Uveitis is an inflammatory condition of the eye that can happen suddenly in dogs for a variety of reasons. Severe cases of uveitis can affect your dog’s vision and even lead to loss of sight. This article will explore what uveitis is, what might cause it, when to seek veterinary attention, and what treatment options are available.
Syncope is a medical term for fainting or passing out. These fainting spells are usually brief, caused by a temporary loss of oxygen and nutrients to the brain. Most dogs recover spontaneously; however, syncope can be a sign of serious heart problems or other conditions in dogs. We’ll explore what causes syncope in dogs, treatment options, and when to seek help if you think your dog has had a syncopal episode.
Vestibular disease (or vestibular syndrome) refers to a group of diseases that affect a dog’s balance system (known as the vestibular system or vestibular apparatus). Common signs of vestibular disease in dogs include loss of balance, falling over, an abnormal flickering of the eyes, and general wobbliness. These signs can occur very suddenly and nearly always warrant veterinary attention. What causes vestibular disease? How is it diagnosed and treated? And what can you do at home to help your canine friend recover?
Is your dog greasy, itchy, or smelly at the moment? If so, he might have a condition called seborrhea. It’s always important to get your veterinarian to examine your dog as there are many things to consider when treating this condition. Let’s explore these in more detail and what causes canine seborrhea in the first place.
We all know that dogs shed their fur — we find it often enough on our clothes and furniture! But what if your dog’s coat is starting to look a bit patchy, or there are small bald spots on your dog? Hair loss in dogs is known as alopecia. Let’s explore some of the causes, the diagnostic tests and some treatment options your veterinarian might suggest.
Our canine friends vomit from time to time – it’s practically a given when you’re a pet parent that at some point, you will be cleaning up after them. There are endless reasons why our dogs may get sick, and it’s not surprising when we see what habits they have at times. But is it possible to tell why they’re vomiting from the color of their vomit? A dog vomit color guide may be helpful for you to know when you need to worry about your furry best friend.
We pet parents often consider our furry friends as part of our family, and that may mean them joining in at mealtimes. A lot of people also give their pups “human food” snacks. We know that some foods that are healthy for people are not safe for dogs, but can dogs eat black pepper? Salt and pepper are common seasonings used in a lot of human food. So, before sneaking your furry friend a sly treat, it’s a good idea to find out if dogs can have black pepper.
Dogs love a good scratch, but excessive itching can be a sign of an underlying allergy or skin condition. It’s possible to spot the signs of irritation caused by skin conditions and manage some of them at home so your dog can get back to his fun-loving antics faster. We’ll help you know how to help give your pup some itch relief and when it’s time to see your veterinarian.
The study of dog genetics is revealing more about the health of our canine companions than ever before. Hidden in the genetic code of some dog breeds is a mutation that can increase their susceptibility to drug toxicity, which can lead to serious health consequences. Awareness of this defect is increasing, but some information and advice about it can be confusing or misinformed. Here, we explain the MDR1 (multi-drug resistance 1) gene, the breeds most affected, how to test for it, and what this genetic mutation could mean for your furry friend.
A hot dog cooked on the grill may seem simply irresistible to your furry friend; what’s not to love? But is it okay for our canine companions to have a hot dog? The answer is mainly yes, but only as a treat. They are okay as an occasional indulgence but are unlikely to form part of a healthy, balanced diet for your dog.
Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) in dogs is a condition in which the cushioning discs between the spinal column bones (vertebrae) move or bulge into the spinal canal. The discs then push on the spinal cord or the nerves around it and cause pain, nerve damage, and can even lead to paralysis. Intervertebral disc disease, also referred to as a slipped or herniated disc, is caused by degenerative disc disease. Here is what you need to know about IVDD and how you can help your dog.