Treating Your Dog’s Symptoms vs. Treating The Cause

Treating Your Dog’s Symptoms vs. Treating The Cause

Will treating their symptom(s) make your dog’s problem go away? A Google search for how to treat diarrhea in dogs returns 61 million results. I couldn’t count how many times people ask such things on my dog health support group. As I’m writing this, I have a pending question asking how to freshen a dog’s breath. The question is not…

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Splenic Tumors in Dogs: Buddy’s Distended Abdomen

Splenic Tumors in Dogs: Buddy’s Distended Abdomen

Splenic tumors in dogs are not always malignant but are always life-threatening. Buddy is a fierce, brave Jack Russel Terrier; a true representative of his breed. He is in charge of his world. Buddy’s parents observed no red flags about his health except for his belly. Buddy’s belly seemed to be growing in front of their eyes. How could that…

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Dog Symptoms: When Is It an Emergency?

Dog Symptoms: When Is It an Emergency?

by Dr. Jennifer Coates How can you tell whether your dog’s injury or illness calls for an emergency veterinary visit? Dogs seem to get sick or injured at the worst possible times.  Of course this is not their fault, but nonetheless, it does often put owners in the position of having to decide whether an after-hours visit to the veterinarian…

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Foreign Body Ingestion in Dogs: Levi Eats 200 Gauze Squares

Foreign Body Ingestion in Dogs: Levi Eats 200 Gauze Squares

Labrador Retrievers are notorious for eating things that have no business making it down the gullet. According to PetFirst insurance, Labrador Retrievers are the top breed likely to get in health trouble by swallowing inedible things. Is that because they are such a popular breed that it influences the statistics? Maybe but it seems there is more to it than…

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Symptoms To Watch For In Your Dog: Excessive Panting

Symptoms To Watch For In Your Dog: Excessive Panting

Why is my dog panting so much? Dogs pant. They pant when they exercise, when they are hot, they pant when they are excited. Panting is your dog’s way to cool their body. Because dogs don’t sweat, the only effective way they can cool themselves is by panting. All dogs do that, and it is perfectly normal. So if panting…

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Chronic Ear Infections: Tootsie’s Story

Chronic Ear Infections: Tootsie’s Story

Tootsie is a happy little cuddle-bug Yorkie. Her family loves her dearly and her mom would do anything for her. There was an issue clouding their happiness, though. Tootsie was suffering from chronic ear infections. Tootsie’s skin and ears wouldn’t give her a break. Tootsie is haunted by allergies. And you know when a flare-up is coming from Tootsie’s ears–that’s…

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