Category Archives for "Dog Health"

Is Benadryl Safe For My Dog?

The short answer to this question is “yes.” Benadryl is safe for dogs. It is one of the few drugs that is recommended by veterinarians for over the counter use. It is reasonably safe but, as with any drug, it is a good idea to find out the dosage levels, the benefits and side effects before use.

What is Benadryl?

Benadryl is the trade name for the drug diphenhydramine. Diphenhydramine was discovered at the University of Cincinatti in 1943 and was the first antihistamine registered in the United States. Antihistamines are drugs which inhibit block histamine and are used in humans for treating colds, hay fever, insect bites and stings and hives.

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DIY Dog Remedies

Dogs are susceptible to a number of complaints. The ingredients to make remedies for these complaints  Are often available in your own home. Here is a collection of easy to make remedies for some of the more common dog problems.

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Homemade Dog Paw Balm

Homemade Dog Paw Balm


This paw balm can help protect your dog from the cold and salty streets. It uses all natural ingredients and, according to the Halifax Dogventures blog can be used in please of doggie boots.

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How To Recognize Arthritis in Dogs – Symptoms To Watch Out For

How To Recognize Arthritis in Dogs

Arthritis in dogs is commonly thought to affect older animals. However, it is sometimes found in younger dogs too. It is caused by a thinning or deterioration of the cartilage in the joints. Unfortunately, the condition cannot be reversed. Arthritis causes pain and this pain needs to be managed. Dogs can't tell us when they're are suffering so we need to watch out for other symptoms, These can include reluctance to move, stiffness, swollen joints or lethargy. Dogs affected by arthritis are usually slower to get up in the mornings, they show less interest in exercise and tend to sleep more than they did before. This additional time spent asleep can lead to weight gain.

It seems that no particular breeds of dog have a predisposition to arthritis. However some larger breeds which have a predisposition to hip dysplasia and some other conditions can sometimes develop arthritis as a result of having these conditions. Working dogs, which generally do much more exercise than the average dog in the course of their lifetime and also overweight dogs are more prone to arthritis than others.

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Does Your Dog Have Dog Flu – Learn How To Protect Your Dog

Does Your Dog Have Dog Flu

Dog flu is a disease in dogs which is very similar to the flu that infests humans. However dog flu can't spread from dogs to humans.

Almost a quarter of dogs with the flu don't show any symptoms. Those that do can be expected to cough, sneeze or have a runny nose.

It can be quite a serious illness for older dogs and puppies but should be viewed with concern in all dogs.

It is highly contagious and, unless they h​ave previously been vaccinated, almost all dogs that are exposed to it will become infected. Much like human flu, dog flu is spread by sneezing or coughing from dogs which already have it.

The incidence of dog influenza is on  the rise and a new strain arrived from Asia in the early 2000s. It originally from equine influenza and the transfer between species may have occurred at race tracks where horse racing and greyhound racing both take place. Because it is a new virus, dogs have no natural immunity to it.

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How To Clean Your Dog’s Teeth

How To Clean Your Dog's Teeth

On the Labrador Training HQ blog, Jim Wright has written an article which stresses the importance of dental hygiene for dogs.

He outlines the common dental issues for dogs as well as some of the more serious complications that can occur. He recommends a routine for canine dental hygiene and outlines a seven step method for cleaning a dog's teeth.

It is well worth reading the whole article which you can find here.

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Does Your Dog Have Lungworm?

Does Your Dog Have Lungworm

Outdoor exercise provides your dog with much more than just physical activity It is an important source of mental stimulation too. A recent post on the blog gives a list of suggestions that would make outings more stimulating for your dog.

Lungworms are a parasite which affects dogs. In the early stages in of its life cycle it lives inside slugs and snails. Lungworm can't be passed from dog to dog. For a dog to become infested with lungworml it would normally have to eat snails or slugs.

If left untreated it can be fatal so you should be able to recognize the symptoms. Luckily the blog has recently published an article which lists the symptoms you should look out for.

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Hip Dysplasia In Dogs – What It Is And Some Of The Available Treatments

Hip Dysplasia In Dogs

Hip dysplasia is a hip problem where the ball and joint socket of the hip are malformed. It normally occurs during the growth phase of young dogs, but sometimes the symptoms will not appear until the dog is quite old. It is probably the most common skeletal disease in dogs.

If your dog in sore in the hip when getting up or reluctant to exercise then it might be a good idea to have it checked out by a veterinarian.

Hip dysplasia is much more common in some breeds of dogs than others. Unfortunately, the list of those breeds most prone to the disease include some of the large popular breeds of dogs. A recent post on the Labrador Training HQ blog explains what hip dysplasia is. It goes on to explain the nutritional, environmental and genetic factors in the disease and also includes some of the treatment options.

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Watch Out For Heatstroke In Dogs

Heatstroke In Dogs

Heatstroke is dangerous for dogs as well as humans. It is important to be able to recognize the symptoms of heatstroke in dogs as well as to know what to do to help.

The tractive blog has an some advice which will help you to recognize the signs of heatstroke and take the appropriate action if need.

Here is some of what they have to say:

A dog’s fur is great protection against the cold but can be a problem in hot weather. This is because, unlike humans, dogs can’t sweat. They eliminate heat by panting (dogs do have some sweat glands in the foot-pads, but not enough to cool their body.) When panting isn’t enough, their body temperature rises. If they don’t have access to cool air – either because of high outside temperatures or a confined environment – they are at risk of overheating. This can be fatal for a dog if not corrected quickly. In general, any hot environment can cause heat stroke in dogs, but the most common cause is careless actions such as leaving a dog in a car on a hot day or forgetting to provide shade when a dog is kept outdoors.