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Dog Heartworm: Risky to Treat; Prevention is Key
Learn the risky treatment process your dog must go through if he gets a heartworm infection, and why it’s much safer to prevent this disease.
Rabies: Why your Dog Needs this Vaccination
Learn important facts about rabies and why vaccination is still necessary to prevent this virus.
Skin Problems: How to Prevent Them on Your Dog
Learn what factors affect your dog’s skin health, and what you can do to prevent skin problems.

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Cancer in Dogs: Feeding for the Cure
Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs. According to one source, cancer specialists estimate that 50% of geriatric dogs will die of cancer. Hemangiosarcoma, a cancer of the blood vessels, occurs in dogs more than any other species. But there
Canine Cognitive Dysfunction: Signs & Symptoms Checklist
AGING CANINES often display symptoms similar to those exhibited by humans suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. This is known as Canine Cognitive Dysfuction (CCD).
Canine Flu: What You Can Do
Canine flu is a new disease that is affecting dogs. It is caused by the canine influenza virus, a relatively new virus that affects dogs.
Chocolate Toxicity in Dogs
Find out why chocolate is toxic, how to tell if your dog has ingested chocolate, and who you can call to get help.
Coccidia: Symptoms and Treatment
COCCIDIA are small protozoans (one-celled organisms) that multiply in the intestinal tracts of dogs and cats.
Common Ear Infections (and Causes) in Dogs
Learn which infections most commonly affect dogs’ ears and what you can do to prevent them.
Common Heart Conditions That Affect Dogs
Find out about four common heart conditions caused by a congenital (from birth) defect.
Common Signs of Cancer in Dogs
Find out common types of canine cancer, the signs, and treatment option.
Diarrhea in Dogs: How to Maintain Digestive Balance
Find out how dogs get diarrhea and other digestive upsets, and what you can do to help maintain proper bacterial balance.
DNA Testing and Genetic Disease
Ongoing advances in canine medicine, particularly in the area of mutated-gene identification, mean that some genetic diseases can now be reduced or eliminated as a result of a powerful tool known as DNA testing.
Dog Diabetes: Causes and Complications
Find out how dogs develop diabetes and about the complications they can get because of it.
Dog Immune System Health Leads to Overall Health
Learn the function of the immune system in disease prevention and factors that support keeping it healthy.
Dog Neurological Disorders: Intervertebral Disc Disease
If your dog shows signs of paralysis like limping, weakness, loss of sensation and inability to control urination or defecation, your dog may have IVDD.
Dog Neurological Disorders: Radial Nerve Paralysis
Dogs with radial nerve paralysis lose the ability to control the muscles that extend the front leg and the affected limb cannot bear any weight.
Dog Neurological Disorders: Stroke
What is a stroke? Do dogs get them? Find out the symptoms, severity and treatment options.
Dog Neurological Disorders: Vestibular Disease
Find out the symptoms and causes of vestibular disease and what you can do for your pet.
Dog Neurological Disorders: Wobbler Syndrome
Wobbler syndrome (also called Cervical Vertebral Instability) occurs when the cervical vertebrae (the bones in the neck that surround the spinal cord) are improperly formed.
Epilepsy: Treatable in Dogs
Epilepsy occurs in all breeds of dogs, diagnosis and treatment can be determined by your veterinarian.
Eye Health: Causes of Irritation and Infections
Learn about eye irritants, many of which can lead to damaging infections, and about other types of eye damage your pet is at risk for.
Foot Protection for Field and Active Dogs
Unprotected paws are subject to cuts, abrasions, bruises, and even frostbite while your dog is running. Protect footpads from dangerous objects or conditions with a pair of inexpensive boots and conditioning products.
Hot Spots - Cases Increase in Warm Summer Months
Take steps to bring these canine skin infections under control.
How Beneficial Bacteria Calms Digestion
Learn the importance of beneficial bacteria and your dog's digestive system, and how specialized diets and supplements are promoting these good bacteria.
