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February 7, 2007

Healing a Dog's Cough Naturally

Jo Bighouse answers a reader's question on how to cure a dog's cough naturally:

Herbs such as Echinacea, coltsfoot and licorice may be helpful. Echinacea is a natural immune booster ... Antibiotics upset the natural balance of bacteria in the intestines. After your dog has completed the antibiotic treatment, you should reestablish the natural intestinal micro flora by adding either plain yogurt or a digestive enzyme to his diet.

Natural Pets: Healing a dog's cough

February 7, 2007

February Is National Pet Dental Health Month

February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Dental health for your cat or dog is just as important as it is for you. Take some time this month to make sure your furry friend's oral health is in order.

"Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets," said Dr. Henry Childers, DVM, president of the AVMA. "Just as the public has come to realize that their own oral health is linked to their overall health, veterinarians want people to understand that dental health care is essential to maintaining the overall health and well-being of the family pet."

Pets Need Dental Care, Too

February 5, 2007

Terrier Born Without Ears May Be Able to Hear

Weasel, a border terrier crossbreed, was born without ears and abandoned at five weeks of age. Though his ears are covered with skin, veterinarians believe he has fully functional ears underneath.

Veterinary director of the Dogs Trust, Chris Laurence, said: "He doesn't look to have any ears at all, there is no hole into the actual ear although inside there does appear to be a normal working ear. There seems to be an ear canal which goes down into the skull. We think the dog can hear a little bit, which would make sense if he has working ears underneath the skin."

They are going to investigate further and are investigating the possibility of making openings in the skin that covers his ears so that he can have full hearing.

Life's looking merrier for an earless terrier

February 2, 2007

Prostate Cancer in Dogs

In an article in the Sun Herald, veterinarian Jacob Churchtalks about prostate cancer in dogs. He says that the disease is more common in un-neutered dogs and how neutering can prevent the disease.

Although not limited to intact males, prostate disease has a much higher chance of occurring in those that are un-neutered. While all of the mentioned diseases require specialized procedures and specific pharmaceuticals for diagnosis and treatment, not all are curable. Prostate cancer has a very high probability of being inoperable because of the location and close proximity to important and fragile structures. Chemotherapy is usually the only option, and is met with mixed feelings and results. Prostate cancer can be metastatic, meaning it can spread to other tissues, which can lead to complicating illnesses in an already diseased individual.

Neutering can help prevent prostate cancer

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January 23, 2007

Dog Survives After Swallowing Gorilla Glue

A black Labrador retriever named Reggie is recovering after surgery to remove "two stiff globs" of Gorilla Glue from his stomach.

X-rays showed two large masses in the dog's abdomen. Reineck said the glue turned into foam in its stomach that expanded when it mixed with food and fluid, then hardened.

Reggie is expected to make a full recovery. Let's hope he doesn't get himself in another "sticky situation" like this again!

Dog OK After Swallowing Wads Of Glue

October 7, 2006

Owl Flies Away with Nacho the Chihuahua

Nacho the Chihuahua had the ride of his life when an owl swooped him up and flew away with him. He managed to escape but surgeons had to remove his right eye.

Only Nacho knows how he escaped from the owl's grasp but he's not ready to talk about it. Hospital staff are careful not to mention anything about an O-W-L or hoot around the recovering pup. t

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