- Bloat In Dogs By L Johnson
- Canine Liver Disease, A Little Knowledge Could Save Your Dogs Life By John Deeprose
- CPR For Dogs By Kirsten Hawkins
- Dental Care For Dogs By Kirsten Hawkins
- Dog Health Information
- Dogs And Chocolate By David Beart
- Dogs Eyes By Randy Jones
- First Aid for Dogs
- First Aid For Dogs By Terry Lowery
- Heartworms In Dogs – What They Are & What To Do By Kirsten Hawkins
- Hepatitis In Dogs By Kirsten Hawkins
- Hip Dysplasia In Dogs By Simon Harris
- Intestinal Parasites In Dogs By Kirsten Hawkins
- Keep Your Dogs Teeth Healthy By Marilyn Pokorney
- Kennel Cough In Dogs By Kirsten Hawkins
- Leptospirosis In Dogs By Kirsten Hawkins
- Lyme Disease In Dogs By Niall Kennedy
- Pet Grieving: How Pets Mourn
Most dog owners are aware that chocolate should not be given to pets. We hide our chocolate treats in high cupboards and sealed containers because we know that it can be harmful if ingested by our animals. But, what if a candy bar gets left within the dog’s reach, and you come home to find an empty wrapper? What if your dog eats a bit of chocolate that has fallen on the floor while you are baking? We know that chocolate is harmful, but we need to know the amounts to worry about, the signs to look for, and what to do for treatment in the case that our dogs and chocolate find each other.
The chemical compound that makes chocolate toxic to pets (yes, … Read the rest
Anyone who has been to a CPR class is familiar with the basics of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. First you’ll check to be sure the patient has a clear airway, then check to see if the patient is breathing, check whether the patient has a heartbeat and, if the patient awakens during the process, be careful that you don’t get bitten by the patient.
The American Red Cross has been instructing people in CPR for pets for quite some time now and has classes that include all manner of first aid, including mouth-to-snout resuscitation. You read that correctly; mouth-to-snout.
The procedure is similar to traditional mouth-to-mouth resuscitation between humans, the chief difference being that the person performing the procedure will close the dog’s mouth and instead provide … Read the rest
Some people don’t realize that dental hygiene is as important for dogs as it is for human beings. Just like in people, dogs’ teeth can gather plaque after eating. When plaque builds up and hardens it becomes a coarse brown substance called tartar. As tartar accumulates it can work its way under the gums and cause painful infections and gum disease. This goes on in the mouths of dogs just like it does in people. You brush your teeth every day, probably three times. What does your dog do?
Teeth Brushing for Doggies
Veterinarians recommend that dog owners brush their dog’s teeth at least twice a week to keep the buildup of tartar at a minimum. Most pet supply stores carry specially designed toothbrushes and … Read the rest
Dogs, especially puppies, are so innocent to their surroundings that they’ll experiment anything once, even if it’s harmful. Even this morning, as I was spraying an organic insecticide made from flowers, my miniature schnauzer took a few licks to see what is was. Just like snakes, dogs use their tongues to test the environment. This spray isn’t that bad because it’s all natural. Still, even natural repellents are pretty hard on the kidneys.
Dogs will try anything, even more than cats, which seem to be the most finicky pets you could own. So when you are putting out the dog food, chances are, even if there is something bad in there, if it tastes good enough, they’ll eat the whole bowl and look at you … Read the rest
Dogs get plaque and tartar on their teeth just like humans do. Cleaning your dogs teeth between professional cleanings is very simple.
Keeping your dogs teeth and gums clean will eliminate “doggy breath” as well as keep your dog healthy.
Most veterinarians suggest twice a week brushings. When brushing teeth, use baking soda or a special toothpaste formulated for dogs, not toothpaste for humans. Pet toothpastes contain enzymes that help dissolve plaque and can be swallowed. They also taste good.
Use a toothbrush designed for pets or small children. Or just use gauze or a washcloth if the pet doesn’t like the brush.
Tooth brushing is best but if the dog won’t let you brush it’s teeth then giving it something to chew that rubs … Read the rest
There is nothing worse than having your dog become sick. Hopefully, there is a vet close at hand if it is an urgent problem. Most cities have Emergency Vets. Be sure to find out where the closest emergency vet is to you and write the phone number down so you can find it. Nothing is more difficult than trying to look in a phone book when you are very upset with a dog in your lap, the phone in your hand and a bulky phonebook on the floor! Please be prepared.
Great websites with Emergency Information are:
Don’t Forget – Chocolate can poison dogs!!… Read the rest
If your dog is badly hurt in your home or while out and about with you, you should know how to administer first aid until you can reach a veterinarian. A first aid kit tailored to your dog’s needs can truly be a lifesaver. If you you’re your dog on frequent outings far from home, you would be wise to keep a second first aid kit handy in your car.
A first aid kit for a dog contains many of the same items it would for a human. A roll of absorbent cotton and some cotton balls, gauze pads and tape, a pair of small scissors with rounded tips, tweezers, instant ice pack, hydrogen peroxide, a bulb syringe for suctioning mucous from mouth or nose … Read the rest
Heartworms (Latin name Dirofilaria immitis) are parasitic worms that are common in both dogs and cats. Like their name suggests, they live in the dog’s heart, normally free-floating in the right ventricle and nearby blood vessels. The worms are transmitted from dog to dog by mosquitoes which pass the worm larvae through their saliva. The presence of heartworms can be very dangerous to the dog’s health. Although the dog will not display signs of infection until it has progressed considerably, heartworms can be life threatening and are sometimes difficult to detect and diagnose.
Signs of Heartworm Infection
When a dog is first infected with heartworms, there are literally no signs and the presence of heartworms can not be detected even with a blood test. Once … Read the rest
Hepatitis, a disease of the liver that is seen in several animals, including humans, is caused by a viral infection. Canine hepatitis is caused by the virus designated CAV-1 which is seen only in dogs. Humans and other animals are not at risk to contract hepatitis from the CAV-1 virus.
Like many viruses, CAV-1 first localizes and replicates in the lymph nodes and spreads into the bloodstream from there. Once in the blood, CAV-1 attacks several organs, most notably the liver, eyes, and kidneys. Although hepatitis is a very serious disease, not all cases of CAV-1 infection lead to it and not all are serious. Some dogs show few or no symptoms after being infected. Some, on the other hand, especially young puppies, become seriously … Read the rest
A fairly common degenerative disease in dogs, canine hip dysplasia, is often misunderstood. Many mistakenly think that the ailment is a form of arthritis, but that is simply not the case. Often, dogs that suffer from hip dysplasia will develop arthritis, but this condition is a result of hip dysplasia and not the disease itself. The condition is most common in mid to large size dogs that grow rapidly and can be a source of severe pain and limited mobility for the animal. Even when detected early, there is no “cure” for hip dysplasia; it must be treated with medication to reduce the amount of pain that the dog suffers or be corrected as much as possible with surgery.
What is Hip Dysplasia?
Hip dysplasia … Read the rest
Dogs (and cats) often fall victim to several common intestinal parasites known as worms. There are a large number of different types of intestinal worms, but dogs are most commonly affected by tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. These parasites live in the digestive tract (most commonly in the intestines) where they feed on nutrients, robbing the dog of the nutrition it takes in. Worm infestations can cause a variety of undesirable symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and a generally poor appearance.
How do Dogs Get Worms?
There are a number of ways that a dog can wind up with an infestation of any of these types of intestinal parasites. An animal infested with any of these types of worms may pass the worms’ eggs … Read the rest