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  • Change in behavior
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Lagging behind
  • Yelping when touched
  • Limping
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Archive for the ‘Dog Diseases’ Category

Dog Digestion Problems: Bloating and Flatulence

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Dogs digestion problems like bloating and flatulence can be very uncomfortable for a dog and cause intestinal pain. And when a dog passes gas, it’s not very pleasant for anyone standing nearby.

Bloating occurs when a dog’s stomach becomes dilated, sometimes resulting in the twisting or turning of the stomach. Flatulence is caused by the accumulation of gas in the dog’s gastrointestinal tract. If the accumulated gas is persistent or excessive, it can cause considerable discomfort to a dog.

Bloating is very common in large dogs like Dobermans, German Shepherds, and Great Danes who have big chests, and is caused by the accumulation of gas and fluid in their stomachs. When their stomach becomes engorged it can block veins in the abdomen, resulting in abnormally low blood pressure which can lead to shock. If the dog’s bloating is also accompanied by enlargement of the stomach, it becomes a much more serious problem because air, food and water can be trapped in the stomach and result in death. Any dog who displays symptoms of a bloated stomach and is obviously in great pain should be given immediate medical help.

Dogs that gobble up their food very fast are more likely to suffer from bloating; older dogs and male dogs are more prone to bloating than younger dogs.

Symptoms of bloating in a dog include the following:
* Swollen belly
* Abdominal pain
* Vomiting
* Rapid heart rate
* Rapid breathing
* Unusual restlessness after eating a meal

When these symptoms persist and don’t disappear within 15-20 minutes, the problem constitutes an emergency and the dog must be taken to the vet. If the problem is diagnosed as bloating, the air in the stomach will be removed using a stomach tube. If the dog’s stomach is twisted or turned, it may be necessary for the vet to perform a surgical procedure to reposition the stomach and be sure there is no damage to the dog’s stomach and nearby organs.

Flatulence presents another problem but not so serious as bloating. Dogs of all ages and breeds can suffer from flatulence, and almost every case is caused by the dog’s eating habits. Some dogs chow down their food really fast and inadvertently take in too much air while eating. The result is flatulence.

Symptoms of flatulence in dogs include the following:
* Passing Gas
* Bloating
* Loud belching
* Abdominal pain in the dogs abdomen

You can prevent your dog from passing gas by keeping it from gulping down its food. Feed your dog smaller meals every few hours rather than two large meals. Be sure your dog has plenty of fresh water when eating and at all other times.

When It’s Time For Euthanasia

Monday, February 4th, 2013

When my beloved dog began to falter, lose his appetite, and became lethargic, I consulted my vet who had been taking care of him for 10 years. She said, “You’ll know when it’s time for euthanasia because you’ve been so close to your dog all these years.”

Dog euthanasia, or as most people prefer to call it – “putting a dog to sleep” – can be a very emotional time for any dog owner. Facing the mortality of a beloved pet dog is not an easy responsibility to accept, especially if you have been very close to your canine companion for many years. Although the sudden death of a pet – from a heart attack for example – can be traumatic, some owners would prefer this rather than having to make the choice of euthanizing their pet or not.

There are two very good reasons to consider putting your pet to sleep:

1. Illness
2. Old Age

In the case of a serious and incurable illness such as cancer, the decision to humanely end your dog’s life is often times the hardest. The tendency is always to prolong the life of your pet as long as possible, even when your life-long companion becomes extremely ill and is suffering terribly.

As dog lovers, we consciously or subconsciously equate making the choice to put a beloved pet to death with doing the same to a parent or loved one who is terminally ill. This seems strange to those who have never loved a dog, but anyone who has spent years with their pet understands the emotional connection.

Growing old is a natural part of life for humans and animals. But when your dog reaches or has surpassed the normal lifespan for its breed and begins to show signs of serious deterioration, you should begin to prepare yourself for the eventuality of euthanasia. When your pet can no longer manage to go outside to take care of its bodily functions and begins to lose interest in eating – especially if it has always had a voracious appetite – these are signs that your pet is reaching the end of its life.

As difficult as it is for a dog’s owner, deciding when it’s time for euthanasia and making the decision to put your terminally ill dog to sleep, is the kindest and best decision for your faithful companion. The actual procedure is painless and your dog will no longer suffer with daily pain. The welfare and quality of your dog’s life should be your main concern when making the decision to humanely put your pet to sleep.

