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Behavior Modification for Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Overview

Behavior modification, or training, is the most important element in the treatment of separation anxiety in dogs. Behavior modification should be implemented only after a professional diagnosis of separation anxiety has been confirmed by a veterinarian.

The key components of behavior modification for separation anxiety include ensuring adequate exercise and enrichment, employing tactics to make separation from the owner more pleasant for the dog, and reducing the excitement surrounding the owner’s comings and goings.

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Allergies in Dogs

Animals Affected

Dogs

Overview

Allergies are the most common cause of skin problems in dogs.   In dogs, allergies often cause itching, hair loss, and inflammation of the skin.   In some dogs, allergies help trigger ear problems (such as ear infections) as well as skin problems.

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Demodex (Puppy Mange) in Dogs

Animals Affected

Dogs and puppies

Overview

Puppy mange, also known as demodectic mange, is caused by a skin parasite called Demodex.  Demodex is a type of mite.

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Damaged, Torn, or Broken Toenails in Dogs

Animals Affected

Dogs

Overview

Damaged toenails are very common, especially in active dogs.  Most nail injuries occur as a result of a nail catching or snagging on plant matter, carpet, or other material while the dog is running.

Damaged toenails are extremely painful at the moment of injury.  In many cases, pain will persist until the damaged portion of the nail is removed by a veterinarian.   However, the vast majority of dogs with injured nails make complete recoveries.

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Panting in Dogs

Panting is very common in dogs. In most cases, panting is not a sign of a medical problem. Dogs pant in lieu of sweating. Anything that might cause a person to sweat can cause dogs to pant.

Dog owners frequently note and become concerned about episodes of increased panting in their pet that seem abnormal. In some cases, such episodes or trends are a sign of medical problems. However, this is rare. Most panting is not indicative of a serious underlying problem.

Common Causes

More common causes are listed first. Less common causes are listed later.

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Arthritis in Dogs

Animals Affected

Dogs

Overview

Arthritis, or degenerative joint disease, is a condition in which one or more joints in the body deteriorate.  Arthritis may occur as a result of trauma, natural aging, or syndromes called dysplasias in which the joints do not develop properly.

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Dietary Indiscretion (Garbage Gut) in Dogs

Animals Affected

Dogs

Overview

Dietary indiscretion describes gastrointestinal upset that occurs when a dog ingests something that its body cannot tolerate.  Consumption of table scraps, garbage, or spoiled food may results in symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, lack of appetite, and weakness in dogs. The syndrome is similar to food poisoning in humans.

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Kennel Cough (Infectious Tracheobronchitis) in Dogs

Animals Affected

Dogs

Overview

Kennel cough, also known as infectious tracheobronchitis (ITB), is a contagious disease of dogs.   A large number of organisms are believed to play a role in the syndrome. Kennel cough most often is caused by simultaneous infection with a mild respiratory virus (there are many such viruses) in combination with a bacteria called Bordetella bronchiseptica. The infection usually is limited to the windpipe (trachea) and major air passages in the lungs.

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Bloody Urine in Cats and Dogs

Common Causes

More common causes are listed first; less common causes are listed later.

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Changes in Thirst or Urine Output in Cats and Dogs

Marked changes in an animal’s water consumption or urine output have many causes. Chronic or long-term changes in thirst or urinary habits may be indicative of serious disease.

Causes of Increased Water Consumption or Urine Output

More common causes are listed first. Less common causes are listed later.

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