Real-life Stories

Pain and Neck Swelling in a Dog: Pippa Has Puppy Strangles

Pain and Neck Swelling in a Dog: Pippa Has Puppy Strangles

Sometimes, when you hear hooves, you need to think of zebras and not horses. Particularly if your dog has a constellation of severe symptoms that don’t fit a straightforward explanation. Puppy strangles is a rare but potentially life-threatening autoimmune disease that affects young dogs. There seems to be a genetic component but the condition is considered idiopathic with no known…

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Change in Behavior in a Dog: Teddy’s Subtle Symptom

Change in Behavior in a Dog: Teddy’s Subtle Symptom

Do you think it is significant if your dog changes their behavior, however subtle the change might be? What if your dog stops doing something they always did or starts something new and strange? Could there be medical significance to it? Indeed, there usually is. A new aggression, or what looks like one, is commonly related to pain. Teddy’s story…

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Surviving IMHA: Jazmine’s Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia

Surviving IMHA: Jazmine’s Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia

IMHA is an auto-immune reaction that results in severe anemia because the immune system destroys your dog’s red blood cells. The survival rate is low—a dog needs quick and aggressive treatment to make it. Most of the time, you might never find out what caused it. Certain conditions can trigger the reaction, such as an infection, cancer, or drug reaction.…

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