Canine Joint Disease

01/11/2011  –  Article by Keith Somers & VIDEO By Dr. Sarah Wooten, DVM, On Staff at Life’s Abundance

Canine Joint Disease, Is A Common Condition Affecting Many Dogs

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Canine Joint DiseaseCanine joint disease may currently affect as many as 16 million dogs in the United States of a total in-home population of 81 million.  According to The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, 09/19/2011, the figure is one out of five dogs or about 20%.   Joint disorders are divided into two categories:  noninflammatory and inflammatory.

Noninflammatory Joint Diseases include developmental, degenerative, neoplastic and traumatic processes.  Degenerative, or osteoarthritis disease occurs when the cartilage protecting the bones of the joint loses its cushion, causing friction between the bones,

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Dog Food Recalls, An Update

Dog Food Recalls Continue,
Here’s A List for March, 2013

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dog food recalls Dog food recalls are in the news again for March of 2013.  Many of these dog food recalls have to do with Salmonella bacteria. So, here are two links to some excellent information about Salmonella bacteria in pet food.  You might want to read them and then bookmark them  The first is from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The second is from the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Now, back to dog food recalls.  Here is a partial list from March, 2013.

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Best Premium Pet Food Equals Pet Health

Best Premium Pet Food May Have Negative Health Consequences

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Best Premium Pet FoodThe best premium pet food brands, popular for most consumers, may be misleading you about the quality and kinds of ingredients they are putting into the food eaten by millions of American dogs and cats every day.  The quality and ingredients used result in an inferior product you would never knowingly feed anyone you care for, including the companion animals in your family.  Have you ever wondered why there continues to be brand after brand of “best premium pet food” on recall?  Here are some of the factors that result in recalls . . .

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Finding Lost Dogs: Tips for You

Finding Lost Dogs Is Difficult,
So Here Are Some Helpful “Tips”

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finding lost dogsFinding lost dogs is something you never thought about when your puppy was eight weeks old.  Now, you are thinking about it for the first time.

You also did not realize the great responsibility that became yours when you began this adventure with your new puppy.  Among companion animals, dogs are unmatched in their loyalty, obedience, devotion, attention, friendship and love.  When you become a dog-lover, your dog will out-love you at every turn:  excitement when you come home, tail-wagging, playfulness when you throw the ball, delight in always pleasing you, . . .

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Missing Dogs Can Be Found—Here Is How

Missing Dogs Are of Great Concern
to Companion Parents

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Missing dogs . . .  if one of them is yours, and is of great concern to you—where do you begin?

lost or stolen dogsMost dog owners do not know, and many may never know, if their dog has just wandered off and is lost, or if it has been stolen.

When dogs have disappeared:  neighbors are told, “Missing Dogs” signs go up, and friends on Facebook or Twitter may find out about it.

Statistics regarding missing dogs, lost or stolen, are very hard to get.

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Dog Disc Disease Hopefully Prevented

Dog Disc Disease (IVDD),
Five Steps Toward Preventing It

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Dog Disc DiseaseDog disc disease, or Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), effects certain smaller breeds of dogs called chondrodystrophoid dogs.  They are at greater risk of developing the disease because of  a genetic form of dwarfism.  Those breeds could be Dachshunds, Corgis, Papillions, Basset Hounds, Miniature Pinschers, Beagles, Shi Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Pekingese and still others, however, Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD) is particularly prevalent in Dachshunds.  The disease effects the flexible discs made up of cartilage which cushions between each bone (vertebrae) of the spinal cord, extending from the base of the skull to the end of the tail.

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Cold Weather Dog Safety, “Tips” and Products

Cold Weather Dog Safety,
“Tips” and Helpful Associated Products

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Snow and Cold Weather Dog SafetyCold weather dog safety products can be purchased through links available on most of the following tips—click the BACK arrow (upper left) to get back from the link to our site:

Age, a cold weather dog safety “tip”, is critical.  Puppies, senior dogs, and dogs with special health issues do not tolerate cold weather as well as adult dogs.  Keep them as warm as possible while outside and provide them a warm cozy bed, away from drafts, while inside.

Antifreeze contains ethylene glycol which has a sweet smell and taste making it appealing but lethal . . .

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Cold Weather Dog Safety

Cold Weather Dog Safety,
A Video Reminder

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Safety for DogsOh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful . . . lyricist Sammy Cahn wrote the words to “Let It Snow” in 1945.  Hopefully, this wonderful seasonal song will remind us that cold weather dog safety is serious stuff—be careful out there in the snow!  Winter will soon wrap her cold, sleety arms around much of the country.  We want to remind everybody  to take special precautions to keep their fury kids safe and healthy during cold weather.

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Dog Food Recalls on the Rise?

Dog Food Recalls Continue

Danger Sign 100 This series of dog food recalls began in May, 2012—November 1, 2012, Charlee Bear Products voluntarily recalled certain lots of its Protein Crunch Bar products because they possibly might be contaminated with Salmonella.

The event was reported by the company in a news release dated November 1, 2012.  According to the company, there have been no reported . . .

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Dog Food Recalls Are Changing—Why?

Dog Food Recalls Are Growing

Dog Treats 100For the latest on dog food recalls—on December 6, 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration posted a news bulletin warning pet owners that certain lots of Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats have tested positive for Salmonella bacteria.

Are the dog food recalls posted on this blog reliable?  Before we write about it here . . .

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