Dog Health Care

Symptoms and Treatments For Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs

Congestive heart failure in dogs is a disorder in which the heart cannot pump sufficient blood around the body’s organs to maintain normal functioning. It is usually caused by a weak heart muscle that has been damaged by diseases such as heartworms or congenital heart disease. If this is not treated early, the heart may fail when it is put under stress, for instance heavy exercise.

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What are the symptoms of congestive heart failure in dogs?

If your dogs tends to get tired easily and is generally less active, don’t just assume it’s because of old age. If your dog also seem to have a cough, especially at night, then he needs urgent medical help. Other symptoms that could appear are loss of appetite, weight loss and rapid breathing. This is because the body is trying to get more oxygen.

Here is a detailed article on what to look for if you suspect your dog may have congestive heart failure.

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Early diagnosis and treatment can make all the difference when it comes to heart disease in dogs. It is important for dog owners to be aware of the signs of heart disease so they can bring potential issues to their veterinarian’s

Of course prevention is always better than cure when it comes to heart disease in dogs. Did you know that dental disease can lead to heart problems in dogs? (And in humans). Here’s some simple measures you can take to keep your dog’s teeth and heart healthy.

Preventing Dental Disease for Dogs & Cats « Whole Life Pets Blog

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Preventing Dental Disease for Dogs & Cats. You brush your teeth at least twice a day, right? Because you know what happens if you don’t; or at least your dental hygienist has told you – even if you don’t remember the details.

Here’s a helpful video that explains how to tell if your dog is experiencing heart problems. It also has one of the best explanations I’ve listened to  on what is actually happening with your dog’s heart and what to do about it.

Dog Heart Failure – Heart Failure in Dogs

www.doghealthproblemsadvice.com – Heart Failure in Dogs may occur as a result of certain changes in how the heart pumps blood to the body. Sam Meisler DVM, a small animal veterinarian, discusses dog heart failure in terms of how it happens and what o…

After cancer, heart disease the the second leading cause of death in dogs today. Sometimes proper diagnosis is beyond a normal vet’s training and requires the expertise of a cardiologist. This can be a life saver…

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Dundalk ArgusCalling in the cardiologist for dogs with heart issuesDundalk ArgusBy Pete Wedderburn HEART DISEASE is the second most common killer of dogs after cancer, causing over one in 10 of all deaths. Pets suffer from different types of heart di …

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Intestinal Worms in Dogs – What Are They and How to Get Rid of Them

Intestinal worms in dogs – how to prevent and eradicate them

There are several different kinds of worms that your dog could be affected by. Most can be taken care of by a broad spectrum worming treatment, but some need treating separately. Below we will discuss the most common intestinal worms in dogs and how to handle them. Please note that heart-worms are a completely different canine disorder are are not to be confused with the more common worms. Heart-worms are fatal to dogs and must be treated by a veterinarian.

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Although intestinal worms in dogs are common enough, left untreated they can cause serious health problems and even death. Also some species of canine worms can be passed on to humans, so be aware of that and wash your hands frequently if you suspect you dog may be infected with worms.

If you think your dog may have worms and are unsure how to treat them, take your dog to the vet together with a stool sample that your vet can examine. He or she can then advise of which medication or treatment you will need.

Worms in Dogs

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There are many intestinal and non-intestinal worms that can infect dogs, including heartworms. Preventative care is key but we also describe the common signs of worms in dogs and ways to treat the problem in case your dog

So how do worms get passed on to humans? Believe it or not they can actually pass through the skin. So which ones should we worry about? This article explains…

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These are intestinal parasites routinely found in dogs and cats, particularly kittens and puppies. The worms’ eggs or larvae are passed from pets through stool. You can pick them up through your skin from walking barefoot or playing outside.

The following video tells how to check if your dogs has worms and gives tips on de-worming.

Dog Health Care : Checking for Worms & Deworming Your Dog

Learn how to check for worms in your dog and how to de-worm your dog or puppy in this free video. Expert: Sarah Tingle Contact: www.extracareanimalhospital.net Bio: Sarah Tingle is a resident exotic animal health technician specializing in dog health …

Finally some tips on preventing worms:

Keep your dog’s area as clean as possible. Wash blankets and bedding frequently
Watch what your dogs eats. Some foods promote worms, such as raw meat.
Keep your dog flea ree by using a recommended flea treatment.
Make sure you yard is free from rats and mice

This should prevent many infestations of intestinal worms in dogs, however make sure your dog is treated regularly for worms and other canine diseases.

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Dog Grooming Tips – Save Money by Grooming Your Dog At Home

DIY  dog grooming tips

An important part of health care for dogs is dog grooming. Of course this doesn’t have to be done every day and will depend on the type of dog you have and the length and thickness of his coat. Long haired dogs with thick coats need more grooming and regular hair-cuts to ensue they stay clean. Daily brushing is also a good idea for long haired dogs. Don’t worry that grooming your dog might cost you hundreds of dollars, you can easily groom your dog at home with these easy dog grooming tips.

