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  1. Peritonitis Another possible cause of stomach swelling in dogs, this serious infection is usually caused by puncture or rupture of your dog's stomach or intestine, due to splinters from a bone, ulcers, tumors, or other causes. Peritonitis can also occur if the gallbladder or urinary bladder ruptures. Extremely painful, a dog with peritonitis may be listless, reluctant to move, have a swollen abdomen, or vomit. Shock is likely, so emergency treatment is crucial. Treatment for peritonitis may include intravenous fluids, antibiotics, and pain relief. Surgery will also be necessary
  2. Stomach swelling in dogs can be a life-threatening emergency, or it can be as simple as your dog eating too much. To keep your canine companion in good health, it helps to know the signs of dog stomach problems and what you can do when they happen. Dog Stomach Swelling: Common Causes and Treatments Because stomach swelling in dogs can be dangerous, never try to diagnose the cause of your dog's stomach trouble yourself. If your dog's abdomen looks bloated or unusual, get your pet to a veterinary hospital or emergency veterinarian immediately, as timing can be critical. Some
  3. Grooming supplies Your pup needs to stay clean and well-groomed, so it is essential to get grooming supplies before your puppy arrives. You need to clean and brush the pup’s coat, trim his nails, and brush his teeth from an early stage. Starting the grooming routine early helps your pup to learn how to behave during the process. Some of the grooming products that you will need include bristle brushes, conditioning spray, shampoo, towels, toothbrush and dog toothpaste, ear cleaning solution, and nail clippers. Food and treats Do not be fooled by your pup’s tiny
  4. You are about to receive your new puppy either from an orphanage or a breeder. You are excited as you prepare for the arrival of a new furry addition to the family, but you are feeling a bit nervous amidst all the excitement. Just like every other new puppy owner, you are not sure of what you will need for your puppy. Getting a puppy does not have to be complicated when you know the right things to get for your pup. Let us look at the items that you should have on your shopping list as you prepare for the puppy’s arrival. Appropriately-sized crate and containment You wil
  5. It’s important to know all the facts about Cushing’s disease. This disease is presently being diagnosed at earlier stages in life. However, a dog should still have some of the symptoms and a low urine specific gravity to consider it. Both Trilostane and Lysodren are detoxed by the liver. In fact, it’s clearly stated that you shouldn’t give Trilostane to a dog who has kidney or liver disease. So there’s no good reason to place an animal with a liver problem and not Cushing’s disease on either of these drugs. I wanted to bring you the very best information on Cushing’s syndrome, I
  6. There’s another misunderstanding called atypical Cushing’s disease. I’m convinced that a dog diagnosed with Cushing’s without corresponding symptoms doesn’t have the disease. While there is such a thing as atypical Cushing’s disease, it’s not what most people think it is. About ten years ago, veterinarians at the Royal Veterinary College in England observed dogs that had all the classical signs of Cushing’s disease. These dogs: Were drinking a lot of water Were urinating a lot Had urine specific gravities below 1.025 Had pot-bellied appearances Showed muscle wasting Had wea
  7. Cushing’s disease seems to be on every veterinarian’s mind these days. Because of this, many screening tests are recommended to diagnose Cushing’s disease. These tests are relatively reliable if there are signs and symptoms as well as lab abnormalities. But what if these same tests are used on animals that aren’t showing these signs and symptoms? False positive results can occur. In addition, these tests are done at the veterinary hospital. That has impacts too. The dog is caged and the stress of hospitalization alone may cause a false positive result. Even the suggestion that a dog
  8. I wrote this article because Cushing’s disease in dogs is often over-diagnosed. Over-diagnosed is a euphemism for “your dog never had it in the first place.” And that’s a problem. My goal? To give you the facts on how the testing procedure for Cushing’s disease works and what exactly vets are looking for. This should help save unnecessary expenses and worry. So it’s important that we fully understand this disease. What Is Cushing’s Disease In Dogs? Cushing’s disease is an endocrine disorder of middle aged and older dogs. It’s the result of the overproduction of cortison
  9. Amazing Facts About the GorillaCross River Gorillas and Mountain Gorillas are both classified as Critically Endangered and Endangered by the IUCN since 1996 – that is two out of five gorilla subspecies. There are currently only 200-300 Cross River Gorillas left in the wild, and 900 Mountain GorillasAfrican apes (gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos) diverged from a common ancestor about 5 million years ago and belong to the family Hominidae.Gorillas are one of our closest living relatives, after chimpanzees and bonobos. They share between 95% and 99% of our DNA!Gorillas and chimpanzees walk quadr
  10. Since the millennium, the Sumatran Orangutan has been classified by the IUCN as Critically Endangered with approximately 80% of the population lost in the past 75 years mainly as a result of mass deforestation. This awful trend continues to put pressure on the remaining population of 6,600 Sumatran Orangutans that are estimated to remain on this earth Amazing Facts About the Orangutan As orangutans and humans are 96.4% the same genetically and share 28 distinct physical characteristics, it’s no wonder this magnificent creature’s name means person of the forest in Malay. There are two
  11. In the past 25 years, the Sumatran Elephant has lost an astounding 70% of its habitat to deforestation for palm oil plantations, agriculture and human settlements. Less than 2000 are estimated to exist and in 2011, the Sumatran Elephant was classified by the IUCN as Critically Endangered Amazing Facts About the Sumatran Elephant The Sumatran Elephant is the smallest subspecies, but the largest mammal existing on the island of Sumatra. They can weigh up to 5tonnes and reach 9ft in height! With a stranger appearance to their African cousins, the Sumatran Elephant is almost completely ba
  12. The tiger has long been hunted for its distinctive patterned fur. Of the nine tiger subspecies, three are already extinct, many are endangered but it is the South China Tiger and the Sumatran Tiger that currently face the biggest threat to their survival. Tragically, the South China Tiger is thought to be extinct in the wild as it hasn’t been spotted since the 1970s. The Sumatran Tiger is the only surviving tiger subspecies indigenous to Indonesia and as of 2008 it has been classified by the IUCN as Critically Endangered. Less than 500 of these tigers exist today in comparison with a populatio
  13. Two types of sea turtles are amongst the most endangered species in the world: the Hawksbill Turtle and the Leatherback Turtle In the past 100 years, the Hawksbill Turtle has lost 90 percent of its population, 80 percent of which has been lost in the past 10 years. As of 1996, the IUCN classified it as a critically endangered species. The Leatherback turtle is listed by the IUCN as Vulnerable, yet many subpopulations are facing extinction.
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