Canine Ehrlichiosis

Canine Ehrlichiosis

Ehrlichiosis is an infectious disease caused by a type of rickettsial organisms, which are disease-causing parasites (similar to bacteria). The most common species of rickettsial organisms that cause ehrlichiosis in dogs are Ehrlichia...

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Canine Ear Mites

Canine Ear Mites

There are several types of ear mites that live in the ear canals of dogs and cats. The most common type of dog ear mites is the Otodectes cynotis. These are small parasites that feed by piercing the dog ear skin. Although they normally live in...

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Canine Ear Infection

Canine Ear Infection

A dog’s ear canal is L-shaped with a vertical and a horizontal component, making it easy for dirt and debris to be trapped in the canal, so it is much more easier for dogs to develop ear infections. Dogs with long, floppy ears are...

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Canine Dementia

Canine Dementia

Canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD), commonly known as canine dementia, or “old dog syndrome”, is a rather common progressive disease in aging dogs. About 50% of dogs over 10 years of age show some signs of dementia. As they age, dogs...

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Roundworms in Dogs

Roundworms in Dogs

Roundworms, aka ascarids, have different species. Adult roundworms have a rather thick body and can grow up to 7 inches (18 cm) long. They live in a dog’s stomach and intestine. The two species that most commonly infect dogs are Toxocara...

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Scabies in Dogs

Scabies in Dogs

Scabies, aka Sarcoptic Mange or Sarcoptic Mites, are tiny spiderlike parasites that cause intense itching in dogs. The itching is caused by the female mites burrowing a few millimeters under the dog’s skin to lay eggs. Scabies in dogs are...

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Swimmer Puppies

Health puppies begin to stand at 14 days and have a rather steady gait by 3 weeks of age. If a puppy cannot stand and walk by week 3, the puppy may be a “swimmer”. A swimmer puppy is a puppy with weak adductor muscles that pull the...

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Tapeworms in Dogs

Tapeworms in Dogs

Tapeworms are intestinal parasites that occur rather frequently in dogs. In addition to a primary or “definitive” host, tapeworms need an intermediate host for transmission. Depending on the tapeworm species, intermediate hosts...

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Canine Conjunctivitis

Canine Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis in dogs, commonly called “dog pink eye”, is an inflammation of the conjunctival membrane and soft tissues surrounding the eye. The conjunctival membrane surrounds and covers the surface of the eyeball, up to the cornea...

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