Posts with tag your dogs best health


Clinical Trials in Veterinary Medicine

Oh, how I love my readers! I learn so much from you, and you are a constant source of fresh ideas for me. Case in point, a week ago I published a blog post about Degenerative Myelopathy, a debilitating spinal cord disease in dogs. One of my readers named Linda has lots of experience with… read more


Degenerative Myelopathy

Degenerative myelopathy (DM) is a slowly progressive spinal cord disorder that resembles Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in people. The inevitable result for dogs with DM is paraplegia- hind end paralysis. Dogs at risk DM affects primarily older dogs, with symptoms typically beginning at eight years of age or older. Back in… read more

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Revised Recommendations for Annual Heartworm Testing

Testing dogs annually for heartworm disease is not a new recommendation. What is new is the type of testing being recommended. Until recently, performing a simple blood test to screen for the presence of heartworm antigen was the test of choice. We now know that antigen testing produces ever-increasing numbers of false negative results (the… read more

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Dogs and Ebola Virus

As I write this, Teresa Romero Ramos, a nurse assistant in Spain, is battling for her life against Ebola virus disease. Despite local protests and objections voiced via a global social media campaign, a court order mandated that Teresa’s elderly, but overtly healthy dog named Excalibur be euthanized. His remains were “put into a sealed… read more

Disaster Preparedness for Your Pets

My recent post about National Disaster Preparedness Month (happening now) solicited many fabulous disaster preparedness suggestions from you, my wonderful readers. One such reader is Abby Harrison, a certified professional dog trainer located in Houston. She provided me with one of the most comprehensive lists of disaster preparedness tips for pets I’ve ever seen. Abby… read more

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Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There

In the world of human medicine it’s estimated that 80% of the maladies that prompt physician visits would completely resolve on their own with simple “benign neglect.” In other words, time is all that is needed for a cure. Does this mean that 80% of people are jumping the gun by scheduling a doctor visit?… read more

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Nutritional Management of Canine Epilepsy

Epilepsy is far and away the most common cause of seizures in dogs. While it is an inherited disease in some breeds, it can occur in dogs of all breeds, shapes, and sizes. Dogs with epilepsy typically experience their first seizure between one and six years of age. Epilepsy is a “rule-out diagnosis”, meaning there… read more

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Canine Bladder Infections: Part III

Part I of this series provided you with information about causes and symptoms of bladder infections. Part II addressed how to diagnose this common canine malady. This segment will discuss management of this disease. Those of you who have dogs with recurrent bladder infections will want to pay particularly close attention. Management of first time… read more

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Canine Bladder Infections: Part II

In the first article of this series you were introduced to the causes of canine bladder infections and their associated symptoms. This article will help you understand how canine bladder infections are accurately diagnosed. The process always begins with testing a urine sample. Collection of urine samples for testing If a bladder infection is suspected,… read more

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Puppy Socialization Addendum

My recent article about the pros and cons of early puppyhood socialization solicited some wonderful comments, many of which were from trainers and breeders. Thanks to all of you who responded. Here are some take home messages from our conversation: – We are all in agreement that socialization for puppies less than four months of… read more

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