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Is your pet becoming less active, less playful, or desiring shorter walks? The following symptoms could be early signs of OCD, Arthritis or Hip Dysplasia.

  • Moving more slowly
  • Difficulty getting up
  • Weight shift to another leg
  • Personality change
  • Reluctant to walk, jump or play
  • Refuses using stairs or the car
  • Change in appetite
  • Change in behavior
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Lagging behind
  • Yelping when touched
  • Limping
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Archive for the ‘Dog Diseases’ Category

Senility and Cognitive Dysfunction in Older Dogs

Monday, July 16th, 2012

If lately you’ve been noticing that your older dog is exhibiting ‘behavior problems’ , your pet may be developing a syndrome called ‘Canine Cognitive Dysfunction’ (CCD) or ‘Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome’ (CDS). This dysfunction or syndrome affects older dogs the same way that Alzheimer’s disease affects humans. Recent medical studies have revealed that many older dogs with behavior problems have lesions in their brains similar to those that are seen in Alzheimer’s patients.

According to Pfizer Pharmaceutical, 62% of dogs who are 10 years of age and older will experience at least some of the following symptoms, which could indicate Canine Cognitive Dysfunction:

* Confusion or disorientation: your dog may get lost in his own back yard, or wander aimlessly in the house and become trapped in corners or behind furniture
* Decreased level of activity
* A decrease in attentiveness or long periods of just staring into space
* Doesn’t seem to recognize family members or old friends
* Pacing during the night, or a change in sleeping patterns, including inability to sleep at night
* Loss of house-trained faculties. A previously house trained dog may begin forgetting to let you know he has to go outside and may urinate or defecate inside the house when he would not have done so before.

Other signs of cognitive dysfunction may include:
* Anxiety and increased irritability
* An increase in barking or howling
* Lethargy or boredom
* Decreased ability to perform certain tasks or respond to commands.

To make a diagnosis of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, your vet will have to first rule out any other possible causes of your dog’s behavior problems. For example, decreased activity may not be caused by Cognitive Canine Disorder but may be due to an advancing arthritic condition or hip dysplasia which can be successfully treated with Winston’s Joint System. Dogs suffering with joint diseases such as arthritis, bursitis, osteochondrosis (OCD), hip dysplasia and other degenerative problems with the shoulders, elbows and hocks can now experience immediate and long-term relief without drugs. 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 side-effects because it’s all just good whole food. There are no dosage problems because your dog’s body uses only what it needs.

If your veterinarian determines that your older dog is suffering from Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, a treatment for this disorder will probably be recommended. The drugs Selegiline and Anipryl, although not a cure, can alleviate some of the symptoms of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction in older dogs. If your dog responds to either of these drugs, it will need to be treated daily for the rest of its life. As with all medications, there are side effects. It is important that you ask your vet about any possible side effects before deciding on treatment with these drugs.

Other management techniques may include the use of antioxidants or ‘senior’ diets. An excellent supplement for aging senior dogs is Winston’s Senior Complete Multi vitamin and mineral supplement, a powerful and complete once-daily multi vitamin for dogs 5 years and older. This complete multi vitamin contains almost 50 active ingredients from the healthiest sources available.

It is also important that older dogs with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction continue to receive regular exercise and play. If your older dog is experiencing behavior problems, talk to your veterinarian about ways to help your dog have a more happy and healthy life in his senior years.

Bloating and Flatulence Problems

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Bloating and flatulence problems in a dog are unpleasant for any pet owner and equally embarrassing if guests are around.

Gastric Dilation-Volvulus. That’s a mouthful of words. These three words are the medical term for bloating and gas problems that frequently affect dogs. Bloating occurs when a dog’s stomach becomes dilated, sometimes resulting in the twisting or turning of the stomach.

Flatulence on the other hand, is the accumulation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract and if it’s persistent or excessive, it can cause a lot of discomfort to a dog.

