Health


Dalmatians are an overall healthy breed when bred with care, raised in a clean environment and fed a healthy diet. However, some problems seen in the breed are listed below.

Deafness

Dals major health problem is deafness, either in one ear (unilateral) or both ears (bilateral). The best way to determine hearing with the most accuracy is with a test called BAER (Brain Evoked Auditory Response).

Dalmatian puppy being BAER Hearing tested
(c) 2001 Barker

A Dalmatian puppy being BAER Hearing tested. This puppy tested bilateral.

 


Eyes

Dals generally have not been known to be a breed plaqued with eye problems. In the past year or so there are been a new problem cropping up in the breed. Many dogs are now being screened for this problem. A dog that is affected with this problem will have ermanently dilated pupils. They have a tendency to squint. While this has been seen more widely on livers it is not un heard of in black spotted dals.

Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF)
Ocular Abnormality in Dalmatians
What is a Veterinary Ophthalmologist?


Urinary Stones

Dals cannot break down uric acid and this makes them prone to urate stones. As a result, Dals should be fed a diet low in protein and purines. A diet of 22% protein or less is preferable. A dal should also be allowed to frequently urinate and have an adequate supply of fresh water available at all times. Many people who have had trouble with stones will choose to give their dals distilled water.


Preventing Urate Stone Formation In Dalmatians Using A Basically BARF Diet

 

DCA articles

Fifteen Years' Data of Almost 3,000 Dalmatian Urinary Stones
DCA Teaching Seminar by Joseph Bartges, DVM, PhD
Dipsticking to Monitor Stone-Forming Dalmatians
Pamphlet Summarizing Essential Information on Stone Forming in Dalmatians
Emergency Procedures:Dalmatian Cannot Pass Urine ("Urinary Obstruction")
Fallacy of "Low Protein" vs. "High Protein"in Generalizing About Diets For Stone-Forming Dalmatians
General Preventative Guidelines For Stone-Forming Dalmatians
Purine-Yielding Foods
Urinary Stone-Forming in Dalmatians and Other Dogs

Additional info.

Bladder Stone Surgery...Here's How It's Done - Complete with pictures
Canine Renal Disease
Canine Urolithiasis
Diet and Bladder Stone Formation
Genetic Defect "High Uric Acid" Corrected in One Strain of Dalmatian Dogs
Scrotal Urethrostomy


"K9KIDNEYS" list is full of information on the maintenance of CRF/ARF (Chronic Renal Failure/Acute Renal Failure) dogs.

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Skin Coat Problems

Some dals can have allergic disorders or other skin coat problems. For information see Skin and Coat Disorders in Dalmatians. Also see Diet.

Allergies
Allergic Skin Disease / Atopic Dermatitis
Fatty Acids Revisited
"Grow Hair on a Doorknob" Recipe - Guaranteed to grow hair-- even on doorknobs. If you can get the doorknobs to eat and digest this--it will grow hair!
Hair coat: The first sign of nutritional health
Immune System in Allergy - How Some Forms of Chronic Illness
Trigger Allergy Formation And Vice Versa
Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique NAET
Natural Therapies For Dealing With Skin Problems
Treating Emotional Allergies In Pets And Their Owners
What is a Yeast Infection?
Yeast & Bacterial Infections
Yeast Infection Can Plague Pet's Ears
Yeast Pododermatitis and Foot-Licking In Dogs

 

Seizure Disorders

Dalmatians like many other breeds may have a seizure disorder. While this has not been an extreme problem across the breed, it should still be noted. It has also been suggested that there is a link between hypothrodism and seizure disorders. Check out Seizure Disorders in Dalmatians.


Canine Epilepsy Resource Center
Emma - The Face of Canine Epilepsy - Personal account of a Dal with epilepsy
Hypothyroidism
Seizure Disorders
The Immune System & Disease Resistance
Thyroid Testing In Dogs: A Reference for Dog Breeders and Owners
Understanding Canine Epilepsy
What's So Big About the Little Thyroid? & Clinical Signs Of Hypothyroidism


Hip Dysplasia

Dalmatians generally do not have hip dysplasia. However, being a larger breed it is a good idea have the dog OFA'd if it will be used or has been used in a breeding program at some point.

