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Rabbit Dental Care 101

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By Laurie Hess, DVM, Dipl ABVP (Avian Practice) Unlike cats, dogs and people, a rabbit’s teeth grow nearly tenth of an inch a week, adding up to many feet over its lifetime. Wild rabbits accommodate for this continuous growth by...

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Other Causes of Urinary Problems in Dogs

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Of course this isn’t an exhaustive list of all the possible causes of urinary problems in dogs. Other conditions can also make dogs urinate abnormally. If you suspect that your dog has a urinary problem, make an appointment with your veterinarian....

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Diabetes Mellitus

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Diabetes mellitus is caused by insufficient insulin production by the pancreas (type one diabetes) or the inability of cells within the body to respond to normal concentrations of insulin (type two diabetes), either of which results in excessively...

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Cushing’s Disease

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Cushing’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism) develops when a dog’s body is under the influence of abnormally high levels of cortisol. This can occur because of treatment with corticosteroid medications, a tumor of the pituitary gland,...

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Pyometra

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Intact female dogs are at high risk for a uterine infection called pyometra. Pyometras most frequently develop in middle aged or older females approximately one to two months after their heat cycle has ended. A dog with pyometra will often urinate...

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Prostatic Disease – Disease of the Prostate Gland

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Disease of the prostate gland is a relatively common cause of urinary symptoms in male dogs. Neutered dogs are at higher risk for prostatic cancer while intact individuals more commonly develop prostate gland infections or benign prostatic hypertrophy...

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Urinary Incontinence

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Urinary incontinence most commonly affects spayed, female dogs but can develop in any individual. It is usually caused by hormonal deficiencies that result in a loss of control of the urethral sphincter (the muscle that prevents urine from leaking...

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Kidney Failure

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Acute kidney failure occurs when infection, exposure to toxins (e.g., antifreeze), or other problems cause the kidneys to lose their ability to function over a short period of time. Chronic kidney failure occurs more gradually and oftentimes...

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Bladder Cancer

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Different types of cancer can affect all parts of a dog’s urinary tract, but transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) of the bladder is the most common. This is an aggressive, malignant cancer. It is commonly diagnosed through a combination of...

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Bladder Stones

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Stones (uroliths) can develop anywhere in a dog’s urinary tract but are most commonly found within the bladder. Large stones are usually visible on x-rays, but an abdominal ultrasound may be needed to find smaller ones. Bladder...

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Urinary Tract Infection

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Bacterial urinary tract infections (UTIs) are most common in females but can occur in any dog. Bladder infections are relatively routine but the situation is more serious if the infection involves a dog’s kidneys. A veterinarian...

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Urinary Problems Can’t Be Ignored

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by Jennifer Coates, DVM Sometimes it’s hard to know when your dog isn’t feeling well, but urinary problems have a way of getting the attention they deserve. When dogs have blood in their urine, strain to urinate, produce abnormally...

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10 Urinary Problems in Dogs

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Sometimes it’s hard to know when your dog isn’t feeling well, but urinary problems have a way of getting the attention they deserve. Let’s take a look at some common urinary problems in dogs and what can be done about them. Read more here.

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They’ve Ingested Something Poisonous

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This is particularly likely to happen in the summertime if your dog gets into your garage or shed and ingests chemicals from lawn supplies or fertilizers that can be toxic. Likelier still are things that we can consume without problems...

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They’re Reacting Poorly to Medication

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This happens with humans all the time, so it stands to reason that prescriptions and other medications can induce side effects that leave animals lethargic, or worse. Williams said that a lot of medications can cause serious medical problems...

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There’s Been a Major Change in the Household

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Bourquin believes that a permanent absence of a loved one – either a human or another animal — can leave a dog or cat feeling depressed and, thus, lethargic. This can last for a few days or, depending on how close the animal was...

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They’re Frightened of Something

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Williams said that many of the calls she’s received from pet owners concerned about their animal’s apparent lethargy were from brand new adopters. “One of the first questions I always ask is, ‘How long have you had your...

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They’re Sick

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“If your pet is abnormally calm and quiet, you need to think he's sick,” Williams says. That doesn’t necessarily mean he is sick, but the first step you have to take if your dog is acting lethargic for more than a day is...

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Causes of Pet Lethargy

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By John Gilpatrick The average dog sleeps upwards of 10 hours per day, while most cats clock a solid 12 hours of shut-eye, meaning that in a given day, there’s a 50-50 chance your pet is sleeping whenever you see them. Though...

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5 Reasons Your Pet is Lethargic (and When to Worry)

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Lethargy accompanies a vast majority of canine and feline medical problems, and can also be a symptom of many behavioral problems in pets. Read on for five of the most common reasons for pet lethargy.

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Canine Herpesvirus Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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by Jessica Vogelsang, DVM When you hear the word “herpes,” most people automatically think of the human version of the disease. More specifically, they think of herpes simplex virus, which comes in two forms: HSV-1 and HSV-2....

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Liver Disease in Dogs

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by Jessica Vogelsang, DVM Ask anyone to name the vital organs of the dog and you’ll get the usual: kidney, heart, lungs, brain, but for some reason people keep forgetting the liver. It may not look like much—a large, muddy...

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Can Cats Get Depressed?

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by Jessica Vogelsang, DVM You’re probably familiar with Grumpy Cat, the little feline whose frown has made her famous across the internet. You may also be familiar with your own grumpy cat, if you happen to have a particularly temperamental...

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Hemangiosarcoma

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Hemangisarcoma is cancer that arises from the cells that line blood vessels. The most common anatomical locations where hemangiosarcoma arises includes the spleen, the skin, and the right atrium of the heart. The liver is also a common primary...

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