Some questions you should ask yourself that will help in making the decision of choosing to euthanize your pet:
1. Does the cost of your pet’s medical treatment make it impossible for you to provide the care needed?

2. Is your pet’s medical condition getting worse with time?

3. Are any medical treatments your dog is undergoing, or has undergone, improving your pet’s medical condition and lessening its pain?

4. Is your pet’s medical condition no longer responding to treatments or therapy?

Your responses to these questions can help you make the right decision. If you answered yes to all the questions, you should at least discuss euthanasia with your veterinarian.

If, after consulting with your vet, you come to the decision that it’s time for euthanasia, you will instinctively know it is the humane and best thing for your pet. You may want to consider “In home euthanasia.” This is an alternative to taking your sick pet to the vet and saying goodbye to a life-long companion, then leaving the animal hospital alone without your pet by your side as you had done on every prior visit to the vet.

Spending the final moments of your dog’s life in your home where you two have spent so much time together is sometimes the most comfortable setting for many dog owners; and it also can be best for your pet.

If in-home euthanasia is a choice you would like to make, ask your vet if he or she will come to your home to administer the euthanasia solution.

There are some factors that you need to consider if you do decide on in-home euthanasia:
What will you do with your pet’s remains? Will they be buried? Cremated? Disposed of by the vet?

Will restraints be required to calm your pet while the needle is inserted into its vein?

Can you afford the cost of the veterinarian coming to your home?

Are you prepared to deal with your pet should it become defensive about the procedure?

Should you decide to put your pet down at home, do everything you can to make it a comfortable, loving atmosphere for your companion. Putting your pet to sleep at home can be the best solution to ending the life of one who has meant so much to you because you can be with your pet until the very end. But make certain that it is the best choice for the pet as well.

The advantage of choosing to have the procedure performed in your veterinarian’s office is that the staff is trained in the protocol of pet euthanasia and will know how to care for your dog during the procedure and will be respectful of the last moments you spend with your pet.

Common dog Illnesses

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Unfortunately there are many common dog illnesses and diseases that can be life-threatening to your pet. Many of these illnesses are viral and the easiest way to prevent them is by vaccination.

If you think that your pet is very ill, you’ll need to monitor your dog’s behavior and make notes on what you observe. Then call your vet as soon as possible and report your observations.

Some of the most common illnesses in pet dogs include heartworm, bloat, canine distemper, parvovirus, tapeworm, and rabies.

Heartworm is a parasitic disease that is spread by mosquito bites. Once a dog is infected, the parasitic worms grow and live inside the dog’s heart chambers. The most common symptoms of this disease are coughing, difficulty in breathing, an aversion to exercise, and congestive heart failure. Heartworm is very difficult to treat and the sad news is that many dogs don’t survive heartworm treatment. The good news is that heartworm is easily preventable by giving your dog a monthly dose of a heartworm medication available at most pet stores.

Bloat is a life threatening condition commonly found in large dog breeds like Great Danes and Mastiffs. Bloat occurs when a dog overeats or eats its meals too quickly on a regular basis. This causes gas or fluid to build-up in the dog’s stomach. The stomach can then become twisted and will cut off circulation to the internal organs. If this serious condition is not treated immediately it can kill your pet.

Symptoms of bloat include:
• Dry heaves that occur every 5 to 30 minutes
• Weakness or collapsing
• Swollen, bloated abdomen
• Restlessness or anxiety
• Lack of normal digestive sounds in the abdomen
• Tapeworms in the dog’s feces

Another common dog illness is canine distemper, a dangerous and incurable disease that can seriously affect your dog’s health and longevity. Treatment for distemper can be expensive. If your dog survives canine distemper it may suffer neurological damage for the rest of its life.

Symptoms in the early stages of canine distemper are coughing, diarrhea, and mucus discharge from the eyes and nose. As the disease progressively worsens and enters the final stage, the dog will have seizures.

Adult dogs have a fifty percent chance of surviving canine distemper but unfortunately, puppies have only about a twenty percent chance of survival. It is vital that your dog receive a distemper vaccine shot to prevent catching this deadly disease.

