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Friday, November 23, 2007

Allergies












Skin Allergies:

Comprehensive list of various skin problems

Another All about resource

Hot Spots

Respiratory Allergies

A general article written by a pet hospital

Pretty good allergy article

Dr. Mike gives pretty good info and here is where the majority of his allergy questions are located.

About soy allergies -- mainly for humans, but lists the proteins and different products that soy is in. Soy, btw is the leading offender in most food allergies.

Talks about the use of exotic protein sources in elimination diets.

Drs Foster and Smith -- reliable general article.

Good article, written by a vet.

a good article on food allergies with links on the side bar to other types of allergies -- written and presented to the World Vet Congress

Chronic Bronchitis

Lab for allergy testing

(has been used by gimpydog list members and they recommend it)

VARL

Support Group

Canine Allergies Group

Alternative K9 Nutrition

Itchy Dogs Support Group

Bowel Issues


Bowel issues are probably one of the most common issues with dogs, and also pretty elusive as far as actual diagnosis.  Depending on your vet, they may initially diagnose and treat as a "your dog ate something that didn't agree with it" and most of the time that type of treatment will work.

Its when the symptoms become chronic that more invasive and evasive diagnostics are necessary to figure out the main cause of the problem.

Some vets will use colitis, IBD, IBS, and pancreatitis interchangeably as an initial diagnosis of "your dog has an upset stomach".

In almost all of the initial treatments, your vet will recommend:
  • Fast the dog for 24 hours, just give limited amounts of water to reduce the chance of dehydration.
  • Either prescribe an anti-diarrheal, or tell you to give pepto bismol, or Immodium
  • Either prescribe or tell you to give your dog something to calm their stomach, such as Pepcid
  • After the fast, put your dog on a bland diet, either prescription or home cooked (chicken and rice)
  • If the issue gets worse, or does not resolve after a few days, return for further diagnostics.
All of these are a valid way to determine whether your dog just has a temporary stomach/bowel upset due to eating something they aren't use to, or allergic to, or whether there is another underlying cause.

If there's ever blood in the stool, or vomiting with diarrhea, it is best to err on the side of caution and contact your vet!



Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): A group of diseases of the small and large intestines, characterized by chronic and protracted diarrhea, malabsorption, weight loss, anemia, and malnutrition.  Treatable, but seldom cured.

Resources


Pet Education Link

American Rottweiler Club Resource

Marvistavet Resource page

AKC Resource Page

Support Groups

K9Kitchen Support Group 

IBDogs Support Group


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Chronic, occasional large bowel diarrhea, including frequent passage of small amounts of feces and mucus.  Constipation, abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting and nausea may occur.  

Resources

PetMD Resource for IBS

Marvistavet Article on IBS

Support Groups

K9Kitchen Support Group 


Colitis: An inflammation of the colon, and responsible for about 50% of cases of chronic diarrhea in dogs.  Painful defecation, prolonged squatting and straining, flatulence, and passing many small stools mixed with blood and mucus.  Colitis requires a scope and a biopsy of the colon for actual diagnosis.  Most vets will rule out any other causes and then treat the symptoms if money is an issue in getting a definitive diagnosis.

Resources





Diarrhea: The passing of loose or liquid stool more often than normal.

Washington State University article

Webmd for pets on diarrhea

ASPCA on diarrhea



Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis (HGE)

Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis is a potentially life-threatening intestinal condition of the dog which manifests as sudden onset bloody, watery diarrhea.

Resources

Marvistavet HGE resource

Whole Dog Journal resource

One person's blog about the experience with their dog

Worms

Cryptosporidium:

Good Resource

Giardia:

Information on the "monkey faced" worm

Coccidia:

Good Coccidia Information here (pictures too)

Tape Worms:

hey come from fleas

Hook Worms:

These are nasty, especially to puppies

Round Worms:

With Pictures (euuuw)

Whip Worms:

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Kidney Issues




Kidney Disease Information:

Columbia Animal Hospital

Canine Kidney Disease Information

Vet Prof (links to more sites too)

Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes Insipidus

The kidney

More kidney

Even more kidney

Just when you thought you had seen it all

Renal Failure

Great Resources at Dogaware

Support Group:


Read about Gracie's battle with renal failure

K9KidneyDiet Group


Gracie's Battle

Old Age Issues

Old age sucks for everyone, but your dog gets older faster than you do.

Larger breeds hit the senior years a lot faster than little dogs, so find out when your dog is official a senior so that you can start a senior citizen protocol with your vet.

The proper food and medical tests will keep your senior healthy and happy in their golden years.

Once your dog is a senior, you should have your vet perform an abdominal X-ray at least once a year to watch out for tumors, a complete blood work up to watch out for organs that might be getting cranky and not functioning properly, and a prostate exam on male dogs (especially uncastrated male dogs) to make sure the prostate is not enlarged, and to rule out adenomas.

Spaying and neutering are VITAL for a senior pet's health. If performed while young, the risks of cancers and health problems decrease.


Perianal Adenomas

Perianal Adenomas

Cataracts

Cataracts

Glaucoma

Glaucoma

Arthritis

Arthritis

Abdominal Tumors

Abdominal Tumors - coming soon

Liver Disease

Liver Disease

Kidney Disease

Kidney Disease

Incontinence

Incontinence

Prostate

All about the prostate

More prostate

Even more prostate

Epilepsy Resources

Seizure Resources
What's Wrong with Gibson - A book on canine epilepsy




















 Support Groups


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Bleeding Disorders

Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia (IMT)

University of Prince Edward Island Resource

Article by Carol Norris, DVM

VetCentric Article on IMT

Marvistavet Resource

World Small Animal Veterinary Association Meeting

Canine Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia (CIT)

Go Pets America Resource

AUTOIMMUNE HEMOLYTIC ANEMIA (AIHA)

Miesha's Hope, a great resource with links to more information about this disorder

Heart Resources

Congestive Heart Failure:

Congestive Heart Failure Link

Mitral Dysplasia:

Good Mitral Dysplasia Resource

Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM):

Dilated Carioamyopathy (DCM) Link

Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA):

PDA Link

Heart Murmur:

Heart Murmur

Human resource (with sounds)

OFA Heart Murmur grades explained

Chronic Valvular Disease:

Heartydog site

Myocardial Disease:

Heartydog site

Pericardial Disease:

Heartydog site

Arrhythmias:

Canine Cardiomyopathy

InfoVets Resources

Heartydog site

Inherited Cardiovascular Disorders

Great link for all sorts of heart problems

Heart Support Group:

yahoogroups heart support group

Incontinence Links

Spay Incontinence:

How to treat it

Really technical vet geek speak

Incontinence

The different types of incontinence and various treatments

Hormonal Incontinence

Instructions on how to make a male dog diaper holder (pretty ingenius)

Urinary Tract Infections

Those Stubborn UTIs and how to treat them

Ectopic Ureters

Information on Ectopic Ureters

More Information with surgical pictures

Support Group

Incontinence support group