BVA/KC Hip Dysplasia Scheme - How hips are rated on dogs in the UK
Canine Hip Dysplasia: Are Breeders Winning the Battle?
Diagnosis of Hip Dysplasia
Environmental Influences
Options for Your Pet's Hip Dysplasia - U of I Pet Column
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
PennHip method of diagnosing hip dysplasia
The Error of the Millennium in Veterinary Medicine
The Influence of Nutrition in Canine Hip Dysplasia
Treatment of Hip Dysplasia


General Maintenance
Dog Grooming and Training Tips

Also see Grooming



Nails
A Dalmatian, as with any other dog, should have their nails trimmed on a regular basis. This should be at least every one to two weeks. A good indication your dalmatian needs their nails trimmed is when you hear the nails clicking or scrapping the floor.

Nail Clipping Made Easier
Pet Nail Care Supplies
Jess The Dog Lady's Nail Trimming Tips



Ears
A Dalmatian, as with any other drop ear dog, should have their ears cleaned on a regular basis. A good indication your dog needs its ears cleaned is if you can smell a foul or oily odor.

Cleaning your dogs ears
Ear Care and Disease - Otitis Externa
Ear Mites (Otodectic Mange)



Teeth
All dogs should have their teeth cleaned on a regular basis. This does not mean a yearly cleaning at the vets office. This means getting a doggy tooth brush and doggy tooth paste and brushing the teeth. Another good way to help keep down tartar buildup is to allow your dog to frequently chew on raw beef marrow bones.


All Pets Dental - Pet Orthodontics - Shows correct & incorrect teeth alignment
Dr. Peter Emily Rates Dental Care Products
Home Dental Care
Preventive Care: Brushing Your Pet's Teeth Can be as Easy as A-B-C, 1-2-3


Bathing

The nice thing about owning a Dal is that they do not have to be bathed all that frequently. They are generally referred to as a "wash and wear dog". They do not have the "smell" of many hound breeds or Labradors. Unless they get really dirty, they can just be brushed out between bathings. If a Dal is muddy, just putting them in a crate for a few hours seems to do the trick. The mud tend to dry and flake right off in the crate. A quick brushing usually takes out any residual dirt.

If a Dal is being shown or someone in the house is allergic to their dander, etc. a Dal can be bathed more frequently. In order to not strip too much natrual oil out of the coat, the shampoo should not be put directly on their coat. Instead, dilute the shampoo with water, in a small container. Then use a rag or body puff (the plastics bath ones work well) to apply the watered down shampoo to the coat.

Use a shampoo made for dogs or puppies. Some human grade shampoos can be too harsh on a dogs coat. In a pinch, a mild baby shampoo can work. It is not recommended for long term use. Bluing shampoo can be used if showing a Dal to help whiten the coat. If using a new shampoo, use it well in advance of an important event, in case the dog reacts to the ingredients.

Guide to Medicated Shampoos



Sensible Treats/Toys

RAW Beef marrow/knuckle bones

Dogs should be supervised when given these bones - to make sure the dog does not break off pieces of the bones. Remove from dog and throw away if the bones start to split, splinter or come apart in any form. They are a healthy treat that also helps to clean the teeth and exercise the gums.


Carrots
This is more of a treat and for chewing purposes than for nutritional value. Carrots usually have to be shredded in order for your dog to properly digest them and recieve any nutritional value. Dogs love them and they don't contain the excess fat of many alternative treats.


Kongs
These hard rubber toys are relatively indestructible. Not all dogs like them but they hold up to those that tend to be tough on their toys. A way to keep these toys exciting for you dog is to fill them with a variety of items from time to time. Filling can be peanut butter, cheese whiz or small biscuits (stuck out of toy).


Natural dog biscuits


Nylabones
Use Nylabones, not Gumabones. Nylabones are tough and last a long time. Gumabones are soft and pilable. They tend to break up in large pieces that a dog could swallow. Gumabones can be used on young teething puppies. Nlyabones are a hard plastic. You can boil them occassionally in chicken broth to add flavor. A good treat to clean the teeth and exercise the gums.



