Dogs & Children

Pets help with Stress

Less stress equals a longer life, so keep good company.  Most pet owners don’t need reminding that animals make you feel good. But there’s more to it than just feeling glad they’re around. An animal can make you healthy, and help you stay that way. Numerous studies have shown that having pets helps lower our stress levels, decrease blood pressure, …

Kennel Cough

Canine infectious tracheobronchitis, more commonly known as kennel cough, is a form of bronchitis – similar to that of a chest cold in humans. The classic symptom is a persistent, forceful cough. Kennel cough is an air borne virus, which can be carried in aerosol droplets from the discharge of an infected animals sneeze or cough or via direct contact …

Your Dogs Digestion

A dogs digestion plays a crucial role in its health. It is from here that the blood will carry nutrients and oxygen, to every last cell in a dogs body. Human digestion begins in the mouth. A dogs digestion begins in its stomach. All the enzymes in their system are geared toward breaking down raw meat in the stomach. By …

Canine Wobblers Syndrome

Rottweilers, the Weimaraner, German shepherds, Irish wolfhounds, Bernese mountain dogs and Swiss mountain dogs are also known to be affected by wobblers. Wobbler syndrome (cervical vertebral instability – CVI) is a disease of the cervical spine in the area of the neck, in which the spinal cord and its nerve roots are compressed, leading to neck pain and neurological problems. …

Canine Hip Dysplasia

Early treatment of Canine Hip Dysplasia may prevent the onset of arthritis as well as help to greatly reduce pain and lack of mobility. A form of arthritis, canine hip dysplasia refers to the abnormal development or growth of the ball and socket joint of the hips in dogs. In a healthy dog, the upper end of the thighbone (which …

Canine Halitosis – that ‘doggie’ breath

When you share your life with a dog, one of the most common complaints is bad breath. Your dog may only have bad breath in certain circumstances, like after they have eaten or just woken up. Halitosis is the medical term used to describe an offensive odor that comes from the mouth, producing bad breath. Bad breath in dogs can …

Infectious Canine Hepatitis

Infectious Canine Hepatitis (ICH) is a highly contagious viral infection which affects the liver, kidneys, spleen, lungs, and eyes in dogs. It can be found worldwide, but is uncommon in areas where dogs are routinely vaccinated. It’s severity ranges widely from very mild cases to very serious – often fatal. Young dogs and unvaccinated dogs are at the highest risk …

Canine Pancreatitis

Acute pancreatitis is a sudden onset of pancreatic inflammation and can be a life-threatening condition.     The pancreas is a V-shaped organ located behind the stomach and the first section of the small intestine. It has two main functions – it aids in metabolism of sugar in the body through the production of insulin and is necessary for the digestion …