As every dog is an individual here’s your guide that will educate you how YOU can choose what’s best for your four legged friend. No dog is alike and there is no one size fits all. So you’re going to learn about canine nutrition and how to check your friend’s health.
One of the fastest growing segments of the dog market is food options. While dog owners still have the familiar choices of dry, canned, or semi-moist food products, these are no longer the only selections available. Today you can find information and supplies for feeding your dog an “all natural,” home-cooked, organic, raw, and/or vegetarian diet. While still not popular choices for many people, such diets are quickly gaining in popularity especially as they become available in various pre-packaged forms.
For dog owners who are more comfortable with using the traditional aforementioned forms of food, the quality and … Read the rest
YOUR DOG & THE FUTURE OF PET HEALTH CARE
It is a sad fact that cancer amongst dogs is growing at an alarming rate. One of the big difficulties with animal cancer is that your pet cannot tell you when a cancer is developing, but if cancers can be detected early enough they respond well to treatment. With the introduction of new treatments, many cancers new respond better than ever.
Over recent years we have all become aware of the risk factors for human cancer. Responding to these by changing our habits is having a significant impact on our health. For example, stopping smoking, protection from excessive exposure to bright sunlight and eating a healthy diet high in fruit and vegetables all help to reduce cancer rates. Another very important area is to keep a close eye on ourselves, going for regular health checks and reporting any lumps … Read the rest
Infectious canine hepatitis is an acute liver infection in dogs caused by canine adenovirus type-1 (CAV-1). CAV-1 also causes disease in wolves, coyotes, and bears, and encephalitis in foxes. The virus is spread in the feces, urine, blood, saliva, and nasal discharge of infected dogs. It is contracted through the mouth or nose, where it replicates in the tonsils. The virus then infects the liver and kidneys. The incubation period is 4 to 7 days.
Symptoms include fever, depression, loss of appetite, coughing, and a tender abdomen. Corneal edema and signs of liver disease, such as jaundice, vomiting, and hepatic encephalopathy, may also occur. Severe cases will develop bleeding disorders, which can cause hematomas to form in the mouth. Death can occur secondary to this or the liver disease. However, most dogs recover after a brief illness, although chronic corneal edema and kidney lesions may persist.
Diagnosis is made by … Read the rest