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...
Periodontal disease, a form of gum disease, is one of the most common diseases affecting dogs. In addition to maintaining good oral hygiene and regularly brushing your dog's teeth and gums, a vaccination is available to help prevent the development of the disease in healthy dogs.
Normally, your dog's body is host to a variety of bacterial visitors, good and bad. Yeast is a single-celled organism that lives in the digestive tract and on the skin of your dog. The two main yeasts that cause gastrointestinal and skin disorders in dogs are Candida albicans and, according to recen
This question has come up for both dogs and cats. Viewers want to know if once littermates reach puberty, will they ... mate? Or will they "know" they are brother and sister and refrain?
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...
There are certain vaccination protocols that veterinarians follow to vaccinate dogs through the course of their life. In general, these vaccinations are not required, but they are heavily recommended by veterinarians. If you ever plan to compete your dog in any kind of competition or...
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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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
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.
AIMEEINNC asks: "My 16 year old Cocker has been on Anipryl for 4 days now for Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD)/dementia. So far I have not noticed a lot of
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