Dog with Infected Eyes

Your Dog’s Eyes – Part 3

Many eye diseases in dogs can be successfully cured surgically if non-surgical treatments do not help. In the condition in which the tear glands and ducks are not producing tears, for example, a medication is put into the dog’s food in the form of drops. If there is any function at all left, the medication…

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Dog Getting Eyelid Surgery

Your Dog’s Eyes – Part 2

Most dog owners, if not all of them, never consider looking into their pet’s eyes for signs of illness, especially dogs with hair over their eyes. There is a myth that cutting the hair away from a dog’s eyes will cause blindness, but, in fact, a dog’s eyes are much less likely to become diseased…

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Veterinarian Checking Golden Retriever's Eyes

Your Dog’s Eyes – Part 1

The eye, in dogs, as in all animals, is the most specialized of the sensory organs. As such, it is highly sensitive to trauma, infection and disease, both acquired and hereditary. Because dogs can’t tell their owners when they are suffering irritation or pain in their eyes, the eye is an often overlooked area of…

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Dog Getting Flea Prevention Medicine

Parasites 3: More On Fleas And Ticks

Fleas and ticks are external parasites that cause annoyance and health problems on your pets. The following are two questions answered about fleas and ticks. How Can I Keep My Dogs Free Of These Parasites? Flea control products such as Prevention and Frontline works very well for most pets. In areas of heavy parasite concentration,…

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Dog Walk in the Woods

Parasites 2: More Questions About Fleas and Ticks

Do Different Parasites Prefer Certain Host Animals? Yes, there are fleas that prefer cats and those that would rather have their meal on dogs. However, while some fleas do exhibit certain preferences, they are not usually host-specific. That is, in the absence of the preferred host, the flea will attack a less desirable host such…

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Dog Scratching Fleas

Parasites 1: Those Annoying Fleas Are Back!

It’s the same sad song each year: “My dog has fleas and they are out of control”! Every time warm weather approaches, veterinarians across the country will once again be overflowed with complaints and questions from worried dog and cat owners who are waging the recurrent battle against external parasites, particularly fleas and ticks. The…

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Senior Golden Retriever

Older Dog Ailments

Advances in veterinary medicine have led to increased longevity for pets, but special problems still crop up in older animals, especially dogs, either as a direct or indirect result of aging. An older dog may suffer from a variety of major and minor ailments that do not normally afflict younger pets. Among the most important…

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False Pregnancy in Bulldog

False Pregnancies In Dogs

Unusual behavior following a heat cycle (estrus) in the non-pregnant female dog is a common occurrence. This condition is termed false pregnancy (hyperluteoidism, pseudocyesis, pseudo-pregnancy). It is a hormonal imbalance and may cause a wide range of clinical signs. Let’s have a brief review of a normal estrous cycle on the female dog in order…

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Labrador Retriver Running on the Beach with Owner

Canine Hip Dysplasia: Treatment & Prevention

One of the most difficult tasks facing a veterinarian is how to manage hip dysplasia. There are several modes of therapy available, but only the most commonly accepted techniques will be discussed. 1. Maintenance: This is non-surgical management and consists of rest and restricted exercise, pain relievers, and anti-inflammatory drugs. Its best use is in…

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