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Why does my dog scoot?

When a dog scoots or drags his behind the carpet, it can look strange–or even comical.  If he does it when you have company, it can also be embarrassing!  If you have ever seen this happen, you may be wondering why your dog does this.  In almost all cases your dog is trying to get […]

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Puppy Behavior Problems

• For the most part, these problems include behaviors that are normal and common to most puppies, but they are not acceptable to the family
• The undesirable behaviors require some degree of modification by training and “shaping” to become acceptable; “shaping” is a behavioral technique that gradually directs the puppy to the desired behavior—the puppy is rewarded for a response that is similar to the desired behavior in a stepwise fashion, until the desired behavior is accomplished
• Training problems include destructive chewing, play biting, jumping on people, and getting on counters or furniture

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Diabetes in Dogs

~ Increased levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood (known as “hyperglycemia”) when the dog has been fasted, combined with the presence of glucose (sugar) in the urine (known as “glucosuria”)
~ Disorder of carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism caused by an absolute or relative insulin deficiency
~ The pancreas is an organ of the body, located near the upper small intestine; the pancreas produces insulin to regulate blood sugar

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Aggression in Dogs

~ Action taken by one dog directed against a person or another animal, with the result of harming, limiting, or depriving that person or animal; aggression may be offensive or defensive
~ Offensive aggression—unprovoked response directed toward a person or another animal in order to control access to some resource (such as food or toys) at the expense of that person or animal; includes social status/dominance aggression, possessive aggression; intermale (that is, between two males) aggression and interfemale (that is, between two females) aggression, and predatory aggression; common targets are familiar people or animals
~ Defensive aggression—aggression is directed toward a person or another animal perceived as an instigator or threat; includes fear-motivated, territorial, protective, irritable (pain-associated or frustration-related), and maternal aggression; common targets are unfamiliar people or animals

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Eating Non-food Items and Eating Feces

~ Eating of non-food items (known as “pica”), including eating of feces of bowel movement (known as “coprophagia”)
~ Coprophagia is not uncommon in dogs; it is rare in cats

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Tick and Tick Control

• Dogs and cats may be parasitized by ticks; ticks found on dogs and cats are in the families “Ixodidae” and “Argasidae”
• Ticks may cause other health problems, including allergic reactions (hypersensitivity), paralysis, and blood-loss anemia
• Tick control is challenging; in many areas, tick control is required year-round

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Rabies

• Rabies is a serious, usually fatal infection for the pet; rabies can be spread from animals to people (known as having “zoonotic potential”)
• Tell your veterinarian about any possible human exposure (such as contact with the pet or other suspected rabid animal or a bite or scratch)
• Any person possibly exposed to rabies should see a physician immediately
• Local public health officials must be notified

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Kneecap Dislocation

• The “patella” is the kneecap; it is located at the front of the stifle joint; the “stifle” is the knee joint of the dog or cat—it is the joint between the large upper thigh bone (the femur) and the two lower leg bones (tibia and fibula)
• “Luxation” is the medical term for dislocation

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Hip Dysplasia

• Hip dysplasia has a genetic (inherited) basis, involving multiple genes
• Development of hip dysplasia determined by an interaction of genetic and environmental factors
• Medical therapy is designed to relieve signs (known as “palliative therapy”); it does not “cure” the disease, because the joint instability is not corrected
• Joint deterioration or degeneration often progresses, unless a corrective orthopedic surgical procedure is performed early in the disease
• Surgical procedures can salvage hip-joint function once severe joint deterioration or degeneration occurs

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Flea-Bite Hypersensitivity and Flea Control

• Flea control is important for dogs and cats
• No cure exists for flea-bite hypersensitivity
• Flea-allergic pets often become more sensitive to flea bites as they age
• Controlling exposure to fleas is currently the only means of controlling signs; “allergy shots” (known as “hyposensitization”) for flea-bite hypersensitivity are not effective

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