Feb
23

Can my dog be allergic to fleas?

Can my dog be allergic to fleas?

If you have a dog that is driving you crazy up all night chewing and itching, then he most likely is suffering from an allergy to fleas. Sounds ridiculous but it's more common than you think. For some dogs, this can turn into a serious problem, especially if left untreated.

Flea allergies in dogs can begin as early as puppies but seems to be most prevalent in older adult dogs. Adult fleas will not live for a long time if they are not on a dog or cat. But that doesn't really reassure you now does it?

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Feb
15

Border Terrier as man's best friend

Border Terrier as man's best friend

The Border Terrier is a level tempered dog that you might see being used as a therapy dog. They are known to have a high capacity to think independently and are very smart dogs. Terriers are extremely agile and have powerful jumping ability.

Borders love to run so daily trips to the park or out for a long run is just what the Border Terrier needs to keep them active. Natural born foxhunters, they were used back in the day to flush the foxes, otters and badgers out of their holds. It's always amazing to see this quick dog in action and jumping despite their how short their legs are.

Border Terriers are natural born runners. Their innate sense of the chase make these dogs a breed that you need to watch around small animals like mice, rabbits and such. They can learn not to chase the family kitten provided you raise them together but when you are out walking, best to keep them on a leash because they are likely to bolt if they see a stranger cat.

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Jan
21

The symptoms and treatments for mange

The symptoms and treatments for mange

Mange is an itchy, inflammatory disease caused by the mite Demodex. Making a determination of which mite your dog is infected with can determine the seriousness of mange. Typically mange in dogs is referred to as Demodicosis.

Mange can cause immune system problems, lesions and genetic disorders if left untreated. Both cats and dogs are known to contract this uncomfortable disease. Your dog's side effects will be different depending on which mite your pet is infected with.

Determining which type of mange your dog or cat has is the first thing your vet will do. Localized mange is typically found in certain parts of the body only. Generalized mange is found over the entire body and can be very difficult to cure and treatment is an ongoing thing.

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Jan
18

Does your dog urinate when excited or scared

Does your dog urinate when excited or scared

I think that as a new pet owner, we have all experienced this particular situation when with a new puppy or dog. Urinating when excited is a common problem with puppies. If you are also having this issue with your adult dog that is new to the family, there is a common explanation.

After first taking your dog to the vet for a checkup to make sure there are not medical problems; then we know that your dog suffers from submissive/excitement issues. This is very common in puppies and very submissive adult dogs so don't worry, it can be fixed. You will be surprised at how fast we can correct this behavior.

If you dog does not pee when you are in the dominant position like looking in its eyes or greeting it face to face, then it's probably an excitement issue. However if your dog pee's when it's in trouble or when you are bending down to greet him in a dominant position, then of course it is submissive. Luckily, we can fix both of these problems.

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Jan
14

What is Dermatophilosis and can my dog have it?

What is Dermatophilosis and can my dog have it?

If your dog spends time around farm animals like horses, cows or sheep, you need to check it regularly for Dermatophilosis. This condition is contract from farm animals and it typically found in warm humid climates. It does not discriminate against age or gender of the animal.

If you scratch off an infected area of the yellow crust, you will notice that there are many hairs underneath due to the follicle being impacted. This condition is very common in dog and cats. It is best to get your pet to the vet for testing to stop the spreading.

These areas can also have pus beneath the infected area. You will also notice that the dog is trying to scratch the infected areas. It is important to take the dog to the vet to get a diagnosis with testing.

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Jan
04

Elbow dysplasia in your dog

Elbow dysplasia in your dog

There are many different types of ailments that can affect our dogs. Many we don't find out until later because dogs will not start showing symptoms until well into the disease. However, elbow Dysplasia is an abnormal growth of cells, bone or tissue and can be detected between 4 and 10 months.

The Dysplasia abnormality can lead to your dog becoming lame if not treated. There is a type of condition similar to this that affects males more than females. Typically this condition is found in the larger breeds like Labs, Rottiweilers, Chows and other giant breeds.

In the condition that affects the males more than the females, the bone fragment is located in the inner surface of the upper ulna. This ulna bone is located in the foreleg just below the elbow joint. Either way, both conditions need to be checked by a vet.

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