Monthly Archives: August 2021

Pyelonephritis of the Kidneys in Dogs

Pyelonephritis is a bacterial infection in the upper urinary tract involving kidneys and ureters. This infection occurs when the bacteria move from the urinary tract or the urethra up into the kidneys. If your dog already has an obstruction in the urethra, in the forms of stones or other blockages, the risk of your dog […]

Capillariasis in Dogs

Capillariasis is caused by a parasite called Capillaria plica. There are three species of this parasite. They are so small that they often measure less than half a centimetre in length.  It is a roundworm and related to intestinal worms. They can be found not just in the intestines but also in other locations of […]

Breast Cancer in Dogs (Mammary Gland Tumours)

Mammary gland tumours are common among female dogs that have not been spayed. They could be either benign or malignant. Breast cancer or mammary gland tumours are among the most common tumours diagnosed in unspayed female dogs. The function of the mammary gland is to produce milk so that she can feed her newborn pups. […]

Leptospirosis in Dogs: What It Is and What You Should Know

What is Leptospirosis? Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection, and it spreads through the bloodstream. This bacteria is called Leptospira. It is easy enough to get this bacteria from puddles of water if there is urine in the water from some infected wildlife. The bacteria gets under the skin of the dog. It can be serious […]

Nerve/Muscle Disorder in Dogs

A dog’s nervous system includes the brain, the spinal cord, nerves and the muscles. The neuromuscular system controls all the movements of the muscles by sending signals to the brain. While the brain may be the control centre of muscle activities, it cannot function independently of the signals from the nerves. The messages are received […]

Skin Disease, Autoimmune (Pemphigus) in Dogs

When the autoimmune bodies that exist in the system fight against the healthy cells and tissue, it is, in effect, the body attacking itself. Autoimmune diseases have a trigger that may not be easily identifiable as the symptoms may not appear immediately.  When your dog has contracted Pemphigus, an autoimmune skin disease, the skin cells […]

Streptococcus in Dogs

Streptococcus is of two kinds. One is Streptococcus canis, and the other is Streptococcus dysgalactiae. Streptococcus was first identified in dogs and hence, got the name of Streptococcus canis. It is a bacterium that is important to a dog’s mucosal health and its skin. However, under certain conditions, this bacteria causes infections. These infections are […]

Obesity in Dogs: Symptoms, Causes and What to Do About It

How does a dog become obese? When there is a lot of adipose tissue that forms due to limited or no exercise and too much eating, a dog becomes obese. Obesity in dogs, just as in human beings, reduces the lifespan, brings on diabetes, hypothyroidism, hypertension, heart diseases, arthritis, and shortness of breath, and also […]