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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. [...]
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. [...]
There are several different health problems that affect the Labrador retriever throughout their life. Some are easy to spot and others may go undiagnosed until it's too late to really help the dog. It would be nice if all dogs were the same so we would always know what to expect. Unfortunately, this is not the case as many of the health ailments the Labrador retriever (as well as other dogs) develops are hereditary. This answers many of the questions about why one Labrador is perfectly healthy and another got seriously ill in his or her lifetime. [...]
When raising a Great Dane in your home, there are some illnesses that you should know about. Having a short life span is one of the most negative aspects of the Great Dane breed. Their life span usually ranges from seven to ten years. The most common health problems that the Great Dane faces are gastric torsion or bloat, heart diseases, and some types of cancers. There can be varying factors that can result to an unhealthy Great Dane. Improper diet, infections, and false pregnancies among others are just some of the factors that can lead to a serious or simple illness that happens to most Great Danes. [...]
The Brittany is a high energy dog but never in a neurotic sense. They are a grounded breed that simply loves to be out and about or where ever their owner is. Nonetheless, their lean towards an active lifestyle will make certain calorie requirements an issue. Dogs have a number of various systems to support and the improper balance of protein, fatty acids, and vitamins can lead to health problems that span from the minor to the major. [...]
The Bulldog is a very wonderful dog to have as a pet. They get along with everyone, but they especially love being around children. From the time they enter your home, it will feel like they are one of the family. In many ways, it will seem like there is another person in your home. You will especially feel this way at night when you hear your new bulldog snoring. Yes, bulldogs do indeed snore. [...]
Cocker spaniels are well known for their long, pendulous ears covered with hair. While they are a very attractive feature of the dog, they require a lot of care to prevent problems such as ear infections. Ear infections can be quite painful, and without treatment can permanently damage the ears. In this article, we'll take a look at how you can help prevent ear infections and what treatment is available to cure them.
The major cause of ear infections in Cocker spaniels is not enough air circulation around the ear canal, which can make them extremely moist and much easier for an infection to start. You can check for signs of an ear infection by lifting up the ear and checking for red skin, a "cheesy" odor or any sign of discharge. [...]
Epilepsy and seizures are the bane of many Vizslas existence. Some dogs are more susceptible to the condition than others, and great amounts of research and money has gone into finding the source of it and discovering cures for it. The Vizsla is an incredibly energetic pointer and retriever due to its historical experience but epilepsy is an incredibly common feature of the breed likely because of that same history. [...]
Kooikerhondjes are just like humans in that they need good hygiene practices and good grooming to look and feel their best. Some of the basics of this upkeep include baths and brushing, special attention to eye care, and conscientious toenail maintenance. These practices are essential to keeping your Kooikerhondje healthy and a pleasure to have around the house. [...]
Health problems can be passed down to dogs from their parents just like human children can inherit health problems from their parents. For the Kooikerhondje breed this is a real concern because they have a small gene pool. This makes them an easy target for such genetic conditions. Breeders try very hard to reduce or eliminate diseases and problems such as cataracts, epilepsy, patella luxation, and Von Willebrand's disease through tests and selective breeding. Breeders are taking these steps to ensure the health of the Kooikerhondje breed. Let's look at why this is so important. [...]
The Japanese Chin is a fairly healthy dog with few health problems. With good care, the Chin can live from 12 to 14 years. As is the case with most dogs, some health problems seem to affect some dogs more than others do. With the Japanese Chin, the problem can be breathing difficulties.
Dyspnea is a form of respiratory (breathing) distress that often affects the Japanese Chin. There are different causes for dyspnea such as heart disease, heart failure, infection, trauma, fluid or bleeding in the lungs, or chest or lung disease. [...]
The Alaskan Malamute originated from the Arctic region. For many years, this breed of dog had relied on the common foods of the region, such as whale meat, salmon, seal meat, and halibut. Even in the resourceful world of today, such foods are hard to come by, and they are definitely not available in commercially prepared dog food. [...]
Dogs need exercise as much as humans do to control their weight and to maintain their health. Basset hounds have special needs when it comes to exercise and staying in shape. Furthermore, these needs are dependent upon the age of the dog because puppies have needs that differ from those of adults. This article will look at the needs of these two life stages so that you can provide the best and most appropriate exercise for your basset hound. [...]
Different breeds of dog have different body types, and these differences can leave them more prone to different health and hygiene problems. Basset hounds, for example, are known for their long droopy ears, but this adorable characteristic brings with it its own group of problems and concerns. This article will take a look at why their ears can be an issue, what problems can arise, and even a little about what can be done to prevent these problems before they start. [...]