Rope Toys
These toys come in a variety of shape, size and sometimes flavor. They are usually made out of a cotton or floss type of material. They can be soaked and frozen and given to teething puppies. They can be tossed in the washer and dryer. Can also help clean the teeth if dogs tear at them, which pull the strands through their teeth.


Non-Sensible Treats/Toys

Rawhide bones
The protein level is too high for a dal - many are also preserved/processed by bleaching, using formaldehyde or other potentially toxic compounds.


Pig Ears
The protein level is too high for a dal & they are loaded with fats.


Cow Hooves
The protein level is too high for a dal & dogs can choke on the pieces that splinter off. 


Corn on the Cob
The cob may get stuck in the intestines. Causes death or extensive surgery.


 


Water
A Dalmatian should always be allowed access to fresh water. The more they drink the more the more they will urinate and flush their urianry system.

Chlorinated Water...A BIG No-No!!!
Water
Your Dog Should Have A Different Water Supply Than The Humans In Your Home




Weight
Dalmatian generally love to eat. So you have have to watch your Dals intake. Obesity can lead to problems, including worsening of arthritis, lowered resistance to infections, heart disease and diabetes. One way to take weight off of your Dal is to substitute rice cakes for treats or to reduce the pets intake and susbstitue part of it with rice cakes.

Are We Harming Our Pet With Too Much Love?
Hope for the Overweight Pet
Is your Pet Overweight? Quick Test Will Tell
OBESITY and OVERWEIGHT - Too Much Feasting and Not Enough Famine
Obesity Management in the Dog and Cat
Weight Guidelines for Dogs


First Aid Kits

Your First Aid Kit can be stored in a nylon case, a fishing tackle box, plastic box or any other appropriate container. Make sure it is labeled in large letters and easily identifiable in a pinch. Restock missing or outdated items on occassion. Stock new items according to areas of travel (home, hiking, camping, boating, etc.).

 

 
First Aid Kit

Consult with your veterinarian before putting together your final First Aid Kit.

 Product Common Use   Canine Dosage
First Aid Book for Dogs  Read the entire first-aid manual. So you know what to do and how to use the supplies

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List of emergency phone numbers National Poison Control Number, National Animal Poison Control Center, National Poison Control Centers - by state, Your vet, home, work and cellular phone, pager, alternate contact numbers, etc.

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In Case of An Accident form, small pad of paper & pen  For writing down details.

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 Povidone iodine solution (Betadine), Iodine Swab Stick or Iodine wipes  Used to clean out wounds.   -
 Chlorihexidine Rinse  Used to clean out wounds.  -
 Benadryl  Allergies, itching, etc. Up to 2 mg. per pound every 8 hours 
 Dramamine  To reduce motion sickness (auto travel)  Up to 50 mg. every 8 hours
 Hydrogen Peroxide 3% Used to induce vomiting after ingestion of poison 10 ml. by mouth every 15 minutes 
 Epinephrine 1:1000  To treat reactions following insect stings, bites or medications.  1/10 to 1/2 ml. intramuscular or subcutaneously
 Ipecac syrup/activated charcoal For treatment after ingestion of certain poisons.  
 Kaopectate or or Immodium  For diarrhea.  1 ml per pound every 2 hours
 Mineral Oil  For constipation.  Up to 4 tbs. daily
 Electrolyte (Pedialyte-Liquid) or Tablets (Salt tablets) or packets oral-rehydration powder  To treat dehydration caused by diarrhea.  
 Muzzle Soft, preferred. Use when a dog is frightened or injured. It is no uncommon for a dog to bite when injured or scared.  Muzzles come in various sizes. It may be a good idea to keep a few different sizes on hand.
 Emergency Thermal blanket (silver Mylar blanket) or other clean blanket  To retain body heat of a dog/person in shock.  -
 Instant Cold Compress  Too help reduce swelling. A small ziploc plastic bag or Small Ice Holder can be used if ice is readily available.  -
 Sterile vinyl or latex gloves  For infection control.  -
 Tweezers, hemosat or forceps  For splinter, stinger removal, etc.

