DogTime Blogs

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tail Chasing

Dogs can chase their tail for a number of reasons:
• Fleas
• Anal gland problem
• Worms
• Boredom

Parasites and anal glands can easily be managed through proper medical care. Unfortunately, if the problem is behavioral, it is most likely the sign of an obsessive-compulsive disorder which requires the professional help of a behavioral specialist. Dogs such as terriers are more prone to these behavioral problems.

In the meanwhile, try not to react in any way when your dog chases its tail. Laughing or scoldings are forms of attention. You may notice that some incidences trigger this behavior such as rain, time of day, or food.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Arsenic Poisoning

Dogs that like to chew outdoor furniture may be at risk of arsenic poisoning. Decks, balconies, and porches made of pressure-treated wood built before 2004 may contain arsenic. Arsenic was used as a preservative. Any arsenic-treated wood that has been washed or sanded can expose our pets to arsenic.

Symptoms of arsenic poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, weakness and drooling. Any dog suspected of coming into contact with arsenic-treated woods should be taken to the vet hospital immediately.

To help protect your pet:
- Never allow your pet to drink rainwater that pools on outdoor furniture
- Wipe down your pet after being exposed to outdoor furniture to reduce any arsenic that may be clinging to your pet’s coat
- Prevent your pet from playing in the soil where any outdoor furniture may exist
- Use a sealant regularly on outdoor furniture to seal in any arsenic
Replace any wood furniture that you are unsure of

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Chronic Diarrhea in Cats

Cats that suffer from diarrhea for more than 3-4 weeks are considered chronic. The most common causes include:
• parasites – worms, protozoa, giardia
• inflammatory bowel disease
• adverse food reactions
• cancer
• viral infections
• antibiotic-related
• organ failure (liver, kidney)
• thyroid problems
• pancreas problems

Cats with chronic diarrhea should undergo a comprehensive workup at the vet hospital. The vet will usually want a fresh stool sample to check for parasites. Blood test will determine whether there are any liver, kidney or thyroid problems.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Patellar Luxation

Patellar luxation commonly affects smaller dog breeds. It is a condition whereby the kneecap (patella) intermittently or permanently sits outside the groove in which it should sit. When the patella is out of the groove it causes an unstable joint and the dog often holds it’s back leg up.

Unfortunately, this condition is inherited from its parents. Overtime, this constant moving of the kneecap can cause arthritis. Early diagnose is best, so that the condition can be managed - pain medication, nutraceuticals, weight management and surgery if caught early.

Breeds commonly affected:
Cocker Spaniel
Yorkshire terrier
Chow Chow
Bedlington terrier
Japanese Chin