Atopic dermatitis is a chronic condition with a complex pathogenesis and clinical picture, whose treatment often requires the lifelong adoption of several therapeutic strategies.
Chronic renal failure (CRF) can affect a dog of any age, breed or gender. It is actually a normal part of the aging process and the average age that owners begin to notice symptoms is seven.
Unproductive vomiting – the dog is retching but nothing is coming up – is an emergency requiring immediate medical attention. The most common cause is Gastric Torsion, a condition where the dog’s stomach has flipped over either 180 or 360 degrees.
One of the most relevant factors that affect doggie life expectancy is size, but other factors also come into play just as they do in humans, specifically diet, exercise, and various genetic diseases that seem to affect certain breeds.
When it comes to helping your dog (and you) live longer experts agree exercise tops the list. And let’s face it; we all want our dogs to live longer. Finding activities to condition and exercise your dog indoors – when it is too hot, too cold, too rainy, or you are too busy – is a challenge many dog owners face.
As concerns aspirin, this drug was commonly used in the past to treat a variety of painful and inflammatory conditions in dogs (especially osteoarthritis). However in recent years its use has declined due to the introduction of safer and more effective products.
Several factors have also been found to increase the incidence of hip dysplasia in growing dogs. In large breed dogs, rapid growth has been found to increase the chances of developing hip dysplasia, and studies have shown that providing a diet to slow the growth rate of these dogs can help to lower developing joint problems.
It has been estimated that one in five dogs over the age of seven is affected by arthritis. Arthritis is a general term for abnormal joint changes or growth, and can be caused by immune disorders, infections, congenital malformations, or from stress and trauma.
Infection is the most common cause of anal scent gland dysfunction. Something as simple as an itchy butt can lead to the dog dragging his bottom across a rough surface, which can of course pierce the skin.
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