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Veterinarian researchers at several American universities have been conducting research into the cause and cure of protein-losing nephropathy (PLN), which appears to be higher in Soft-Coated Wheaton Terriers than any other breed.
PLN appears to be an inherent genetic problem with the breed that affects the dog's kidneys. Wheatens suffering with this condition experience ascites, diarrhea and vomiting, as well as the subsequent weight loss. Because protein is lost through elimination, a dog sick with PLN will become quite listless and must be treated as soon as possible. In some cases, PLN, which directly affects the kidneys, can be fatal. [...]
There is no question that Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs are one of the rarest dog breeds in the world. The true number of how many of these dogs varies, depending on who you ask, but some place the number as low as below one hundred and fifty. With such a small genetic pool, there are naturally some concerns about inbreeding and making sure the breed maintains its health in order to survive. In this article, we'll take a look at why the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is struggling to survive, what health concerns they risk from inbreeding, and what you can to do to ensure that you adopt a healthy Alapaha. [...]
Scottish Terriers, among their many other unique attributes, have unfortunately been historically shown to be much more prone to certain types of cancers than other breeds. In particular, they are at a very high risk for bladder cancer, speaking comparatively to other terriers. [...]
The Pekingese is a very active and relatively healthy dog, but like any other dog it does have some health issues. One of the main health problems in the Pekingese is congestive heart failure. In fact, congestive heart failure is also the leading cause of death in the Pekingese. When it is diagnosed in a puppy at a young age, it can often be successfully treated with medication. This is, however, provided it is diagnosed at an early age. When it is properly diagnosed and treated, the Pekingese is often able to live a long and healthy life. [...]
Dogs have coats of hair on their body that act as insulation for the summer months as well as the winter months. This is the purpose of them shedding and growing new hair. Sometimes, however, even with their heavy coats they have difficulty dealing with certain temperatures. This is definitely the case with the Pekingese. The Pekingese is very heat sensitive and may have many difficulties dealing with the hot months of summer. [...]
Newfoundlands are a large, soft, heavy breed that makes them perfect for cuddling, but their weight and fur can sometimes be a dangerous pair. While their fur is water-resistant, it consists of a long, normally black double coat. That amount and coloring of hair combined with the extra weight Newfoundlands tend to naturally carry make their bodies more sensitive to high heat and humidity. Dogs can only pant and have sweat glands on only their paws and noses-none of which is sufficient to keep a Newfoundland cool enough to stave off heat stroke. [...]
Newfoundlands seem to be prone to a deficiency in taurine. Different breeds are susceptible to various illnesses for a multitude of reasons, thus researchers obtain grants annually to investigate these illnesses just as they decided to do years ago in the case of the Newfoundland. Newfoundlands tend to be prone to more heart and eye problems than anything else and it seems that taurine may be a factor.
Taurine's main purpose is to facilitate potassium, sodium, and calcium to cells. When there is not sufficient taurine in a dog's diet then a condition known as dilated cardiomyopathy occurs. [...]
Despite their fluffy white coat and husky like appearance, the American Eskimo breed really has nothing to do with Eskimos or anything even close to Alaska. However, with its solid white or off cream colored coat, the Eskie, as it is sometimes referred to, definitely reminds people of snow. At the same time, their dense double coat makes them excellent for cold weather climates. [...]
A healthy, nutritional diet is what keeps your Australian terrier healthy, feeling his best, and looking great. Feeding your terrier a healthy diet can save money in the end by reducing your veterinarian bills. [...]
Common symptoms of diabetes in your Australian terrier include increased thirst and water consumption and excessive, frequent urination. [...]
Dog ownership is a huge responsibility and feeding your dog and ensuring they receive a nutritionally good diet is probably one of the biggest concerns you will have. Common sense will tell you that a German Shepherd is not going to eat the same kind of food that you would feed your Miniature Schnauzer and vice versa. [...]
Canine Urolithiasis is a disease that affects many pets. Miniature Schnauzers are particularly susceptible to this disease. Urolithiasis is caused by the urinary tract having uroliths (stones) or calculi (excess amounts of crystal). Urolithiasis is also known as urinary calculi, bladder stones, cystitis or kidney stones. [...]
For the most part, the Australian Cattle Dog is a very healthy breed. They are sturdy and strong, able to not only withstand the harsh Australian climate but able to confidently move around herds of cattle without any fear of injury. Cattle Dog breeders have worked quite hard to ensure their favorite breed maintains a certain standard. This has helped to keep the unfortunate effects of unscrupulous breeding practices at bay. [...]
No dog is perfect; different dogs have different health conditions and problems. Likewise, your Mastiff is also susceptible to certain health problems. It is important that you know the signs that indicate that your Mastiff is suffering from illnesses, whether they be mild or serious conditions.
The Mastiff tends to bloat when it eats or drinks too fast. This can be a very serious condition. With bloating, the Mastiff's stomach tends to twist or flip upside down while eliminating blood supply to its stomach. [...]
Just like people, Bichon Frises require regular dental care to keep their teeth and gums healthy and prevent periodontal disease. Gingivitis, caused by plaque and tartar buildup could lead to more serious health problems if left unattended. Starting dental care when your Bichon Frise is young and checking your pet's mouth for problems will help avoid many dental problems from occurring. [...]