Dog Health Articles

Treating Osteoarthritis in Dogs
Osteoarthritis is a relatively common medical condition in dogs as they get older. Years of wear and tear on the joints results in damage to the cartilage in their joints. The joint fluid also becomes thinner... Read More

External Parasites on Dogs
Parasites on the outside of your dog's body are easy to detect. Even if you don't actually see the little creatures, you will see their effects on your dog. Read More

Ringworm in Dogs
In spite of the name, ringworm is not actually a worm. It is a skin infection caused by fungi which usually appears as... Read More

Itchy Skin in Dogs
If your four legged family member is constantly scratching, you may think he has allergies. It's true that many dogs have allergies and the associated skin irritation and inflammation are really uncomfortable for them. However, there are other causes of itching... Read More

Incontinence in Dogs
If your dog has a leaky bladder, it not only adds to your cleaning workload but it is concerning - is there something wrong and can you do anything about it? Read More

Human Drugs That Are Harmful to Dogs
When your dog isn't feeling well, it's tempting to give him some of your own medication. After all, it works for you; shouldn't it work just as well for him? Not necessarily. Read More

Household Hazards That Can Harm Your Dog
Having a dog is a little like having a small child. They get into mischief and eat things they shouldn't. Read More

The Importance of Dental Hygiene for Dogs
Most people joke that their dogs have bad breath, but dental hygiene is not a laughing matter in dogs. Nearly 80 percent of all dogs will develop a dental disease once over the age of three. Read More

How to Keep Your Dog Fit
Dogs are a lot like humans, and that is very true when it comes to their physical fitness. All dogs need some sort of exercise to keep in shape - especially the breeds that like to overeat. Read More

How to Feed a Pregnant Dog
Like humans, dogs always need special care in different periods of their lives. One of those periods is during pregnancy. It is very important to feed your dog with special care when pregnant, since nutrition is one of the major factors determining whether or not the offspring will be healthy. Read More

How NOT to Feed Your Dog
Unfortunately, there are people out there that think it's OK to just put any kind of food into their dog's bowl. Don't be one of those people! Full grown dogs are like adult humans and puppies are like babies, they each have special needs can't just eat any kind of food. Read More

Are You Allergic To Your Dog?
Are you allergic to your dog? That's a good question. There is a bit of controversy surrounding this issue. Many dog owners simply don't understand ? or don't want to believe ? that they can become allergic to their own dog. After all, dogs have been "man's best friend" since time immemorial and this fact doesn't seem to be changing anytime soon. Read More

Basic First Aid for Dogs
If you keep a dog in your home, you should be equipped with some basic first aid knowledge as well as a basic first aid kit. Why? Because dogs, just like us, are prone to accidents.Read More

The Importance of Diet in Controlling Dog Canine Diabetes
Dog canine diabetes is a common health problem affecting many dogs. As a dog owner, you have probably either experienced it in your dog or through your dog owning friends. Canine diabetes is a serious dog health problem and requires immediate and proper attention.Read More

Best Dog Foods to Control Canine Diabetes
Canine diabetes is a very danger disease currently affecting many dogs across the world. Proper diet is the best way to tackle canine diabetes. There are certain foods that are recommended for diabetic dogs. These foods are helpful for normalizing and keeping control of insulin levels. Read More

Understanding Canine Distemper
Canine distemper is a highly contagious disease that is caused by a virus known as paramyxovirus. This is a very dangerous virus and often attacks a dog's gastrointestinal, respiratory, and nervous systems. Read More

How to Care For Dog's Neck and Spine
There are certain dog collar issues that many dog owners are not aware of. The problem often becomes real when your dog is affected and you are unable to offer it immediate medical care. Read More

Common Dog Allergies and Their Causes
There are certain common dog allergies and symptoms that every dog owner should know about. The most prominent signs of allergy in dogs are itching and sneezing. Think twice whenever you find your dog in long sneezing bouts. Read More

Understanding Canine Aggression
your dog has a tendency to be aggressive or has developed an aggression problem, then you should first consult with a veterinarian to make sure that the reason for the behavior is not physical. Read More

Fun in the Sun: Safeguarding your Pet around the Water and from the Burning Rays of the Sun
With summer fast approaching, you want to make sure that your pet is well-protected and enjoys the warmer temperatures just as much as you do. Unfortunately, some pet owners do not realize that their canine friends are not naturally born swimmers, so dog drownings do and can occur. Read More
Types of Foods that are Not Dog-friendly
While your dog may be your loyal companion and you may think nothing of feeding him table scraps every so often, there are just certain foods that he cannot eat or tolerate. Read More

