Early Detection: The Benefits of Routine Blood Work for Dogs

As veterinarians, we understand the immense joy that dogs bring to our lives. They are our ever-faithful companions, always there to brighten our days with their wagging tails and slobbery kisses.

Unfortunately, serious health problems often lurk under dogs’ happy exteriors. They have a remarkable talent for masking their symptoms until they become too severe to ignore, leading to delayed treatment.

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Intervertebral Disc Disease: IVDD

Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) is a disease that can affect any creature with a spine. In small animal veterinary medicine, it is commonly seen in dogs with long backs such as the Dachshund, Corgi, Beagle, and Basset Hound. The back is divided into three regions: cervical (neck region), thoracic (over the rib cage), and lumbar (lower back). The back is also made up of bones called vertebrae. In between each vertebra is an intervertebral disc. These fluid-filled discs act as shock absorbers by helping displace the weight load on the spine during our daily activities.

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Is Your Dog Acting Up? Conquer Boredom With These 5 Tips

Dogs are among the most social pets, in stark contrast to cats which typically prefer quiet solitude. Dogs thrive in environments that nurture their need for activity and companionship and develop deep connections with owners who return their affection and match their playfulness.

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Cushing’s Disease In Dogs

What Is Cushing’s Disease In Dogs?

Cushing's, also known as hyperadrenocorticism, is a disease that occurs most commonly in dogs when their adrenal glands produce too much cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that is released under stressful events. Cortisol is needed for normal bodily function, but when too much cortisol is produced, it can have harmful consequences.

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A Tale Of Hip Dysplasia, Arthritis, And Lasers

Hip dysplasia is most common in large breed dogs. Most people have heard of hip dysplasia but don't necessarily know exactly what it is. Hip dysplasia occurs when there is abnormal development or growth of the hips. It essentially means that there is a poor fit between the "ball and socket" of a hip. This occurs when a puppy is growing. The head of the femur (thigh bone) is the ball, and the acetabulum is the socket part of the pelvis.

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