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Expert Advice: General Health What is Xylitol? The Dangers Of Xylitol for Dogs
A substance called xylitol is making thousands of dog sick and even causing death, affecting more pets now than ever before, and it's probably in your home right now. The Pet Poison Helpline confirms that cases of xylitol poisoning have increased dramatically in recent years. "In 2018 we received nearly 4,000 cases and now have more than […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/dangers-of-xylitol/ | May 16, 2019
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Expert Advice: Breeding Tips & Best Practices Brucellosis Outbreak in the Midwest: How to Avoid Infection and Manage an Outbreak
An outbreak of the contagious disease brucellosis has hit Iowa, after starting at a dog breeding facility in Marion County, southeastern Iowa. Brucellosis is a contagious disease caused by the bacterium brucellosis, specifically Brucella canis in dogs, which can result in infertility, abortions, and stillbirths. Brucella canis can devastate a kennel, and it is zoonotic, meaning it can infect […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/dog-breeding/avoiding-brucellosis-managing-outbreak/ | May 15, 2019
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Expert Advice: Common Conditions Understanding, Preventing, and Treating Dog Anxiety
Just like humans, dogs experience anxiety. While unpleasant, it is a normal and also healthy emotion. Dog anxiety can affect all breeds, but may affect each individual dog differently. Although it is something that all dogs experience from time-to-time, if disproportionate levels of anxiety are left unchecked, a dog can develop an anxiety disorder. If left […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/treating-dog-anxiety/ | May 14, 2019
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Expert Advice: Health What Is Leptospirosis, and Should You Be Concerned? 
Leptospirosis is a disease that affects dogs, as well as many other kinds of animals. The organism that causes Leptospirosis is a spirochete bacterium and is found throughout the world. There are a very large number of Leptospira; about 230 of them have been identified.  In the United States, Leptospirosis is in the environment because […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/leptospirosis-concerned/ | April 12, 2019
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Expert Advice: Health Heartworm in Dogs: What You Should Know About the Mosquito-Borne Parasite
Heartworm is a potentially deadly parasite that is transmitted only by mosquitos, which pick up larval heartworms, called microfilaria, circulating in the bloodstream of infected animals. Dogs and other canids, such as fox, wolves, and coyote, are considered the primary heartworm hosts, but these parasites can also affect other mammals, including cats and ferrets. There are treatments […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/heartworm-in-dogs-symptoms-diagnosis-treatment/ | April 3, 2019
Expert Advice: Puppy Health Is Your Puppy Drinking Enough Water?
As a general rule, adult dogs need about one ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. But growing puppies, despite their smaller size, drink more than their adult counterparts. A lot depends, however, on your puppy’s age, size, and activity level. Very young pups fulfill their hydration needs from their mother’s milk. […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/puppy-drinking-enough-water/ | March 21, 2019
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Expert Advice: Common Conditions Hip Dysplasia in Dogs
Hip dysplasia. These two words terrify large and giant breed dog owners, but the truth is hip dysplasia can happen to any size dog. This condition can drastically reduce a dog’s quality of life and is painful for owners to watch. The good news is that embracing the responsibilities of owning a large dog breed, and educating […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/hip-dysplasia-in-dogs/ | February 6, 2019
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Expert Advice: Health CBD Oil for Dogs: What You Need to Know
As with any pet wellness trend, when it comes to CBD oil for dogs, there's a lot of information floating around online. Of course, you want to do what's best for your pup, which leads to the question: What are the need-to-know facts regarding CBD oil? The AKC's Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Jerry Klein, explains […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/cbd-oil-dogs/ | February 5, 2019
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Expert Advice: General Health Mange: What You Need to Know
If you follow news about dogs, you know what an extreme case of mange looks like. It's a common skin disease in dogs and puppies that are strays, neglected, or abused. These dogs appear to be beyond hope—hairless, with skin covered in sores or with thickened, hard, crusty patches. Such dogs are often described as […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/mange-what-you-need-to-know/ | January 23, 2019
Expert Advice: Common Conditions Kennel Cough in Dogs – Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention
What Is Kennel Cough? Kennel Cough (also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis) is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Dogs commonly contract kennel cough at places where large amounts of canines congregate, such as boarding and daycare facilities, dog parks, training groups, and dog shows. Dogs can spread it to one another through airborne droplets, direct […]
https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/kennel-cough-symptoms-treatment-and-prevention/ | January 23, 2019

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