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Pale, Weak and “Just Not Right”
IMHA: When the Body Destroys Self
A body’s immune system has the complicated responsibility of protecting other systems from both foreign and domestic diseases; but what happens if the immune system becomes confused and attacks itself when disease isn’t present?
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Healthy Guts, Happy Pets: Could Probiotics Benefit My Pup?
Let’s Talk About the ‘Gut’
In a mammal, the ‘gut’ consists of the small and large intestines, as well as support organs that aid in producing dietary secretions needed for ingesta breakdown. In close association with the gut is the majority of the body’s lymphoid tissue and an extensive blood supply. The gut has multiple functions in the body: Better known for its primary functions of acquiring nutrients and removing of wastes, the gut also plays an important role in immune function. Healthy gut function requires an intimate, balanced relationship with the resident microorganisms that reside within the intestines that aid both in nutrition and immunity. Read More >
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Elbow Dysplasia: Rational Concern or Hype? Insight on a Complicated Diagnosis
A diagnosis of elbow dysplasia is a catch-all term for a collection of elbow abnormalities that can cause lameness in a dog’s front legs and pain in the elbows. Dysplasia, which means ‘abnormal growth,’ can be a painful, debilitating, and lifetime condition. Dogs with elbow dysplasia can still have full, productive lives with proper care, but there is no cure.
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Bleeding Disorder: Tick Disease to Blame The Ehrlichiosis Diagnosis
Tick bites are implicated in the spread of many infectious diseases to both animals and humans; one such disease is Ehrlichiosis- an infectious disease spread by the saliva of infected ticks.* In dogs, unexplained bleeding from orifices may be one of the first symptoms a pet owner notices in an Ehrlichia infection. Infected pets can go undetected until the chronic stage of infection. Learn about this disease and how to best protect your pets from ehrlichiosis through use of prevention strategies and through early recognition of symptoms. Read More >
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Not All Mites Are Created Equal
Demodicosis is a condition that occurs when the normally self-limiting population of demodex
mites on a dog goes rogue. They are microscopic parasitic mites that inhabit hair follicles, oil
glands, and skin. Demodex mites are non-contagious, host-specific, and are a normal skin
inhabitant of dogs. Demodex mites are NOT Sarcoptes mites (which cause very itchy and
contagious sarcoptic mange).
Dogs of any age can have demodicosis. Young dogs most often get a transient overgrowth of
mites that is localized to a few spots on the face or legs (see below: localized demodicosis). With
a healthy immune response, the majority of these cases will resolve without treatment.
Occasionally demodicosis completely takes the skin of its host hostage (see below: generalized
demodicosis); it spreads to encompass very large areas of skin resulting in massive hair loss
and other complications. This form of demodicosis occurs sporadically in young dogs but
accounts for the majority of the adult cases of demodicosis. The demodex life cycle is completed
on the dog host. Dogs are infected with mites from their mother while nursing during the first
week of life and will have mites throughout their lifetime (in low numbers). Read More >
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Why So Serious?
Canine bloat (a.k.a Gastric Dilatation Volvulus or GDV) is an emergency condition that is
initiated within the stomach. Under suboptimal circumstances the stomach can become overly
distended and twist upon itself. This agonizingly painful and rapid event becomes life
threatening within a few hours of onset if intensive emergency treatment is not initiated.
Frequently, cases are fatal even with treatment. No single cause is identifiable but certain dog
breeds do indeed have the deck stacked against them, so to speak. The rapid sequence of
events that occur from GDV are toxic and potentially deadly.
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