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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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