In humans, malignant melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, but can dogs get melanoma? The unfortunate answer is yes — however, just like with humans, there are varying types of melanoma that affect different parts of a dog’s body. Some types are more serious than others. But with any type of cancer, an early diagnosis is key to catching this potential killer before it’s too late.
So your pup is sick? We’ve got lots of tips to help him heal and start back to his tail wagging self in no time. And if your dog is truly ill, please do not hesitate to consult your vet. They are trained to help keep your pet healthy.
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Just like people, dogs can develop growths in their mouths. These are called oral tumors, accounting for 6-7% of all dog cancers. Oral cancer in dogs is usually primary, meaning it arises directly from the mouth’s tissues. Some are benign but can be pesky, whereas some are malignant and need to be tackled quickly and aggressively.
Is your pup showing symptoms of discomfort in his lower body or a reduction in mobility? He could be suffering from early signs of canine hip dysplasia. Fortunately, your dog doesn’t have to suffer. There are several treatment options available. Learn how to spot symptoms and see what treatments could help your pup regain strength to live a longer, happier life.
Has your veterinarian recommended the popular dog painkiller Rimadyl for your dog? Before giving it to your pup, you may want to learn more about this FDA-approved veterinary drug. What does Rimadyl do for dogs? What are the side effects? And is it safe? We’ll answer these questions and more to help you make an informed decision with your vet about whether Rimadyl is the best option for your dog’s pain relief or if an alternative medication is a better choice.
We all hate to see our furry friends suffering from pain. It can be tempting to turn to our medicine cabinets for fast and easy relief for minor aches. But the resounding advice from veterinarian and pet experts say DO NOT give your pet aspirin or any other human over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers without consulting your vet. Does that mean that aspirin is bad for all dogs? Not in some cases, but you should understand the potential side effects, which dogs are at a higher risk for severe complications, and what can happen to your canine companion if you accidentally overdose. We’ll help you learn more about this potentially fatal OTC pain reliever for dogs.
Is your dog scratching and licking herself excessively? Does her skin look red or irritated? You’re certainly not alone. Dog skin allergies are one of the most common reasons pet owners seek veterinary care, which can add up fast. Before your dog is diagnosed with skin allergies or other health conditions, you should sign up for pet insurance. Pet insurance can cover the expense of allergy testing as well as other illnesses and accidents. But how do you know if your dog has skin allergies or if something else is going on? If it is allergies, what’s the cause? And what should you do if you suspect your pup has skin allergies? We’ll answer these questions and more to help you give your dog some much-needed relief.
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.
Has your dog been diagnosed with cataracts? If so, are you worried about the cumbersome cost of canine cataract surgery? It can be expensive. And if left untreated, this progressive condition can lead to total blindness, so it’s a necessity for your pup’s quality of life. But how much does dog cataract surgery cost? And how can you reduce your financial burden for unexpected illnesses like this? Here, we’ll give you the info you need to know about dog cataract surgery, the associated costs, and how you may proactively reduce your financial risk for pet vet procedures.
Canine bloat is a fast-acting, life-threatening illness that requires emergency veterinary treatment. Knowing the symptoms beforehand is extremely important, so you can detect it early and get your dog the care he needs. If you notice symptoms soon enough, your dog may be one of the few dogs to survive this terrible disease. Also, learning how to prevent canine bloat can help protect your dog from this scary disease.