Category: General Health

Laryngeal Paralysis in Dogs

Wheezing? Raspy? Rattling noise? Panting more heavily than usual? Loud panting? Pitch or volume changes to your dog’s bark? Oftentimes, we attribute these stridor and other sounds to old age, allergies, or heat. It could be one of these conditions. The problem is we may become accustomed to the slow progression of changes that actually…

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Managing Tracheal Collapse in Dogs

If you google “tracheal collapse vs. reverse sneezing in dogs”, you will see thousands of videos demonstrating the coughing difference between the two conditions. Truth be told, I only saw two videos that clearly distinguished the two – and I’m a vet! The problems are: both conditions can produce slightly different but similar coughing sounds;…

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Alopecia X in Dogs

Alopecia X is possibly one of the biggest mysteries in veterinary research medicine these days. We have an idea of what is going on, but continue to circle the wagons around the exact cause or causes.  In fact, I do not want to broach the numerous descriptive names, history of the research, or the current research being conducted,…

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Skin Mites, Mange and the Immunity of Dogs and Cats

One afternoon, Roberta and her dog, Robert, met Samantha and her dog, Samson. During doggie greeting time, Samantha casually mentions that Samson has mange. Roberta reacts quickly by pulling Robert away from Samson. Samantha leaps into defensive mother loving mode and starts hugging Samson. Roberta is in shock. What Roberta does not realize is that Samson has demodectic mange,…

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Treating “Fading Puppy Syndrome” or Orphaned Pups with Fresh-Frozen Plasma

  Recently, we have been discussing canine emergency care situations that require blood transfusions. Did you know that you can also give orphaned puppies fresh-frozen plasma (FFP)? Bulldog breeder, Sora Ngo, made a wonderful instruction video on how to tube feed puppies with fresh-frozen plasma, which she obtained from Hemopet. Hemopet offers 12 mL tubes…

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Megaesophagus in Dogs

We would like to thank Susan of Bailey Chairs 4 Dogs for the use of the photos and her commitment to her goal to eventually provide these chairs for free to families in need. Megaesophagus is a nerve disorder (neuropathy) that impairs the muscles of the esophagus from functioning properly. The condition weakens the esophagus by loosening the muscles causing…

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Lumps and Bumps on Your Dog or Cat

If you find a lump or a bump either on or underneath the skin of your dog or cat, you may want to rush to the internet to find out what it is. The problem is that many of the possible reasons look identical, which may result in undue panic. So, images are unreliable. In fact, look at…

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