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Demodectic Mange in Dogs

Caused by the Demodex mite, mange is an inflammatory disease that affects dogs. These mites inhabit the skin and hair follicles of a dog, and when they increase in number, this can lead to skin infections, skin lesions and hair loss. The severity of these symptoms depends on the type of mite that inhabits the dog. What Are the Symptoms of Demodectic Mange in Dogs? Demodectic mange in dogs c[...]

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Administering Subcutaneous Fluids for Pets at Home

There are several scenarios where a pet may need at-home fluids administered under their skin. Pets that have chronic kidney disease form the most common of these cases, as these patients need extra fluids on top of what they are already drinking to help wash down dangerous renal toxins through their systems. Sick pets also do not drink enough water, so fluid administration will usually be require[...]

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Patellar Luxation in Dogs

A patellar luxation occurs when a dog’s kneecap gets dislocated from its normal anatomic position from the groove of its femur, or thigh bone. This condition is one of the most common knee joint abnormalities in dogs, and when this dislocation occurs, the only way it can be reset back to its usual position is when the hind legs of the canine relax and lengthen. Because of this, most dogs who had[...]

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Intervertebral Disc Disease in Pets

The intervertebral discs in pets can succumb to several forces and conditions that will cause them to rupture or swell over time. When this rupture occurs, this leads to two kinds of damage to the spinal cord: concussion and compression. The extent of the damage and loss of nerve cells is determined by the type of force, degree of force applied to the spinal cord and how long the force was applied[...]

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What is Transdermal Medicine?

Transdermal medicine consists of drugs that are administered through patches applied to a shaved area of the skin. They work by the medicine reaching the bloodstream “transdermally,” meaning, “across the skin.” This option is popular for people who want to relieve pain, quit smoking or to replace the hormones of their youth. It has also have been popular for administering drugs to pets as[...]

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What Is Ear (Aural) Hematomas in Pets?

An ear/aural hematoma is a pool of blood that collects between the cartilage and skin of the ear flap of a pet. This is usually caused by overly aggressive head shaking or ear scratching that results from an ear infection. Both cats and dogs can be afflicted with ear hematomas, however canines, especially those who get skin allergies and ear infections, are more prone to ear hematomas. Any bre[...]

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Urinary Tract Problems in Dogs

Bladder stones, incontinence, crystal stones in the urine, cancer, or bacterial infections are just some of the many problems that can affect a dog’s lower urinary system. Obstruction of the urethra can also occur, which affects the tube that allows urine to pass from the bladder to the outside of the body. Dogs with diabetes and older female dogs are especially prone to urinary tract proble[...]

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Bladder Stones in Pets

Bladder stones, commonly found in dogs and cats, cause blockage and urinary tract infections. Bladder stones that are found in pets are similar to those found in humans—they are usually composed of mineral salts from common elements such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, carbonates and ammonia. These stones usually form in the pet’s bladder and often vary in size and number. Unless the st[...]

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Anxiety in Dogs

When dogs become anxious, they are anticipating danger from perceived or unknown origins. The results of anxiety are those that are commonly associated with fear—urination or defecation, destruction and vocalization in the form of barking or crying. For dogs, separation anxiety is most commonly seen in companion dogs. What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety in Dogs? • Panic—these signs inclu[...]

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Pet Vaccinations: Individualized Protection for Your Pet

When it comes to pet vaccines, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all protocol. In fact, each dog or cat could require different vaccinations based upon a number of factors, including: Where kind of environment does the pet live in? Does the pet travel and, if so, where and how often? If the pet is a dog, do they go to dog parks, doggie daycare, kennels or the groomer? If the pet is a cat, do t[...]

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