Symptoms

Changes in Mucous Membrane Color: What Can Your Dog’s Gums And Tongue Tell You?

Changes in Mucous Membrane Color: What Can Your Dog’s Gums And Tongue Tell You?

Do you know what is your dog’s normal gum color? In Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, the tongue provides a wealth of information about a dog’s health status. Tongue diagnosis is quite fascinating. The veterinarian gains insight from the tongue color, coating, and even shape. Each section of the tongue reflects the function of a different internal system. More information: You…

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Upset Stomach in a Dog: Loulou’s Vomiting

Upset Stomach in a Dog: Loulou’s Vomiting

Do you know the potential causes behind your dog’s vomiting? Vomiting can be a sign of many diseases and problems. The cause can originate within the GI tract or might not be directly linked to the digestive tract at all. Your dog might throw up after a dietary indiscretion or due to a serious disease such as kidney failure, liver…

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Gastric Torsion in Dogs: Jack’s Emergency Surgery

Gastric Torsion in Dogs: Jack’s Emergency Surgery

Gastric torsion, also known as gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV) is a life-threatening condition in dogs. Large, deep-chested breeds are especially susceptible. Some of the breeds at risk are Great Danes, Dobermans, Weimaraners, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters, and Saint Bernards. Any dog parent, however, should be aware of the symptoms. Symptoms of gastric torsion come on fast and include: distended/swollen…

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Canine Bladder Stones: Lulu’s Straining to Urinate

Canine Bladder Stones: Lulu’s Straining to Urinate

Bladder stones in dogs start out small but over time can grow in number and/or size. Never punish your dog when they suddenly start having potty accidents. Instead, look for a medical explanation first. Bladder stones can be the reason. All you might observe is your dog asking to go outside with increased frequency and having accidents indoors. Typical symptoms…

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Vomiting in Dogs: What’s in the Vomit?

Vomiting in Dogs: What’s in the Vomit?

What can the content of your dog’s vomit tell you? Dogs are built to vomit. No, I’m not kidding. A part of the brain named the “vomiting center” is especially well developed in dogs, and they have a layer of skeletal muscle throughout the length of the esophagus that essentially allows them to vomit at will. So, if your dog…

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