Your dog is getting a little heavier despite being on his normal diet, has a dry haircoat, and has less energy than normal. He may even continue to gain excessive weight despite decreased feeding. He always finds the warm spots in the house and prefers to rest there. If these symptoms sound familiar, your dog may be experiencing Hypothyroidism.
Canine Hypothyroidism is a hormone abnormality usually caused by autoimmune destruction of the thyroid glands. This leads to decreased production of the active thyroid hormone in the blood. It is easy to underestimate the importance of thyroid hormone, although it has a role in almost every body system. Decreased thyroid levels often ... Continue Reading
Most dogs and cats show allergies through intensely itchy skin, often on their paws, on the belly, and where the legs meet the body. Most ear infections are secondary to allergies and many pets display their allergies primarily through their ears. Excessive scratching can lead to extremely irritated, broken, and infected skin. Pets often scratch or lick affected areas. Enzymes in saliva can stain the hair, causing a reddish discoloration after excessive licking. Chronic skin irritation can lead to skin changes such as thickening, hardening, or increased pigmentation.
It is important that bacterial and fungal skin infections, skin mites, and other possible causes of skin irritation be ruled out by thorough ... Continue Reading
Ever heard that Parvo can’t be treated? This is a common myth and although Canine Parvovirus is a virus, it can be treated by addressing secondary bacterial infections and symptoms with intensive care. When treated quickly and aggressively, around 90% of parvovirus patients go home happy and fully recovered.
Canine Parvovirus affects puppies and young adult dogs, most of whom are unvaccinated. It causes decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, bacterial infections, and death. Parvo is a very hearty virus and can live in the environment for many months. The virus is spread through direct contact, on food and water bowls, carried on our ... Continue Reading