Blogs by Dr Loridawn Gordon
As our dogs age, their joints begin to feel the effects of a lifetime of wear and tear from activity. As a result, degenerative diseases or osteoarthritis can take hold. Symptoms commonly associated with arthritis in dogs include:
• Slowed movement
• A general reluctance to move around.
And even though a host of factors can lead to arthritis, such as injuries, scar tissue, genetic problems, toxicity, and deficiencies,Read more...
Just like humans, dogs suffer with their own versions of the flu and the common cold. Although animals housed in shelters, kennels, and other crowded environments are more likely to come down with a viral infection, you should still be aware of the symptoms associated with these conditions so you can take action quickly. A simple respiratory infection can develop into a much more serious condition, such as pneumonia, and may become fatal.
Flu and Cold Symptoms in DogsRead more...
Heart disease is a serious condition that affects dogs. Recognizing the symptoms early can increase the chances your vet will be able to prescribe the right remedies in time.
Common symptoms associated with cardiovascular problems in dogs include:
• Panting after minimal exertion
• Shortness of breath
• Lack of appetite and energy
• Increase in depressed behavior or fatigue
• Bluish gray tongue, lips, and gums
• Coughing that
Dog’s get bad breath! It's only natural. A dog’s bad breath, which is sometimes called halitosis, is mainly caused by poor ingestion. Here are a few things you can do to help cure yours bad breath.
1. Brush, Brush, Brush
Just like humans, dogs teeth can (and should) be brushed. Using a soft bristle brush or an actual dog brush can be used to clean your furry friend’s teeth. If your dog doesn’t like the brush, use a finger brush from the vet or a local pet storeRead more...
Kennel cough is also known as Bordetella or tracheobronchitis, and is a type of upper respiratory infection that's common in dogs. It most often occurs when a canine is exposed to both the Bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria and the parainfluenza virus. However, other bacteria and viruses can also trigger this condition. And because Bordetella bacteria are often accompanied by a virus, when your dog has kennel cough, you're actually dealing with more than one infection.
Once a dog hasRead more...
Ear ailments, like skin issues, are surprisingly common in dogs. If you bring your dog to a conventional veterinarian, he or she will approach the problem from the surface, but a holistic veterinarian views ear problems differently. From a holistic standpoint, these ailments are often nothing more than an external sign of a problem that lies deeper within the body. If your pet has been suffering with recurring ear infections, it's time to approach the problem from a whole new angle.Read more...
If you've ever had to deal with a urinary tract infection, you know how uncomfortable and painful it is, so you can definitely relate if your dog is diagnosed with a UTI. But in order to really treat a urinary problem in canines, you have to gain a deeper understanding of what causes this condition in the first place.
How and Why Urinary Tract Infections Occur
Bacterial infections of the urinary tract will result in symptoms that include fever, backache,Read more...
Instead of masking pet odor with artificial fragrances or chemical cleaners that can lead to adverse health effects, look towards natural tricks that you can use to make your home, your car, and even your pets themselves smell fresh and clean always.
If Your Pet Has an Offensive Odor:
First off, if your pet has an offensive odor, this could be a sign that there's an underlying health problem. For example, yeast infections can create an odor. Also, your pet'Read more...