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 Bandages of assorted sizes  Cover wounds, keep ice in place, clean out wounds, hold down to stop bleeding, etc.  Non adherent pads, adhesive, bandage strips, triangular, compress, conform bandage, gauze.
 Kitchen scissors, EMT Shears or Bandage Scissors or multi-function knife (Swiss Army Knife)  For cutting bandages, tape, etc.   -
 Vet Wrap, Ace bandages or Elastic bandages (2 sizes)   Secure injured bones, keep ice in place, etc.  -
 Adhesive Tape and various other medical tapes Secure bandages, hold ice in place, etc.   -
 Sterile gauze pads & gauze roll  Used to clean or as a dressing for wounds    -
Tongue Depressors/Finger Splints  Can be used as splint material for limbs, tails, etc.    -
 Saline eye solution or Optic soltuion safe for dogs  To flush the eyes.   -
 Thermometer To track body temperature. 

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 20 cc irrigation syringe, bulb syringe, oral syringe or turkey baster  To irrigate wounds.

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 Medicated Vaseline, Bag Balm or Aloe vera gel or cream (i.e. Horseman's Dream)  For various skin irritations. May reduce scarring of some injuries.    -
 Kwik Stop or styptic pencil  For bleeding of nails, etc.   -
 Panalog (Prescription required)  For infection control. Topical use on skin and in ears.  Use as directed.
Colloidal Silver (a solution of extremely fine particles of pure silver suspended in water).  Useful against all species of fungi, parasites, bacteria, protozoa, and certain viruses.A powerful germicidal.  Use as directed.
 Triple antibiotic ointment, antibacterial/antimicrobial wipes, antiseptic cream or alcohol prep pads  For cleaning out wound and infection control.   Use as directed.
 Tea Tree Oil  For various skin irritations  Use as directed.
 Animal Piller  A device used to put pills down a dog's throat or try these tips: Medicine Time

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Toll-free Poison Control Number

The ASPCA has a new poison control hotline phone number for pets. If you have reason to suspect that your pet may have been exposed to something toxic, either internally or externally, this phone number will connect you with an ASPCA veterinarian specially trained to assist pet owners or other vets.

This is the only dedicated animal poison control hotline in the world manned by veterinarians, not telephone operators.
The number is staffed 24/7.

(888) 4ANI-HELP or (888) 426-4435



Animal CPR - 3-fold brochure
AVMA Pet Poison Guide
Choking
Common holiday toxicities
Dog Owner Essentials: Household Poisons
Poisoning: Inducing vomiting
Poison Miscellaneous Household Items (Partial List)
When Good Dogs Eat Bad Things
Safety Warnings! and Emergency Information!


 

Additional items to consider adding to your First Aid/Travel Kit

Hot water bottle (attach top by rubber band), sanitary napkins (use for wounds with moderate to heavy bleeding), roll of paper towels or box of shop towels, nail trimmer (canine & human), sterile eye pads, roll of electrical tape, duct tape, insect repellant, rain poncho, dust mask, safety pins, hand warmer, work or garden gloves, cotton balls/pads, cotton tip swabs, compass, extra prescription medications, extra towels (store in clear, plastic bags), box of waterproof matches, plastic disposal bags, poison ivy relief paks, burn ointment paks, emergency candle, road flares, reflective triangles, Purell® hand sanitizer, needle, Hydrocortisone Cream, Dog Sling, Calamine lotion (clear), Beneadryl Itch Relief Stick, insect sting relief swabs, white vinegar
(to clean ears in a pinch - ask your vet for proper dilution), SOS, Get Help, Call Police or Auto Distress flag, snake bite suction cup & Sawyer Extractor (R) venom removerflashlight and extra batteries (heavy duty batteries), toilet paper rolls, moleskin or molefoam (for blisters or sore pads), emergency whistle (to ward off danger or signal for help), emergency water rations (2-5 gallons of store bought drinking, distilled or regular drinking water from home), emergency food rations, bolt cutters, pilers, hammer.

