Canine Health

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Herpesvirus Is Forever, but Proper Care Can Protect Puppies

Once a dog has canine herpesvirus, it has it for life. Fortunately, in adult dogs, “it usually doesn’t cause much of a disease,” says Steffen Sum, D.V.M., an assistant professor at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens. “Usually it’s kept under control by the immune system.” In adult dogs, the virus… read more

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Knowing the Signs of Eclampsia Can Save a Dam’s Life

Eclampsia has many names: you may know it as “milk fever,” but in the veterinary field, it’s referred to as “puerperal hypocalcemia,” and in later stages, as “puerperal tetany.” Mostly seen in dams weighing 25 pounds or less, the potentially fatal condition can, however, occur in any nursing canine, according to Margret L. Casal, D.V.M.,… read more

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Save a Dog from Heatstroke – Here’s How

Let’s be honest. It’s happened to many of us. We misjudge. We’re misinformed. We get delayed. Then we return to our vehicle and find one of our dogs in distress. We all know how dangerous it is for dogs to be in cars and vans and trucks in warm weather. We’ve been warned and reminded… read more

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Using a Sire From Across the World

Thanks to all kinds of new technology in use in the 21st century, the world seems much smaller than it once did, and dog people now work more collaboratively with other breeders around the world. Importing dogs to the U.S. from other countries, of course, is a practice that originated in the 19th century with… read more

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My Favorite Things – Spot-On Preventives

I remember my dad applying flea powder to our dogs when I was a kid. It was a rather messy operation that involved him dousing, for example, our German Shepherd in white, rubbing it into his coat, down to the skin. A big white patch on the lawn where the excess remained let us know… read more

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Dramatic Hair Loss Inches Toward Solution

The coat abnormality commonly known as “alopecia X” leads to significant loss of hair that typically will not be recovered over a particular dog’s lifetime. It starts as unexplained, symmetrical hair loss on the rear of the dog, moves to the neck area, then to various parts of the trunk, according to Alane Levinsohn, health… read more

Nails affected by disease. Removal or amputation is sometimes the only way to determine the disease's cause. Photo courtesy of Angell Animal Medical Center.

Nail Diseases Are Rare, but Tough to Cure

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… read more

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Helping Dogs Overcome Pain

Prior to the 1990s, treating dogs and other companion animals for pain was rare, if not unheard of, in most veterinary practices. Scientists and veterinarians simply did not have research data confirming that animals experience pain, whether post-operatively or as a result of an acute injury or chronic condition or disease. At least they didn’t… read more

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Kiska Lives On – Thanks to Texas A&M

It was already 8 p.m. when 3-year-old Japanese Spitz Kiska started fainting. “I’ve seen dogs have seizures,” says owner Cora Fortin. “It wasn’t like that. It was a faint. She just like wobbled and fell over. In about a minute, she started waking up.” Ten minutes later, Kiska fainted again. Horrified by this alarming behavior,… read more

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Warning: These Foods May Be Toxic For Your Dog

Everyone knows there are certain things that you should never feed your dog. Dogs and chocolate don’t mix, because chocolate contains theobromine, a substance that can cause a rapid heart rate and central nervous stimulation, possibly leading to seizures and even death. Most people know that dogs should never eat cooked bones because they can… read more

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