Flea and Tick Medicine Poisoning

Flea and tick medicines have revolutionized dog care.  Veterinarians rarely see flea bite anemia now, for example.  However, too much of a good thing can make your pet sick.  Most flea and tick medicines contain one of two compounds:  pyrethrin and pyrethroid.  Pyrethrins are derived from the Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium plant, while pyrethroids are synthetic versions of pyrethrins.  Pyrethroids generally last…

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False Pregnancy in Female Dogs

False pregnancy is when a female dog starts showing the symptoms of pregnancy, including lactation and nursing pups, when she is not pregnant.  This usually happens about two months after the dog comes into heat and can last as long as a month.  It is thought that a hormonal imbalance causes false pregnancy.
The symptoms of false pregnancy are a lot…

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Kennel Cough

Kennel cough, also called infectious canine tracheobronchitis, is a highly contagious respitory disease among dogs.  It is like the dog’s version of the common cold.  If one dog in a household gets it, everyone in the household gets it.
Kennel cough is an inflammation of the trachea and bronchi.  It is so common that most dogs get it at least once…

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