Twisted Spleen in Dogs

The spleen works as a filter to destroy excess red blood cells and as a reservoir for blood.  It is very important in the immune system.  Splenic torsion, or twisting of the spleen, might happen by itself or when the dog has gastric dilation volvulus (bloat).  It can occur suddenly or gradually twist over time.
Dogs do not have splenic torsion…

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Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

Mention hip dysplasia and it conjures up pictures of puppy mills indiscriminately breeding dogs.  However, hip dysplasia can occur in any dog.  It is a malformation of the ball and socket of the hip joint.  Causes include a multigene inheritance, an interaction of genetic and environmental factors, or the gradual malformation of the joint due to osteoarthritis.  Rapid weight gain…

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Vitamin D Poisoning in Dogs

Did you know that in addition to causing a deficiency of vitamin K in dogs, rat poison can cause a vitamin D overdose?  Vitamin D is essential to the body, regulating the calcium and phosphorus levels in the body.  It also regulates the retention of calcium, aiding in the building of bones and the functioning of nerves and muscles.  Too…

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