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Petsecure's Dog Health Center

The Dog Health Center contains comprehensive information regarding diseases and disorders that affect all breeds of dogs. Here you can find information on the clinical signs, diagnosis, current treatment options, and prognosis. We make every reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy of this information, but your veterinarian is always the best source for precise medical information.


Top 10 Common Health Issues

1. Cherry Eye

Cherry eye is the common name for a condition that can affect one or both of a dog's third eyelids, which are technically called nictitating membranes. Nictitating membranes are thin, opaque sheets of tissue that in their normal position are seated underneath.... Read More >>

2. Atopy in Dogs

Atopy is a clinical syndrome in which there is a hereditary tendency to develop immune-mediated hypersensitivities - or allergies - to normally innocuous environmental allergens that are either inhaled or absorbed through the skin..... Read More >>

3. Dog Hot Spots

Acute moist dermatitis, also called acral lick dermatitis, pyotraumatic dermatitis or "hot spots," is a localized and rapidly progressive superficial skin infection typically secondary to trauma self-inflicted in an attempt to relieve pain or pruritis..... Read More >>

4. Dog Ear Infection

Hearing is one of a dog’s keenest senses. Dogs rely upon sound and scent much more than they do upon eyesight, to navigate their way through the world. Dogs’ ears can become infected from the very outer edge of the ear flap all the way down into the ear canal. Ear problems are one of the main reasons that owners take their dogs to a veterinarian..... Read More >>

5. Dog Diarrhea

Diarrhea is often a symptom of another condition that is occurring in the dog, and it requires prompt attention and treatment. While some diarrheal conditions in dogs can be caused by minor gastrointestinal upsets, diarrhea can also be indicative of a severe medical crisis such as poisoning or a disease.... Read More >>

6. Parvovirus in Dogs

Infection by the canine parvovirus (CPV) is an extremely contagious and fairly common disease of domestic dogs. It tends to primarily affect rapidly reproducing cells in puppies, especially the cells lining the digestive tract.... Read More >>

7. Dog Ear Mites

Ear mites are tiny parasitic insects that spend most of their lives in and around the external ear canals of the animals they infest. Occasionally, they are found on other areas of their host's skin, such as paws, head, neck, rump and tail.... Read More >>

8. Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

Hip dysplasia is a common disorder in domestic dogs that involves abnormal development and/or degeneration of the coxofemoral (hip) joint. "Dysplasia" simply means an abnormality of development in terms of size, shape or organization of mature cells in the body. The "hip" is the area of the body around the articulation of the large, long thigh bones (the femurs) and the pelvic bone.... Read More >>

9. Dog Arthritis

Arthritis is defined simply as the inflammation of a joint. In dogs, this term tends to refer to osteoarthritis ("OA," also called degenerative joint disease, or "DJD"). Osteoarthritis is a syndrome characterized by bone remodeling, low-grade inflammation and degenerative, progressive and permanent deterioration.... Read More >>

10. Hypothyroidism in Dogs

Hypothyroidism is a clinical syndrome caused by inadequate production and release of the thyroid hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), which are essential to normal metabolic function. The symptoms of hypothyroidism are varied and nonspecific. Hypothyroidism is not difficult to diagnose.... Read More >>