As a registered veterinary technician or veterinary nurse who has worked in the field for over a decade I cannot stress the importance of not just having a first aid kit but also knowing how to use the first aid kit items.
Have you ever tried food after food after food for your dog, to find that they just seem to be allergic to every protein source on the market? Well, there are a couple of reasons for that… One is that your dog actually doesn’t have a food allergy - it has an intolerance. Two is [...]
Inflammatory Bowel Disease - also called IBD- is a disease that targets the gastrointestinal tract of dogs. When a dog has IBD the gastrointestinal tract will become so inflamed that it is unable to function properly to digest and absorb nutrients. IBD is the most common gastrointestinal disease seen in dogs and makes up nearly [...]
Leptospirosis in dogs can be a potentially life-threatening disease spread in the urine of infected animals. Recommendations on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Canine Leptospirosis can vary on a case-by-case basis based on several different factors.
So you want a puppy or a new dog? You’ve researched all the different local shelters, adoption agencies, and rescues in your area, you’ve probably also considered getting a pup from a breeder. You’re ready to take the big step of bringing home your new family member! It’s such an exciting time - but let’s [...]
I remember my first experience with Pancreatitis in dogs - it was Thanksgiving at my mother-in-law’s house and their pup Hunter was getting his normal Turkey Dinner “special” which consisted of all the Turkey organ meats. It was a tradition for him, and you could tell he knew the drill. However, little did we know [...]
If you go into any pet food store you will see claims of "Grain Free" plastered all over pet foods. The question becomes - should I feed my dog a grain-free diet?
Canine Atopic Dermatitis is one of the most common causes of itchy dogs, however it can be difficult to diagnose and complicated to manage. There are three pillars to the management of environmental allergies in dogs - reduce allergen presence, diet/supplements, and medications.
You should know that there are TWO types of kidney disease. One that is "acute" meaning quick or rapid onset, and one that is "chronic" meaning that the disease has been going on for a long period of time. Acute onset Kidney Disease often happens due to immediate trauma - think of a car crash [...]
Prior to the 2018 FDA report on DCM or Dilated Cardiomyopathy in dogs - DCM was largely considered a genetic disease associated with only a few breeds. However in 2016 cardiology specialists started to see an increased number of DCM cases that were not associated with the typical breeds... Along with higher numbers of affected dogs than before.