Parvovirus DogcareSchool.com

ParvovirusParvovirus is spread through contact with feces of an infected animal and can survive on many items in the home including dog dishes, other dog equipment, clothing and hands of people handling infected dogs. It can be transmitted to the environment through the dog’s hair and feet or any other objects that are contaminated. Any objects that you may think are contaminated should be washed with detergent and then a ...

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Diskospondylitis DogcareSchool.com

Diskospondylitis While diskospondylitis (DS) is usually seen in large and giant male dogs, especially German Shepherd Dogs and Great Danes, it can happen with any size or gender of dog. The spine is composed of vertebrae which are small bones beginning at the base of the skull and going all the way to the end of the tail. Cushioning the vertebrae are flexible discs made of cartilage called invertabral discs. They act as ...

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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in Dogs DogcareSchool.com

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in Dogs After years of research, a study was conducted using a miniature version of this large gene and adding a harmless virus for delivery to the correct site in the body. Dogs receiving the gene therapy were 2-3 months old and showing symptoms of the disease. By 6-7 months old, the dogs were developing normally. Dogs can develop DMD early in life, at 8 weeks old. Golden Retrievers are ...

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Encephalitis in Pets DogcareSchool.com

Encephalitis in Pets Symptoms depend on the area of the brain affected and can appear suddenly and advance quickly. Involvement of the forebrain (the forward most part of the brain) can produce seizures, blindness, changes in behavior, depression, circling. Other signs can be fever, unequal or smaller sized pupils. Abnormalities can include mid- and hind-brain. Diagnosis includes blood tests, urinalysis, chest x-rays, medical history. It’s possible that these will not be conclusive. A definitive ...

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Osteogenesis Imperfecta in Pets DogcareSchool.com

Osteogenesis Imperfecta in Pets Collagen is one of the main ingredients in giving bones their elasticity. Without collagen, bones become very brittle. When there is a defect in collagen, bones fracture easily. They can break spontaneously or with slight trauma such as a little jump. Dog breeds in which brittle bone disease is seen more often include Golden Retriever, Beagle, Poodle, Collie, Dachshund, Norwegian Elkhound and Bedlington Terrier. Symptoms of Osteogenesis Imperfecta are joint ...

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Zika Virus and Your Pets DogcareSchool.com

Zika Virus and Your Pets The Zika virus was first discovered in Uganda in 1947. It was found in a Rhesis monkey whose habitat was the Zika (overgrown) Forest. Little research was conducted on the virus as it did not appear to be a threat to humans. However mosquitoes were identified as the carriers of the virus in 1948. Findings in experiments using mice showed that they could be infected with ...

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Eyelash Disorders in Dogs DogcareSchool.com

Eyelash Disorders in Dogs Trichiasis , also known as entropion, is when the eyelash grows inward towards the eyeball or cornea. Symptoms are abnormal eye twitchews, change in color of iris, excess tearing, eye swelling Treatment includes relieving eye irritation, keeping area hair short. Sometimes surgery is required. Breeds more prone to Trichiasis are Pekingese, English Cocker Spaniels, Pugs, Bulldogs. Distichiasis is the abnormal growth of hair on the eyelid. Treatment is removal of hair and ...

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Colitis in Pets DogcareSchool.com

Colitis in Pets Colitis has several causes, among them stress, infections, other illnesses, contaminated food, parasites, trauma, IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), contact with infected pets. Symptoms of colitis are frequent small amounts of unformed to liquid feces, straining with defecation, mucous and/or fat globules in feces. There have been cases of vomiting but weight loss is rare. Diagnosis is made through pet’s history, blood tests, rectal examination, feces cultures, x-rays, ultrasound, possibly biopsies. ...

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Head Pressing in Pets DogcareSchool.com

Head Pressing in Pets If you see your dog or cat pressing the top of the head against furniture, walls, floors or any hard surfaces for no discernable reason, it could mean something seriously wrong that needs your vet’s attention as soon as possible. Head pressing can be a medical emergency. The cause of head pressing is usually a neurological problem, a damaged nervous system or metabolic disorder. Here’s a short list ...

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