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James Watts

BSc Bioveterinary Science. Editor of PetSci. When I'm not writing, learning, discussing, or reading about animals, you know it's the weekend! Currently developing PetSci HealthTrak, the fast and easy way to monitor your pet's weight and calorie intake. HealthTrak offers a simple way to track your pet's progress, helping them achieve a healthy weight and a long, happy life.

Canine Periodontal Disease: Does my dog have gum disease?

Canine periodontal disease is a type of inflammation of the gum and deeper supporting structures of the teeth that can lead to bone loss, tissue damage and tooth loss.  The term gum disease is usually used to describe periodontal disease in dogs, but can also refer to gingivitis. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gum caused by dental plaque. Whilst …

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Canine Gastritis and Gastroenteritis

lethargic dog canine gastritis

Canine gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining, which may be caused by irritation, disease or damage. The condition is fairly common amongst dogs and rarely causes complications. Cases of canine gastritis are considered either acute or chronic. Acute canine gastritis has a rapid onset but will usually clear up after 24-48, whilst chronic canine gastritis is a persistent …

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Protein Losing Enteropathy: Intestinal Protein Loss in Dogs

yorkshire terrier protein losing enteropathy

Protein losing enteropathy in dogs is a condition that affects the ability of the intestines to absorb protein from the diet. Dogs with protein losing enteropathy have to deal with a net loss of protein, which means they lose more protein than they are able to take in from the diet. This can affect the dog’s health quite severely, as …

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Common Types of Canine Benign Tumours: Lipoma, Papilloma & Adenoma

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Canine benign tumours are non-cancerous masses of cells. Benign tumours (unlike malignant, cancerous tumours) generally do not spread and have a slow growth rate. Although canine benign tumours are not cancerous, they can still have negative health effects. The most obvious health issue caused by benign tumours is their ‘mass effect’. The size of an unusual benign growth can cause …

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Hot Spots on Dogs: Canine Acute Moist Dermatitis

hot spots on dogs

Hot spots on dogs (also known as canine acute moist dermatitis) are bacterial skin infections caused by irritation. Hot spots usually occur on the paw, limbs, hip, chest or ears but can develop almost anywhere on the body. Hot spot related bacterial infections arise initially as a result of biting or scratching at a site of irritation. This irritation could …

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Canine Otitis Externa: Ear Infections and Inflammation

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Canine otitis externa refers to the inflammation of the external ear, the ear canal. Other types of canine otitis include otitis media and otitis interna, referring to inflammation of the middle and inner ear. Canine otitis externa is relatively common amongst dogs, estimated to affect between 14-20%. All ages and breeds can develop the condition, although long-eared breeds are more …

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Canine Atopic Dermatitis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Canine atopic dermatitis is the term given to the skin irritation that develops in dogs with allergies to certain common allergens such as pollen. Canine atopic dermatitis is fairly common and is estimated to affect around 7-10% of dogs. It can take time for the allergies responsible for the skin irritation to develop, which means that symptoms of the condition …

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Are Hypoallergenic Diets What They Seem?: Pet Food Allergies

A recent study reported that a number of hypoallergenic pet foods were actually contaminated with undeclared animal by-products that could cause allergic responses. Hypoallergenic diets are an important diagnostic tool for determining pet food allergies, however the study discovered that 10 of the 12 limited antigen diets contained undeclared avian, mammalian or fish DNA (e.g. bone, protein and fats). This …

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