Raw Diets for Dogs
Many people believe that, for optimal health, their family dog should be given the same foods he would eat if he were living in the wild. Wolves are predators and eat a raw meat diet with bones and stomach contents. Read More

Dogs and Epilepsy
Epilepsy is a highly dangerous for dogs. The good news is that it occurs infrequently across all dog breeds ? approximately 4% of all dogs throughout the world suffer from this disease, usually affecting dogs between the ages of 1 and 3 years old. Read More

Foods Which You Should NOT Give to Your Dog
It's not uncommon for dog owners to share their food with their pets. But is it always a good idea? No, it's not. Just because your dog likes what you are giving it to eat, it doesn't mean that it is good for it. Read More

Cleaning a Dog's Ears
A dog requires constant and special care. This should be clear to anyone considering getting a dog but doesn't have the time to properly take care for it. Of particular importance is cleaning a dog's ears. Read More

Allergic Contact Dermatitis in Dogs
Dogs often suffer from allergies the same way humans do. When a dog is exposed to a substance he is allergic to, the result is usually intense itching. Read More

Dogs and Fitness
Many people are concerned with keeping fit as well as maintaining a healthy level of exercise, and having a dog for a pet can be an asset in that department. As many of the breeds - especially the larger ones - need frequent exercise, this can be the perfect addition to any outdoor fitness routine. Read More

How to Check Your Dog's Pulse and Other Dog Health Tips
t's always a good idea to know how to check your dog's pulse, especially when temperatures climb and you're inclined to take him out with you, for instance, when you jog or run. Read More

How To Treat Ear Mites and Ear Infections in Dogs
Although not contagious to humans, ear mites, also referred to scientifically as Otodectes cynotis, are pesky parasites that breed and reside on an animal's body, particularly in the ears of canines. Read More

Allergies in Dogs
Allergies are a very common reason for your canine best friend to visit his veterinarian. There are three main types of allergies in your dog. Read More

Arthritis in Dogs
Arthritis is a common disease in geriatric dogs. Also referred to as DJD or degenerative joint disease, the condition causes joint discomfort and results in deterioration of the surrounding cartilage. Although the ailment is often diagnosed in older dogs, its cause is not easy to establish. Read More

Testing and Treating Atopy
Atopic dermatitis, also referred to as atopy, occurs when a dog inhales or comes into contact with allergens that cause his skin to itch. In response, he often scratches his skin to the point where he develops wounds or a skin infection. Usually, atopy first appears when a dog is three years of age. Read More

Diabetes in Dogs
Diabetes is the most common endocrine, or hormonal, disorder affecting middle aged dogs. If untreated, it can reduce your dog's quality of life and lead to an early death. Read More

Protecting Your Dog from Heartworm Disease
Heartworm disease can be potentially fatal if your dog is not treated for the illness. This ailment, which affects a dog's heart, lungs, and related blood vessels, is generally transmitted by way of a mosquito bite. The sickness, however, can be prevented with the regular administration... Read More

Keeping Your Dog Lean and Healthy With a Regular Exercise Routine and Low Calorie Treats
Exercise and low-calorie treats will keep your dog in tip-top shape even when he is older and begins to slow down. It's important that you exercise your dog as the activity... Read More

Massage for Dogs
If you like being massaged, you may want to try it on your dog to see if he enjoys it too. Touch is therapeutic, and is good for his body and mind. Read More

How to Support the Diet of a Dog that is Suffering from Cancer
A dog diagnosed with cancer has special requirements nutritionally. To respond well to therapy, a sound approach to nutrition must be followed. In animals suffering from cancer, a loss of weight is referred to as cancer cachexia. Read More

Dementia in the Canine Senior Citizen
As your dog ages, her joints can become stiff and her hearing and sight can fade. She may also start to develop signs of dementia, also known as canine cognitive dysfunction. Read More

Canine Influenza and Leptospirosis (Viral and Bacterial Infections in Dogs)
Not only are humans affected by flu symptoms, dogs, too, are susceptible to the canine flu. An adaptation of the horse flu, canine influenza can easily infect one dog and spread to other canines in a locale. Read More

Dog Vomiting Common Causes and Management
Most dogs vomit at least once in their lives, and there are a number of reasons. Not all of them are a cause for concern. Vomiting usually indicates that there is some irritation or inflammation in the stomach... Read More

Heartworm in Dogs
In spite of its name, heartworm don't always live in your dog's heart, but instead make their home in the large arteries carrying blood from his heart to his lungs. Read More

Intestinal Worms in Dogs
Intestinal worms are a reasonably common cause of ill health in dogs. It's not always easy to see the signs of worm infestation until your canine companion has quite a few of these little wrigglers in his intestines. Read More