Bloating is very common in 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 the stomach becomes enlarged it can obstruct the veins in the abdomen and result is unusually low blood pressure and shock. When accompanied by dilation of the stomach, it can also trap air, food and water in the stomach and the result can be fatal. Should this occur in your pet, you should get immediate medical help.

Dogs that eat their food very fast, or who exercise immediately after they eat are more likely to suffer from bloating. Older dogs are more susceptible to bloating than younger ones and male dogs more than females.

Here’s how to recognize the symptoms of bloating in your dog:
* Swollen belly
* Retching
* Rapid breathing
* Weak pulse
* Rapid heart rate
* Restlessness
* Pain in the abdomen

An excellent supplement for bloating and flatulence problems and also for weight loss and digestive problems, is Winston””s Digest All. In addition to treating your dog””s bloating and flatulence, Winston””s Digest All works well with any weight loss program. In addition to all the other benefits of Winston””s Digest All formula, overweight dogs can expect to lose an average of five pounds within the first two to three months.

You can help prevent bloating by not exercising your dog immediately after it has eaten. And if your dog has a tendency to bloat, you shouldn’t give it water immediately after a meal.

Dogs of all ages and breeds are susceptible to suffering from flatulence, and almost all cases are caused by the dog’s eating habits. Some dogs eat their food really fast and gulp in air with their food. This ends up giving them flatulence.

Symptoms of Flatulence
* Bloating
* Belching
* Pain in the abdomen
* Passing Gas
* Bloating

How to prevent your dog from passing gas
If your dog usually gulps down its food, begin feeding it smaller meals at regular intervals instead of two larger meals. Feed your dog the best quality food you can, and if possible, occasionally add a small amount of raw and unprocessed food products. Also, ensure that your pet has plenty of fresh water. Add a regular exercise routine to help keep bloating and flatulence problems at a minimum.

Hip Dysplasia in Boxer Dogs

Monday, June 25th, 2012

The Boxer is one of the most popular breeds in the U.S. and is ranked as the 6th most-registered breed by the American Kennel Club. Unfortunately, Hip Dysplasia can affect Boxers causing them to suffer from this life-threatening disease.

Boxers are proud, playful and fun-loving dogs, loyal to their family and friends, and particularly to children.

Boxers are naturally suspicious of strangers and consequently make excellent watch dogs. They can also be trained to be guard dogs. Boxers are intelligent and alert, but can be stubborn at times. Because of this stubbornness, early obedience training is usually recommended. Boxers are full of energy and require long and regular walks to control their enthusiasm.

Besides making excellent family companions and guard dogs, Boxers often participate in obedience, tracking, and agility contests. Due to their natural instincts, Boxers are also used as Search and Rescue Dogs as well as Therapy Dogs.

Hip dysplasia is a legacy disease passed through the genes of a dog’s parents or grandparents, but can also be acquired through environmental factors. Statistics prove that loose-hipped Boxer dogs that mate with one another will give birth to Boxer puppies prone to hip dysplasia.

Obesity is also a risk factor for the development of hip dysplasia in a Boxer. Obesity in dogs is usually caused by feeding them manufactured dog food that is over-supplemented with extra proteins, vitamins and minerals to make puppies grow faster. This fast growth of puppies can create orthopedic problems in some breeds of dogs like Boxers, resulting in hip dysplasia and arthritis.

When a dog has hip dysplasia, it has an abnormal development of the ball and socket joint that makes up the hip. The ball and the socket don’t fit together correctly, resulting in painful and damaging friction between the two parts. When a dog places its weight on the joint, the friction strains the joint capsule that produces joint fluid. The straining then damages the cartilage and leads to the release of inflammatory proteins within the joint. The cartilage is eventually destroyed and becomes inflamed, causing the pain symptoms associated with hip dysplasia and arthritis.

Like any other breed of dogs, Boxer dogs with hip dysplasia experience the same signs and symptoms as other dogs, including decreased activity, difficulty getting up and lying down, rear limb lameness, a reluctance to use the stairs, and an unwillingness to jump or stand on its hind limbs.

