Just like people, dogs can do damage to the ligaments in their knees. The most commonly hurt and crucial ligament in the knee of either a human or a canine is the Anterior or Cranial Cruciate Ligament. The ACL/CCL is the ligament that stabilizes the joint, preventing motion in unwanted directions. Canine ACL surgery might be essential to repair this ligament when it is torn.
However, it simply takes enough of an influence at the wrong angle for the CCL to tear. This can occur virtually anywhere at practically any time. Many typically, it occurs while running, hopping, playing, or by falling. Canines often do not grumble when the tear occurs, and managers just see when the canine stops making use of one leg. If you see this, your canine has to see a vet immediately.
The harmless looking grapes are one of the human foods that must not be given to dogs. People commonly love to share whatever they are eating with the pet but because of the supposed harmful effects pet owners would not dare give the pet a single grape. Studies conducted on grape toxicity have verified that it was not caused by fertilizers or pesticides. One thing is for sure though - grapes can cause renal failure in canines. Grape toxicity would cause the dog severe pain and similar to other cases of poisoning, it can result to the death of the dog.
The word hot spot seems to mean different things to different people. Let me take just a brief moment and give you the most common definition that your vet would use. Basically, we're talking about an area of skin that gets infected due to your dog chronically damaging it. By repeatedly irritating or damaging the skin, it get's exposed to the outside world and an infection will eventually set in. They are typically the result of biting, chewing or constant scratching that exerts enough force on the skin over time to cause a cut or tear. The dog will just keep damaging it more and more until the problem gets out of hand.
What kinds of seizures can a dog have?
Epilepsy in dogs is common, with three main types similar to those found in humans. Primary epilepsy afflict young dogs and do not have an obvious cause. Secondary epilepsy is caused by trauma of some kind, including injury or stroke. Reactive epilepsy is caused by another condition such as diabetes or kidney failure.
As a behavioral dog coach and consultant my position on desexing dogs is pretty clear. But as a breeder I'm frequently asked why I am so opposed to dog owners not desexing their dogs. Let me assure you, that if not for our dedicated breeding regime in place with the view to better our chosen kind of dog- the Boerboel (South African Mastiff) EVERYTHING at our place would be desexed in a split second!
As our dogs finish their breeding days, they're spayed or Neutered with the hope of warding off the inevitable health risks of not desexing them when they were six months old. We generally lose this gamble and have lost 4 dogs to sexual organ cancers.