Heartworm Life Cycle

Heartworm Life Cycle

Heartworms in dogs can cause serious, sometimes even fatal, health problems to the dogs. Mosquitoes transmit the heartworm larvae through their saliva when biting a dog. Since mosquitoes are plentiful in many places, the heartworm disease occurs...

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Hookworms in Dogs

Hookworms in Dogs

Hookworms (ancylostoma) are small and thin worms that can grow to be around a quarter to half an inch (0.6-1.3 cm) long. There are three species of hookworms that can affect dogs (A. caninum, A. braziliense, and U. stenocephala). Hookworms have...

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Hypothyroidism in Dogs

Hypothyroidism in Dogs

The thyroid gland is responsible for the production of the hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones have very important functions – they control the body’s metabolic rate. Hypothyroidism is a disease of the...

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Kennel Cough in Dogs

Kennel Cough in Dogs

Kennel cough, also known as infectious tracheobronchitis, Bordetellosis, or Bordetella, is not one disease. Rather, it is a group of highly contagious upper respiratory diseases in dogs. The infection tends to affect young puppies and adult dogs...

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Leptospirosis in Dogs

Leptospirosis in Dogs

Spirochetes, the bacteria that cause canine leptospirosis, are slender and look like a bunch of question marks when seen under a microscope. There are many different species (or serovars) of leptospira bacteria. Eight of the species can infect...

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Leukemia in Dogs

Leukemia in Dogs

Leukemia is a cancer of the blood. It occurs when there is an abnormal increase in the number of white blood cells in the bloodstream or the bone marrow. There are different blood cells in the bone marrow, such as lymphocytes, platelets...

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Dog Hives

Dog Hives

Dog hives, medically known as urticaria, are an allergic reaction to allergens such as foods, insect bites and stings, medicines, and other chemicals. Hives usually appear suddenly and are small, round, raised bumps on the skin. The hair sticks...

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Dog Glaucoma

Dog Glaucoma

To understand glaucoma in dogs, we need to know a bit about the structure of the dog eye. Inside the eye between the lens and the cornea, there is a clear, thick watery substance called “aqueous humor”. This fluid substance keeps the...

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Dog Food for Pancreatitis

Dog Food for Pancreatitis

Dogs suffering from pancreatitis has an inflamed pancreas caused by the leakage of digestive enzymes into the pancreatic tissue. To avoid over-stimulating the pancreas into production of digestive enzymes, dogs with pancreatitis or those prone to...

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Dog Food Allergies

Dog Food Allergies

Canine food allergies are not as common as atopic dermatitis and dog flea allergies, and occur in less than 10% of all dogs. Unlike canine atopy which usually affects dogs in spring and fall seasons, dog food allergies affect dogs all year round...

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