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CONDITION DOG Heart Disease (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy) in Dogs

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a rare form of heart disease in dogs which results in enlargement of the heart muscles. Excessive enlargement narrows the internal size of the heart chambers, reducing blood flow.

· 4 min read
CONDITION DOG Toxic Shock (Sepsis, Septicemia and Bacteremia) in Dogs

Septicemia, sepsis, septic shock, and septic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) are potentially life threatening related conditions that occur during severe infections. Septicemia specifically refers to bacteria, or their toxins, in the bloodstream.

· 5 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 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
CONDITION DOG Prostate Inflammation (Prostatitis) in Dogs

Prostatitis is a common condition that occurs most frequently in intact male dogs when the prostate gland becomes inflamed. Prostatitis is usually caused by a bacterial infection from the urinary tract.

· 4 min read
CONDITION DOG Dentigerous Cysts in Dogs

Dentigerous cysts are formed when a tooth does not emerge properly out of the gumline. A fluid-filled cyst forms around the crown of the tooth and gradually increases in size. 

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CONDITION DOG Liver Tumors and Cancers in Dogs

Tumors of the liver describe cancerous growths of the liver, bile ducts, and gallbladder. Dogs with liver tumors often show no symptoms, and diagnosis often occurs while performing tests for other conditions.

· 5 min read
CONDITION DOG Stomatitis in Dogs

Stomatitis is a broad definition of inflammation of the gums and mucous membranes of the mouth. Refers to serious cases of gingivitis, periodontitis, pharyngitis, that include widespread irritation and ulceration of the tongue, gums, back of the throat, and palate.

· 5 min read
CONDITION DOG Taurine Deficiency in Dogs

Taurine deficiency is a lack of taurine, an important amino acid, in the blood and body. Taurine is not an essential amino acid for dogs, meaning dogs manufacture taurine themselves as long as they eat enough of the necessary building blocks.

· 4 min read
CONDITION DOG Parvovirus in Dogs

Canine Parvovirus (CPV) is a life threatening viral infection of the gastrointestinal system in dogs. It primarily affects dogs under 2 years old but is most common in puppies between 3-8 months old.

· 5 min read
CONDITION DOG Heart Defects (Congenital) in Dogs

Congenital heart defects are abnormalities of the heart that are present at birth. Development of the heart structures and function in the unborn puppy may be defective due to genetic predisposition, environmental factors in the womb, or infection.

· 4 min read
CONDITION DOG Cat Scratch Fever (Bartonella Infection) in Dogs

Bartonella infection in dogs is a disease caused by bacteria from the Bartonella species. The infection targets the blood vessels of various organs, including the heart, liver, lymph nodes, eyes, nose, and joints.

· 4 min read
CONDITION DOG Sialocele in Dogs

Sialocele describes the leakage and accumulation of saliva in the tissues surrounding the salivary gland. Dogs with a sialocele present with a firm, painful swelling around the head and neck, which sometimes fluctuates in size.

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SYMPTOM DOG Constipation and Straining to Defecate in Dogs

Constipation is characterized by difficulty defecating with the resulting feces being dry and hard. This symptom is slightly different from tenesmus, which is straining to defecate with an empty or irritated colon, however both of these symptoms appear similarly to pet owners

· 5 min read
CONDITION DOG Gallstones in Dogs

Gallstones are solid formations of bile and other compounds that coalesce in or near the gallbladder. Gallstones occur when the chemical makeup of bile is altered, or when the movement of bile is disrupted

· 6 min read
CONDITION DOG Epilepsy in Dogs

Canine epilepsy is a disorder where abnormal, uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain causes seizures.

· 7 min read
SYMPTOM DOG Limping (Lameness) in Dogs

Limping, also known as lameness, is when a dog is walking abnormally, unevenly, or with difficulty.

· 3 min read
CONDITION DOG Hernias in Dogs

A hernia is a swelling caused by abdominal contents bulging out due to a defect in the surrounding muscles. Most hernias are either present at birth or result from injuries

· 4 min read
SYMPTOM DOG Hair Loss (Alopecia) in Dogs

Hair loss, or alopecia, is characterized by hair loss leading to bald patches and places in the coat that are abnormally sparse.

· 3 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 Anal Scooting in Dogs

Anal scooting describes the behavior of a dog when it drags its rear end across the floor; usually characterized as sitting, lifting hind legs, and using anterior legs to drag the body forward while the anus area drags on the floor

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SYMPTOM DOG Pale Gums in Dogs

Pale gums are when the normal pink color of the gums turns pale or white, usually due to a serious underlying health problem.

· 3 min read
CONDITION DOG Addison’s Disease (Hypoadrenocorticism) in Dogs

In a dog with Addison's disease (hypoadrenocorticism), the adrenal glands fail to produce stress hormones due to damage to the adrenal gland or the pituitary gland.

· 6 min read
CONDITION DOG Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome (BAS) in Dogs

Brachycephalic airway syndrome (BAS) is a group of anatomic deformities of the airway system common in dogs with flat, pushed-in faces.

· 6 min read
SYMPTOM DOG Rapid Breathing (Tachypnea) in Dogs

Rapid breathing (also called tachypnea, polypnea, or shortness of breath) is characterized by sustained periods of short, frequent breaths.

· 3 min read
CONDITION DOG Difficulty Delivering Puppies (Dystocia) in Dogs

Difficulty whelping (delivering puppies) is known as dystocia. Dark green discharge from the vulva is a normal sign of labor,

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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.

· 3 min read
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 Undescended Testicles (Cryptorchidism) in Dogs

Undescended testicles (cryptorchidism) is observed when one or both testicles are not present in the scrotum after 4 months of age.

· 4 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

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