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Dog Health Center

Taking good care of your dog is not always an easy thing to do. We want to help answer your questions on many different topics relating to your pet. Below is a list of some common canine health disorders that will help guide you to finding the answers you need to becoming a better pet parent.

Top Ten Dog Health Guides

Dog Ear Infections

Canine ears are susceptible to infection and inflammation from a number of different causes, either at the very outer edge of the ear flaps or all the way down into the very inner ear canal. Ear problems are some of the most common reasons that owners take their dogs to a veterinarian.

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Atopy in Dogs

Atopy is a clinical syndrome in which there is a hereditary tendency to develop immune-mediated hypersensitivities - or allergies - to normally innocuous environmental allergens that are either inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

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Dog Hot Spots

Dog Hot spots, or acral lick dermatitis, are localized infections usually caused by a bacterium called Staphylococcus intermedius. In most cases, the cause of hot spots remains unknown, although they are often due to some underlying factor such as fleas, mites, bacteria, allergies, or irritants.

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Dog Diarrhea

Diarrhea is often a symptom of another condition that is occurring in the dog, and it requires prompt attention and treatment. While some diarrheal conditions in dogs can be caused by minor gastrointestinal upsets, diarrhea can also be indicative of a severe medical crisis such as poisoning or a disease.

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Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial, fungal or algal infection anywhere along the urinary tract, which includes the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder and urethra. The medical term for a urinary tract infection is "cystitis".Urinary tract infections are usually caused by intestinal or environmental bacteria that enter and ascend the urethra, ultimately proliferating in the urinary bladder.

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Dog Arthritis

Arthritis is defined simply as the inflammation of a joint. In dogs, this term tends to refer to osteoarthritis ("OA," also called degenerative joint disease, or "DJD"). Osteoarthritis is a syndrome characterized by bone remodeling, low-grade inflammation and degenerative, progressive and permanent deterioration of the articular cartilage of joints.

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Hypothyroidism in Dogs

Hypothyroidism is a clinical syndrome caused by inadequate production and release of the thyroid hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), which are essential to normal metabolic function. The symptoms of hypothyroidism are varied and nonspecific.

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Heartworm Disease in Dogs

What is commonly called call "heartworm disease" is not really a disease at all. Rather, it is an infection by adult parasites called Dirofilaria immitis, which live inside the pulmonary arteries, the right heart chambers and, in severe cases, the vena cava and veins of the liver.

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Kennel Cough in Dogs

Kennel cough, known in veterinary circles as infectious tracheobronchitis, is a group of highly contagious, acute upper-respiratory tract diseases of dogs that commonly involve inflammation of the larynx (laryngitis), trachea (tracheitis) and bronchii (bronchitis).

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Bloat (Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus) in Dogs

Gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV), commonly called "bloat" or "torsion," is an extremely serious medical condition where a dog's stomach becomes filled with gas that cannot escape. The stomach also can rotate around its short axis, often carrying the spleen along for the dangerous ride.

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