Thunderstorm Phobias in Dogs

Some dogs never fear thunderstorms.  Others seem to be afraid from the moment they are born.  Still others develop a thunderstorm sensitivity as they grow older.  No one is sure what causes thunderstorm phobias in dogs.  Some ideas are failure to be exposed to thunderstorms as a puppy, a bad event during a thunderstorm, unintentional reinforcement of a fear response…

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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in Dogs

Ticks are not just unsightly and annoying to your dogs.  They carry several serious diseases that they can transmit to the dog when the tick bites him.  One of the most well known of these diseases is rocky mountain spotted fever.  Rocky mountain spotted fever is caused by a Rickettsia, a rod shaped microorganism that look like bacteria but act…

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Thyroid Hormone Deficiency in Dogs

The thyroid gland in dogs functions like the thyroid gland in people.  It releases hormones, especially T3 and T4, that control metabolism.  Without T3 and T4, humans and dogs would die.  Sometimes, the thyroid gland stops producing enough of these hormones, causing the dog to get sick.  If the thyroid glands produce too low an amount of these hormones, the…

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