Doberman Pinscher Diseases

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Doberman Pinchers as a breed are genetically predisposed to a number of diseases though not as many as some breeds. Some are just anecdotal where as with others the genetic factors are known. Most pure breed dogs are breed rather closely to near relatives. This process … [Read more...]

Standard Poodle Diseases

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Standard Poodles as a breed are genetically predisposed to a number of diseases though not as many as many other breeds such as Golden Retrievers. Some diseases appear to be inherited but actual genetic coding has not been definitively identified.  Most pure breed dogs are … [Read more...]

Golden Retriever Diseases

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When thinking about dog breeds, and which might make good pets, considering the diseases that they may be predisposed to should be a consideration. Golden retrievers as a breed are genetically predisposed to a number of diseases; more than many breeds. This article will list … [Read more...]

Constipation in Cats

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Constipation in cats occurs occasionally and is characterized by large, dry feces that are difficult for the cat to pass. Sedentary, overweight cats with diets low in fiber are particularly prone (predisposed) to constipation. Any condition resulting in dehydration can dry … [Read more...]

Congenital Heart Disease in the Dog: Diagnosis and Treatment

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During your puppy's first examination by your veterinarian it is routine to carefully listen for abnormal heart sounds that may suggest the presents of a congenital heart defect. The normal sound is a series of “lup Dub” sound. A murmur is an abnormal sound heard through a … [Read more...]

Comparing Congenital Heart Disease in Dogs and Children

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Puppies can be born with virtually the same birth defects of the heart that affect human babies. Treatment of some congenital abnormalities is possible in dogs however it pales in comparison to the sophistication that is available for treatment of children with congenital … [Read more...]

Heart Disease in Dogs: Endocarditis

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Bacterial infection of heart valves (bacterial endocarditis) is thankfully an uncommon disease and is unlikely to affect the health of your pet.  Bacterial endocarditis in the dog can develop on any of the four valves of the heart however it typically occurs on the left side … [Read more...]

Heart Disease in Dogs: Tricuspid Valve Disease

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The tricuspid valve separates the right ventricle from the right atrium. Click here to learn about normal heart functioning of the dog. The same process that causes mitral valve disease  also causes the degeneration, thickening and eventually inability to tightly seal the … [Read more...]

Comparing Acquired Heart Disease in Dogs and Humans

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Acquired heart diseases are those that develop over time rather than conditions that are present from birth (congenital). Though limited similarities exist between heart disease in dogs and people, there are key differences that affect how and when to treat. Dogs do NOT … [Read more...]

Finding a Consensus on Canine CVHD

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*Reproduced with permission by Dr. Clarke Atkins! * Canine chronic valvular heart disease (CVHD) is the most important nonparasitic cardiovascular diseases in veterinary medicine, but controversy remains about the best treatment.  THE PLAYERS Canine CVHD, also known … [Read more...]