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6 Signs Your Dog Might Have Heartworm

(Picture Credit: Capuski/Getty Images) April is National Heartworm Awareness Month, and it’s a good time to begin watching out for the symptoms of heartworm in your dog. As the temperature starts to warm up and the weather gets wetter, mosquitoes start to hatch and buzz around, spreading itchy bites all over the place. But mosquitoes are …

Alopecia (Hair Loss) In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, And Treatments

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Alopecia in dogs refers to hair loss that can be partial or complete, but it also refers to deficiencies in a dog’s coat or a failure to grow hair at all. While dogs normally shed and may even have patchy coats as the seasons change, alopecia is usually very noticeable. The …

Pancreatitis In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Pancreatitis in dogs refers to an inflammation of the pancreas that can either be acute or chronic. If it goes untreated, it can result in permanent organ damage–even brain damage. The pancreas is an important organ. It produces insulin and enzymes that help dogs digest their food. These enzymes are usually …

Cryptorchidism (Retained Testicles) In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Cryptorchidism in dogs happens when one or both testicles are retained in the abdomen and fail to descend into the scrotum. Usually the testes descend by the time a puppy is two months old. Though it may happen earlier or later in some breeds, it rarely happens after the age of …

Allergic Reactions In Dogs: Symptoms, Triggers, & Treatments

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Allergic reactions in dogs can be difficult to spot, as they vary in type, severity, and cause. Almost any substance can trigger allergic reactions in dogs, though there are some allergens that are more common triggers than others. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and extreme reactions can result in anaphylaxis, …

Dog Ear Mites: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Dog ear mites are small parasites, most commonly of a species called Otodectes cynotis, that feed on the wax, oils, and debris in dogs’ ears. They can cause inflammation and itchiness, which may result in self-inflicted injury and secondary infection as dogs scratch at themselves. Ear mites sometimes spread outside the …

Tapeworms In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Tapeworms in dogs are internal parasites that infest the walls of the small intestines using hook-like mouth parts. They are small, flat, segmented worms with each segment being about a quarter to half an inch long, and adult tapeworms can grow to 8 inches in length. The medical term for a …

Bone Cancer In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Bone cancer in dogs, also known as osteosarcoma, is a condition that results in an abnormal, malignant growth of immature bone cells. It’s an extremely deadly and aggressive form of cancer that can easily metastasize, meaning it can spread to other parts of the body, especially the lungs. Usually bone cancer …

Tularemia In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Tularemia in dogs, also known as rabbit fever, is a disease caused by an infection of Francisella tularensis bacteria. The bacteria exists throughout the United States and elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere. The disease is known as rabbit fever because it’s commonly found in rabbits and other rodents. However, many other …

Degenerative Myelopathy In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Degenerative myelopathy in dogs, also known as chronic degenerative radiculomyelopathy and German Shepherd myelopathy, is a hereditary disease. It causes fibers in the brain, spinal chord, and nerves to break down over time. This condition usually appears in dogs over the age of seven years old and is more common in …