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Does your dog need grooming? Because canines love playing out in the yard, they can often become covered in dirt, have an “doggy” odor about them, and perhaps even get a tick embedded on their bodies. Long haired breeds can get matted, which can lead to skin infections. To ensure good health, concentrate on keeping the nails and teeth clean too along with the coat.

Is it possible to groom my dog without seeing a professional groomer? Absolutely. Grooming your dog in your own home is easy. The first thing you should do is get the tools you will need such as pet dog brushes, special shampoo for dogs, a hair dryer, a towel, nail clippers and trimming scissors. Grooming can be hard the first time because some dogs are afraid of water. Spray small drops of water about the pet’s body to begin with. You can even put your dog in a tub, slowly filling it with water just so you won’t be giving him or her quite a shock which he may not like. 

Once you get your dog calmed down, make sure that his whole coat is wet enough to apply shampoo. It would be best to use one formulated to prevent and kill fleas, ticks and other parasites. When shampoo is applied, lather all over the coating. Make sure it bubbles enough in order to take off all the dirt. Once done, rinse with a lot of water until no bubbles are present on the coating. Also be warned to always cover your dog’s ears each time your pour water. It is also important to note that a dog’s natural instinct is to intensely shake off water so be prepared to get wet yourself.

Once you’re done with the washing part, it’s time to do a couple finishing touches. Start with gently rubbing the dog’s coating using a towel and afterwords make use of a hair drier with keeping it at very low heat settings. Trim it to get that neat finish if your dog has a long, dense and curly coat. To remove the remaining cut fur, brush your dog’s coat properly. Taking the clippers, begin snipping off the long nails of the dog. Just do it slowly and carefully, targeting only the pointed tips of the paw nails. To top it all off if you’re not using Frontline Plus or some other topical flea safeguard, apply flea protection powder throughout the coating and voila!

Though expert grooming services can make things simpler, doing it yourself can save you money, as well as giving your pet dogs the feeling of being cared about. Here is a wonderful technique for the purpose of a stronger connection between you and your dog. Also, weekly grooming is critical for dogs to prevent odor, ticks and fleas.

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Common Dog Diseases and Health Problems You’ll Want to Know About

Common dog diseases and health problems explained

As a dog owner, you’ll probably need some information on common dog diseases and health problems and how to prevent them. There are many diseases in dogs and some we can prevent by vaccination. However puppies can’t be vaccinated against most diseases until they reach a certain age, so be sure to keep your puppy away from other dogs until they have been fully immunized from most of the common and infectious canine diseases.

The following video explains how human diseases and canine diseases have a lot in common and how to prevent many health disorders in your dog.

People and Pets: Common Diseases – Disease Prevention

The spectrum of diseases that affect the human body is vast. Companion pets, particularly dogs, experience many of these same diseases, and more that are specific to canines. Disease prevention and preventive care is better than cure. This program is…

For a list of common dog diseases and health problems, go to Wikipedia and click on the blue links for a detailed explanation on each disease.

Canine distemper is a particularly nasty viral disease which has similar symptoms to the flu and also effects the dog’s central nervous system. Unfortunately it may be on the increase, according to this article.

Is Canine Distemper on the Rise? | Vet Depot Blog

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There is no data to back up claims that the disease is on the rise on a national level, but there have been many outbreaks of distemper covered in the local news media. Genetic studies of the canine distemper viruses in the

Parvovirus or dog parvo is another nasty canine disease which requires fast diagnosis and treatment, or it can become fatal. You can immunize your dog against parvovirus and this should be done as soon as he’s old enough.

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In the long list of dog diseases, dog parvo is one of very few which can become fatal if not treated quickly. Parvo or canine parvovirus is an illness which is highly contagious animal to another through indirect contact with an infected dog’s feces. Though Dog parvo can be found in both young and adult dogs it most commonly affects puppies who at birth are not protected by natural immunity antibodies. A male Golden Retriever named Tucker. Image via Wikipedia

Parvovirus is extremly contagious disease. In the following video Dr Kwane tells us how we can protect our dog against parvo.

Parvo; The Most Common & Deadly Dog Disease

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Canine influenza or dog flu is an extremely contagious viral disease which can be spread via contact with infected dogs. It is reasonably new compared with other common dog diseases and health problems, only recognized in 2004. Read about prevention and treatment here…

Canine influenza virus (CIV) is caused by a highly contagious

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Canine influenza can be prevented and this video shows how.

How To Protect Your Dog from Dog Flu: Canine Influenza (CIV) In Dogs

In this pet care video we learn about dog flu (Canine Influenza). Yes, just like people, dogs can get the flu. Canine influenza has emerged as a serious cause of canine infectious respiratory disease (CIRD) complex in recent years. Dr. Mike explains …

Dog owners frequently worry about catching a disease from their dog. Can pets transmit viral or bacterial diseases to human. Yes they can and here are some examples…

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Dogs give us a lot: companionship, love, laughs, and drooly licks. There are so many wonderful reasons to having a dog and so many reasons we love them.

If your dog ever needs emergency health assistance, you can type your zip code in here to find an emergency vet (USA only)

I hope the above information has helped you to find out more about common dog diseases and health problems, so that you can more easily identify health problems in your dogs and what to do about them.

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