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Aortic Stenosis

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Facts The aortic valve is one of four valves of the heart. De-oxygenated blood enters the right atrium via the vena cava. The heart contracts and pumps the blood through the tricuspid valve into the right ventricle. After another pump of the heart, the blood goes into the lungs to become oxygenated. Once oxygenated, the

Aortic Stenosis2019-08-09T14:39:38+00:00

Mammary Cancer in Dogs

2017-08-06T00:00:00+00:00

Facts Mammary cancer is the presence of a tumour or multiple tumours in the mammary glands. There is a very high risk factor for intact females, especially as they age and go through multiple cycles of heat. Lumps or masses can be benign or malignant and both require medical treatment. It is almost split right

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Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome in Dogs

2019-05-19T12:51:48+00:00

FactsBrachycephalic airway syndrome is a respiratory condition that most commonly affects certain breeds of dogs. It refers to a number of upper airway issues found in these breeds. By definition brachycephalic means a broad, short head, and these affected dogs usually have an elongated soft palate (which is when the soft palate is so long

Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome in Dogs2019-05-19T12:51:48+00:00

Bird Flu in Dogs

2017-08-06T00:00:00+00:00

FactsBird Flu, also known as Avian Influenza or H5N1, is a viral infection that was found in large amounts of wild birds and poultry in Africa, Asia, and Europe. H5N1 is in fact a subtype of the Influenza-A virus, which causes the flu in birds. It is called “Bird Flu” because the virus has found

Bird Flu in Dogs2017-08-06T00:00:00+00:00

Eclampsia in Dogs

2019-05-19T12:51:48+00:00

Facts Occurring only in lactating (and sometimes pregnant) female dogs, Eclampsia is a life-threatening disorder that sets in extremely fast, resulting in low blood calcium levels. Other names used are Milk Fever and hypocalcemia. Eclampsia is a serious disorder that needs to be treated immediately. If left untreated it will quickly result in breathing problems,

Eclampsia in Dogs2019-05-19T12:51:48+00:00

Bronchitis in Dogs

2017-08-06T00:00:00+00:00

Facts A dog that is suffering from bronchitis is suffering from an inflammation in its bronchial tubes. This inflammation can happen in one or both bronchi (respiratory airways). There are two forms of bronchitis which are acute and chronic. The acute form is most often due to a viral or bacterial infection. In many cases

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Soft Tissue Sarcoma

2017-08-06T00:00:00+00:00

Facts The term Soft Tissue Sarcoma (STS) refers to a grouping of skin masses or tumours in a dog. All of the tumours are joined by connective tissues. These types of masses make up 15% of skin lumps that are found in dogs. Each of the tumours in the group has the same type of

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Oral Cancer in Dogs

2019-05-19T12:51:47+00:00

Facts Oral cancer is one cancer that grows and then spreads quickly and is often very hard to treat. In fact, as far as cancer goes, it is one of the most difficult to treat. Tumours found in the mouth are quite common and can be either cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign). Mouth cancer is

Oral Cancer in Dogs2019-05-19T12:51:47+00:00

Lung Cancer in Dogs

2017-08-06T00:00:00+00:00

FactsLung cancer is disease that needs to be taken seriously and detected early. Lung cancer can be either metastatic or primary in dogs. No one gender or breed is more prone to it than another; however, just like with humans, if the dog is continually exposed to second-hand smoke, its risk of developing the disease

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Asthma in Dogs

2019-05-19T12:51:47+00:00

Telltale signs of asthma in a dog are not unlike those found in humans. A dog that seems to be wheezing, coughing and having difficulty breathing may be suffering of an obstruction in its airways, causing an asthma attack. People may be surprised to know that just like humans, dogs can develop asthma, and more

Asthma in Dogs2019-05-19T12:51:47+00:00

Mast Cell Tumours in Dogs

2017-08-06T00:00:00+00:00

FactsMast cells are part of the body’s immune system, and participate to fight off parasites that may attack the respiratory or intestinal tract or the skin. When the body detects an invader, the mast ells product an antibody called IgE. The IgE covers the mast cell and “grab” the antigen, then releases a chemical harmful

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Addison’s Disease in Dogs

2017-08-06T00:00:00+00:00

Facts Known also as hypoadrenocorticism, hypocortisolism, and adrenal insufficiency, Addison’s Disease was first found in humans and then later found in dogs. The disease is described as an endocrine system disorder and takes place when the production of corticosteroid hormones decreases to such an amount that the body is no longer able to function normally.

