Dog Health

Pyelonephritis In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Pyelonephritis in dogs is a bacterial infection of the ureter in the kidney, which is part of the upper urinary tract. It’s generally caused by a lower urinary tract infection (UTI) that migrates upward toward the kidney, though it can have other causes, as well. This type of UTI usually happens …

Ascites In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Ascites in dogs is an abnormal buildup of fluid in the abdomen. It is also called abdominal effusion. There are many possible medical conditions in dogs that would cause such a buildup, and even though it can be treated, it’s likely to return if the underlying condition remains. Though ascites is …

Cushing’s Disease In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Cushing’s disease, or hyperadrenocorticism, in dogs is a condition caused by an overactive adrenal gland that pumps too many steroids and hormones into the bloodstream. This can result from tumors or growths in the adrenal or pituitary glands, as well as exposure to corticosteroid medications. Though it can affect dogs at many …

Happy World Spay Day: Time To Get It Done

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) World Spay Day is observed on the fourth Tuesday in February every year. In 2020, that falls on February 25th. It’s a day to promote awareness and encourage pet owners to have their female animals spayed–as well as neutering their male pets–to keep the pet population under control. Every year, hundreds of …

Pulmonary Hypertension In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Pulmonary hypertension in dogs happens when there’s higher than normal blood pressure in the arteries and capillaries of the lungs. This can occur when dogs’ arteries start to narrow, become obstructed, or receive too much blood flow. Pulmonary hypertension can cause parts of the heart to become enlarged or function abnormally, which …

Arrhythmia (Irregular Heart Beat) In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Arrhythmia in dogs is an abnormality in the rhythm of the heart, which can include the speed, strength, or regularity of heart beats. It’s caused by unusual electrical activity in dogs’ heart muscles, which can come from congenital issues present at birth, injuries, infections, stress, and many other possible factors. This condition …

Rabies In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Prevention

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Rabies in dogs is a virus that affects the brain and spinal cord, and it’s always fatal. This is why vaccinating against rabies is so important for dogs. The disease mostly passes through bites because infected animals secrete a large amount of the rabies virus in their saliva. When symptoms of …

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, And Treatments

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in dogs is a condition that causes inflammation in the lining of the bowels resulting in upset of the stomach or intestines. It’s usually chronic and can lead to symptoms like nausea, upset stomach, or diarrhea. Though the cause of IBS in canines isn’t always known, there are …

Periodontal Disease In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Periodontal disease in dogs is an inflammation or infection that causes weakening or loss of support structures of the teeth. Gum disease is one of the most common medical problems dogs have. Over 80 percent of dogs show early stages of gum disease by the time they’re three years old. Periodontal …

Which Dog Breeds And Types Have The Worst Teeth?

(Picture Credit: Rodrusoleg/Getty Images) February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and it’s important because poor oral health is one of the most common problems vets see in their patients. Taking care of our dogs’ oral health is necessary for all pet parents, not just for fight uninviting breath, but also because dental diseases can be …