Health

My dog has arthritis. What can I do to help him?

Arthritis, also called degenerative joint disease (DID), is common in older dogs. It is caused by deterioration of the layers of cartilage that line a dog’s joints and by injuries to the joints that have occurred over the dog’s lifetime. ...

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My dog has bad breath. What can I do?

Halitosis (foul-smelling breath) can occur for a number of reasons in older dogs. Kidney failure causes a buildup of ammonia in a dog’s bloodstream, resulting in breath with a sharp odor. Tumors in the mouth can also become gangrenous and ...

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Do dogs get breast cancer?

Yes, mammary (breast) cancer is the most common form of cancer in dogs. Dogs develop both malignant (cancerous) and benign (noncancerous) tumors of the mammary glands, but about half of all canine mam-mary tumors are malignant. When compared to unspayed ...

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Can my dog go on the birth control pill?

To date, there are no approved or available safe oral or injectable contraceptives for dogs, although there has been extensive research in the attempt to develop such a product. In the meantime, the best contraceptive method solution for both male ...

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Are there any drugs I can give my dog for pain?

Never administer any medication to your dog without consulting your veterinarian. The type and amount of medication for a particular dog depends on that dog’s age, general health, size, and any known medical disorders. Dogs metabolize drugs differently than people ...

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Are chocolates poisonous to my dog?

Too many people find it hard to believe that chocolate is poisonous to dogs because they have fed their dog a chocolate treat at one time or another with no ill effects. As with anything poisonous, it’s important to realize ...

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Which plants are poisonous to my dog?

Whether or not a plant is poisonous to your dog depends on how much of the plant your dog ingests and absorbs. Even nonpoisonous plants can cause mild symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea if your dog eats them. Some ...

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