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Bringing a new dog into your home can be lots of fun, and you will find that dogs can be loyal and caring companions to you and your family. However, a new dog, especially a puppy, can wreak havoc in your home if you do not take the time to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at william D Thomas's blog
Everyone wants their beloved, pampered dog to look radiantly healthy and beautiful. A shiny, soft coat, bright eyes and a sweet, adorable countenance all accent your pet’s appearance. Any veterinarian will tell you that the most important factor affecting your pet’s looks is its physical health. Untreated illness, parasites and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at william D Thomas's blog
There are many different types of dog trainers - amateur, professional, or vocational dog trainer. These can be done part-time or full-time. You may pursue becoming a dog trainer as a hobby, a career, or a lifestyle. This article is intended to help you determine which one, if any, is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
Ringworm is a skin infection which is caused by fungi. The name of the disease is derived from the classic ring-shaped skin lesion composed of a scaly area which is devoid of hair in the center and surrounded by a red ring on its border. Ringworm in dogs can also... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
Cryptococcosis is a fungal infection which is caused by Cryptococcus neoformans. Dogs which have acquired the infection usually suffer from severe problems that affect the central nervous system. The causative agent thrives well in soil and droppings of wild and domesticated pigeons. The feces of pigeons possess high levels of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
Coccidioidomycosis, also called “Canine Valley Fever” is an infection caused by the fungus Coccidioides immitis. The fungus thrives well in sandy alkaline soils in regions with low rainfall, very high temperatures, and low elevation. It is transmitted via inhalation of airborne spores when dogs play in areas where the fungus... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
Histoplasmosis in dogs is a non-contagious infection which is caused by the fungi, Histoplasma capsulatum. The organism thrives in the soil particularly in moist and humid conditions. It abounds in organic matter such as bat and bird droppings which are rich in nitrogen. There are several predisposing factors which have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
Blastomycosis is a systemic disease which is caused by the fungus, Blastomyces dermatitidis. This fungal infection primarily affects dogs and humans. In humans, the disease is called “Chicago Disease”, “Gilchrist Disease” or “Mycosis”. The primary mode of transmission of Blastomycosis is through inhalation of the fungal spores. The fungus abounds... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
The genus Clostridium is a group of anaerobic bacteria (they can thrive in conditions where oxygen is not present) which have been linked to several important diseases in dogs. Two of the most common clostridial infections in dogs are caused by Clostridium perfringens and Clostridium difficile. Some healthy dogs have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) is a tick-borne infection which can affect both dogs and humans. It is a zoonotic disease which is caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, a parasite that dwells within the cells of the host. Humans cannot acquire the infection from dogs rather, the dogs can carry ticks... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
Canine Ehrlichiosis, also called “tracker dog disease”, “canine hemorrhagic fever”, “tropical canine pancytopenia”, and “canine typhus”. It is a tick-borne infection which is caused by a rickettsial organism Ehrlichia canis. It was during the Vietnam War that the disease gained importance when a large percentage of military dogs suffered from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
Lyme Disease, also called Borreliosis, is a tick-borne infection which is caused by the spirochete bacteria, Borrelia burgdoferi. In the US, the disease is primarily transmitted by the common deer tick Ixodes scapularis and Ixodes pacificus. In Australia, the disease is transmitted by the Paralysis Tick. Lyme disease is named... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
Leptospirosis is an infection which is caused by a bacteria that belongs to the genus Leptospira. In dogs, the disease is caused by Leptospira canicola. The infection is a potentially fatal disease that can damage the liver and kidneys of dogs, other species of animals and even humans. There are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
Brucellosis, also called Contagious Abortion or Undulant Fever, is a venereal disease which can affect many species of animals and even humans. It is caused by a bacteria belonging to Brucella sp. In dogs, the disease is caused by Brucella canis, a gram negative cocobacillus. This is a highly infectious... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
Canine Minute Virus is a viral infection which has been associated with respiratory and gastrointestinal problems in dogs particularly in very young puppies and reproduction problems. The infection is caused by a tiny virus which is also called canine parvovirus type-1. The virus was first isolated from military dogs in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
Pseudorabies is also called Ausjesky’s Disease. It is primarily a fatal disease in swine and caused by a highly contagious herpes virus. Despite its name, the disease is not related to the incidence and clinical signs of rabies. The occurrence of the disease has been linked to a dog’s contact... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
Canine herpesvirus (CHV-1) causes a contagious but mild respiratory infection in dogs. The morbidity rate may reach as high as a hundred percent but infected mature dogs and older puppies can readily overcome the infection. However it is a different case with newborn puppies. The infection is recognized as one... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
Infectious Canine Hepatitis is a multi-systemic disease which is caused by canine adenovirus-1 (CAV-1). It is a highly contagious disease with most cases seen in young dogs less than one year of age. Adult dogs, particularly unvaccinated ones, are also susceptible to the infection. The disease affects major organs of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
Canine Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection affecting the respiratory tract of dogs. It is caused by a canine influenza virus which is closely linked with the equine influenza virus. Since the virus is relatively new, most dogs have not been exposed and are very much susceptible to being... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
Canine Parvovirus (CPV) Infection is a highly contagious disease which can be fatal particularly in very young puppies. The disease is caused by a virus and has two main clinical forms—the more common gastrointestinal form and the cardiac form. Most cases of Canine Parvovirus are seen in very young puppies.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
Canine Coronavirus is an important viral disease which affects the gastrointestinal tract of dogs. It is ranked as the second leading cause of death in puppies, next only to Canine Parvovirus infection. Compared to CPV, morbidity and mortality rates associated with Canine Coronavirus infection are relatively fewer. Puppies are more... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
Everyone knows that we humans can have strokes. They can be a serious medical issue that can impact our health and well-being quite severely. In fact, some strokes can even be fatal. But many people don't realize that dogs can have strokes as well, and severe brain damage or death... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
Things to Do Before You Even Snap on the Leash Many dogs get excited as soon as they see their leash, because it usually means they're about to go on a walk. You can help set the tone for a calm, pleasant walk by teaching your dog to remain calm... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
What is Dog Nipping? Dog nipping, consisting of a playful mouthing or biting of your hands or clothes, is a pretty common behavior in young puppies. It's perfectly natural, because unless they've been taught bite inhibition, dogs use their mouths to communicate, play and interact with each other, and explore... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog
According to available statistics, between 25 and 30 percent of all dogs suffer from arthritis. That means in some ways, dogs and arthritis almost go together. Unfortunately, this joint condition can be just as painful in dogs as it is in people. And like people, dogs can develop one of... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2011 at william D Thomas's blog