Blogs by Dr Loridawn Gordon

July 3, 2014 by Dr Loridawn Gordon

Dogs are susceptible to a variety of worms and microscopic parasites. Some of the most common intestinal worms include roundworms, tapeworms, whipworms, and hookworms. Other parasites include fleas and ticks. What is particularly frightening about these parasites is the fact that many can be transferred to humans, so you definitely want to take the right steps towards eliminating them promptly.

Conventional Treatments and the Problems Associated with Them

If

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March 21, 2014 by Dr Loridawn Gordon

Many people don't realize that the offensive breath coming from their dog isn't normal. In fact, it could be a sign that there are dental issues brewing. Maintaining the health of your dog's teeth and gums are important to his overall health, especially since infections of the mouth can spread to other systems and lead to more serious conditions.

There are plenty of natural ways to keep your pet's mouth healthy. The key, though, is to follow these steps every day, just as you brush

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March 13, 2014 by Dr Loridawn Gordon

Dogs are unable to detoxify the body in the same way that humans can. They're also far more susceptible to damage from everyday toxins in the environment and in their diet because their bodies are smaller than ours (most of the time).

To keep your dog as healthy as possible, you need to not only limit exposure to toxins but also help the body detoxify itself in the most efficient manner, and the best way to do so is by providing natural supportive therapies.

1. Milk

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March 6, 2014 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:

• Stiffness
• Pain
• Lameness
• 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,

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February 25, 2014 by Dr Loridawn Gordon

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 Dogs

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February 11, 2014 by Dr Loridawn Gordon

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:

• Wheezing
• 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

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January 29, 2014 by Dr Loridawn Gordon

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 store

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January 23, 2014 by Dr Loridawn Gordon

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 has

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January 13, 2014 by Dr Loridawn Gordon

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.

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December 27, 2013 by Dr Loridawn Gordon

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,

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