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Diabetes Insipidus in Dogs

2019-05-19T12:51:47+00:00

Facts When a dog is diagnosed with Diabetes Insipidus it is essentially suffering from a disorder of water balance because of decreased production/levels of antidiuretic hormone (ADH). It causes the dog to get rid of highly diluted urine in huge abnormal quantities, because ADH is what regulates the kidneys’ power to absorb water. The disease

Diabetes Insipidus in Dogs2019-05-19T12:51:47+00:00

Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs

2017-08-06T00:00:00+00:00

Facts Diabetes Mellitus is a disease which occurs in dogs when the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin. In some cases, insulin production stops all together. Insulin tells the body how to properly use proteins, fats, and sugars. This lack of insulin means the liver doesn’t know when to stop glucose production and no longer

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Adrenal Gland Cancer in Dogs

2017-08-06T00:00:00+00:00

FactsAdrenal Gland Cancer, also known as Pheochromocytoma, involves the presence of a tumour in the adrenal gland. This tumour affects the glands by causing them to make an excess of particular hormones. Other ways the tumour can affect the animal is to cause an increase in blood pressure, heart rate, and even the breathing rate.

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Babesiosis in Dogs

2017-08-06T00:00:00+00:00

Facts Babesiosis (also called Babesia infection) is a disease passed to mammals via ticks. The Babesia parasite is a microscopic organism that takes up residence the dog’s red blood cells and eventually destroys the RBCs, which causes the animal to become anemic. Babesiosis is the second most common blood parasite disorder of all mammals, although

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Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia in Dogs

2017-08-06T00:00:00+00:00

Facts Red blood cells, also called RBCs, are the most common blood cell in the circulatory system. They contain hemoglobin (also spelled haemoglobin), a biomolecule containing iron, that binds to oxygen in the lungs and delivers it to the rest of the body’s cells. Once the oxygen is released, the RBC then picks up carbon

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Anemia in Dogs

2017-08-06T00:00:00+00:00

Facts Red blood cells (RBC) work to deliver oxygen to the dog’s tissues. This is done when the blood cells pick up oxygen in the lungs and release it to the body’s cells when the RBCs squeeze through the capillaries. This “pick up” is performed by the iron-containing hemoglobin (also spelled haemoglobin) biomolecule. The hemoglobin

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Hemangiosarcoma

2019-05-19T12:51:46+00:00

Facts Hemangiosarcoma is a malignant, very aggressive form of cancer that forms anywhere in the body where there is blood supply, but it most usually forms on the skin, in soft tissues, or on the spleen or heart. It develops in the lining of a dog’s blood vessels, and can cause a fatal blood loss

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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in Dogs

2017-08-06T00:00:00+00:00

Facts A healthy canine heart has chamber walls that are flexible - they contract easily in order to pump oxygenated blood out to the body. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a type of heart disease with characteristics of thickening and concentric enlargement of the walls of the left ventricle. This causes the ventricular walls to become

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Heart Failure in Dogs

2019-05-19T12:51:46+00:00

Facts The function of a healthy heart is to supply oxygenated blood to the body. First, it pumps blood to the lungs to pick up oxygen molecules, and pushes that oxygenated blood out to all of the organs and parts of the body. Once the oxygen is delivered, the blood returns to the heart to

Heart Failure in Dogs2019-05-19T12:51:46+00:00

Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs

2017-08-06T00:00:00+00:00

Facts In a properly working heart, blood flows into the right atrium and is pumped into the right ventricle. After that, it goes to the lungs where it picks up oxygen and then flows back into the heart’s left atrium. Pressure causes the oxygenated blood to flow into the left ventricle and out of the

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Heart Murmurs

2017-08-06T00:00:00+00:00

Facts A heart murmur is an abnormal heart sound created by turbulent blood flow into, out of, or through the heart. Not actually a disease or illness in and of itself, a heart murmur is the result of another heart problem that causes the abnormal sounds. They may range from being minor to being indicative

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Heartbeat Arrhythmia in Dogs

2017-08-06T00:00:00+00:00

Facts Heartbeat arrhythmia, also known as cardiac dysrhythmia or irregular heartbeat, is a condition that describes abnormal electrical heart activity. The heartbeat may be too slow, too fast, too weak, too strong, regular, or irregular. Some dogs live with a mildly irregular heartbeat with no negative side effects, while others suffer from associated effects. Severe

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