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Veterinary Medicine : Pets & Animal

Dermatology Diary Part 3: Meet Simba and Asia

Lianne McLeod, former Guide to Exotic Pets at and a veterinarian, has written an extensive "diary" account of her two dogs who suffer from itchy skin and hair loss. Learn what is involved in a veterinary referral work up; how skin diseases are examined and ruled out, the topical

Yucca Root for Dogs

Many dog owners prefer to treat their dogs with natural products whenever possible. They believe that many of the pharmaceuticals which vets prescribe for animal ailments can cause more problems than they solve. For these dog owners, using yucca root to treat various ailments can effect cures above

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.

Primary Kidney Disease in Dogs

Primary kidney disease, more commonly referred to as chronic renal failure, is a common problem in elderly dogs. The disease occurs when the kidneys are no longer able to remove waste from the body effectively and toxins build up in the blood. While there is no cure for chronic renal fai

How to Keep Dogs Safe From Dangerous Foods

Ordinary, every day foods that are fine for humans can kill your dog. Since our pets live so close to us, they often get into food that isn't meant for them. Some pet owners treat their dogs like people and let them sample human food. The canine anatomy is much different than a human's. You wouldn't

Herbs & Spices for Dogs

People enjoy herbs and spices for various recipes as well as for medicinal remedies. Dogs can also benefit from many herbs and spices. Many dogs enjoy having spices or herbs mixed with their food.

Neurological Diseases in Canines

Dogs may develop a variety of neurological image by Michal Tudek from Fotolia.comNeurological diseases in dogs are conditions wherein the animal's brain activity is impaired or for some reason their nervous system fires incorrectly. These neurological misfires can cause a...

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

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

Liver Disease in Dogs & Death

"Canine liver disease is among the top five leading causes of non-accidental death in dogs and as such should be taken seriously," according to the Canine Liver Disease Foundation. The liver is responsible for a number of essential bodily functions and if it's compromised a dog's overall health is i

Dog Health: Larynx Problems

Laryngeal paralysis, a problem with the nerves and muscles that control the larynx (voice box) in dogs can lead to difficulty vocalizing, eating or breathing. It is not an uncommon condition, but it is easy to overlook. It can be hereditary, can develop as part of a disease process or can result fro