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Why Is My Pet Itchy and Scratching?

Hair loss and scratching in dogs and cats are commonly seen signs. There are many diseases that can cause hair loss and scratching in dogs and cats. These are some of the most common causes.

When Should Dogs Be Vaccinated for Distemper?

Canine distemper is a contagious and potentially fatal disease that can strike dogs of any age, breed or size. Distemper is a virus transmitted through airborne exposure that attacks a dog's gastrointestinal, respiratory and nervous systems, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Canine Lyme Disease

Lyme disease in dogs is much different than Lyme disease in humans. Humans infected with Lyme disease face multiple health problems and long-term complications. Fortunately, 90 percent of dogs infected with the Lyme disease spirochete will never develop clinical signs.

Table Scraps & Tumors in Dogs

Although there are no specific connections between table scraps and tumors in dogs, dogs are more likely to be overweight if they are fed table scraps. Overweight dogs are more likely to develop a wide variety of health problems, including some types of tumors.

Cutaneous Lymphoma

Lymphoma affects a wide array of animals, including human beings. The cutaneous form is isolated to the skin; however, most animals with the cutaneous form are also affected with other types of lymphoma.

About Chronic Diseases in Dogs

There are several diseases in dogs that are either hereditary or may have an onset due to environmental elements. Some of the symptoms may start to occur as a puppy or may not be noticed until the dog is an adult. There are cures for these diseases and also simple measures to take to reduce discomf

Dog Seizure Disorder

Seizures in dogs can be very frightening, according to It's important to remember, however, that your dog is feeling no pain. Still, you must call your vet if you think your dog is having seizures.

Why Dog's Teeth Fall Out

It isn't normal for a dog to loose teeth after about seven to nine months. Puppies have a set of baby teeth they will loose when their adult teeth emerge. Any tooth loss after this indicates a dental problem.

Potassium Bromide and Muscle Weakness in Dogs

Potassium bromide is a medication that controls canine seizures. If the dog's current anti-seizure medication is not effective, potassium bromide is an alternate therapy that can be used solely, or in conjunction with, the other medication.

The Symptoms of Meningitis in Dogs

Recognizing the signs of canine meningitis can help save a dog's life.Two Dogs image by ziggyhendry from Fotolia.comCanine meningitis is a serious health issue caused by bacterial or viral infections. Meningitis in dogs affects their brain and spinal cord, and it can be deadly. You should...

What Are the Signs of Hyperadrenocorticism in a Dog?

Hyperadrenocorticism, also known as Cushing's Disease, is a slowly progressing disease caused by elevated levels of glucocorticoids (steroids) that manifests itself in different ways in canines. The list of symptoms, in fact, can be so long that nervous dog owners could easily misconstrue...

What Are the Causes of Polydipsia & Elevated Liver Enzymes in Dogs?

Many diseases and disorders can increase liver enzyme levelsbeef liver on white plate image by radarreklama from Fotolia.comPolydipsia (excessive thirst) and elevated liver enzymes (ALT, ASP, ALP and GGT) can be caused by diabetes, liver damage, muscle injury, drugs, benign or malignant...

Cures for Liver Disease in Dogs

Explore treatments and cures for canine liver image by Michal Tudek from Fotolia.comCanine liver disease is a serious condition that if left untreated can lead to chronic illness and ultimately, death. Recognizing the signs of liver disease in its early stages can virtually...

Sophie the Dog: My Personal Story of Pet Shelter Adoption

The story of Sophie, my "shelter dog" that I adopted in 2002. The shelter we adopted her from has a strict spay-neuter policy to make sure as many adopted animals are spayed and neutered as possible, thus helping reduce the shelter overpopulation problem in the future.

Longhaired Dachshund

Longhaired Dachshund - Westminster Show 2010 © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM

Prolapsed Discs in Dogs

A prolapsed disc can be extremely painful for a dog, and upsetting for the owner. It can affect the dog's bowel and bladder control, and specifically its physical movement. It is a treatable disease but may require surgery, acupuncture or drugs.

Rat Tumor Removal

Pet rats are prone to getting tumors and other abnormal growths during their short life spans, but most tumors are benign and therefore relatively harmless. These abnormal and excessive growths can become a nuisance even when they are not cancerous, however, and so it is generally recommended that t

Feline Pancreatitis Diet

Cats with pancreatitis suffer from the result of early activation of particular digestive enzymes and the resulting damage these prematurely activated enzymes cause to the pancreas itself. If signs discussed here are of concern, have a vet examine the cat. In extreme cases, pancreatitis can cause