Health Problems

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Everything You Need to Know About Arthritis in Dogs

Arthritis is a common problem for older dogs. It can be a crippling condition, that detracts from a dog's quality of life and may even shorten it, but there are several things owners can do to manage arthritis and keep their pets happy and active.

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Common German Shepherd Diarrhea Issues

Diarrhea in German Shepherds is one of the more common and annoying health problems. Let's look at the causes and treatments.

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10 Causes of Dogs Vomiting Undigested Food

The causes of dogs vomiting undigested food may be various, and only your veterinarian can confirm or rule out certain medical conditions. This article. offers information I have learned about when my dog started vomiting undigested food out of the blue as he got older.

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Everything You Need to Know About Cerebrovascular Accidents (Strokes) in Dogs

The medical term 'stroke' conjures up all sorts of negative thoughts when we hear it. Truth be told, our dog has suffered a stroke, and it was both shocking and frightening. Fortunately, with appropriate care, many dogs recover from a stroke without long-term consequences.

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Why Do My Dog's Ears Stink? 8 Causes of Dog Ear Odor

If your dog's ears stink, you may be wondering what to do in order to decrease the smell. Consider though that the smell can be indicative of a medical problem and therefore it may be best to have your dog's smelly ears checked by your vet.

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What to Do If Your Pet Has an Emergency but No Vet Is Available

If your pet needs access to an emergency clinic but there is none available, there are alternatives. Find out now.

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What Causes Diarrhea in Puppies?

Find out what is causing your puppy's diarrhea. From stress to parasites and viruses like parvovirus, knowing what is causing loose stool is the first step to helping your puppy to recover.

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Five Ways to Give Comfort to Your Senior Dog

Find out five ways you can add comfort and quality of life for your senior dog. Older dogs have special needs that we can address—making their lives happier and healthier.

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What's the Purpose of Your Dog's Carpal Pads?

Your dog's carpal pads are not there just for decoration: Mother Nature has strategically planned use for most of your dog's body parts. The purpose of your dog's carpal pads is a noble one: providing protection.

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Dog Blackheads: What They Look Like and Treatment

Dog blackheads may appear on a dog's back or belly or other parts of the body. Learn more about blackheads in dogs.

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Dog Won't Sleep at Night: How to Help Them Sleep Better

In order to help your dog sleep at night, you need to first identify why they are having trouble falling asleep. Once you've identified the underlying cause, you can take several steps to make your dog go to sleep almost instantly.

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Why Is My Dog Licking His Paws All the Time?

Paw licking is a very common behaviour in dogs. Often it is just the dog cleaning its paws, but when the behaviour becomes obsessive or causes damage, then it is a sign of something being wrong.

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What Happens If My Dog's Baby Teeth Don't Fall Out? Retained Baby Teeth in Dogs

If your dog's baby teeth don't fall out, you may just think it's a minor problem, but in reality, left untreated, retained baby teeth in dogs can lead to lifelong dental problems.

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Could Your Air Freshener Be Making Your Dog Sick?

We all like our homes to smell fresh and clean, and for that reason, many people use plug-in or spray air fresheners to help their house smell nice. Unfortunately, air fresheners can have a downside—they can make dogs very unwell and can even lead to death.

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The Dangers of Alcohol Poisoning in Dogs

While most people would never consider giving alcohol to dogs, accidental cases of alcohol poisoning are seen far too often by vets, especially during holidays. Alcohol is highly toxic to dogs and it is important to know the symptoms to ensure your pet is swiftly and effectively treated.

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Your Pet's Dental or Teeth-Cleaning Bill Explained

So, Scooter’s veterinarian has recommended a dental cleaning. You’ve heard that there is anesthesia involved and costs that have made you hesitate. What do you do? Here's a breakdown of the stages of veterinary dental cleaning and the various charges explained.

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Can Dogs Catch Colds or the Flu?

