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Leptospirosis: Contagious bacterial disease, all dogs susceptible

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Change in season may mean changes in routine, adventures, or social contacts for you and your dog – and likely, for other people and pets in your neighborhood, hunting group, or at the dog park. This means paying extra attention to how your dog behaves after outings; a single encounter with a contaminated water source or an infected animal can transmit a contagious bacterial disease to even a cautious canine. Read More >





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Part II: Burn Wounds, Freezing Cold

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Burn Wounds, Part II: Freezing Cold
Extreme cold may lead to thermal burns of skin, muscle, or bone and supporting tissues. Similar  to heat burns, tissue damage from cold has varying degrees of severity. Superficial thermal burns that cause minimal tissue damage and that are reversible are termed ‘frost-nip’. More severe deep burns compromise blood flow and result in frostbite. Complete extent of the thermal damage can be difficult to determine based on appearance alone. For the remainder of this article, thermal injury will be in reference to extremes in low temperatures resulting in frostbite damage. Read More >





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Part I: Burn Wounds, Scalding Hot

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Scalding Hot: Burn Wounds

Burn injuries can occur in and around the home or as a result of a natural disaster. While accidents do happen, the prevention of these injuries is better than trying to treat your pet. Make sure you follow fire safety guidelines, your electrical wiring is regularly maintained and you keep any harmful chemicals in the correct storage unit. However, if your pet still receives a burn, it is important you tend to it as soon as you can. Immediate first aid can make a big difference in long-term prognosis for burn injuries. Appropriate first aid treatment and medical care is determined by the cause of the burn. Thermal, chemical, and electrical are the three primary sources contributing to animal burn injuries. This article will address thermal injuries; specifically, high heat or fire related injuries. This can happen to pets and people, if you feel that you have suffered a burn that wasn’t your fault, take a look at local specialist law firms such as a Chicago burn injury lawyer to see how they can help you get justice.

Extreme heat that results in a thermal burn or smoke/gas inhalation is an emergency. A variety of heat sources that commonly burn pets include fires, space heaters, hot liquids, hair dryers, cooking surfaces, the sun and surfaces heated by the sun, and hot metal parts on vehicles or equipment. Emergency care should be sought if heat-related injury occurs. Read More >





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Lumps and Bumps: Warts in a Puppy’s Mouth

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Lumps and Bumps: Warts in a Puppy’s Mouth

What are those bumps?

A “wart” is an abnormal growth of tissue and can occur just about anywhere on the body. While you’ll be glad to know that you can find ways to have warts removed on a site like https://warts.org/wart-removal, it is good to understand what kind of warts there are and why they occur. Canine oral papillomas are warts that are caused by a papillomavirus. While there are numerous strains of papillomaviruses, canine oral papilloma virus (COPV) is the most common strain and is benign (not harmful). When COPV infects tissue and replicates, it causes abnormal tissue growths on mucous membranes that range in appearance from small white/pink bumps to unique lumps with fronds. Oral papillomas typically occur in bunches or clusters rather than singular growths and are most common in the mouth and on the lips. Occasionally, COPV warts occur in unusual locations. Read More >





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Hard Pad Disease: Canine Distemper

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Hard Pad Disease: Canine Distemper

Vaccination to prevent canine distemper virus has been so effective that it has largely eliminated the disease from urban communities; thus, many people are unaware of virus’s impact. Dogs can also suffer from other diseases like Hemangiosarcoma and Leukaemia. It’s important for dog owners to look out for strange behavior for example if your dog is pacing and unsettled and this is not normal behavior for them, it could be a sign that they are unwell. They will use various methods to let you know something is wrong. Owners may want to know about products that can help heal their dog, like yunnan baiyao, to help stop bleeding. There are other steps you can take to protect the health of your dog too. For example, some pet owners like to supplement the meals of their pet with Curcumin For Dogs that is thought to support the immune system as well as dog joint health. The distemper virus is highly contagious and actively circulates in wildlife populations and in stray or unvaccinated dogs. The disease can affect multiple organ systems and clinical signs of disease vary. There is no cure for the often fatal disease even when supportive care is provided.

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Fat Could Heal Your Dog

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Stem Cell Therapy for Orthopedic Injuries

First, let’s clarify: General obesity will NOT heal your pet’s orthopedic injury. In fact, overweight pets suffer unnecessarily from increased wear-and-tear on joints, causing other potential injuries. When a dog is dealing with an orthopedic injury or a joint injury, it might be worth looking to support the dog to try and reduce some of the pain that these injuries may be causing. For the majority of the day, most days will be lying down. Due to this, it’s important to find them a comfortable and supportive bed. It’s believed that the best orthopedic dog beds are made with memory foam which can support them whilst they’re sleeping. Whilst obesity in dogs isn’t ideal, the fat tissue is a great source for stem cell harvest and it only requires a small amount. Stem cells may be utilized to heal many common ailments in your pet, including orthopedic injuries and osteoarthritis. Using the body’s own tissue as a way to heal itself is a type of regenerative medicine.

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Something Fishy: Anal Sac Impaction

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Something Fishy: Anal Sac Impaction

While not the most attractive topic to discuss, anal sac problems are fairly common in our canine companions.  Let’s gain a better understanding of what anal sacs are, learn how they may be problematic and what symptoms look like, and explore helpful tips for prevention.

Anal sacs are a set of specialized glands located near the anus. With a function thought to be related to scent-marking, the glands produce oily secretions; each dog makes its own unique combination of scents in these glands which contributes to a not-so-pleasant fish-stench aroma. Like human fingerprints distinguish people from one another, smell allows dogs to recognize other dogs, lending to the common greeting of sniffing each others’ rear ends.  Canines do not have a patent on this “fun” design; other species (ex. Skunks) have a similar sac. Dogs, like skunks,can express their anal sacs when stressed or in fear, but it is not routinely utilized as a defensive tactic. Healthy dogs will express their anal sacs when feces presses against them during defecation.

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Does My Dog Have Alzheimer’s?

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Cognitive Dysfunction

Dogs can experience a decline in mental health, or cognitive function, as they age. Physical and chemical changes in the brain that occur in some aging pets mirror the changes found in human Alzheimer’s patients. If you are noticing a change in your pet, it would be best to seek professional help/advice, so they can figure out what’s going on. If you don’t know where to begin when it comes to looking for a vet, checking out sites such as https://www.petsbest.com/24-7-pet-helpline could be the best step to take. The health of your pet should be a priority for any pet owner.

Behavioral changes are often the first reported symptoms of declining mental health, though dog owners often underreport behavior changes in elderly pets not realizing help is available. Generally, cognitive dysfunction is diagnosed in dogs over ten years of age but recent research has found early brain changes and coinciding symptoms in younger dogs. Read More >





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Aural Hematomas

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Aural Hematomas

An aural hematoma is a soft swelling of the ear flap due to an abnormal accumulation of blood between the skin of the ear and the underlying ear cartilage. This fluid is made up of blood or bloody fluid; sometimes it can also contain infection. In theory, blood leaks from the ear vessels when the vessels become weakened. This can be due to either chronic disease or ear trauma.  Aural hematomas can occur in a variety of animal species including dogs and cats. Read More >