Dog mobility concerns

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CONDITION DOG Meningitis in Dogs

Meningitis is an uncommon, potentially life threatening condition that refers to inflammation of the meninges. Meninges are membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. 

· 4 min read
CONDITION DOG Limb Fractures in Dogs

Limb fractures (broken legs) are fairly common in dogs. There are different types of fractures, and combinations are possible and are required in treatment considerations. 

· 5 min read
CONDITION DOG Stroke (Cerebrovascular Accident) in Dogs

A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident in dogs (CVA), is when there is a loss of blood flow to part of the brain, which damages brain tissue. There are two mechanisms of stroke: obstruction (ischemic) or rupture (hemorrhagic) of the blood vessels of the brain; ischemic events are more common in dogs.

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CONDITION DOG Joint Infections (Septic Arthritis) in Dogs

Joint infections, or septic arthritis, occur when bacteria or fungi are introduced into the nutrient-rich joint fluid, resulting in an infection. In dogs, joint infections typically develop after a wound occurs over or near a joint, but can also occur due to widespread bacterial infection in the body or after joint injections.

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CONDITION DOG Atlantoaxial Instability in Dogs

Atlantoaxial instability (AAI) in dogs affects the first two neck bones in the spine: the atlas (vertebra C1) and axis (vertebra C2), which give the head and neck stability. Changes to the bone(s) or ligaments in these joints can cause instability, resulting in dislocation and spinal cord compression. 

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CONDITION DOG Masticatory Myositis in Dogs

Masticatory muscle myositis (MMM) is a condition in dogs where the immune system attacks the chewing muscles. Myositis is the term for inflammation of muscle tissue. The chewing muscles are on the top and sides of the head and are responsible for opening the mouth and chewing.

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CONDITION DOG Narcolepsy and Cataplexy in Dogs

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder affecting the brain characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness and spontaneous or emotion-triggered collapse (cataplexy). This is an uncommon condition in dogs, and can be caused by a genetic predisposition or in rare cases, a brain disorder or nerve disease.

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CONDITION DOG Coonhound Paralysis (Polyradiculoneuritis) in Dogs

Polyradiculoneuritis (PRN), also known as coonhound paralysis, is a condition in dogs where the immune system attacks the nervous system resulting in inflammation of nerves, primarily in the legs. The cause of most forms of PRN is unknown, but coonhound paralysis is linked to a reaction to raccoon saliva.

· 5 min read
CONDITION DOG Bone Cancer (Osteosarcoma) in Dogs

Osteosarcoma is the formation of a malignant tumor in the bones. It is a highly metastatic cancer with a median survival rate of 2-4 months without treatment and 8-12 months with treatment. This is the most common type of bone cancer in dogs and is most prominent in large breeds and older pets.

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CONDITION DOG Saddle Thrombus (Aortic Thrombosis) in Dogs

A saddle thrombus is when a large blood clot becomes lodged in the aorta, obstructing blood flow to the hind limbs in dogs. The aorta is a large artery which carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body

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CONDITION DOG Myasthenia Gravis in Dogs

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a disease which interrupts the way nerves communicate with striated muscles. Striated muscles control voluntary movement, such as those used to walk or change facial expression. 

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CONDITION DOG Craniomandibular Osteopathy in Dogs

Craniomandibular Osteopathy (CMO) describes the growth of areas of new bone around the head and jaws. CMO is a rare condition of no known origin seen in young, growing dogs, usually between 3-7 months old.

· 3 min read
CONDITION DOG Dropped Jaw (Trigeminal Neuropathy) in Dogs

Dropped jaw (trigeminal neuropathy) is a disorder of the cranial nerve that controls the movement and sensitivity of the jaw in dogs.  The characteristic symptom is the inability to close the mouth.

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CONDITION DOG Polymyositis in Dogs

Polymyositis is an inflammatory disorder in dogs affecting two or more muscles in the body. The immune system attacks healthy muscles, causing muscle tissue to be replaced with scar tissue, leading to weakness.

· 3 min read
SYMPTOM DOG Difficulty Walking (Ataxia) in Dogs

Ataxia describes abnormal movement control of the limbs and body. Dogs with ataxia present with poor coordination while walking, loss of balance, and often appear dizzy.

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CONDITION DOG Facial Nerve Paralysis in Dogs

Facial nerve paralysis describes the inability of a dog to move the muscles in its face because of a dysfunction in the nerves. This appears as ‘droopiness’ or sagging of the facial muscles, lips, ears, and eyelids.

· 4 min read
SYMPTOM DOG Weakness in Dogs

Weakness is a symptom where dogs move slowly, struggle to rise from rest, are reluctant to exercise, and sometimes have muscle shaking.

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SYMPTOM DOG Limited Mobility in Dogs

Limited mobility in dogs is difficulty or reluctance to perform the usual activities of daily living. A dog who has trouble going up or down stairs, has difficulty getting in and out of the car, is reluctant to jump up or down from furniture or up onto people, or is stiff getting up after sleeping has limited mobility

· 5 min read
SYMPTOM DOG Unexplained Weight Gain in Dogs

Unexplained weight gain is specifically characterized by the occurrence of weight gain in spite of a reduction in calories and appetite.

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CONDITION DOG Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease (CCL or Torn ACL) in Dogs

Cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) rupture is the most common cause of hind limb lameness in dogs, and occurs due to traumatic injury or progressive degeneration of the ligament.

· 6 min read
SYMPTOM DOG Joint Swelling in Dogs

Joint swelling is caused by the buildup of fluid or excessive bone growth within a joint.

· 4 min read
SYMPTOM DOG Joint Pain in Dogs

Joint pain refers to soreness of the spine and/or limbs and is a common symptom, especially in older dogs.

· 4 min read
SYMPTOM DOG Lethargy in Dogs

Lethargy is a lack of energy or enthusiasm, which most often presents in dogs as reduced activity levels and disinterest in toys, food, or treats.

· 4 min read
SYMPTOM DOG Collapse in Dogs

Collapse in dogs is generally defined as when a dog falls and cannot get back up.

· 4 min read
SYMPTOM DOG Exercise Intolerance in Dogs

Exercise intolerance is a decreased ability to endure sustained exercise.

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CONDITION DOG Hypothyroidism in Dogs

Hypothyroidism is a common clinical condition in dogs resulting from reduced production of thyroid hormones by the thyroid glands.

· 5 min read
SYMPTOM DOG Muscle atrophy in dogs

Muscle atrophy describes the thinning or wasting of muscles. It is a common symptom in dogs, seen as part of many conditions.

· 3 min read
SYMPTOM DOG Muscle tremors in Dogs

Muscle tremors in dogs are involuntary, repetitive, rhythmic muscle movements.

· 3 min read
CONDITION DOG Hypertrophic Osteopathy in dogs

Hypertrophic Osteopathy is a bone disease where new bone information appears in the limbs of a young growing dog. Although the exact mechanisms of the inflammation is poorly understood, it is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder.

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CONDITION DOG Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease in Dogs

Legg-Calve-Perthes (LCP) disease is a rare condition in dogs that results from loss of blood flow to the head of the femur (the thigh bone) where it forms the hip joint with the pelvis.

· 4 min read

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