We all catch colds or the flu from time to time, but what about our pets? Dogs, like any animal, can suffer from viruses and infections similar to humans. They can also suffer complications from illnesses, so knowing how to spot when they have a cold is important to keep them healthy.

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Helping a Dog With Jaundice at Home

If your dog's skin is turning yellow, he or she is likely seriously ill and needs to be treated correctly. Learn what exactly is going wrong, how your dog should be treated, and everything you can do at home to help them.

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Does My Dog Need a Diet?

Obesity in pets is on the rise, but sometimes it is easy to overlook when a pet is just a bit overweight. In fact, many people are unsure of what a dog at a healthy weight looks like. Even slight excess weight puts pressure on a dog's heart and joints, so knowing when they need a diet is vital.

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Elbow Dysplasia in German Shepherd Dogs

Joint issues are common in German Shepherds. Elbow dysplasia is a painful condition, especially when dogs get older, as this can seriously lessen their quality of life.

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Dog Owners Beware: Side Effects in the Melanoma Vaccine

This article details the side effects that I observed in my 11-year-old lab after she recevied the melanoma vaccine for dogs.

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Canine Urethrostomy Recovery

Here's what to expect in the long-term/future if your pet had a canine urethrostomy.

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10 Ways Christmas Can Be Dangerous for Your Dog

Christmas is a joyous time of year. We want to share this fun with our dogs, but every year dogs end up at emergency vets due to holiday-related accidents. Knowing how to prevent these dramas will make your festivities safe and enjoyable for you and your dog.

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Gluten Allergies and Intolerance in Dogs

Know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of gluten allergies in dogs. Learn how you can adjust to your dog's needs for a gluten-free lifestyle.

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4 Types of Dandruff in Dogs & Easy Ways to Control It at Home

If your dog has dandruff, you can usually figure out what is causing it and can treat it at home without even having to visit the vet. Find out the four common causes of dandruff in dogs and how to take care of each type.

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What Is Reverse Sneezing and When Should I Be Worried About It?

Reverse sneezing is when a dog appears to snort backwards repeatedly. It is considered a common issue and is usually nothing to be worried about, but sometimes it can be a symptom of a more serious problem.

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What Is Titre Testing and Is It an Alternative to Vaccinations?

Titre testing (or titer testing) is a way of checking a dog's immunity to certain diseases. Many owners are choosing this method over annual boosters, but it is a confusing topic and many people do not fully understand how it works.

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The Truth About Blue or Red Merle Cockapoos: What You Need to Know Before Buying One

The Cockapoo (or Cockerpoo) is a popular cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. Due to the breed's popularity, some unscrupulous breeders breed cockapoos for profit, including producing 'rare' blue or red merle cockapoos—a colour that does not exist in either Poodles or Cocker Spaniels.

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Dog Ear Infections: Signs and Causes, Remedies, and How to Clean Dog Ears

Have you ever wondered if excessive ear scratching is a sign of a dog ear infection? This article helps you identify the signs and causes, remedies, and what steps to take to keep your dog's ears free of infection. Also included is a helpful video/poll.

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Summer and Autumn Dog Walks: Watch for Heatstroke and Grass Seed

Summer and autumn are both great times in the year for walking your dog, but beware of heatstroke and grass seeds! This article tells you what to look out for and what to do.

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Do Dogs Get Depressed in Winter? How Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) May Affect Your Pet

As the nights draw in and the weather worsens, many people begin to suffer from winter blues, also called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Research suggests dogs may also suffer from depression in winter, so how can we make the colder months a happier time for our pets?

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Why Is My Dog Sick After Walking in Woodland? Seasonal Canine Illness Facts

Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI), also known as Seasonal Canine Disease, is a condition found in the UK which can be fatal to dogs. This guide aims to give you the facts about the sickness, how to prevent your pet from contracting it, and how to identify it and help them if the worst happens.

