Dogs

Leptospirosis in Dogs

Filed Under: Dogs, Diseases

Do you have a young dog that is suddenly in renal failure? Is your dog unvaccinated? Has your part of the country been recently subjected to flooding? Maybe Leptospirosis should be on your list of disease differentials.

Medial Patellar Luxation in Dogs

Filed Under: Dogs, Orthopedic

Do you have a toy breed of dog that is running on three legs? Is the leg that is being held up a rear one? Then you are possibly dealing with Medial Patellar Luxation (MPL), the most common congenital abnormality seen in dogs. In one study >7% of puppies were affected. MPL is most frequently seen in small breeds of dogs, however the frequency in larger breeds is increasing. Small breeds commonly affected include miniature poodles, Yorkshire terriers, Cairn terriers, toy poodles, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Pekingese, Boston terriers, and the Maltese.

Portuguese Water Dogs

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

Recently chosen to be the First Dog of the United States, the once-obscure Portuguese Water Dog has gained new notoriety. President Obama and his family have chosen a Portuguese Water Dog to become the newest resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in Washington, D.C.

Periodontal Disease in the Dog and Cat

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Diet & Nutrition, Diseases, General Care

Periodontal Disease is defined as an inflammation and/or infection of the gums and bone around the teeth. Periodontal disease is the most common disease found in the dog and will affect more than 8 out of 10 dogs three years of age and older. The prevalence of periodontal disease in the dog increases with age but also decreases with increasing body weight; therefore, toy and miniature breeds are more severely affected.

Hookworms in the Dog

Filed Under: Dogs, Parasites

Is your puppy anemic? Does he appear to be losing weight, and is the hair coat dull and thinning? Have you noticed that your dog’s bowel movements are dark and tarry? Then your pet may be suffering from a hookworm infection.

Hookworms are small thread-like worms that suck blood from the small intestinal tract of infected pets. The most common types of hookworms infecting dogs include Ancylostoma caninum, Ancylostoma braziliense, and Uncinaria stenocephala.

Demodicosis, Demodectic Mange or Red Mange

Filed Under: Dogs, Parasites

Does your dog have patchy areas of hair loss, especially around the head and front legs? Are the affected skin areas red and irritated? Is your dog under two years of age? Then your pet could be suffering from demodectic mange.

Pythiosis in the Dog

Filed Under: Dogs, Diseases

Has your dog been losing weight lately, exhibiting chronic vomiting, had diarrhea, or hematochezia (blood in the feces)? Alternatively, does your dog have an ulcerated, draining skin lesion that just won’t heal? Is your dog a sports breed like a Labrador retriever, or does he love the water? Do you live in an area with a warmer climate? Then your dog could be suffering from an infection called Pythiosis.

Jasper’s Story of Pythium, A Disease of Wasting Away

The technician motioned me over to room two telling me that Jasper was back to see me yet again. We had already run every test I could think of but had come up empty on anything being abnormal. I was convinced that Jasper was suffering from one of possibly two conditions, with the first option being quite a bit more favorable to the dog.

Ruth, the Brindle Boxer

The day had been rather routine and uneventful, at least until the off-duty police officer walked in. I was suddenly presented with a brindle boxer puppy all of 18 weeks old named Ruth. She was carrying her left rear leg and we could see the intense pain in her face, yet her whole back end shook as she tried to shake her nub of a tail to greet you.

Soon to be a puppy Dad

Hello, I'm soon to be a puppy Dad. Little Mooshie was born on Dec 11/08; he is a mini shorthair daschund. After searching for my puppy, I finally found a breeder who I believe had the qualities I was looking for, her bitch Daisy had a litter of 3 puppies 2f-1M. When I met the breeder both of the parent dogs were there and both of the parents displayed good linage,temperments, and very sociable, traits I hope my Mooshie will have inherited.

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