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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 Dog Obesity: Why It’s Important To Manage Your Dog’s Weight
Plump puppies may be cute, but when it comes to canine health, lean is better. Still, as is true with humans, too many dogs are overweight, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). In its eighth annual survey of the girth of American pets, released in March 2015, the organization found that 53 […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/fat-dogs-and-dog-obesity/ | January 22, 2019
Expert Advice: General Health Can Senior Dogs Get Alzheimer’s?
One of the most common questions owners ask veterinarians about their senior dogs is "Can senior dogs get Alzheimer's?" You may have noticed that your senior dog has started slowing down, or that she seems disoriented and anxious. Some of this is normal aging, but your dog could also have the canine equivalent of Alzheimer’s: […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/do-dogs-get-alzheimers/ | October 9, 2018
Expert Advice: Health Should Your Dog Wear Sunscreen?
Humans often take precautions to protect themselves from the sun, but should we be doing the same for our dogs? Do dogs need sunscreen? Just like people, canine companions are prone to sunburn and other diseases associated with sun exposure. Taking certain safety measures can lower your dog's risk of developing serious medical issues, as […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/dog-sunscreen/ | August 29, 2018
Expert Advice: Health Can Dogs Get Poison Ivy?
Most anyone who's ever come into contact with poison ivy knows the aftermath (i.e. an itchy rash) is not fun. But, can dogs get poison ivy? "Most veterinary dermatologists say no," says Dr. Sarah Nold, DVM, a Trupanion staff veterinarian. "If it does occur, it is uncommon." Dr. Hayley Adams, a veterinarian and board-certified diplomate […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/can-dogs-get-poison-ivy/ | July 6, 2018
Expert Advice: Common Conditions Lyme Disease in Dogs: Symptoms, Tests, Treatment, and Prevention
Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis, is a bacterial illness that can be transmitted to humans, dogs, and other animals by certain species of ticks. It is caused by the spiral-shaped bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that is carried inside a tick and gets into a dog or person’s bloodstream through a tick bite. Once in the bloodstream, the […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/lyme-disease-in-dogs/ | April 20, 2018
Expert Advice: Health Are Essential Oils Safe for Dogs? There Are Quite a Few Risks Involved
In recent years, essential oils have become more and more popular, so it's no surprise some dog owners want to try them out. Essential oils are often advertised as natural treatment options or even alternatives to traditional medicine, treating everything from anxiety to skin conditions. Natural, however, doesn't always mean safe. There are serious risks […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/are-essential-oils-safe-for-dogs/ | April 3, 2018
Expert Advice: Health How to Pick the Right Shampoo for Your Dog’s Coat
Scan the dog show ring, or simply watch pets strut down the street in your neighborhood, and you realize what a wide variety of coats dogs have. Long, short, thick, thin, corded, double-coated — and the list goes on. Even dog breeds who are known to have minimal grooming needs have coats that need to be kept […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/how-to-pick-the-right-shampoo-for-your-dogs-coat/ | April 3, 2018
Expert Advice: Grooming 11 Things to Ask Potential Groomers Before You Hand Them Your Dog
When we think of caring for our dogs’ health, our thoughts might turn instinctively toward healthy foods, exercise and vet visits, but grooming is just as important to your dog’s well-being. Although some dog owners prefer to groom their own dogs, a skilled professional not only makes your dog look great, he or she also […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/things-to-ask-potential-groomers-before/ | September 14, 2017
Expert Advice: Vitamins & Supplements Fish Oil for Dogs
The benefits of fish oil for humans have been making nutrition news for the last several years. Over the years, as our diets moved away from natural foods and more toward processed foods, we lost the range of benefits we receive from omega-3 fatty acids. And although we need omega-6 fatty acids, our modern diet […]https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/fish-oil-for-dogs/ | September 13, 2017