American First Aid - Various sizes of first aid and truck kits for people.
Assembling a Canine First Aid Kit
A simple first aid kit - Basic supplies
Dog First Aid Kit
Dog First Aid Bag - Excellent resource
Emergency Dog Links
First Aid For Your Dog - Deals with first aid in emergency and non-emergency situations
First Aid Kit
First Aid Kit
First Aid Kit for Active Dogs
Pet First Aid Kit - This is a necessity for every pet owner's home.
What to Put In Your Canine First Aid kit
WALTHAM® First Aid Guide for Dogs - Situations that generally require veterinary attention. Print out and place in your First Aid Kit.

Caring for a sick or injured or sick dog
Signs of canine illness - How to tell if your dog is sick

Flower essences and the emotions they address - Bach Flower Essences & a whole lot more.
EXTREMELY poisonous mushrooms - The Amanita species
Poisons - Some common sustances toxic to dogs
Poisonous Mushroom - Destroying Angel, Death Angel
Watch for Household Poisons
What to do for a Poisoned Animal

 

What To Do For Pets In Emergencies
Petsunlimited.com


Emergency planning should include all members of the family, including pets. If your family must relocate to a shelter or other site, confine your pet (if appropriate) to a specific room in the house and provide plenty of food and water to sustain the animal while you are away. If possible, arrange for someone to board the animals, or locate a relative or friend who can check on its well-being on a regular basis. If you place a dog or cat in a kennel, make sure that the facility meets all requirements for long-term care and has an adequate disaster plan itself. Put together a basic disaster kit for your pets, in case you must leave your residence quickly.

Recommended items would include:

An airline-approved carrier for each dog, cat or other pets, with ID, photo, vaccination records, registrations, special needs list, sufficient medicines and a muzzle/leash.

An extra supply of pet food (for dogs a lower protein dog formula will produce less stool, a benefit when kept indoors).

Plenty of clean water.

Bowls (disposable containers if you must leave your residence), can opener, kitchen trash bags, bleach (disinfectant and water purification), blankets, towels, paper towels, and other waste disposal supplies.

Remember, your pet is part of your family!


 

 
Household Medications For Pets

 Product  Canine Dosage  Common Use
 Buffered Aspirin  5 mg. per pound every 12 hrs.  Pain relief, anti-inflammatory
 Vitamin B  1/2 to 2 ml subcutaneously every 24 hours  Used as an appetite stimulant
 Benadryl  Up to 2 mg. per pound every 8 hours  Allergies, itching, etc.
 Dramamine  Up to 50 mg. every 8 hours  To reduce motion sickness (auto travel)
 Hydrogen Peroxide 3%  10 ml. by mouth every 15 minutes  Used to induce vomiting after ingestion of poison
 Epinephrine 1:1000  1/10 to 1/2 ml. intramuscular or subcutaneously  To treat reactions following insect stings, bites or medications
 Pepto Bismol  1 tsp. per 5 pounds every 6 hours  Used to releive vomiting, stomach gas or diarrhea
 Di Gel Liquid  Up to 4 tbs. every 8 hours  Anacid and anti-gas
 Mineral Oil  Up to 4 tbs. daily  For constipation
 Kaopectate  1 ml per pound every 2 hours  For diarrhea
 Tylenol (Acetomenphin)  Not recommended  


Tips on how to give your dog a pill:

  • Wrap it in bacon
  • Put it in peanut butter or liverwurst
  • Tilt head up in air, place pill in back of mouth. Close mouth, hold and rub underside of neck until dog swallows.

 


HERBALISM FOR PETS
By Brian Puterman

....Herbs and plants can be antimicrobial, anti-cancer or boost the immune system. Some plants can help strengthen the body and relax the mind. Herbs can be brewed into tonics and teas that have a variety of fortifying effects on the body as a whole. Herbs can be integrated into conventional medical treatments with the help of an enlightened veterinarian. Pet owners can educate themselves as much as possible about herbalism so that they know what particular herbs may be useful in treating the condition or illness their pet may be experiencing.

