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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Veterinarian Checking Puppy's Hips

Canine Hip Dysplasia

The growing popularity of larger breeds of dogs has brought with it a threat of a crippling disease of the hip joints known as hip dysplasia. This disease was first described in the United States back in the 1930s.  Research has produced abundant information on hip dysplasia, but many questions still remain unanswered. It is…

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Fat Beagle

Special Diets For Dogs: The Overweight Dog

“Should I put my dog on a diet?” The answer to that question is Yes, but only if your veterinarian recommends it. The same care, consideration, and advice should be taken when your dog needs to be put on a special diet program, as you yourself would get from your personal physician if you were…

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