Lab for allergy testing
(has been used by gimpydog list members and they recommend it)
Friday, November 23, 2007
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.
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.
Pet Education Link
American Rottweiler Club Resource
Marvistavet Resource page
AKC Resource Page
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.
PetMD Resource for IBS
Marvistavet Article on IBS
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.
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.
Marvistavet HGE resource
Whole Dog Journal resource
One person's blog about the experience with their dog
Thursday, November 15, 2007
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.
Abdominal Tumors - coming soon
- Canine Epilepsy Resources (one of the best sites for epilepsy)
- Epilepsy Guardian Angels (great resource for seizure disorders)
- Canine Epilepsy Network (College of Vet Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia)
- Where to buy books on living with epileptic dogs
- Marvistavet Information on seizures
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Congestive Heart Failure:
Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM):
Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA):
Chronic Valvular Disease:
Inherited Cardiovascular Disorders
Heart Support Group:
Urinary Tract Infections