Five common signs of heart disease in dogs
By Dr. Kelly Diehl
Morris Animal Foundation
Heart disease is a common problem in dogs that can be caused by a variety of underlying diseases including heart valve degeneration, irregular heart rate and rhythm (arrhythmia), and heart muscle disease. Despite the different types of heart diseases affecting dogs, many share common signs that can alert an owner to a problem….
By Deb German
Who can resist the vision of a downy puppy festooned with a bright red bow waiting under the tree on Christmas morning? Hollywood has forevermore etched that vignette into our psyches, and . . .
Written by Kelly J. Diehl DVM MS Dipl. ACVIM
Insulin: A century of treating diabetes
Almost 100 years ago, a team of Canadian medical doctors made an astonishing finding; a new hormone responsible for blood sugar regulation. Before the discovery of insulin, diabetes (a group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood) was a feared and fatal illness. The discovery of insulin revolutionized the treatment of diabetes mellitus in people, and within two years of its discovery insulin was available worldwide.
People weren’t the only ones benefitting from the discovery of insulin. References to treating diabetes in dogs go back to the 1940s and treatment options for dogs have advanced significantly in the last two decades. Insulin has been, and remains, a cornerstone of diabetes therapy….
Before I start on this interesting topic, let’s establish that I’m talking about field bred dogs here, not bench bred dogs. There’s a difference, but I’m not about to get into that thicket, so I’ll just stick . . .
Take a look at that picture! Is that a gorgeous dog or what?! Her name is Comet, and in her youth, she was a champion Iditarod racer. She was born and raised in France, where her owner bought her and brought her back to the United States to breed her. What self-respecting male dog could pass up a face like that?! …
We have posted many times about the incredible work that military working dogs (MWD) have done and continue to do in conflicts all over the globe, so let’s take a little time this Veterans . . .
The candy is stocked, the lights are lit, that gauzy spiderweb stuff is strewn about – you’re all set for Halloween. But what about your dog? With more than $350 million spent by Americans on . . .
If you love outdoor activities, chances are your dog loves them, too. And few things complement a wild, outdoor dog like a strong, outdoorsy dog name. From “Aspen” to Zephyr, there are . . .
I love these stories in which a person who certainly has the means to go out and buy an expensive pure-breed dog instead chooses to rescue one instead. In this case, it’s Cleveland Browns . . .