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Causes of Seizures in Dogs

April 3, 2012 by Peter

Many dog owners experience their dog having some sort of a seizure at some point of their lifetime. Being aware of the possible causes might make all the difference. This guest post from our friends at seizuresindogs.net will help you identify dangerous situations.

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Avoid unnecessary vet bills! Do your dog's basic health check!

March 3, 2010 by sandor.fagyal

Rosie Brown is a veterinarian with 20 years' experience in small animal practice. Her passion is preventative health care for our dogs; what can we do to keep them well and reduce the chances of them getting sick?

Rosie has written a short report on how to give your dog a checkup, following the steps she uses in her clinic. It is just under 20 pages long and has full color photos. It explains such things as why we look at a dog's gums and press on them when we're doing an examination, how to check a dog's pulse, and more. Her aim is to encourage dog owners to become familiar with their dog, so they can quickly notice any changes and have them treated straight away. They then have a better chance of a good outcome, and early treatment may not cost them as much in veterinary fees.

The 20 pages ebook is priced at a very reasonable $4.95, to get it into the hands of as many dog owners as possible.

Save money on vet bills, do the basic health check yourself.



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Kennel Cough

February 22, 2010 by sandor.fagyal

Fighting Kennel Cough? Here is a great resource to help!

Kennel Cough Help was created to increase knowledge and awareness of identifying, treating, and preventing kennel cough.

Made up from personal experiences and extensive research, it serves as the top online resource for kennel cough symptoms, and kennel cough treatment.

Every dog is different and requires a different type of treatment. Kennel cough remedies that work for one dog may not work for another but the main thing is identifying it early. For more information on identifying kennel cough symptoms, and how to care for your best friend, please visit www.kennelcoughhelp.com.

 

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How can dogs overcome depression?

January 26, 2010 by sandor.fagyal

Until now, there is still talk whether or not a dog has emotions. But it seems that a dog having them is more accepted now as it was before. Dogs show that they are happy to see their owner come home by showing excitement, wagging its tail, and pouncing on them as they step through the doorway. If scolded, they seem to manifest guilt by withdrawal and showing maybe signs of shame. So if a dog can feel happy, excited and guilt, then most surely they should feel depression.

What are the causes and signs of dog depression?

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Did you know?

August 24, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

 

 

The normal body temperature for a dog is 101.2 degrees Fahrenheit or 38.4 degrees Celsius.

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A skateboard for supper - the strangest dog's dinners.

June 9, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

A skateboarding Japanese bulldog called Bazooka is the latest internet sensation. Some very entertaining film of Bazooka riding his board in aTokyo park is proving a huge hit at places like this BBC website.

The only problem Bazooka's owner has is that Bazooka loves to eat his skateboard too, which is proving rather expensive.
This is far from the most unusual eating habit we've heard of, however. Dogs can get cravings to eat the most bizarre things.
This need to eat non-food items is known as pica and can involve dogs consuming anything from linoleum to electrical cords, coins and clothing to kitchen knives.

Scientists think the condition is the result of factors such as stress, obsessive-compulsive disorders and brain damage. It can also be caused by sheer hunger.

Needless to say, this can be dangerous. Among the stranger things dogs enjoy consuming is anti-freeze, which many dogs lap up when it leaks from car radiators on to roads or garage floors. Antifreeze contains a sweet-tasting chemical called ethylene glycol, which is a powerful stimulant to the dog's sweet taste buds. Small amounts of antifreeze can cause "drunkennessa", vomiting, depression and diarrhoea.





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Water Dogs - Some Intriguing Facts About Dogs and H2O

May 22, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

Why do dogs love water so much? Well, scientists have discovered one intriguing possibility. It might be because, unlike humans, dogs can actually taste water.

