Witnessing your dog being unable to stand up suddenly can be very alarming. This can happen as dogs age, or it could be the result of an injury or illness. Instead of brushing it off and seeing if it gets better with time, call your vet and schedule an appointment immediately. It could be something you can fix, but you don’t want to wait too long because time is of the essence, and your dog could be experiencing pain. The sooner you determine the cause, the sooner your dog can hopefully start feeling like his happy self again.
Reviewed By Dr. Pendergrass, DVM
This content was reviewed by veterinarian Dr. JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM.
No two dogs are alike. Likewise, no two dog breeds are alike, especially when it comes to their health. Dog health problems range from infections to cancers, and it’s up to you as pet parents to keep your companions happy and healthy by understanding some common dog illnesses and diseases. See below for the most common types of dog health issues, and make sure to take immediate action if you think something serious is wrong with your dog.
If your dog is suffering from allergies and needs relief for her itchy skin, you’re likely wondering, what’s the best allergy medicine for dogs? Dog allergies are best diagnosed by your veterinarian, who will recommend the best treatment for your dog depending on what your dog is allergic to (food, fleas, environmental factors, etc.). One commonly vet-prescribed dog itching medicine is Apoquel. But exactly what is Apoquel used for in dogs? Are there side effects? And is it the most effective anti-itch medicine for dogs? We give you the whole scoop on these popular allergy pills for dogs.
Vaccines are an important component of a dog’s health and wellness. Although dog vaccines are developed in different ways and come in various formulations, they all serve the same purpose: to protect dogs from diseases that can cause serious illness and even be fatal. There are many vaccines available for dogs, so you may be wondering which vaccines your dog actually needs. Plus, different vaccines have different vaccination schedules, making it a little confusing to know what vaccines your dog needs and when. No one wants to put their dog through discomfort, and you may question whether all of these vaccinations are really necessary. We’ll help you learn about core (required) and non-core (not required) vaccinations.
Canine parvovirus (also called ‘parvo’) is a severe, highly contagious virus that mostly affects puppies and can be deadly. As with any medical concern you may face with your pup, you may have questions about the cost. Our experts take a look at what you need to know when it comes to the costs of diagnosing, treating, and preventing parvovirus in dogs.
Bravecto is a controversial prescription medication in the pet world. Vets recommend it, it’s FDA-approved, and it helps eradicate ticks and fleas. However, many pet parents claim it causes seizures in their dogs and has even caused some to die. Is Bravecto safe to give your pet? Learn more so you can decide. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding Bravecto from our readers.
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.
Is your pup a big-time chewer? If so, there is a chance your dog may experience intestinal blockage at some point in their lifetime. All it takes is your dog ingesting one small toy or sock to cause a serious blockage in his gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which can lead to major surgery and astronomical medical bills.
As dog parents, we all know our pups can perform some pretty repulsive displays of behavior (especially when we have company over). A dog licking its butt is arguably one of the worst. Why do dogs lick their buttholes? Find out why this behavior could indicate a health concern that requires your attention.
Has your dog become less mobile? Is he having trouble going on walks or climbing stairs? There could be many reasons for this, including arthritis and hip dysplasia. But one lesser-known condition he could be suffering from is degenerative myelopathy (DM), an inherited spinal cord disease in dogs. Learn more about DM here to see if your dog could be at risk for this debilitating condition.
Pet parents like you encounter issues with their dogs daily that they have questions about. Here we explore all of your questions about dogs falling over and losing balance.