Kennel cough is the dog version of a human cold, its a mild infection that creates a harsh cough that can last as long as three weeks.
Only those susceptible individuals with weakened immunity will get it. Vital animals just respond appropriately, like healthy people who don’t pick up the cold going around, because their immune systems fight off the cold virus. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Kennel cough”
Our dog’s joint’s really take a pounding. Repetitive chasing after tennis balls or jumping on and off the bed or sofa all take their toll on your dog’s joints, and for some dogs, that’s a problem. More use means more injuries and this can lead to joint-related problems, broken down into two major categories: developmental and degenerative problems: Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Joints”
The immune system is made up of special cells, proteins, tissues, and organs that work together to defend our dogs against germs and microorganisms. When they’re at the top of their game, this system of body defenders can recognise and annihilate any invading viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites, but sometimes problems with the immune system can lead to illness and infection.
A healthy, properly functioning immune system operates like the world’s most omnipotent drug. A malfunctioning immune system in dogs can open the door to a host of diseases, such as infection, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and cancer. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Immune system”
Today our dogs are being diagnosed with a wide range of health problems that we consider to be ‘normal’ for our pets – skin problems, increased shedding, gassiness, chronically loose stools, intermittent vomiting, kidney problems, and even cancer.
It’s no coincidence that many of these issues have only become common since the introduction of processed, often grain-based, commercial pet foods, and yet we can often halt the march of these life-limiting diseases by simply feeding a more species-appropriate diet. Continue reading “A-Z of dog wellbeing: Diet”
Your dog’s general coat appearance is a good indicator of their general health. A healthy coat should be shiny and smooth, not brittle or coarse, and healthy skin should be supple and clear, not greasy, flaky or bumpy. What options are there to help improve your dog’s coat?
Why is the coat and skin so important?
The skin is the largest organ of your dog’s body and it does an amazing job:
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