They do so via the receptors at the tip of their tongue, which they use for lapping up liquids.
Interestingly, a dog's ability to taste water increases the more salt it eats. This is because salt heightens the sensitivity of the taste buds.
It's little wonder then that the dog takes in so much water. An average do drinks no less than nine times a day. But it doesn't only get its supply of H2O from its water bowl. Half of the water a dog takes in daily comes from the food it ingests.

There is a more practical reason why dogs need so much water, however.
Dogs produce different types of saliva, some of which are very watery while others are richer in mucus. Scientists think the salivas perform different functions. The mucus, for instance, is better at breaking down meat while the watery saliva is more suited to digesting vegetables. So the chances are the more meat your dog eats, the less water he will drink. And vice versa.

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Swine Flu - How Does It Affect Your Dog?

April 29, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

Many dog owners are - understandably - concerned about the fast-developing swine fever emergency. The most common question being asked is - can my dog catch it? The answer is probably not.

The fact that no definitive answers are yet available is not surprising given the fast-moving events. The H1N1 strain of flu that has emerged from Mexico is a complex virus and may well mutate and develop as it travels around the world. This makes it very difficult for medical scientists to give any absolute answers. What is known, however, is that, while dogs can develop influenza via a Type A H3N8 virus there is no evidence of th e illness passing between them and humans or vice versa.
America’s Governmental health organisation, the CDC, which is overseeing the outbreak has this to say about dogs:

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Dog Doctors: How Canines Can Detect Human Illness

April 21, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

Ever since our ancient ancestors first domesticated the dog, we have suspected our canine companions of possessing strange, healing powers.

According to one old wives’ tale from Greece, for instance, if you were about to choke on a bone you should let an unweaned puppy give you the kiss of life. (Unless it was a fishbone, in which case you should apply an unweaned kitten.) Modern science, however, has discovered more tangible evidence of the dog’s powers to heal.

There is, for instance, a growing body of evidence to suggest that dogs can detect cancer. In one study, dogs were found to be able to detect lung, breast and other cancers with an accuracy rate of between 88 and 97 per cent. By contrast, hospital scanners are reckoned to have an accuracy of between only 85 and 90 per cent.

Dogs also seem to have the ability to sense when a person is going to have an epileptic fit. A study conducted in Canada, found that dogs who lived with children prone to epileptic fits behaved oddly before the attacks. Some dogs would lick the child’s face, for instance. Others would act protectively, in one case leading a young girl away from a set of stairs moments before she had an attack. The warnings came as early as five hours in advance.

Health experts are now training “seizure alert” or “seizure response” dogs, some of which can predict fits.
No one has yet explained how the dog does this. While some scientists argue they detect scent or behavioural clues, others think they can pick up on telltale electrical activity in humans.

For more odd and interesting scientific facts about man’s best friend you should read ‘Play It Again Tom: Curious Truths About Cats And Dogs’ by Augustus Brown.





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How different are you and your Dog?

March 27, 2009 by sandor.fagyal

Have you ever wondered just how different you and your dog really are? Have you often thought about what your dog is thinking or feeling? If so then you would certainly not be alone! Many owners often ponder about their dog’s abilities and how their bodies actually work.

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The difference between a dog’s metabolism and the way in which its body works is often completely the opposite of how the human body works. For example, if a human was to be given oral contraceptives, they would increase the risk of fatal blood clots. However, a dog which is given oral contraceptives would delay the time that the blood takes to clot. Dogs also produce their own Vitamin C, whereas humans are unable to do so. Aspirin can cause birth defects in dogs but it does not have the same affect on humans.

Medical wise, the dog’s body often seems to be a lot more intelligent than the human body. A good example is if a human were to take the toxic Oxyphenbutazone drug, it would take 72 hours to metabolise the drug. However for dogs it takes their body just 30 minutes to eliminate the drug from the body. They are also unaffected by Chloramphenicol whereas in humans it causes aplastic anaemia.

Overall the way in which a dog’s body reacts to drugs is completely different to how a human body reacts. The above are just a few of the fascinating differences between us and our beloved pets.


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