Dogs Beware of Xylitol- Toxic Ingredient in Some Peanut Butters!

Veterinarians commonly recommend peanut butter as a way for pet owners to give dogs their pills. However, care must be taken when choosing which peanut butter to use based on the addition of xylitol to some peanut butter brands. Xylitol is a sweetener used in gum, baked goods and many products designed for people with Diabetes due to its low glycemic index and low calorie content. Xylitol is highly toxic to some dogs, causing low…

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“Cushing’s disease” – Canine Hyperadrenocorticism

Hyperadrenocorticism, commonly referred to as “Cushing’s Disease”, is a disease caused by an overproduction of cortisol from the adrenal glands and can occur in two different forms: pituitary-dependent hyperadrenocorticism or an adrenal gland tumor. The pituitary gland (a small structure located at the base of the brain) secretes a hormone called ACTH which causes the adrenal glands (located next to the kidneys) to secrete cortisol and other hormones. In normal dogs, the cortisol ‘feeds back’…

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Demodicosis in Dogs

  Demodicosis, commonly referred to as Demodex, is a disease caused by a mite (Demodex spp.) that lives deep in the hair follicles. This mite is transmitted from the dam to offspring during suckling and is found in very small numbers on all dogs. It is believed these mites may initially cause dermatitis in dogs due to an immunologic or genetic disorder. Types and Causes of Demodicosis in Dogs  This can occur in two “general”…

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