A BRIEF SELECTION OF HERB REMEDIES AND PLANT EXTRACTS

Aloe vera: A valuable soothing agent for burns, rashes and stings for both you and your pets. It can be taken for constipation or stopping chronic diarrhea.

Apple cider vinegar: Enhances bowel function. It’s also good for chronic yeast infection of the ear.

Astragalus: A Chinese herb that is effective in supporting the immune system and as an anti-cancer agent.

Burdock root: Used for alkalizing and soothing the stomach and intestines.

Calendula: Good for speeding up the healing of cuts, abrasions and burns.

Caraway: Aids in digestion and helps stop flatulence.

Carrot: Good for the intestines -- it’s high in potassium and great for arthritis, heart disease and low salt diets.

Celery seed: Has an alkalizing effect on the stomach, is soothing to the intestines, increases appetite and prevents flatulence.

Chamomile: A great calming agent for irritable or anxious pets. It’s also effective in helping both you and your pet sleep.

Echinacea: Promotes healing of cuts and skin irritations. It also boosts the immune system.

Ephedra: Great for breathing problems like bronchitis and asthma. It also has a stimulant effect that should be considered when using it.

Eyebright: It can be used as eyewash to soothe red and irritated eyes.

Garlic: A natural antibiotic, antibacterial and antioxidant that also helps digestion. It’s also believed to boost liver function and prevent heart disease, cancer and other degenerative diseases.

Ginseng: An appetite stimulant.

Goldenseal: Helps fight infection both topically and orally. In diabetic pets it enhances their insulin.

Kelp: It supports thyroid function, which controls metabolism.

Milk thistle: Great for liver disease. It also contains flavonoids, which are believed to capture free radicals making it potentially an anti-aging agent.

Red raspberry leaf tea: Used to aid in the birthing process. It’s used for uterine problems.

Valerian: Excellent calming agent for hyper pets.

Yunnan Paiyao: Great for stopping bleeding both internally and externally.

Ar-Ease: Powerful anti-inflammatory that’s great for arthritis.

BLDR-K: Used for bladder and kidney problems.

Essiac: A combination of burdock root, Indian rhubarb root, sheep sorrel, and slippery elm bark. It’s good for supporting the immune system and to diminish the toxic effects of conventional drugs.

Hawthore caps: Contains hawthorn, heartsease, Siberian ginseng and motherwort. Good for supporting the heart.

Night Caps: A combination of valerian root, skullcap, passionflowers, kava root and GABA. It good for relaxing a pet and can be helpful in epileptic seizures.

The understanding and practice of medical herbalism is often convoluted by the numerous properties attributed to the remedies. It can be a challenge to find the particular plants or herbs that will prove most effective for your pet’s particular health needs. It is not just advisable to consult a veterinarian when using herbs and plant extracts, it’s essential that you get advice from an expert in veterinary herbalism in order to assure the safety and well-being of your companion animal.

 

 





Heat Kills

Pets left in parked cars face the likelihood of dying of heat prostration in a matter of a few minutes or suffering severe brain damage.

Dogs and cats do not perspire like people. When they become hot, they salivate and pant to get rid of excess heat. This can lead to hyperventilation and dehydration of any dog or cat.

Excessive heat also produces stress and muscle contractions which can build up body heat temperaatures.

When temperatures climb above 70 degrees and humidity increases, it is best to leave your pet at home when you drive around town doing errands. Temperatures in a parked car can reach as high as 160 degrees in as llittle time as it takes to run into a bank or store to do a "quick errand" (Even if you park in the shade and open windows a few inches).

Think of how you would feel being left in a hot car with no way out, just waiting......

Please leave your pet at home!!!