Some owners opt for surgery or even a total hip replacement, hoping for a complete recovery from dysplasia. But all too often there are complications during recovery, requiring the removal of the hip implants. There are also non-surgical methods for treating hip dysplasia such as pain medications, weight loss programs, controlled exercise, and physical therapy.

A proven and effective treatment for dogs suffering from hip dysplasia is with a regimen of Winston’s Joint System, a combination of three, totally-natural whole food supplements developed by a Naturopathic Doctor for his own dog. With Winston’s there are no dangerous drugs with their often serious side-effects.

Winston’s provides many of the raw materials essential for the synthesis of the joint-lubricating synovial fluid as well as the repair of articular cartilage and connective tissue. Within the first 30 days of treatment, dogs on Winston’s Joint System show noticeable and often remarkable improvement.

In order to reduce the incidence of hip dysplasia in Boxer dogs, careful breeding is the best measure of prevention. It isn’t always easy to avoid breeding Boxers with the intent of avoiding the eventual development of hip dysplasia because it’s so difficult to detect hip dysplasia in dogs that don’t show signs of the disease.

A proper diet can also help to prevent hip dysplasia. Avoid feeding puppies over-supplemented, high-protein food, thereby avoiding too rapid weight gain. Dogs fed calorie-limited diets will reach the same adult size more slowly but with a reduced possibility of developing hip dysplasia.

It is always best to consult with your veterinarian regarding specific diets and proper feeding schedules to minimize the risk of your puppy or young dog developing life-threatening hip dysplasia. Many veterinarians recommend x-rays of at-risk breeds like Boxers, so have your Boxer checked for hip dysplasia in order to keep it healthy and active and able to enjoy a long, happy, disease-free life.

How to Treat Respiratory Infections in Dogs

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Respiratory infections in dogs are common and most dogs will develop a respiratory infection at some point in their lifetime. Some dogs will also have recurring respiratory infections throughout their lifetimes. These facts make it important that pet owners learn how to treat respiratory infections in a dog.

Most respiratory infections are caused by cold viruses and the most common types of respiratory infections are dog influenza and kennel cough. If not detected and treated early, these minor infections can develop into full blown pneumonia.

Symptoms of respiratory infections include the following:

* A nasal discharge which is usually yellow but may also be transparent depending on the cause and type of infection.
* Discharges of clear fluid from the eyes, often accompanied by swelling of the eyes. A dog may also develop conjunctivitis (pink eye).
* Coughing which becomes more severe at night.
* High fever.
* Sneezing or wheezing.
* Lack of appetite.
* Salivating excessively.
* Dehydration.
* Lethargy.

These symptoms are usually more severe in puppies and senior dogs.

A respiratory infection can be diagnosed by a veterinarian based on the dog’s symptoms and testing to determine if the infection is bacterial, viral, or fungal.

Minor respiratory infections in dogs usually last between 5 to 10 days and require no treatment. During this time it is important to keep the dog hydrated and well fed. If the dog is severely dehydrated and undernourished, the vet may need to administer IV fluids and/or antibiotics.

Care must be taken with your pet because respiratory infections in dogs are highly contagious and can easily be transmitted through the air or through saliva from dog to dog. These infections are not transmittable to humans so you needn’t worry about infecting yourself or your family.

Hip Dysplasia in a Bichon Frise

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Bichon Frises are small, sturdy pet dogs that easily adapt to most environments. They are are generally free of major debilitating illnesses like hip dysplasia and arthritis that strike other dogs their size.

A Bichon Frise is a charming, friendly and intelligent companion, naturally sociable and generally friendly to the whole family and even other pets. They are easily trained and eager to please, with a gentle and affectionate manner. They crave human companionship and will suffer emotional distress if they are neglected for any length of time.

Intelligent and alert, Bichon Frises also have spirited personalities that often result in unexpected and sudden rushes of energy. These outbursts are rarely destructive and usually involve just a lot of running around the house.

Even though they are generally friendly to strangers, Bichons will still bark and make a commotion if they sense a threat to their family.

