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Health Issues

Dr. DogWanting our pups to maintain health and vitality is of course something we all strive for.  Like humans, however, our dogs can eat the best foods, take supplements, and exercise and still come down with an illness or disease.  And accidents happen.  It’s not uncommon for even the healthiest of dogs to bruise a muscle or sprain a limb.The pages below this topic explain a few ailments that may arise in some dogs.  These writings are meant to help explain what the illness or disease encompasses, what symptoms to look for, and the usual course of treatment.  Always, always consult your veterinarian and do not rely on any website for information concerning a sickness or to make your own diagnosis.  Being able to provide a detailed list of all symptoms present in your dog (or cat) when they have an accident or fall ill is crucial in providing to your veterinarian for a proper diagnosis.  For example, a stinky subject but a great instance is stool color.  Understanding that a yellowish/green color may mean that pup just ate something that didn’t agree with her can save you a trip to the vet and avert going into panic mode.  A dark brown/red color could indicate internal bleeding while black, tar-like could indicate kidney problems and to contact your vet immediately or get to the emergency clinic for blood testing.  And how long has the diarrhea lasted?  24 hours?  48?

It’s very important to know what questions to ask also.  Be aware of what medications are being prescribed and what if any side effects may appear.  If you feel like you’ll be too upset to remember everything, take someone with you.  With all the medical terms being thrown at you by the vet, it can be difficult to retain everything he says to you.  Or have the vet write things down.  You’re normally provided with the invoice that lists the tests performed and medications prescribed.  You shouldn’t hesitate however to ask the doctor to write down what he just said or to put his terminology in layman’s terms.  Because unless you have a medical degree, your veterinarian can sound like he’s speaking a different language.  If you’re like me, I research the symptoms before going to the vet (unless an emergency).  Then when I ask questions, the vet will look at me like “how do you know that.”  It’s my dog (my baby) that your poking and prodding…….I want to know everything.

Stay well….

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The Finicky Eater

When you hear of a pet being finicky, you normally think of cats.  But dogs can be just as fussy.  Dogs can be classified into two groups when it comes to eating.  The first group “lives to eat” and will usually devour anything you provide.  The second group “eats to live” and is much more …

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The Panting Pup

It’s important to know that excessive panting can also be a sign of illness in some dogs.  We know that dogs don’t sweat like humans and cool themselves by breathing and panting.  So on a hot day or after chasing the ball a few times, it’s unquestionably normal for the dog to pant.  Also, brachycephalic …

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Knowing and understanding what pancreatitis is and what causes it seems to circulate a lot of misconceptions about the condition.  Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that can occur in two different forms.  Acute is sudden while chronic is a persistent form of pancreatic inflammation.  The pancreas is a glandular organ under the stomach and …

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Arthritis and Other Injuries

Joints perform complex anatomical and mechanical functions and as such any injury or condition can affect the dog’s entire body.  Understand that it’s not only the dog’s knee or hip that is suffering, but his entire being.  Joints would have no function whatsoever if it were not for the support of adjacent muscles, tendons, nerves …

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Asthma and Respiratory Issues

Ahhh….the long-awaited first day of Spring.  Even our pups have anticipated the arrival of this beautiful season.  Although lovely to view, the budding trees and flowers can cause problems for those who suffer from seasonal allergies.  And suffering with allergies does not only affect humans.  Our dogs (and cats) can experience the sneezing, itching and …

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Doggy Blues

Pup got the blues?  Sounds silly, right?  But your dog can suffer from depression just like you.  There are a number of reasons for doggy sadness including the loss of a loved one or dog sibling, an injury, a move or even a change in weather.  These are just some reasons why our pups can …

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