Health Related Links/Information

Alternative methods

Alternatives for Animals - Sources for holistic approaches to pet care
Alternative Therapies
American Veterinary Chiropractic Association - PO Box 249, Port Byron, IL 61275 309-523-3995
AmVetChiro@aol.com
Animal Connection - Holisitc Health For Animals
Canine Health Naturally
Chiropractic Care For Pets
Colloidal Silver
Euphoric Animal Healing & Adornment, Inc.
Flower Remedies For Your Pet
Herbalism For Pets
Holistic Veterinary Medicine - Deals with your pet’s health as a whole.
Homeopathy For Pets
Homeopathy and natural healing
Homeopathy for Man’s Best Friend: Your Dog Part One
Homeopathy for Man’s Best Friend: Your Dog Part Two: Behavior Problems
Integrative Therapy in Dogs - Covers diet, supplements, exercise, human-bond, vaccinations, etc. Kinesiology Self-Testing Steps - The kinesiology technique is a method to get directly in touch with the physical body's electrical system, which corresponds to the central nervous system.
Natural Rearing Newsletter
Natural Rearing - Alternative, holistic, complementary health care for pets
Reiki Healing Connection
Connect 2 Pets, Inc. - TTouch Demonstration/TTouch Clinics. For information about dog/cat clinics in the Chicagoland area contact Peter Hays or Mary Ann Wilkens, 5501 West Berenice, Chicago, IL 60641. Phone: (773) 282-PETS Extension 1; Fax (773) 286-4573; Email: Connect2Pets@aol.com; Website: http://hometown.aol.com/midttouch or Connect 2 Pets, Inc.

For practitioner certification information call the Tellington-Touch Training, USA Office: (800) 854-8326. P.O. Box 3793 Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 Phone: (505) 455-2945 Fax: (505) 455-7233.
The Benefits Of Raw Foods
www.petmassage.com - Learn massage for dogs, books. videos, canine courses, etc.
The Veterinary Acupuncture Page

 

Allergies/Dermotology

Canine Pemphigus Vulgaris - Autoimmune mediated skin disease
Demodicosis
Demodex and Other Biting Bugs
Dermapet - Info and products for handling skin and ear problems
Hot Spots - Acute Moist Dermatitis
Lick Granulamas... A Dermatology Nightmare
Pemphigus - Immune mediated skin disorders
Skin and Allergy Problems in Dogs
What's behind your dog's allergies? - Ross Becker

 

 

Chemicals & dogs

Insecticide Risks
Insect Repellents
Poison In The Grass: The Hazards And Consequences Of Lawn Pesticides
Ten Tips for a Poison-Safe Household

 

Diseases/Health Issues

The American Lyme Disease Foundation
Anal sacs
Anal Sac Disease in Dogs
How To Empty Anal Sacs
Autoimmune Diseases - Immune system failures are a serious threat to your dog's health
Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia
- Increased destruction of red blood cells (erythrocytes) by the dog's own immune system
Blastomycosis
Bordetella
Brucellosis (undulant fever, Bang's disease)
Canine Blastomycosis - Fungus most commonly infects the respiratory tract
Canine Distemper
Canine Distemper Virus
Canine Ear Infections
Canine hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis - Minics Parvo symptoms
Canine Hypothyroidism - Low circulating thyroid level
Canine Pancreatitis
Canine Parvovirus
Canine Parvovirus (CPV)
Canine Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome
Canine Urolithiasis
Canine Viral Diseases
Cardiomyopathy and L-carnitine
Cold Tail, Dead Tail, Limber Tail - What Is Limber Tail Syndrome?
Colitis
Degenerative Joint Disease
Diseases Acquired From Dogs
Ear Discharges
Ectropion - A condition where the lower lids are loose, causing a drooping of the eyelid's margins.
Endocardiosis - Most common cause of heart failure in dogs
Entropion - A condition in which the lower lid margins roll inward to the extent that hair rubs on the surface of the eyeball.
Fibrocartilaginous embolization - A stroke (infarction) to the spinal cord
Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus Syndrome (Bloat)
Glaucoma
Glaucoma - A disease of the optic nerve that cause total blindness. Glaucoma is chacterized by an increased pressure within the eyeball, causing damage to the optic disk and gradual loss of vision.
HOD (Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy), OCD (Osteochondritis Dissecans), Pano (Panosteitis) - Are not genetic in origin
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Infectious Diseases - Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Canine Distemper, Canine Parvovirus.
Immune Deficiency Diseases
Interdigital Cysts
Intestinal upsets
Kennel Cough
Kennel Cough - Misleading - It is important not to blame kennel cough just on kennels
Kennel Cough-Tracheobronchitis
Laryngeal Paralysis
Leptospirosis Links
Lyme Disease (Borrelia) Bacterin
Lyme Disease Foundation, INC.
Megaesophagus
Myasthenia Gravis
New approaches to liver disease
Nutrition for Dogs With Cancer
No Need to Fight Demodex Mites on Pets Without Signs
Osteochondrosis & Osteochondritis
Oxalate Bladder Stones
Pancreatitis
Panosteitis - Pain and lameness in young, growing dog
Parvo
Parvovirus
Parvo Virus - Long Beach Animal Hospital - Pictures of a test for a dog with postivie parvo virus results.
Parvovirus Is A Serious Threat To Your Puppy - Article about the disease and promoting vaccinating your new dog.
The (Parvo) Virus in the Environment/Disinfection
The Parvo Virus in the Enviroment / Disinfection
Parvovirus - Transmission
Perianal Fistulas (PFs) - Abnormal openings around the dog's anus
Portal Caval Shunts (Liver Shunts) - A congenital defect of blood vessels connected to the liver.
Prostate Problems
Rabies
Ringworm, It’s not a worm, It’s a fungus - An infection of the hair and hair follicles caused by certain types of fungi
Ringworm and the Pet Owner
When Does Your Pet Need An Ophthalmologist?


