Facts Polycythemia, also called erythrocytosis, is a disorder in which the dog’s blood volume or concentration of the red blood cells (RBCs) increases. When this happens, the thickness or viscosity of the blood is increased and causes a multitude of problems. There are three forms of polycythemia: absolute, relative, and transient. Each has its own
Preventing dog health problems is better and cheaper than treating them.. Such problems include infectious diseases, internal and external parasites, physical accidents, unwanted pregnancies(naughty teenage dogs!), and diseases that might spread from your dog to you, or vice versa. Vaccination is the most important measure you can take to ensure your dog's good health, but
Many of the medical conditions affecting a female dog's reproductive tract are extremely serious and can even be fatal, although risk of these disorders can be reduced by spaying. In contrast, few reproductive disorders affecting the male are life-threatening. Dangers During BirthThere are several risks to a female dog when giving birth. If she fails
Facts Pulmonary hypertension is an elevated blood pressure of the lung vasculature (the pulmonary vein, pulmonary artery, or pulmonary capillaries). It can lead to heart failure if left untreated. By definition, any pulmonary arterial systolic pressure over 30 mm Hg, pulmonary arterial mean pressure over 20 mm Hg, or pulmonary arterial diastolic pressure over 15
Facts Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF), also called tick typhus, Tobia fever, fiebre manchada, and São Paulo fever, depending on the country, is a disease caused by the infective parasitic organism Rickettsia rickettsia. This organism is passed to dogs (and humans, as well as other mammals) when they are bitten by an infected Dermacentor tick.
Skin problems account for almost half of visits to the vet mainly because it's easy to see when something is wrong. Parasites, and particularly the flea, are responsible for the majority of irritating skin conditions. You may never see it, but a single flea can lead to inflammation, scratching, licking, scaling, bleeding or crusting skin, erosions, ulcers,
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
For male dogs that are not neutered, testicular cancer is among one of the most common conditions. Cancer can be described as a growth of cells in or on the body that has blown out of control. There are three different types of testicular cancer. These are seminomas, sertoli cell tumours and interstitial cell tumours.
Poisons can enter the your dog's body through its skin, by being inhaled, or by being ingested. As inveterate scavengers, dogs are most prone to swallowing poisons, but fortunately, most ingested chemicals are vomited straight back up. Nevertheless, vets still deal with too many needless accidents caused by not keeping dangerous substances safely stored out
Traffic accidents, dogfights, and unexpected traumatic injuries are the most common causes of bleeding wounds. An injured dog may be in considerable pain, and must be treated with great care to minimize discomfort and reduce the danger of biting. Closed wounds Do not underestimate a closed wound. Because the skin is unbroken, there may appear
FactsThe urinary tract is made up of the ureters, urethra, bladder, and kidneys, and prostate gland in males. The urinary system is responsible for producing, storing, and eliminating urine. Genital organs are also involved in the elimination of urine. Urinary tract disorders are diseases, infections, or obstructions that affect any part of the urinary system
Facts Von Willebrand Disease, also called von Willebrand’s Disease (vWD) is a hereditary blood clotting disorder. This disorder occurs when a dog has in insufficient level of von Willebrand factor (also called factor VIII) – a plasma protein necessary for proper blood clotting. Factor VIII (vWF) is produced by the cells lining blood vessels and
In the event your dog is seriously injured, your prompt action could save its life. First assess the situation!: You may need to move the dog if it is still at risk, making sure you do not put yourself in danger.Restrain your dog, and check its heart and breathing: if these vital systems have failed,