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Pet Health Concerns: Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus is the buildup of fluid on the brain. The pressure of the fluid pushes the brain up against the skull, damaging or destroying brain tissues. A dog can be born with this condition or can develop it later in life. There … Continue reading

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Pet Health Concerns: Hot Spots

Hot spots are painful, swollen patches of skin that form on a dog’s body that are actually warm to the touch. They can appear quite suddenly and worsen as the dog licks and chews the site. Hot spots can occur anywhere … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Pet Arthritis Tips

The following is a guest post from Bryce Bertola. Bryce breeds and shows Shetland Sheepdogs with his wife and mother-in-law of Autumn Shelties, and he also writes for RoverPet.com, a leading supplier of high quality dog beds and PVC vinyl pet … Continue reading

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Pet Health Concerns: Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy

Hypertrophic osteodystrophy, or HOD, is a bone disease that occurs in larger breed dogs. First symptoms are normally seen between the ages of two and seven months. This condition occurs when there is a decrease of blood flow to the joints, … Continue reading

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Pet Health Concerns: Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is the abnormal growth or development of the hips. It is more common in large breed dogs such as Boxers, German Shepherds, and Labrador Retrievers, but can occur in all sizes and breeds of dogs (even mixed breeds) and even … Continue reading

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Pet Health Concerns: Hepatocerebellar Degeneration

Hepatocerebellar degeneration is a little-known condition that is only found in Bernese Mountain Dogs. This disease is an inherited disorder that affects both the liver (which detoxifies the blood) and the cerebellum (the part of the brain that controls balance). Both … Continue reading

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Pet Health Concerns: Hepatic Lipidosis

Hepatic lipidosis is the buildup of fat in the liver. Abnormally high amounts of fat prevent the liver from properly functioning and lead to liver failure. Often, this condition is caused by an underlying disorder, such as a tumor. If … Continue reading

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Pet Health Concerns: Hemophilia

Hemophilia is a blood clotting disorder where the platelets of the blood malfunction and don’t coagulate. It is a genetic disorder, meaning it is present at birth and there are two types – Hemophilia A and Hemophilia B. Hemophilia A is a … Continue reading

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Pet Health Concerns: Hemivertebra

Hemivertebra is a congenital (meaning it’s present at birth) condition that can be inherited. It is most common in brachycephalic (short-faced), screwtailed breeds such as French Bulldogs, Pugs, and Boston Terriers. The spines of most dogs have from 49 to 53 vertebrae, depending on tail … Continue reading

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Pet Health Concerns: Hemeralopia

Hemeralopia is a the inability to see clearly in bright light. Most people have heard of night blindness, but not of this day blindness. Animals with this condition simply cannot adapt to bright light. This condition is usually caused by … Continue reading

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