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Kennel Cough in Dogs

Kennel cough, the common name that is given to infectious canine tracheobronchitis, is a very highly contagious respiratory disease among dogs. As the name of the disease suggests, it is typified by inflammation of the trachea and bronchi. This disease is found throughout the world and is known to infect a very high percentage of dogs at least once during their lifetime. It is also medically referred to as tracheobronchitis and Bordetella. Credit: Getty Creative Young puppies can suffer the most severe complications that can result from this disease, since they have an underdeveloped immune system that is still strengthening. Also at increased risk are older dogs, which have decreased...

As doctors, we tend to think of preventative medicine in a very concrete way. It's the underlying mantra behind our recommendation for routine physical exams, lab work, imaging tests, and screening tests. We want to perform these check-ups when patients are well in order to detect risk factors prior to the development of significant disease. Credit: Getty Creative There's a great deal of evidence to support the benefit of preventative medicine for people. One study indicated that over half of the deaths in the United States in the year 2000 were due to preventable "behaviors and exposures." This included deaths from cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, unintentional...

How Your Dog's Food Affects His Mood

Nutrition has an enormous impact on the health of our pets. But have you considered how it may affect their behavior as well? Here are three ways diet can directly impact your pet's behavior. Credit: Getty Creative 1. FEEDING TIMES It's no longer considered standard regimen to feed your pet once a day or leave food out all day - also known as free-feeding - unless recommended by your veterinarian due to a medical reason. "Just think about how you would feel (and look) if you were only able to eat once every 24 hours, or kept nibbling on a high-calorie food all day long," says Nan Arthur, dog behavior expert and owner of Whole Dog Training. Arthur recommends asking your veterinarian if...

Fleas have been around for a very long time, irritating our pets and invading our homes. They are smart little critters that can survive just about anywhere. They eat sparingly, move quietly and reproduce aggressively. That's the bad news. Credit: Getty Creative But here's the good news: We can win the flea battle! There are medications available that interrupt the flea life cycle and are safe, effective, and simple to use. Pet owners should appreciate how easy it is to control fleas now, especially those who remember how difficult the battle against fleas has been. When I began my career as a veterinarian, pet owners had to spray their dogs with topical chemicals every day, dip them in...

Why Does My Puppy Itch?

So my editor boss-guy gave me a list of topic suggestions when we first planned out Purely Puppy. One of the topics was "diseases and conditions that affect puppies in their first year." Well, since that's a little broad, we'll talk about something that I get asked just about every time I do a new puppy exam: "My puppy is itchy. Does he have fleas?" Credit: Getty Creative Literally, when I walk into the exam room, a little clock starts ticking in my head. It's almost like a game. "When will the itchy puppy question come up?" I ask myself. RELATED: 7 Common Ailments in Senior Dogs Here's the thing, I think all puppies itch. Sometimes it's actually significant; sometimes I think they are...