Most types of parasitic fungi grow in the soil or in decaying vegetation. Canines will then manage to ingest the fungi by ingestion, breathing in the parasites or else absorbing them through the skin.
Any dog can develop diabetes.dog image by Oleg Salamaha from Fotolia.comAccording to Dr. Leah Cohn of the Pet Place website, diabetes mellitus is one of the most common hormonal diseases among dogs. Diabetes occurs when a lack of the hormone insulin impairs the body from being able to...
Your veterinarian may prescribe one of several medications to help your dog recover from a bladder infection.Dog image by CiberZoom from Fotolia.comCanine bladder infections (also known as urinary tract infections or UTIs) occur when bacteria enter the bladder and urethra and begin to...
Spinal spondylosis is known by many other names, including spondylosis, spondylosis deformans, spinal osteoarthritis and even simply "bone spurs." Canine spondylosis can restrict spinal column movement and is common in large canine breeds.
Abnormal behavior, such as lethargy, suggests an ill canine.closeup of dog sleeping image by itay uri from Fotolia.comA canine's urinary tract system consists of four key components: the kidneys, ureters (tubes attaching the kidneys to the bladder), bladder and urethra (tube through which...
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A few unsettling truths about parasites - fleas, ticks and more - affecting pets and people.
Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious gastrointestinal virus for which there is no officially documented cure. This makes recovery a matter of proper diagnosis, dedication to supportive care and educated cleaning after the virus has run its course.
Oliver the Cat's Weight Management Diary is a photo "project" examining Oliver the cat and his diet and exercise program. Bonnie Vengrow (my editor at About.com) adopted Oliver in August of 2008. I haven't met Oliver in person yet, but Bonnie is dedicated to making sure that Oliv
A pet first aid kit is the first step in being prepared should an animal emergency happen. Just what to put in the pet first aid kit is a common question. While there are many pre-made kits that may be purchased for pets, building your own kit (or adding to a pre-made one) may be the best way to hav
A stroke is a medical emergency where the brain is deprived of blood. Like humans, dogs have the potential to suffer strokes, which produce noticeable symptoms.
Epitheliotropic lymphoma, also known as mycosis fungoides, a malignant form of skin cancer in dogs, has a poor diagnosis. The average survival time after diagnosis rarely exceeds 10 months. The malignancy normally strikes older dogs between the ages of 9 and 10. Unlike other cancers, there appears t
Whipworm, a canine intestinal parasite, can wreck havoc on a dog's digestive system. Picked up from moist contaminated soil, whipworms live in a dog's large intestine. It is a common parasite found throughout the United States. There are several medications that treat this condition.
Fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) plays an important role in evaluating and managing lymphoma in dogs. The FDG-PET is a radiography procedure used to assess any residual lymphoma and to identify whether your dog may require further treatment
It is easy to feel defeated when fighting fleas. A muli-pronged approach is necessary to rid your home and pets of these pests. Here are 5 tips to get started.
Taking care of your dogs is a year-round job, but during the harsh summer and winter months, it is especially important. The extreme temperatures and conditions that are present can be very hard on dogs, especially if they aren't accustomed to the weather. Knowing what hazards exist and how to handl
Meet veterinarian and chaplain Delana Taylor McNac D.V.M., D.Min and learn about her work with hospices around the country, bringing loved ones and their pets together to say goodbye. Dr. Taylor McNac also believes that senior dogs need a special place of care and social interaction, and in December
Dogs, like humans and many other animals, need to have their ears monitored for a variety of health problems that can develop over time. A variety of causes, such as allergies, infections and even just buildup of foreign materials inside the ear, can lead to ear problems in your dog. If you are unsu