Bichon Frises are noted for being congenial to an owner’s neighbors and friends. They don’t require a lot of exercise, making them ideal apartment dwellers.

They are ideal dogs for people with allergies as they don’t shed much, but regular brushing is needed to prevent their coat from matting. If you don’t brush their hair at least weekly, they’ll begin looking a little scruffy.

The Bichon Frise originated in the Mediterranean area of Europe and descended from a mixture of Poodles and Water Spaniels. It is thought that Spanish and Italian sailors discovered these dogs and carried them around the world on their merchant voyages, sometimes using them to barter for other merchandise.

Bichon Frises are small and sturdy with puffball coats which are sometimes groomed in a lion-style featuring a close-cut body and a puffed up mane. They have slightly rounded heads, medium-length muzzles, hanging ears covered in hair, and protruding black noses. Their dark eyes have a curious and lively expression. Their coat consists of a rough and curly outer layer with a soft, dense inner coat.

The average Bichon Frise can live as long as 15 years. Health problems include allergies, cataracts and hip dysplasia.

Hip dysplasia is a genetic disease that primarily affects large and giant breeds of dogs but can also affect medium-sized breeds and occasionally small breeds. It is primarily a disease of purebreds, although it can also occur in mixed breeds.

To understand hip dysplasia and the resulting arthritis, you need a basic understanding of how the dog’s hip joint is affected. The hip joint is comprised of a ball and socket that forms the attachment of the hind leg to the body. The ball portion is the head of the femur and the socket is located on the pelvis. In a normal hip joint the ball rotates freely within the socket. The bones are shaped to perfectly match each other with the socket surrounding the ball. To strengthen the joint, the two bones are held together by a strong ligament. The joint capsule, a strong band of connective tissue, circles the two bones to provide added stability.

This is a normal hip joint:

Hip dysplasia is linked to abnormal joint structure and a laxity of the muscles, connective tissue, and ligaments that would normally support the dog’s hip joints. As the disease progresses, the articular surfaces of the two bones lose contact with each other. This separation of the two bones within the joint causes a drastic change in the size and shape of the articular surfaces.

This is an abnormal hip joint:

Most dogs who eventually develop hip dysplasia are born with normal hips, but due to their genetic make-up the soft tissues surrounding the joint develop abnormally. This leads to the symptoms associated with hip dysplasia. The disease may affect both hips, or only the right or left hip.

The symptoms of hip dysplasia cause afflicted dogs to walk or run with an altered gait, similar to a bunny-hop. They begin to resist any movement that requires full extension or flexion of the rear legs. They will experience stiffness and pain in their rear legs after exercising and on first rising in the morning. Climbing stairs becomes difficult if not impossible. Some dogs will limp and are less willing to participate in normal daily activities, including walks they formerly enjoyed.

Obesity can increase the severity of the disease in dogs that are genetically susceptible and the extra weight will intensify the degeneration of a dog’s joints and hips. Dogs who are genetically prone to hip dysplasia and also are overweight, are at a much higher risk of developing hip dysplasia and eventually osteoarthritis.

Exercise can be another risk factor. Dogs genetically susceptible to hip dysplasia may have an increased incidence of the disease if they are over-exercised at a young age. Moderate exercise like running and swimming is best for exercising young dogs.

Because hip dysplasia in a Bichon Frise is primarily an inherited condition, there are no products that can prevent its development. Through proper diet, exercise, and a daily regimen of Winston’s Joint System, you can slow, and sometimes halt, the progression of these degenerative joint diseases while providing your dog with relief from its pain. Winston’s provides many of the raw materials essential for the synthesis of the joint-lubricating synovial fluid as well as the repair of articular cartilage and connective tissue.

There are different assumptions on how to prevent the progression of hip dysplasia. Poor nutrition, inadequate or improper exercise, and increased body weight may all contribute to the severity of osteoarthritis after the hip dysplasia has developed. By watching the calories your puppy or young dog consumes and preventing obesity in your dog, allowing only non-stressful types of exercise, and a daily regimen of Winston’s Joint System, are the best things you can do for your dog.

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