cushings disease in dogs

Cushings Disease in Dogs: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

 

Here is the simplest way to explain Cushing’s disease in dogs. 

The pituitary gland (at the base of the brain) produces a hormone called ACTH

ACTH stimulates the adrenal gland (on top of kidneys) to produce glucocorticoid hormones/corticosteroids (Cortisol)

Something goes wrong in the pituitary or adrenal glands

Too much cortisol is produced by the adrenals

Cushing’s disease develops

Who gets it and when

Dogs usually get Cushing’s when they’re around six, but it can really happen at any age.… Read full post

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How to Treat Kidney Disease in Dogs

We understand what kidney disease in senior dogs is, and how it is diagnosed. Now we are going to discuss the various treatment options available, to manage it as best we can. Treatment options for acute renal failure (ARF)

We know that acute kidney disease comes on quite suddenly. The cause could include leptospirosis, a parasite, eating foods dangerous to dogs, or drinking antifreeze.… Read full post

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Diagnosing Kidney Disease in Dogs

Basically, kidney disease in dogs is diagnosed by measuring the levels of two waste products in the blood: blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine. A urinalysis rounds out the testing.

Here is a bit more detail.

Urinalysis

When your vet asks you to bring in a urine sample from your dog, try and get the first urine of the day – mid stream is preferable, and try and get it to the vet within a couple of hours of collection. … Read full post

dog tornado interactive toy review

Dog Tornado Activity Toy Review

 

Product: Dog Tornado Interactive Toy (Nina Ottosson)

Place to buy: Amazon.com

Product specifications: 11.5 inches x 9 inches x 4 inches

My rating: 8//10

Product Overview

The Dog Tornado interactive toy is designed to stimulate and challenge your dog mentally. It is a four tier, bone shaped, swivel toy, with compartments for hiding treats.… Read full post

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10 Hot Tips to Keep Your Senior Dog Warm and Protected This Winter

 

Winter is not even here yet, but I know Red is already starting to feel the cold. This summer wasn’t great (weatherwise), so it feels like she hasn’t been without a sweater in months. In this article I’m going to talk about the ways to keep your senior dog warm and protected this winter.… Read full post

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Keep Your Dog Active: Physically and Mentally

As the years pass, it’s more important than ever to keep your older dog active, yet the opposite seems to happen! As our dogs age, many of us get a bit lazy about keeping them active.

I guess we figure that they’re happier just lying in their bed sleeping, so we leave them to it.… Read full post

answering questions about kidney disease in dogs

6 Questions Answered About Kidney Disease in Dogs

 

To help you understand kidney disease in dogs, I have put together a list of 6 questions and answers I hope will give you some of the clarity you have been seeking.

Kidney disease in older dogs is very common, so it’s a good idea to learn as much as we can should we, or should I say our dog, ever be faced with it.… Read full post

grooming dogs at home

Grooming Dogs at Home

 

If trips to the groomer have become a less than enjoyable event for all concerned, grooming dogs at home is certainly an alternative worth considering.

Sadly, grooming seems to be an often overlooked part of keeping dogs healthy, yet it’s such an important aspect. Whether you do it at home yourself, or have a mobile groomer come park in your driveaway and do it for you that’s up to you, but it is critical that it gets done.… Read full post

every dog needs grooming

Senior Dogs Also Need Grooming

 

Not everyone has gotten the message – senior dogs also need grooming!!

Unfortunately, there are many dog guardians out there who seem to think that just because their dog is older and spending more time in bed than out of it, grooming can take a back seat. They wait until the dog smells so bad they can’t stand it, or is unable to walk properly. … Read full post

obesity in dogs

Obesity in Dogs

The path to tackling obesity in dogs is the same one you would take no matter what species we’re talking about.

Good quality diet in the right amount, less junk, more exercise!

Sobering statistics

In a 2014 survey by The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), results show that 52.7% of all dogs in the U.S.… Read full post