pet Euthanasia

Who can be present during the euthanasia process?

Who can be present during the euthanasia process?

In-home pet euthanasia is designed to provide a deeply personal and customizable experience. You have the flexibility to choose who you want to be present during this difficult time. You know your pet best and are best able to know what persons and pets will provide the most comfort for both you and your pet.

February 3, 2024

Pet Euthanasia

What to expect during at-home pet euthanasia?

What to expect during at-home pet euthanasia?

The process begins with the arrival of the veterinarian at your home. The first step is to engage in a conversation with you about your pet's health, overall condition and quality of life.

February 3, 2024

Pet Euthanasia

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Unveiling the Facts: The Average Lifespan of a Chihuahua

Chihuahuas are known for their impressive longevity, with many living well into their teens. The average lifespan of a chihuahua is typically estimated between 14 and 16 years. Chihuahuas are renowned for their tiny stature, usually weighing no more than 8 pounds, with an average height of just 8 to 13 inches. Beyond size, chihuahuas have a few unique traits that set them apart.

February 2, 2024

Pet Health

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Why is My Elderly Dog Panting So Much

Excessive panting goes beyond what is considered normal for a particular situation. It may persist even when the dog is at rest or occur in cooler environments.

January 10, 2024

Pet Health

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What is Addison’s Disease in Dogs?

The symptoms of Addison’s disease in dogs can vary widely and may initially be subtle or mistaken for other conditions. Frustratingly, clinical signs are often vague with a tendency to come and go.

December 29, 2023

Pet Health

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What is an oral tumor and types of oral tumors in pets

Oral tumors in pets can encompass a wide range of growths that affect the mouth, gums, tongue, and other oral structures. Some common types of oral tumors in pets include melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, fibrosarcoma, osteosarcoma, and epulis.

December 17, 2023

Pet Health

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Are Lumps and Bumps Always Cancer? Understanding Non-Cancerous Masses and Tumors in Pets

Not all masses and tumors in pets are cancerous. Understanding non-cancerous masses and tumors in pets is important for pet owners to provide the best care and support for their beloved companions.

December 8, 2023

Pet Health

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Navigating Canine Cancer: An Exploration of Neoplasia

With cancer being the leading cause of death in older dogs, recognizing the early signs and symptoms is pivotal for prompt intervention. Lumps, abnormal odors, non-healing wounds, and changes in appetite or behavior might be indications that your dog needs a veterinary check-up. Understanding and being alert to these signs can lead to early detection, which greatly improves the chances of successful treatment outcomes.

November 19, 2023

Pet Health

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Demystifying Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) in Cats: An Essential Guide for Pet Owners

Feline Infectious Peritonitis, commonly referred to as FIP, is an often fatal immune-mediated disease that affects cats. It's brought on by specific strains of feline coronavirus.

October 30, 2023

Pet Health

What to Expect From Pet Euthanasia

What to Expect From Pet Euthanasia

Knowing not only if the pet euthanasia procedure may be necessary but what to expect when putting your dog down can help you make this difficult decision and understand how to handle the process.

October 14, 2023

Pet Euthanasia

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Understanding The Death of a Pet: Before, During, and After

Just as the beginning of life and birth story is unique to each individual, so is the journey at the end of life. The progression, transition, and accompanying signs often vary.

October 9, 2023

Pet Loss

When To Euthanize a Dog With End-Stage Liver Failure

When To Euthanize a Dog With End-Stage Liver Failure

End-stage liver failure causes grueling symptoms that might impact the pet’s quality of life. Learn when is the right time to euthanize a dog with liver failure here.

September 26, 2023

Pet Euthanasia

Unraveling Canine Parvovirus - Guide for Pet Owners

Unraveling Canine Parvovirus: A Comprehensive Guide for Pet Owners

Canine Parvovirus, a highly contagious virus, poses a significant health risk primarily to puppies. lt’s known for causing an acute gastrointestinal illness, but isn't confined to the younger dog

September 18, 2023

Pet Health

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How To Find and Choose a Local Vet for In-home Pet Euthanasia

Not all veterinarians offer at-home services, knowing what to look for and understanding the questions to ask can help you decide the best local veterinarian to provide end-of-life care to your pet.

September 10, 2023

Pet Euthanasia

Dealing with The Grief of Pet Loss

Dealing with The Grief of Pet Loss

Grief is an important and emotionally healthy part of processing loss. Learn more about what it means to grieve well for your pet, and access resources we’ve collected to help support you.

September 5, 2023

Pet Loss

Understanding Rabies and how it effect Pets

Understanding Rabies

Rabies is a viral infection that affects the nervous system primarily in carnivores and bats, but can affect any mammal. It causes sudden, progressive inflammation in the brain and spinal cord.

