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Like all large dogs, greyhounds are also susceptible to bloat. This condition is fatal if not treated quickly enough. Bloating can occur without notice and might even be mistaken for indigestion. It can sometimes have the appearance of a bloated belly, which is where the name comes from, and you may even see the stomach twisting and turning. However, you can't be sure that it will be that noticeable. Once the stomach starts to twist and turn it can torsion, which can be fatal. It cuts off the circulation in the stomach and blood gets pushed into the main organs while the stomach dies. [...]
Like all large dogs, the Kuvasz is subject to bloat. Bloat is sometimes caused gastric dilation. Its most prominent symptom is the extension of the dog's stomach. You may even see the stomach twisting and turning inside, but that's not always the case. The dog may retch or salivate excessively. Bloat is fatal in a large number of dogs and immediate attention by a veterinarian is warranted if you think your dog is experiencing bloat. [...]
The Lakeland terrier has a very dense coat that is weather resistant. In order to keep this coat in the same healthy condition, the dog should be fed a high quality dog food. Make sure the dog food you feed this dog is a type that is for his breed size (large breed, small breed, puppy food, etc.). [...]
Many times when people get dogs, such as the Manchester terriers, they are not quite sure what their needs are unless they previously owned one. However, once you get a Manchester terrier it does not take long to know what its needs are. [...]
Dirofilaria immitis is the medical term for the infection we all recognize as heartworm. The first cases of feline heartworm were reported in Brazil in 1921, since then it has been reported around the world. It is interesting to note that feline heartworm is reported more frequently in areas where dogs with heartworm are reported as well. However the number of reported feline cases remains lower than canine cases in these high-risk areas. Furthermore, the male cat is more susceptible to this disease than the female. Also the presenting symptoms and diagnostic approaches are different in dogs and cats reported to have contracted this disease.
Heartworm is passed on to cats by infected mosquitoes that carry the L3 Larvae. When the larvae mature and become adults they develop into worms and these parasites attach to their host and live within the body. [...]
What you feed your Otterhound, will directly affect his longevity and good health. Today there is much hype about canned dog food especially since the Purina pet care recall. Critics say that commercial pet foods are laced with chemicals and preservatives. A healthy diet will not only promote a longer life but will also curtail digestive problems. With a healthier diet you can expect to see good muscle tone, good eyesight and brighter eyes, high energy, strong bones, strong teeth and gums, good skin and coat, firmer and fewer bowel movements, offensive body odors, and of course less health problems and visits to the veterinarian. [...]
Arthritis means joint inflammation, but the term is somewhat misleading because arthritis is much more than joint inflammation and cats do contract many forms of arthritis depending upon the breed and external factors. The particular forms of arthritis that cats suffer from are: Traumatic Arthritis (sprain) and Osteoarethritis, from there, there are several diseases that belong to one group or the other.
Traumatic Arthritis as the name implies occurs when there is some sort of a trauma, (sprain) injury. In cats that could be the result of being hit by a moving vehicle, a cat fight, or bad fall. If the trauma is a result of a simple sprain chances are the pain will go away in no time and is really not that serious. However, if the traumatic arthritis is more serious, resulting from being hit by a car or other serious accident, a fracture may occur in the joint and your cat may require surgery to repair the damage. [...]
The number one problem in cats over the age of five are dental related. Many of these problems can be avoided with proper dental care. Like humans, cats have baby teeth first and then adult teeth afterward. They usually get their first set of teeth around two to four weeks of age. The mother cat will start to wean her kittens once they start biting which is roughly around four weeks of age. The adult set of teeth usually comes in around four to six months. A cat has thirty teeth in a full set of adult teeth, which include: pre-molars and molars, canines and incisors. [...]
Like any other breed, the Chinese Crested's nutritional demands are embedded right into their genetic code. Several breeders have attempted introducing the Chinese Crested to varying dietary regimens with little to no success. As it may involve spending a little more, or driving to a grocery store a little further away, keeping the dog on a specific diet may seem like a pain, however, these inconveniences are certainly less expensive and time consuming than possibly dealing with digestion and other health problems and trips to the veterinarian's office later in the dog's life. [...]
