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Shock

Shock is a state of being that often occurs after the body has experienced something traumatic. Many people use the term shock as in being scared or unable to comprehend a situation, but medical shock is very serious and knowing what to look for when your dog is in shock could be the difference between …

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Skin Irritation

Dogs are like people, their largest organ is their skin, and with this large organ can come a lot of irritation. Irritation can occur for many different reasons based on the individual dog and their breed. Skin irritation is one of the most common issues that dogs and dog owners face, and is also one …

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Splinters

As any person knows, splinters can be very uncomfortable and this is true for our canine friends as well. Unfortunately, a splinter cannot be ignored as it can turn into an infection which will cause the dog more pain and even loss of tissue. Your dog may not like the removal process, but once it …

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Strains

Strains are something that occurs in people as well as dogs. When your dog is suffering from a strain he or she may need your help. Being able to identify your strains will allow you to help treat your dog early on, getting them the help that they need right away. Symptoms A strain is …

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Insect Bites

It’s important to acknowledge that insect bites hurt your dog as much as they hurt you. In fact, an insect bite will often cause secondary problems in dogs such as hot spots and infections. Insect bites don’t have to be a huge deal, as long as you know how to deal with them. Your dog …

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Lacerations

Lacerations, or cuts, happen to the best of us and the same can be said for our dogs. Sometimes all of the wrong circumstances come together and our furry friends get cut and they need treatment from us or even their vets. Knowing what to do when your dog suffers a laceration is an important …

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Fever

Normally, a dog’s temperature would range from 99.5 °F to 102 °F. Animals have a thermoregulatory center in the brain which regulates body temperature. This temperature control area in the brain resets the normal body temperature to an abnormally high temperature in an attempt to fight the damaging effects of bacteria and viruses. Fever is …

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Lick Sores

Many dogs suffer from something commonly known as lick sores, also called acral lick dermatitis or lick granuloma. This is a condition that develops due to chronic licking. There is a common school of thought that the reason that animals continue to lick and lick in this manner is because the process releases endorphins in …

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