When middle-aged and larger dogs with no prior skin problems experience inflammation at the nail bed, the diagnosis may be one of a few relatively rare conditions. Editor Susan Chaney informs readers of a variety of uncommon ailments that can cause painful and persistent conditions in and around the nails. Find out about the very small number of canine nail diseases that require prompt attention from a veterinary dermatologist.
Kayla Bertagnolli left behind a trio of newborn Beagle puppies when she flew from Utah to cover a series of shows in Southern California. When photos arrived after two weeks that presented the litter standing around like show dogs, our roving blogger couldn’t believe her eyes. Today’s DFR is a bittersweet reminder of just how fast puppies grow up.
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Nail Diseases Are Rare, but Tough to Cure
By Susan Chaney
It’s unlikely that any of your dogs will have a nail disease that isn’t related to trauma of some kind. So, if none of them ever pulls off a nail or cracks one by getting it stuck in a grate, you aren’t likely to need the expertise of a specialist like Klaus Loft, D.V.M., of Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. A veterinary dermatologist, Loft says that more than 90 percent of canine nail issues are related to these kinds of trauma. more
They Grow Up So Fast
By Kayla Bertagnolli
Puppies are cute, rambunctious and sweet, aren’t they? You can pick them right up and cuddle them, and they won’t think anything of it. What more could you ask for?.
Isn’t it funny to think about how fast little pups grow up? Their true babyhood only lasts a few weeks, so before you know it, they are opening their eyes, starting to walk and growling at each other. They even attempt to eat whatever dog chow they can get their paws on – in between trips to mama’s milk bar, that is. more