Parvovirus is another viral illness that is especially dangerous for puppies. The symptoms of parvovirus include vomiting, decreased appetite, bloody diarrhea and lethargy. Treatment requires lots of fluids and antibiotics. Parvovirus kills about eighty percent of the dogs that become infected with this disease, but it is preventable through vaccination.

Tapeworm is a common dog illness caused by parasites and affects many dogs. Tapeworm parasites live inside a dog’s intestines and can grow as long as eight inches. When a dog gets fleas and swallows one that contains tapeworm eggs, the condition will spread.

It’s easy to tell if your dog has tapeworms because you’ll see small white segments of the worm moving around in your dog’s feces. Tapeworms can easily be treated with medication taken orally.

Rabies is a very serious viral disease that spreads from one animal to another through saliva. Rabies will cause an animal to become aggressive, and it can easily spread the disease through bite wounds. Rabies is deadly and contagious to humans also. In all U.S. cities dogs are required to have rabies vaccinations.

The symptoms of rabies in the beginning stages include fevers, behavioral changes, and slow eye reflexes. As the disease gets progressively worse, a dog will become increasingly aggressive, bark excessively and without reason, and is bad-tempered and restless. In its advanced stage rabies leads to coma and death. Dogs who contract rabies are required to be euthanized.

No ailment in your dog should be considered just a common dog illness and left untreated. The consequences can be the loss of a dearly beloved pet.

Ear Problems in Dogs

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Ear problems in dogs range from allergies to infections. Ear Infections are the most common problem that dogs have with their ears.

If your dog has floppy ears that hang down, ear infections are often a continuing problem. The warm, moist environment created by the fold in the ear flap is ideal for the growth of bacteria. When yeast and bacteria accumulate they cause an unpleasant odor in the ears.

Dogs with ears that point straight up or those with short “perky” ears don’t have as many problems with ear infections. If you notice your dog vigorously rubbing one or both ears on the floor or carpet, it can be an indication of either an ear problem or simply the need to have its ears cleaned. If it’s an infection and confined to only one ear, your dog will tilt its head in an attempt to equalize pressure between the ears.

Some of the most common ear problems in dogs and the causes are:

(1) Debris in the ears.
Bristles that project from the tip of plants or even the grass from your lawn can easily become lodged in a dog’s ear. This debris can wedge itself quite deeply inside the ear so you’ll need to look inside the dog’s ear with a flashlight.

(2) Allergies.
A common cause of problems with a dog’s ears is an allergic reaction which can be caused by ingredients in your dog’s food or environmental irritants such as pollen or dust. If you notice your dog’s ears or paws are itchy or inflamed, these are typical symptoms of an allergy. Your dog may be allergic to manufactured pet foods containing wheat, soy or corn. You can try switching to a better quality dog food and if that doesn’t help, you should ask your vet for a recommendation on which dog food to buy for your pet. If you suspect the problem is environmental, try to keep your pet away from grassy areas or lawns that may have recently been reseeded or fertilized. If your dog is an indoor pet and spends most of its time inside, check your air conditioning or furnace filters to see if they need replacing.

(3) Parasites.
Ticks, mites and fleas can cause crusty skin, hair loss and swelling. Ear pain and itching due to parasites can cause serious ear problems in your dog.

(4) Trauma.
Injury to your dog’s ear can cause a semi-solid mass of blood to collect in the tissues of the ear (called a hematoma) and fluid to accumulate between the cartilage and the skin of the ear flap. Vigorous scratching or shaking of the head can also cause trauma to the ears. Hematomas of the ear should be drained and surgically corrected by your vet because your dog’s ear will be permanently disfigured if not treated surgically.

(5) Hormone Disorders.
Certain hormonal conditions such as hypothyroidism and adrenal malfunctions can also cause ear problems. Symptoms include excessive loss of hair, poor coat condition, changes in behavior and itchy, reddened skin around the ears.

In rare cases, some ear problems in dogs are hereditary such as connective tissue disorder affecting Collies and Shelties, or seborrhea which causes hair loss and scaly skin. Cancers such as squamous cell or malignant melanoma may also affect the ears.

Taking care of a Senior Dog

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Just as in humans, taking care of a senior dog means being aware of and recognizing potential health problems before they occur. Do you have problems with your senior dog and sometimes feel overwhelmed by your pet’s neediness? Older dogs have greater needs and they require more care than younger, more active dogs.