 

Parasites

External Parasites
Farewell To Fleas - Natural Alternative
Fleas
Giardia
Giardia duodenalis
Giardiasis
Heartworm Disease
Heartworm Disease Testing
Heartworm Treatment
How To Prevent Transmission of Intestinal Roundworms from Pets to People
Internal Parasites
Mange - Mange refers to a group of skin disorders caused by different species of mites
Natural Approach to Fleas
Natural Flea Collars for Dogs - Shows how to make your own.
Roger's Tips About Fleas
Roundworm
Show My The Worms - Pictures and descriptions of worms
Tapeworm
Ticks
Ticks and Tick Control
Ticks - Pictures of Deer and American Dog Ticks
Whipworms

Toxins

Antifreeze Poisoning
Certified Poison Control Centers
Common plants that are toxic to animals
Common small animal poisons
Guard the Chocolates at Valentine's Time
Plants which may be poisonous or hazardous to your pets
Poisonous Plants of Veterinary Importance
Veterinary Insecticide - HealthCentral - Learn about the health risks associated with the ingestion or misuse of insecticides for household pets and farm animals.

 

Vaccines

See Vaccinations


Veterinary

Center for Paralysis Research
The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois
U of I - Weekly Pet Column
Veterinary Cancer Society
Veterinary Specialty Center - Veterinary Specialty Center is a state-of-the-art medical care. A group of seven individual practices that each limits their services to a specific discipline of small animal veterinary care. Services include surgery, internal medicine, oncology, dermatology, radiology, emergency medicine and critical care, dentistry, and physical rehabilitation and holistic medicine.

 

Other

Age Comparison Chart for Dogs and Cats
Can Pets Make You Sick?
Common Drugs and Nutraceuticals for Dogs and Cats
Dr. Roen's Weekly Column
Essiac Tea - A rather famous combination of 4 herbs which has been proven to 'cure' many forms of cancer.
Health and Medical Information - Links on a variety of health issues: cancer, bloat, first aid, Homeopathic, Pet Food Nutrition, etc.
Is Your Canine Coughing?
Kelp & Thyroid Function
Links To Dog Related Health Sites - A must visit site with great resources
Medical Glossary - A quick reference dictionary for the lay person to understand medical terminology.
One Dozen NONCHEMICAL Ways To Control Canine Parasites
Parasites in Meat/Worms
Remedies To Common Health Problems
Quack Watch - Guide to Health Fraud, Quackery, & Intelligent Decisions
Study gives hope for thousands of American's 55 million dogs who may die of cancer.
The Immune System and Disease Resistance




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