How Diet Can Affect Survival Time in Pets with Cancer
Not many people know how the food we feed our animals can improve the quality and length of life in animals with cancer. The battle against cancer begins at home -- with what you put in your pet's food dish.
Hygromas and Calluses: Causes and Treatments
Find out what constitutes a hygroma and a callus and how each is treated in dogs.
Injured Pets: Safe Emergency Transport
Find out how to safely transport your pet to a hospital or clinic in emergencies to avoid further damage.
Intervertebral Disk (Ruptured Disk) Disease
Find out what can cause your dog's spinal disks to rupture, which breeds are most susceptible, symptoms and treatment options.
Intestinal Parasites: A Severe Health Threat to Dogs
Find out how your pet contracts various intestinal parasites, why they’re harmful, and what you can do to prevent them.
Knee Injuries in Dogs
A torn (ruptured) anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee is one of the most common canine injuries.
Learn the Signs of Laryngeal Paralysis in Your Dog
Learn the clinical signs of laryngeal paralysis, including loud and noisy breathing, and your treatment options.
Megaesophagus in Dogs
Find out about Megaesophagus in dogs, and learn how it can effect your canine.
Obesity in Dogs - Is It Illness?
Is your dog eating too much or is something else wrong?
Pancreatitis in Dogs
Learn what causes dog pancreatitis and how to prevent it, especially during holidays when excess table scraps are common.
Parvovirus: Dangerous but preventable disease
Vaccinations are the surest way to prevent against canine parvovirus, which is transmitted by contact with the infected dog's fecal matter.
Pet Health Checkups Enhance Your Care
Twice-yearly veterinarian checkups help diagnose problems early, minimize unexpected medical, and improve the quality of your pet’s life.
Pet Urinary Tract Infections: Causes and Treatments
Learn how to identify a pet urinary tract infection, as well as causes and treatment options.
Questions for Our Veterinarians: Top 10
Our veterinarians answer your most important questions about dog care: from housetraining, problem barking, tick removal and more!
Rabies: Understanding this still-active disease
Prevent the chance your dog could contract rabies by sticking to a veterinarian-recommended vaccination schedule.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Causes and Signs
Rheumatoid Arthritis results when a dog's immune system malfunctions, causing joint damage. Find out the signs and management options.
Signs of Osteochondritis Dissencans
Osteochondritis Dissecans occurs when cartilage cells do not develop correctly in puppies, resulting in thickened areas that separate or crack from the attached bone.
Spaying and Neutering health benefits
Find out why spaying and neutering are so important to the long-term health of your dog.
Spotlight on ClomiCalm®
Find prescription medication solutions to your dog’s separation anxiety and aggressive or obsessive compulsive behaviors.
Thunderstorms: Help Your Pet Conquer Fear
Along with warmer temperatures and longer days, spring and summer bring an increased chance for severe weather. And for many pet owners, severe weather - and thunderstorms in general - means an anxious pet.
Tick-Transmitted Diseases: Ehrlichiosis
Ehrlichiosis is a tick-transmitted disease that has 3 distinct phases. Learn about this disease and why it's important to control ticks.
Water Consumption and Hydration
Find out how much water your dog should be consuming daily and how to encourage your pet to drink more water.
Water Needs in Hot Weather and More
Heat, exertion, lactation, dog size and many other factors determine the water needs for your dog, but one thing is certain: they cannot do without it.
When to Contact Your Veterinarian
Do you know when to bring your pet to the veterinarian? Use this guide to determine when your pet needs to immediately see her veterinarian.
Zoonotic Diseases in Dogs
Find out how to prevent the diseases that can pass from animals to humans.

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Ear Infection Checklist
Emergency Visit Checklist
Eye Disease Symptom Checklist
Flea Allergy Dermatitis Checklist
Heartworm Disease Checklist
Hypothyroid? Symptoms Checklist
Motion Sickness Checklist
Noise and Storm Phobia Checklist
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