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A German Shephard gets checked by her veterinarian because she has been sneezing, coughing, and has little energy. The vet will test for canine influenza.
Dog Care

Can Your Dog Catch The Flu?

By Nicole Pajer UPDATE, January 30, 2018:  Time.com recently reported on a breakout of dog flu in several states, including California. The strain affecting dogs is canine H3N2, a different strain than the similarly named human H3N2. Flu season has arrived—for humans and dogs. As people march into medical centers to nab their annual vaccination, veterinarians across the country are recommending that dog owners consider a similar immunization for their four-legged companions. The canine flu (H3N8) aka “the dog flu” is a contagious respiratory infection that was first discovered in 2004 when the virus jumped from horses and began affecting

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While on a walk, a dog sniffs the feces of another canine. Hookworm eggs can be found in the feces of dogs and can infect your pet. Read more about hookworms here.
All About Dogs

What You Need to Know About Hookworms in Dogs

Hookworms are dangerous parasites that live in a dog’s small intestine. With remarkable efficiency, hookworms “graze” on the lining of the intestine, leaving multiple bloody holes in their wake. These can lead to anemia and may even cause a small puppy to bleed to death. In humans, hookworms migrate through tissue close to the skin, causing painful, itchy rashes. How Do Hookworms Work? The adult hookworm resides in the host’s GI tract, specifically the small intestine, and it feeds on the host’s blood by attaching itself to the intestines. Reproduction and mating occur in the GI tract, and the female

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All About Dogs

Dog First Aid Tips

Knowing dog first aid is crucial for all dog owners as it can help save their furry friend’s life in case of an emergency. Dogs are curious creatures and can get into all sorts of trouble, from choking on something they shouldn’t have eaten to getting hit by a car. Knowing basic first aid techniques can help stabilize your pet’s condition until they can be taken to a veterinarian. It is essential for pet owners to understand how to perform CPR, treat wounds, and recognize the signs of distress in dogs. Being prepared with the knowledge and the right supplies

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A dog pants heavily after going for a long walk on a hot day. Panting is a sign of struggling to breathe, but it is also part of how they cool their bodies down.
Allergies

What to Do If Your Dog Has Trouble Breathing

Dear Dr. Weaver, We have a cocker spaniel, and he has huge allergies. He has trouble breathing all of the time. We tried inhalers and breathing treatments. It seems to help for a few minutes, but after that, it is downhill again. He is allergic to a lot of things, but we keep that under direct supervision. Is there anything we can try to help his breathing problems? Thank you so much, Tasha Dear Tasha, Dogs with severe bronchitis or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) are a constant battle. The goal is to maintain a good quality of life, realizing

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A dog is trying to go poop but because of constipation, he can’t. This article tells you all about dog constipation and how you can help your pup.
All About Dogs

Dog Constipation: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments 

As one of the most common digestive problems among animals, constipation — the difficulty or inability to have normal bowel movements — can affect dogs of all breeds, ages, and lifestyles.While constipation may be common in dogs, it should never be ignored. Left untreated, constipation can cause more serious health problems in the future, including lethargy, loss of appetite, and vomiting. Below is a guide to understanding the causes of constipation, recognizing the symptoms, and treating your pet. Causes of Dog Constipation A variety of different factors can contribute to constipation in your pet. Some of the most common causes

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A dog with a fever rests with a cool compress to help bring his temperature down. Read all about fever in dogs and how to properly take their temperature.
Dog Care

Fever in Dogs

Fever in dogs is something many pet owners will encounter at one point or another. Even though it’s relatively common, it can still be scary to see your furry friend feeling ill. A fever is a sign that something is wrong with your dog’s body and can be caused by a variety of underlying conditions, ranging from infections to cancer. It’s important to pay attention to your dog’s temperature and other symptoms, as a fever can be a sign of a serious illness that requires prompt medical attention. What is a Fever in Dogs, and How Do You Check? Fever

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A dog is at the vets office to check for heart issues.
Diagnosing Your Dog

Warning Signs that Your Dog Has a Heart Problem

Like people, dogs can suffer from heart issues; if the problems are serious, they can even die. Protect your dog’s heart health by knowing the common signs and causes, learning how to keep their heart strong, and what to do if a problem exists. There are several warning signs that your dog may have a heart problem, the most telling being sudden collapse and difficulty breathing. If your dog experiences these symptoms and exhibits other symptoms, such as fever or lethargy, they likely have a heart problem. If your dog does not recover within a day or two, please schedule

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A couple relaxing with their dogs when one of them suddenly passes awful smelling gas. Read more about flatulent dogs and why their gas smells so bad.
All About Dogs

Silent But Deadly: Flatulence in Dogs

Has this ever happened to you? You and the family are sitting around, maybe watching TV, with the dog sleeping at your feet, and all is well. Then, without warning, it’s like a mustard gas attack as a terrible aroma fills the room. Everyone starts coughing and maybe clearing out, expressing their displeasure.The dog looks up at the commotion and seems to be the only one enjoying it, oblivious that he’s the culprit. Congratulations! Like countless other dog owners, you’ve just been a victim of the infamous silent but deadly canine flatulence. The “silent” part is a fact of anatomy.

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A family heads out on a road trip with their family pet. The dog is more comfortable in the middle seat looking forward to prevent motion sickness
All About Dogs

Motion Sickness

One of our readers sent in a question to Dr. Weaver regarding motion sickness: We adopted a rescue, Molly, around eight months of age, in July 2007. She was emaciated, flea-bitten, and had a lampshade cord wrapped tightly around her neck. She was so weak she couldn’t stand and weighed around 14 lbs. She is now a very happy and healthy dog at about 26 lbs.I have been working with her to get her used to riding in our car. She shakes so severely and then throws up. I’ve given her Dramamine, and it doesn’t do anything. I took her

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A dog that doesn’t feel well and may have ingested poision.
Dog Care

3 Things to Do When Your Dog May Be Poisoned

Prevention Tips for Both Types of Pests Chocolate cake. Tulips. Wine.These are just a few of the seemingly harmless household items that can be harmful if ingested by your dog. As a Pack Leader, it’s essential to be aware of the many common substances that can be poisonous to your dog and the steps you can take to prevent and treat dog poisoning. If You Know or Suspect Your Dog is Poisoned First, remain calm. Though it’s important to act quickly, you must also act carefully — your actions may determine the outcome of your dog’s health emergency. Step 1

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