My Rottweiler is Going under Anesthesia: Anesthesia Considerations for Large-Breed Dogs

My Rottweiler is Going under Anesthesia: Anesthesia Considerations for Large-Breed Dogs

Anesthesia is a drug-induced loss of sensation with or without loss of consciousness. In veterinary medicine, anesthesia facilitates painful or lengthy procedures such as surgery. Non-surgical procedures that might require anesthesia include: diagnostic imaging (x-rays, CT scans, MRI) endoscopy radiation treatments Further information: A Primer on Anesthesia in Dogs We decided on general anesthesia for Cookie’s follow-up PRP treatment because…

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Canine Distemper Virus

Canine Distemper Virus

Canine distemper is a life-threatening disease that most commonly affects puppies and young dogs. Distemper is caused by a virus that can spread easily through an unimmunized (unprotected) population. Fortunately, adult dogs often develop some degree of immunity with age and are less likely to develop the disease. How Does Canine Distemper Spread? Canine distemper spreads through respiratory secretions that…

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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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Prolotherapy for Dogs: Forerunner To Stem Cell Regenerative Therapy?

Prolotherapy for Dogs: Forerunner To Stem Cell Regenerative Therapy?

Prolotherapy is a non-surgical treatment that can increase tendon and ligament strength and relieve arthritis in dogs. In involves injections of substances to induce inflammation or facilitate other reactions in the affected tissues. The goal is to relieve pain and improve function. Prolotherapy is an alternative treatment option some veterinarians have used for decades. Prolotherapy was the first non-surgical option…

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The Function of Cortisol: What Happens In A Dog’s Body When It Goes Awry?

The Function of Cortisol: What Happens In A Dog’s Body When It Goes Awry?

Cortisol is a vital hormone from the glucocorticoid family of steroid hormones. Cortisol is primarily produced by a dog’s adrenal glands. In health, cortisol plays a critical role in the dog’s ability to cope with stress. It stimulates glucose production and the breakdown of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates to provide fuel for the body. Cortisol also suppresses the immune system.…

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