A large part of keeping a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in good health consists of feeding a well balanced diet. However, with breeds that have a high stamina, it is important to ensure they get the right amount of calories throughout the day. Oftentimes, destructive behaviors can be attributed to hunger, especially with the extra active Staffie. It is important for Staffie owners to understand that it is not merely quantity of calories but quality that matters most. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is one that needs a good balance of protein and carbohydrates to support its muscular frame. It is always fun to feed snacks and doing so at certain intervals of the day can help keep a Staffie well fed and balanced. [...]
Feline diarrhea is a problem of loose or messy stools and originates in the small or large intestine. Diarrhea is also one of the most common reasons for a cat owner to visit a veterinarian. More often then not diarrhea is a symptom of another underlying problem.
[h]Types of Diarrhea and Location[/h]
[-]Sudden diarrhea originating in the small intestine gives the cat an urgency to defecate. It usually lasts for about 48 hours and then clears up on its own. Often when the cat has bouts of diarrhea it will lose its appetite as well.[/-]
[-]Chronic diarrhea in the small intestine is a large amount of watery stool that is a brownish color. Sometimes it takes on a blackish color if there is blood in the stool. It usually last for about a week at a time.[/-] [...]
In regards to any dog's diet, experts recommend using foods consisting of ingredients native to the breed's country of origin. Being that the Papillon has a lineage of rat and rodent control dogs working on farms in central France, they consisted on the kind of food that was raised and grown there (not to mention the rodents they caught). In the 16th century, the era wherein their lineage is roughly traced back to, the meats available would be poultry and mutton. Also on the menu would be root type vegetables such as radishes and potatoes, along with wheat and corn. Not recommended would be any kind food that includes a soy product, fish, horse meat, beef, or rice. [...]
With a breed of dog as large as the Neapolitan Mastiff, feeding and nutrition rates as a major issue for responsible owners. Without an appropriate diet, the constitution of larger dog breeds can be seriously compromised. Joints, brain function, teeth, and internal organs must be supported with an appropriate blend of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Too much of one thing and not enough of others can lead not only to problems for the dog but serious vet bills for the owner. It is a good idea for new owners to research breed nutrition or ask a breeder what specifically goes into an appropriate Neo diet. [...]
When it comes to feeding the lively Bedlington Terrier, it is important to make sure their diet has a good balance of nutrients to support their agile, multi purpose frame. Part guard dog, running dog, and swimming dog, the Bedlington needs a blend of carbohydrates and protein to keep their brains alert and muscles strong. A moderate fat level will help support their curly coat and keep their skin problem free. It is also commonly noted that the breed is one that absolutely must have a low copper diet. They should not even be allowed to drink water from taps that use copper plumbing.
The Bedlington's need for less copper stems from the lack of a certain protein required to fully process the mineral in the body. Referred to as copper toxicosis, it has been found that when the breed gathers an excess of copper in its bloodstream, the toxicity settles in the liver and begins killing red blood cells one by one. When it is caught in time, copper chelation medication is often prescribed in order to flush out toxins via the kidneys. Without intervention, the Bedlington can see its life cut short to a mere two years. [...]
The Italian Greyhound needs exercise just like any other dog. They may not need as much exercise as a large breed of dog, their exercise is still important for their overall well being as well as keeping them from becoming overweight. They are a very active dog running around the house, but still need regular exercise. There is no greater pleasure you can give your Italian Greyhound than taking them for a walk around the neighborhood. They are very sensitive to the cold weather so either walk them on warm days or have them wear a sweater. They may be laughed at by the neighbors, but it will keep them warm and prevent them from getting sick. Remember how they love to chase animals so always keep them on a leash and don't expect a fence to keep them in your yard. They are great jumpers. [...]