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Raw Diets and Hyperthyroidism in Dogs

Hyperthyroidism is extremely rare in dogs. It is typically associated with aggressive thyroid tumors that produce large amounts of thyroid hormone. The only other known cause is the ingestion of thyroid hormone from other sources. In each of the last three years, a research study has documented hyperthyroidism in dogs fed raw diets or treats. Credit: Getty Creative What is Hyperthyroidism? All animals have thyroid glands. The glands are located next to the trachea (wind pipe) just below the larynx (voice box). These glands secrete thyroid hormone. The amount of thyroid hormone in the blood regulates body metabolism. Decreased levels slow metabolism and increased levels speed up...

It's been over six months since we began the long journey of Cardiff's cancer diagnosis and treatment, but the end has been reached and the outcome is ideal. Credit: Thinkstock On June 25, 2014 Cardiff finished his course of University of Wisconsin-Madison Canine Lymphoma Protocol (CHOP) chemotherapy and had a repeat abdominal ultrasound, revealing no evidence of new masses nor any other concerning abnormalities inside his abdomen. So, the milestone has been reached and it's time to go back to our lives as normal ... so we hope. Is Cardiff Cancer-Free? Cardiff was technically in cancer remission after his exploratory abdominal surgery to remove the mass on his loop of small intestine in...

The Internet's cuteness meter was recently taken by storm with the story of an adorable dog named Josh, who has a birth defect that limits his quality of life and the ability to properly eat and drink. Josh's condition is called a cleft palate and can be a life-limiting factor for a puppy's proper development. Josh the Westie with his cleft palate. Credit: Facebook/JOSH According to the JOSH Facebook page: "The breeder took Josh into the shelter to be put to sleep at 48 hours because of a cleft palate. Rescued by LNPB and Hand raised by Me ... Tina Marie Lythgoe." Since then, Josh has overcome adversity and matured into an adolescent pooch having a unique lifestyle. In the petition to...

Dogs Are What They Eat

Feeding a high quality diet is one of the most important things you, as a dog owner, can do to keep your dog healthy and active. But what constitutes a high quality dog food and how can you tell if your dog is receiving the nutrition he needs to thrive? Credit: Getty Creative A high quality diet is one that is complete and balanced, containing all of the nutrients necessary to support your dog's body functions. There are six nutrient groups that are important for all dogs: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water. RELATED: Large Breed Puppy Food vs. Adult Dog Food: What's the Difference? Proteins Proteins perform many functions and are important for growth,...

A senior dog has different health requirements than a younger dog. Here are some tips to help you keep your senior pet healthy. Credit: Getty Creative 1. DON'T FORGET THE HEALTH CHECK-UPS Make sure your senior dog has regular visits with your veterinarian. In fact, many veterinarians recommend that senior dogs should be examined twice a year, even more so if the dog has serious health issues. A thorough physical examination by your veterinarian may reveal health issues that can impact your pet's life and comfort level, such as dental disease, arthritis, heart disease, kidney disease and more. RELATED: Best Food for Pets With Cancer 2. NOTE ANY BEHAVIOR CHANGES IN YOUR DOG Watch your...