Overview of Canine Dystocia - Difficult Birth in Dogs The act of delivering puppies, or whelping, is usually a natural process for dogs, but there are occasions when normal birth is difficult or even impossible. Dystocia, or difficult or abnormal birth, is a common problem in veterinary medicine. If your dog is about to make you the proud owner of a litter of puppies, you should acquaint yourself with the normal birth process.
Category Diseases conditions of dogs
Canine Allergic Reactions - from Causes Unknown Allergic reactions can vary from mild to severe. The most severe reaction is anaphylaxis, an immediate reaction that leads to life-threatening symptoms that include vomiting, diarrhea, staggering, rapid drop in blood pressure, swelling of the larynx leading to airway obstruction, and cardiovascular collapse.
Canine Soft Tissue Trauma No matter how hard we try and no matter how well we take care of our dogs, they may still incur injuries from accidents, ranging from severe to mild. Soft tissue injuries fit into either category, depending on the severity. Soft tissues are those tissues surrounding bones and joints - primarily muscle, tendon and ligaments.
Overview of Canine Trauma & Automobile Injuries Automobile injury or trauma is defined as an injury sustained when a dog is struck by a moving vehicle such as a car, truck, snowplow, train or motorcycle. Injuries may also occur as the result of human abuse, falling from a height, or animal attacks. The impact of traumatic injuries ranges from minor to life threatening and any body system may be affected.
Trauma to the Canine Penis and/or Prepuce Trauma to the penis and surrounding tissues is a common injury. The penis can be injured during animal attacks, failing to successfully jump over a barricade such as a fence, automobile injuries and trauma associated with mating. Severe bruising and lacerations are the most common injuries to this very delicate and sensitive part of the body.
Canine Choking Choking is a common reason why pets are brought to the veterinarian, though the signs of choking are often mistaken. Usually, the owner confuses coughing or vomiting with choking. Understanding the causes and signs of choking can help determine proper care and treatment for your pet. Choking can occur due to an obstruction of the airway from a foreign object in the throat, severe swelling of the throat or due to constriction of the neck.
Dogs That Suffer from Thermal Burns Despite our precautions, accidents can happen and our pets may suffer resultant burns. Some causes include your dog reaching up onto a hot stove, walking across hot pavement, too much sun or getting too close to the barbeque grill. Below is an overview of thermal burns to dogs followed by in-depth information on the diagnosis and treatment of the different types of burns.
Canine Protozoan Parasites It's ironic that mammals, the most complex organisms in nature, can fall prey to the simplest of organisms - protozoans. Protozoans, as you may remember from junior high biology, are one-celled organisms - the most basic forms of life. But while most single cell organisms are free-living and innocuous, a sinister few can invade our pets, causing a range of problems including serious diarrhea, which can lead to weight loss, debilitation and even death.
Gunshot Injury in Dogs In our increasingly violent society, the ready availability of firearms not only increases the risk of injury to people but also to our dogs. Gunshot injury is particularly common in poor urban areas and rural areas. The damage associated with gunshot injury depends on the area of the body in which the projectile enters.
Frequently, dogs ingest items, chemicals or foods that have the potential to be dangerous or even toxic. If you see this ingestion, you may be able to avoid the potential danger by making your dog vomit. Inducing vomiting should be done only if instructed by your veterinarian. The procedure can be hazardous.
Animal Attacks to Dogs (by other dogs and wild animals) Animal attacks can be frightening and make the owner feel helpless. When two animals are embroiled in a battle, it can be difficult to separate them without injuring yourself. Avoid the desire to jump between the animals and pull them apart. This usually results in serious injury.
Overview of Peritonitis in Dogs The peritoneum is a membrane that lines the abdominal cavity and produces a small amount of fluid that lubricates the abdominal contents. In addition, the peritoneum is also responsible for forming adhesions, or scars, in the presence of an inflammatory process. Peritonitis is an inflammatory process affecting the peritoneum that can be very serious, or even life-threatening.
Overview of Heat Stroke in Dogs Heat stroke is a condition arising from extremely high body temperature (rectal temperature of 105 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit), which leads to nervous system abnormalities that may include lethargy, weakness, collapse or coma. Abnormally high body temperature (also called hyperthermia) develops in dogs after increased muscular activity with impaired ability to give off heat due to high heat and humidity or respiratory obstruction.
Canine Electrocution Injuries Injuries from electrocution or electric shock are the result of injury to nerve cells and the intense heat generated as the electricity passes through the body tissues. The most common source of electrical injury to dogs is when they bite electrical cords carrying low voltage household currents.
Allergic Reactions to Insect Bites or Stings in Dogs Warm weather months often include run-ins with bees, wasps, and mosquitoes. Very often bites and stings produce an allergic reaction that adds to our misery. This is also true with our pets. Allergic reactions are just as common in our pets and can occur in dogs of any age, breed, or sex.
Canine Chest Trauma A major cause of serious and potentially life threatening chest damage in dogs can result from blunt force trauma. Automobile injuries, falls and kicks are the primary causes of blunt force trauma to the chest cavity. The heart, lungs and airways are located within the chest cavity and are protected by ribs and chest wall muscles.
Canine Sprain Injuries A sprain is damage to tissue supporting a joint, primarily ligament damage. Ligaments are tough fibrous material that connect one bone to another. There are three categories of sprains and each may require different treatment. Grade I . These are sprains in which a portion of the ligament is torn.
Canine Allergic Vaccination Reactions Immunizations (or vaccines) are intended to stimulate the immune system so as to protect the animal from the infectious agent. However, this stimulation may cause some minor symptoms. Your pet may react to immunizations in ways that range from soreness at the site of injection to mild fever to allergic reactions, which can range from mild to severe.
Overview of Dogs that Nearly Drown Near drowning is a term used to describe non-fatal water inhalation and survival for longer than twenty-four hours. In a near-drowning episode, cessation of breathing results in a loss of oxygen to the brain and a rise in carbon dioxide levels in the blood. It can also cause aspiration of water into the lungs resulting in damage to the lung tissue.
Canine Head Trauma Head trauma is a blunt or penetrating injury occurring to the head. In dogs it may occur due to a variety of causes, the most common of which is a motor vehicle accident. Other causes include blunt trauma such as being hit by bats or swings or being stepped on, falls, gunshot wounds or animal fights.
House fires are usually devastating and horrible events. Not only are men, women and children affected, but so are dogs. Especially disturbing is the pet home alone during a fire with no way to call for help and no way to escape. Your pet cannot place wet towels under the door. He is trapped and completely at the mercy of neighbors or passersby.