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Worms in German Shepherd Dogs

Parasites are an issue for nearly every active dog that loves to be outside and play with his mouth. Some German Shepherds have weaknesses that make them more prone to worms and gastrointestinal tract problems than others.

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10 Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool in Summer

As the temperature rises, keeping our pet dogs cool and comfortable is essential to maintain their health and well-being. These ten ideas will help you keep your dog safe and chilled during the hot months of summer.

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Combating Lice or Fleas on German Shepherd Dogs

Fleas or lice can be irritating and can also cause some health problems in German Shepherds. Prevention and effective treatment are necessary.

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What You Need to Know About the Risk of Adder Bites to Your Dog

There is only one venomous snake in the UK: the European adder. Adder bites are extremely rare, but every once in a while a dog gets bitten by a snake. Know how to minimise the risk of this happening and what to do if a bite occurs to keep your dog safe.

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Preventing and Treating Worms in German Shepherds

Acquiring a parasite is one of the most common health issues for German Shepherds. When you leave the problem untreated for too long, worms can wreak serious havoc and hamper the growth of younger dogs.

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8 Common Houseplants That Are Poisonous to Dogs

Here are 8 popular houseplants that are toxic to dogs. Know who to call if your dog eats one of these plants.

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German Shepherd Bladder Stones and Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary problems are quite common in shepherds. We’ll discuss some tips for managing urinary infections and bladder stones in German Shepherds.

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Common German Shepherd Bladder Issues

German Shepherds are susceptible to urinary and bladder issues. Many of these problems are food-related and there can be hereditary weaknesses in the bloodline.

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Is Burping in Dogs Normal?

Burping in dogs . . . when is it normal and when is it not? Many dogs burp just like humans do, but if your dog is belching a lot, investigate the cause to determine whether it could be a sign of something more serious.

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Is the Lepto4 Vaccine Dangerous for Dogs?

Leptospirosis is a serious disease that dogs can pick up from water. Lepto4 is a vaccination by Nobivac designed to prevent the disease, but there are growing concerns about the safety of this vaccine and whether it could be harmful to some dogs.

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What Causes Bad Breath in Dogs and How Can You Fix It?

This article focuses on five causes of bad breath in dogs and five solutions for how to fix it. A helpful video is also included.

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How to Care for Your Dog After a Urethrostomy

This is an informative description of what to expect from a canine urethrostomy. This article will discuss the procedure itself as well as post-operative care at home.

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Is Xylitol Dangerous to Dogs?

Xylitol is a type of sweetener found in numerous food products. Over the last few years, growing concerns have emerged about the toxic effects of xylitol in dogs. With an increasing number of products using this sweetener, it is important you know the risks and what to do if the worst happens.

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German Shepherd Hip Dysplasia Symptoms and Causes

One of the most common hereditary health problems for German Shepherds is hip dysplasia. Knowing the causes and symptoms can help you avoid or lessen the burden of this issue.

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What Is a Luxating Patella in Dogs and How Do I Prevent It?

Many dogs suffer from patellar luxations, a condition also known as "trick knee", where the kneecap slips out of place and can cause discomfort and pain. Fortunately, if caught early, the condition is treatable. That's why it's important to know the signs of a slipping knee and what to do about it.

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Allergy Pills That Can Help Your Scratching Dog When You Cannot Visit the Vet

If your dog is itching and scratching, you need to provide help now before he damages his skin with his nails. Here are some things you can do right now even when you cannot take your dog to the vet.

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What Are Dewclaws and Do Dogs Need Them?

Have you noticed that extra digit on your dog's leg? Or, maybe you have read a puppy advertisement that says "dewclaws removed" and wonder what that means? This article explains the purpose of a dewclaw, why your dog has them, and why you should be careful when considering having them removed.

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10 Causes of Blood in Dog Poop and Common Treatments

Is there blood in your dog's poop? While occasional blood can be caused by less pressing health conditions that may resolve on their own, other times, blood in stool can be a symptom of more serious issues that need to be addressed by your veterinarian.