CYSTITIS (BLADDER INFECTION)

Cystitis is the medical term for a bladder infection. Bladder infections are more common in female dogs and cats than in male dogs and cats due to the shorter, larger urethra. Clinical signs of dogs with cystitis include having accidents in the house, frequent squatting and attempting to urinate...
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Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome

It is difficult to watch your loyal companion begin to fail with age, especially if your old friend starts to lose interest in the family and requires more care. Some signs previously dismissed, as “old age” may be signs of a medical condition known as canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome...
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TICK-BORNE DISEASES

These diseases are spread via the blood between dogs by ticks. These diseases include Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, , Lyme’s Disease, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. All four of these organisms can infect people as well as dogs. ANAPLASMOSIS Anaplasma is a member of the rickettsia family and has two species,...
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Bladder Stones

Bladder stones are formed when excessive minerals start to crystallize, becoming larger and larger as more crystallization occurs. The exact cause of bladder stones is not fully understood, however, it does appear to be an individual dog or cat problem. Some breeds, such as Dalmations, have specific problems with...
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Arthritis

Arthritis can affect dogs just like it affects people. It usually starts as a dog gets older and is usually more obvious in larger breeds or very active dogs than in the smaller breed dogs, although all dogs can be affected by it. Dogs that have arthritis do not...
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Anal Sacs

Anal sacs, sometimes called anal glands, are normal structures for every dog and cat. They consist of two small sacs located at the 4:00 and 8:00 position around the anus. The lining secretes a musk-like substance that has a very potent odor. The animal with the best-known anal sacs...
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Allergies

Allergies can occur in any breed of dog or cat. While some breeds are heavily represented, approximately 1 of every 5 dogs has an allergy of some type. An allergy can be defined as the body’s immune reaction to a substance it comes in contact with. These substances, called...
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Addison’s Disease (hypoadrenocorticism)

Addison’s Disease is properly called hypoadrenocorticism, that is an under active adrenal gland. The adrenal glands of the body have serve multiple functions. One of them is the production and release of “adrenalin” and cortisol. These compounds cause changes in the body which protect the body from stress. Another...
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