BLOAT IN COONHOUNDS

Article written by Nomi Berger Coonhounds, like other deep-chested breeds, are at the greatest risk for bloat or gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV), which is second only to cancer as the main killer of dogs. There are many theories as to why GDV happens, but there are still no clearly defined causes for the condition, which can occur in two stages: the first being gastric

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BE SPECIAL: ADOPT A DOG WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

by Nomi Berger Their bodies may be imperfect, but their spirit remains intact. So it is said about the special needs dog. Although caring for one can be challenging, more and more people are opening their hearts and their homes and adopting them. For this reason, more and more dogs who might otherwise be euthanized are being given a new “leash” on life. Experts

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Tick Alert: Pet Owners Beware

by Nomi Berger With the arrival of summer comes the arrival of an annoying and possibly fatal pest: the tick. What was once considered a nuisance found only in the wooded countryside has been persistently and increasingly invading cities both large and small. Now ticks can be as close as your neighbourhood park or your neighbour’s backyard. What, precisely, is a tick? A tick

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Helping your dog cope with thunder and fireworks

by Nomi Berger The arrival of hot weather and national holidays isn’t always a reason for celebration, especially for noise-phobic dogs. For them, hot weather means thunderstorms, and national holidays, like Canada Day, mean fireworks. And that can mean reactions from panting to panic attacks. It may also mean trembling, drooling or whining; pacing or barking; urinating or vomiting. If you own this type

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