August 26, 2023

Pet Health

Reasons To Take Your Healthy Pet To The Vet

5 Reasons To Take Your Healthy Pet To The Vet

The goal of any veterinarian is to uphold animal health and welfare and to prevent and relieve animal suffering; as stated in the oath we take upon entering the field.

August 22, 2023

Pet Health

Diabetes in Cats

Understanding Cat Diabetes

Diabetes in cats occurs when the body is unable to respond to a hormone called insulin, resulting in the inability to metabolize glucose. Glucose is the body’s primary source of energy.

August 20, 2023

Pet Health

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Understanding Diabetes in Dogs: A Guide for Pet Parents

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that can affect dogs, altering the way their bodies process energy. It is a chronic disease that can be managed but not cured.

August 17, 2023

Pet Health

Steps To Prolonging Mobility In Aging Pets

Small Steps To Prolonging Mobility In Aging Pets

Slowing down is inevitable with aging, but that doesn’t mean we can't help pets maintain active and mobile lifestyles as long as possible. Read on for 9 practical strategies for maintaining mobility.

August 8, 2023

Pet Health

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Understanding Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is a common condition in cats, affecting their bladder and urethra. This guide covers its causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options, helping cat owners recognize early signs and manage their pet's health effectively.

August 6, 2023

Pet Health

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Understanding Heartworm in Dogs: A Comprehensive Guide

The best way to tackle heartworm disease is through prevention. Several highly effective heartworm preventatives are available and should be utilized as the first line of defense against this disease.

August 1, 2023

Pet Health

How Much Does it Cost to Put a Pet to Sleep

How Much Does it Cost to Put a Pet to Sleep?

Deciding how and when to say goodbye to a beloved pet is overwhelming. Our guide simplifies pet euthanasia costs for a dignified farewell.

July 30, 2023

Pet Euthanasia

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Understanding Kidney Failure in Cats: A Comprehensive Guide

Kidney failure is a condition that occurs when a cat's kidneys are unable to perform their essential functions effectively; including filtering waste products from the blood.

July 26, 2023

Pet Health

Understanding Your Pet's Quality of Life Score

Understanding Your Pet's Quality of Life Score: Insights from Pet Parents Like You

No two pet journeys are the same, to help you better contextualize your Quality of Life results, we’ve summarized key insights and themes from responses to our Quality of Life questionnaire from across the CodaPet community.

July 24, 2023

Pet Euthanasia

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Unraveling the Mysteries of Lyme Disease in Dogs

Lyme disease, a common tick-borne illness, is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, which may cause fever, lethargy, enlarged lymph nodes, and joint inflammation.

July 19, 2023

Pet Health

What to do if my family is in denial of Euthanasia

Help: It’s time to euthanize but my family is in denial

Hopefully given a bit of time and some extra information, your family is able to understand your position.

July 17, 2023

Pet Loss

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Introduction to Pancreatitis in Cats

The pancreas, though relatively small compared to other organs, plays critical roles in maintaining a cat's health.

July 12, 2023

Pet Health

How Loving Pet Parents Weigh Their Most Difficult Decision

Pet Euthanasia: How Loving Pet Parents Weigh Their Most Difficult Decision

We reviewed the most common reasons cited when faced with euthanizing a beloved dog, cat, or companion animal. And asked families to anonymously share any words of wisdom.

July 9, 2023

Pet Euthanasia

Consider this Before Burying Your Pet

What To Consider Before Burying Your Pet

When facing the end of a beloved pet’s life, there is a lot of information and emotions to sort through. Here we discuss what to know, should you decide that burial is right for your pet.

July 9, 2023

Pet Aftercare

Signs to see if your dog is suffering

Help Needed — Is My Dog Suffering and What Should I Do?

One of the most heartbreaking parts of being a pet parent is seeing a beloved family pet in pain. If you’re asking yourself, "How do I know if my dog is suffering?" you're not alone.

July 2, 2023

Pet Health

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Where To Bury a Pet: Understanding Private vs. Cemetery Burial

We explore the difference between a private home burial and a burial at a pet cemetery, as well as what you should consider when deciding between these two options.

June 25, 2023

Pet Aftercare

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How Does Pet Cremation Work?

When it comes time to say goodbye, decisions need to be made about aftercare. Learn how pet cremation works and if it's right for your pet.

June 22, 2023

Pet Aftercare

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End-of-Life Pet Services: Understanding Your Options

End-of-life pet services include hospice care, pet euthanasia, and aftercare. In this article, we break down all the options for your pet.

