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Pomeranian Health Resources

Black Skin Disease in Pomeranians

Black Skin Disease in Pomeranians

Treatment of canine Alopecia X with trilostane

Treatment of canine Alopecia X with trilostane

Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (or Legg-Perthes disease)

Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (or Legg-Perthes disease)

Collapsing Trachea

What is a collapsed trachea? The trachea, also known as the windpipe, is an important structure which connects the throat to the lungs. It serves the purpose of directing air into the respiratory tract. The normal trachea is tubular. It maintains its shape because of a series of rings made of cartilage. These rings do not completely encircle the trachea. They are 'C' shaped with the gap in the 'C' at the top. The remainder of the trachea is composed of a flexible membrane that joins the ends of the cartilage rings. When the cartilage rings are flattened from the top to the bottom, the trachea is said to be collapsed. Rapid inhalation of air can cause the trachea to flatten and makes it difficult for air to enter the lungs.

Canine Syringomyelia

Canine Syringomyelia

Alopecia X - Black Skin Disease in Pomeranians

Alopecia X - Black Skin Disease in Pomeranians. German site with information on Alopecia X - Black Skin Disease in Pomeranians

Alopecia X in the Keeshond

Alopecia X in the Keeshond

ENTROPION

ENTROPION, which is a rolling-in of the eyelid. This causes the hair on the surface of the eyelid to rub on the eyeball, which is both painful and often causes corneal ulcers or erosions. The corneal damage can also result in corneal scarring, which can interfere with vision. Usually the dog will squint and tear excessively. However, many flat-faced dogs with medial entropion (involving the inside corner of the eyes) show no obvious signs of discomfort. Entropion is treated by surgical correction ("blepharoplasty"), which is essentially plastic surgery. Excessive folds and sections of facial skin are removed, and the eyelids tightened. It is uncommon for entropion to recur after surgery unless the entropion is quite involved, particularly in the Shar Pei breed. Very young puppies with entropion will often have "lid tacking" performed (rather than plastic surgery), in which temporary lid sutures are placed to roll out the lids. Often, these puppies do not require permanent plastic surgery once they have matured and "grown into" their facial skin. Permanent plastic surgery is usually not performed in puppies less than 5 or 6 months of age, giving the dog some time to develop its mature head conformation. Dogs with inherited entropion should not be bred, as they can pass the trait on to their offspring. The Canine Eye Registration Foundation (see CERF information) publishes a list of breed-specific breeding recommendations for purebred dogs with entropion.

Toy Breed Hypoglycemia

The creation of different dog breeds represents centuries of selective breeding to create true lines of dogs all with similar desired characteristics. Somewhere in all this breeding and selection, toy breeds were deemed desirable and were hence developed. Some typical examples of these very small dogs are Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrie, Maltese, Toy Poodle, and Pomeranian. And, of course, there are many others. Consider that if these dogs are so tiny as adults how tiny they must be as newborn puppies. These itty bitty babies have trouble maintaining body temperature, cut their baby teeth in late and thus have trouble with kibbled foods, and they have difficulty maintaining blood sugar. Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) creates listlessness, incoordination (the brain cannot burn fat or protein and relies entirely on sugar), and even seizures.

Genetic analysis using a vertical pedigree.

Genetic analysis using a vertical pedigree.

AKC Canine Health Foundation

AKC Canine Health Foundation

MORE THAN YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ANAL SACS

MORE THAN YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ANAL SACS OR WHY IS MY PET SCOOTING?

Alopecia X

Alopecia X

What is Alopecia X ?

What is Alopecia X ?

Alopecia X: Aetiopathogenesis, Clinical Signs, Diagnosis and Treatment

Alopecia X: Aetiopathogenesis, Clinical Signs, Diagnosis and Treatment

Alopecia X

Alopecia is medical term for baldness. A particular type of baldness has been described in the Nordic or double-coated breeds whereby the dog develops symmetrical coat loss on the trunk as well darkly pigmented skin in the bald areas. This pattern of baldness is commonly called "endocrine alopecia" as it is common in several types of hormone imbalances (in particular, Cushing's Syndrome, Hypothyroidism.)

Pomeranian Health Survey

Pomeranian Health Survey

Stop the Shots! - Are Vaccinations Killing Our Pets?

Stop the Shots! - Are Vaccinations Killing Our Pets? Pet Vaccination Dangers. Most pets today are being given too many vaccinations too often. Many caretakers are unaware of the known risks inherent in vaccines. Studies upon studies have been performed that show the very real dangers in over-vaccinating and the risks involved every time a pet gets a shot. But the word is not getting out. Dogs and cats continue to be over-vaccinated, resulting in compromised immune systems, serious diseases and (more often than you might imagine) death. John Clifton, pet advocate and award-finalist author, thoroughly researched the topic, devoting a year to this single subject. He was amazed to find that all the major animal health organizations – such as the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners – have recently issued guidelines emphasizing the need to minimize rather than maximize vaccines. The risks range from simple allergies to cancer to terminal shock.

Hemorrhagic GastroEnteritis (HGE) in Dogs

Hemorrhagic GastroEnteritis (HGE) in Dogs

CLINICAL CARDIOLOGY CONCEPTS

CLINICAL CARDIOLOGY CONCEPTS for the dog and cat