My Dog Just Came Inside and Her Eyelids and Muzzle Are Swollen. What’s Going On?

My Dog Just Came Inside and Her Eyelids and Muzzle Are Swollen. What’s Going On?

BY DR. JENNA ASHTON DVM, MS, DACVIM | Article Featured on Vetstreet

Swelling of the eyelids and face, hives and facial itching (or pawing at the face) are common signs of an allergic reaction. Essentially, this occurs when the dog’s immune system generates an exaggerated response to a foreign substance. While dogs can have allergic reactions to a multitude of things, including medications, pollen, dust and food, abrupt facial swelling after being outdoors is commonly caused by a bee sting or insect bite.

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Air Travel and Short-Nosed Dogs FAQ

Air Travel and Short-Nosed Dogs FAQ

Article Featured on AVMA

In July 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation released statistics that showed short-nosed breeds of dogs—such as pugs, Boston Terriers, boxers, some mastiffs, Pekingese, Lhasa Apsos, Shih tzus and bulldogs—are more likely to die on airplanes than dogs with normal-length muzzles. In fact, over the last 5 years, approximately one-half of the 122 dog deaths associated with airline flights involved these short-faced breeds. 25 of the 122 dogs that died over the 5-year period were English bulldogs, followed by 11 pugs, the only other breed in double digits. Although these numbers seem a bit scary, keep in mind that this is a very small number when compared to the hundreds of thousands of animals that fly every year.

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Keep Your Pets Safe While Trick-Or-Treating this Halloween

Keep Your Pets Safe While Trick-Or-Treating this Halloween

Article Featured on Douglass Feed & Pet Supply

Halloween can be an un-intentionally scary time for pets. In fact, veterinarians see many pet injuries that can be avoided this time of year. With all of the shrieks and howls coming our way, we thought it would be a good idea to make sure they are happy ones, in keeping with the fun atmosphere of the holiday. It’s always a good idea to keep aware that the festivities may not be as fun for our pets as it is for the kids, teens and adults.

To keep this Halloween from being a real-life nightmare for you and your pet, consider the following things:

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Why Nutrition Is Important for Healthy Skin and Coat

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Every pet owner understands the importance of a proper diet to provide their pet the best nutrition for strong bones and muscles, healthy joints, abundant energy, stable digestive health, and weight control. The right nutrition is important for their healthy skin and coat as well, and your pet’s skin and coat are critical for the animal’s well-being. Continue reading Why Nutrition Is Important for Healthy Skin and Coat

Disc Disease in Dachshunds

Disc Disease in Dachshunds

Article by Steve Bright | Featured on Veterinary Expert

Dachshunds and similar breeds such Pekingese, Lhasa Apsos and Shih Tzus, have short legs and a relatively long back. These breeds suffer from a condition called ‘chondrodystropic dwarfism’. As a result they can be prone to back problems, more specifically disc disease.

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MRSP: The Canine Superbug

MRSP: The Canine Superbug

Article by Jon Hardy | Featured on Veterinary Expert

Bacterial infections are amongst the top 3 skin conditions diagnosed in dogs and cats, and veterinary surgeons diagnose them on an almost daily basis. Interestingly, the bacteria responsible for these infections are usually present on the skin before problems arise, and only rarely do animals ‘pick up’ these bacteria at the time of infection. In dogs, the bacterium Staphylococcus pseudintermedius is the cause of most skin infections, and these are usually treated uneventfully with routine antibiotics.

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Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats

Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats

Article Featured on Veterinary Expert | By Elise Robertson

‘Chronic kidney disease’ is a term used to refer to cats with kidney insufficiency or failure. ‘Chronic’ simply means long term. ‘Insufficiency’ or ‘failure’ means that the kidneys are no longer able to adequately perform their normal tasks. ‘Chronic kidney failure’ refers to the situation where the kidneys have not been able to perform one or more of their normal tasks adequately for a period of time (months to even years). Because the word ‘failure’ evokes such a sense of doom, we often opt for the term ‘chronic renal insufficiency’ or ‘chronic kidney disease’ instead, as many cases can be treated successfully and can look forward to months or often years of quality life.

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Hip Dislocation in Dogs

Hip Dislocation in Dogs

By Lucas Beierer | Article Featured on Veterinary Expert

The hip joint is made up of a ‘ball’ (the femoral head) and its respective ‘socket’ (the acetabulum). The ball and socket configuration allows a wide range of free movement during normal activity. Hip dislocation in dogs occurs when the femoral head loses its close association with the acetabulum. It can dislocate in a range of different directions but most commonly goes forwards and upwards (the veterinary term for this is ‘cranio-dorsal luxation’).

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How to Socialize Your Pet

How to Socialize Your Pet

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Is your pet shy or a social butterfly? Many experts say that they key to having a well-behaved dog or cat is socialization — here’s how to get started.

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Good Dog! 10 Ways to Stop Bad Pet Behavior

Good Dog! 10 Ways to Stop Bad Pet Behavior

Transform your pooch from troublemaker to the best-behaved pet on the block with these simple steps.

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