June 22, 2023

Pet Euthanasia

Grief in Pets - How to Help a Surviving Pet Cope With Loss

Grief in Pets: How to Help a Surviving Pet Cope With Loss

When one pet passes away, the remaining pets may experience feelings of grief and loss. Here are some tips on how to support a pet that is grieving

June 22, 2023

Pet Loss

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What Pet Parents Should Consider With a Paralyzed Cat

It can be scary when something sudden and unexpected happens, which is often how feline paralysis occurs, but what is feline paralysis, and how do you care for a paralyzed cat?

June 18, 2023

Pet Health

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Navigating Anticipatory Grief

Explore how to recognize anticipatory grief, develop coping strategies, prepare for the loss of a pet, and the importance of taking time to grieve and honor the enduring bonds shared with our pets.

June 11, 2023

Pet Loss

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4 Joyful and Stimulating Activities To Engage a Senior Dog

How to maximize your canine companion's golden years by creating moments of joy and enrichment to keep their tail wagging as they age gracefully.

June 4, 2023

Pet Health

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Where You Can Have Your Dog Euthanized and How To Choose

Learn where you can elect to have your dog's euthanasia procedure take place and what should consider when selecting the setting.

May 28, 2023

Pet Euthanasia

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How to Care for a Dog With Advanced Hip Dysplasia

A detailed overview of canine hip dysplasia, what signs to look for to determine whether your pet's hip dysplasia is advancing, and several tools you can use to care for your dog with hip dysplasia.

May 21, 2023

Pet Health

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How Much Does Pet Cremation Cost?

Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is hard. The preferred aftercare option of many pet parents is individual pet cremation because it allows families to keep their pets close, even after they've passed.

May 14, 2023

Pet Aftercare

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Agonal Breathing in Dogs: What It Really Means for Your Pet

Losing a faithful canine companion is painful and can be scary. Especially when coupled with signs such as agonal breathing. What is agonal breathing and is it ... agonizing?

May 7, 2023

Pet Euthanasia

Pet Loss Support - What Pet Parents Need To Know

Pet Loss Support: What Pet Parents Need To Know

For many of us, pets are more than just companions; they’re family. We can share intense human-animal bonds with our pets. So naturally when we lose a beloved pet, we can experience deep grief.

April 30, 2023

Pet Loss

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Dog Euthanasia Process: Breaking Down Misconceptions

This article provides a look at what happens during the dog euthanasia process to dispel common misconceptions or myths.

April 17, 2023

Pet Euthanasia

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How To Prepare for Cat Euthanasia: Vet-Recommended Tips

If you've made this difficult decision, but aren't sure what to do next, here are four vet-recommended tips to prepare you and your cat

April 17, 2023

Pet Euthanasia

How Do I Prepare My Dog for Euthanasia

How Do I Prepare My Dog for Euthanasia?

If you have made the difficult decision to euthanize your pet, you may be wondering how to ensure the experience is as peaceful as possible. Here are some tips.

April 17, 2023

Pet Euthanasia

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5 Common Terminal Dog Diseases

Most dog diseases are treatable, but sometimes they can become terminal. Here are five common terminal dog diseases and what to expect.

April 17, 2023

Pet Health

Common Terminal Cat Diseases

5 Most Common Terminal Cat Diseases

Although many feline diseases are preventable, a few can be terminal if left untreated or unnoticed. Here are five common terminal cat diseases.

April 17, 2023

Pet Health

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12 Pet Memorial Ideas to Honor a Deceased Pet

There are many ways to honor a dog or cat who passed away. Here are some ideas to memorialize your pet.

April 17, 2023

Pet Aftercare

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How to help children grieve the loss of a pet

Children react differently to the passing of a pet according to their developmental stage. Here's all you need to know to support your kids at every stage of life

April 17, 2023

Pet Loss

Kidney Disease in Dogs

Kidney Disease in Dogs: What it is and when to euthanize

Get help navigating end of life care and euthanasia decisions in dogs with kidney disease. Learn what symptoms to watch for that may indicate your dog is in pain and when to let them

April 17, 2023

Pet Health

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Cognitive Dysfunction in Dogs: Signs and Care Tips

Cognitive dysfunction in dogs is a neurological condition that can cause a dog’s quality of life to deteriorate. Learn how to care for a dog suffering from CCDS.

April 16, 2023

Pet Health

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6 Questions To Ask Your Vet Before Euthanasia

Saying goodbye to a pet is one of the toughest choices a pet parent will make. Here are the most important questions to ask your vet to get guidance and reassurance as you consider euthanasia.

April 16, 2023

Pet Euthanasia

Euthanize a Cat With End-Stage Lymphoma

When To Euthanize a Cat With End-Stage Lymphoma

If end-stage lymphoma is causing your cat to suffer, then euthanasia may be on the table. Consider this when deciding when to euthanize a cat with lymphoma.

January 2, 2023

Pet Euthanasia