Some signs to look for that may indicate your dog is not feeling well or may need medical attention include the following:

Excessive Water Consumption
When a dog begins to drink excessive amounts of water, it’s usually an indication that something is wrong. Excessive water consumption can be an indicator of diabetes, adrenal hormone imbalance (Cushing’s disease), urinary tract infection, uterine infection, or side effects from medications.

Your dog should drink about one cup of water for every five pounds of body weight per day. Your dog may drink more water during very hot days, but by being aware of the amount of water your dog drinks on normal days, you’ll know if it’s consuming abnormally large amounts of waters on a continuous basis, which may be a symptom of a serious problem.

Lumps on Your Dog
While petting or stroking your dog, be conscious of any irregularities in or under the skin. If you feel a lump or cyst, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Lumps can be malignant, but the only way to know for sure will be for your vet to perform a biopsy or an aspiration of cells with a needle.

Breathing Problems
Coughing, wheezing or breathing problems could indicate that there is a cardiovascular or lung problem with a geriatric dog. Laryngeal Paralysis also causes breathing problems and definitely requires an exam by your vet at the first sign of hoarseness or very rapid breathing not caused by heat exhaustion or heavy exercise.

Lazy or Lethargic Older Dogs
All dogs experience a decrease in energy levels as they become older and older dogs tire more easily and take more naps than younger, more active dogs. But if you find your dog is sleeping excessively, has trouble getting up from a nap, or has restricted mobility, it may be suffering from an acute form of arthritis common among older dogs. Arthritis is painful but there are medications and alternative treatments available that can bring relief to your dog for these types of conditions. The best supplement I have found for my own dog who has arthritis is Winston’s Joint System, an all-natural formula developed by a Naturopathic Doctor to heal his own beloved dog.

Changes in Vision
As your dog gets older, it’s normal for it to develop a hazy, bluish appearance in its eyes. This usually doesn’t affect the dog’s eyesight, but if it develops a hazy, white filmy substance over its eyes, it could be the onset of cataracts that can eventually lead to blindness.

An older dog will go through a number of changes as it progressively ages and may be more vulnerable to diseases specific to older dogs. Most dogs are considered senior dogs when they reach the age of 7 or 8 years, although some giant breeds are considered senior dogs as early as the age of 5 due to their shorter life span.

Some of the most common aging symptoms include slower movement and reduced activity, gray hair (especially around the muzzle), joint pain, a decrease in appetite, and sometimes depression.

Diseases in Older Dogs
Some old-age diseases in dogs call for special care. The most common old age diseases affecting dogs are cancer, arthritis and hip dysplasia.

Cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in one area of the body and then spreads to other areas through the blood. Malignant tumors can be removed, but they may reoccur. If the cancer is advanced, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy may be necessary to save the dog’s life.

Arthritis and hip dysplasia are not curable diseases. Your dog may suffer from varying degrees of joint pain and the diseases may also prevent your dog from performing its normal activities. At the first sign of arthritis or hip dysplasia, I recommend you begin treating your pet with a daily regimen of Winston’s Joint System.

Winston’s Joint System is a combination of three, totally-natural whole food supplements developed by a Naturopathic Doctor for his own dog. There are no drugs with their serious side-effects, and no dosage problems because the dog’s body uses only what it needs. Within the first 30 days of treatment, dogs on Winston’s Joint System show noticeable and often remarkable improvement.

Diets For Older Dogs
Taking care of a senior dog usually includes changing its diet to accommodate any health condition. Wet food is recommended for senior dogs, as it’s easier to digest and may reduce the risk of developing liver and kidney disease. As your dog becomes older, it becomes less active and you will need to cut down on the amount of calories to prevent obesity.

Some of the diseases that affect aging dogs may be preventable. Daily teeth brushing as well as a regular exercise program can maintain your dog’s health and lead to a longer life. Be sure your senior dog has routine check-ups at least once per year, even if it appears to be in great physical shape. Early detection of diseases, followed by proper treatment, can add years to a dog’s life.

I empathize with you if you”re having problems taking care of a senior dog; so do I. But one thing I will do for my loving companion is treat him as I would wish to be treated when I get that old. The love you receive in exchange might just add years to YOUR life too!

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