Health Care

Heath Care is vital to your pet. You'll guarantee a long life if you take the time to ensure that you've covered all the bases of good animal husbandry.  A clean environment, a healthy diet and excersise all contribute to your dogs chances of having a wonderful and long life.

Articles and links on this page are researched and written by others and are linked here because they provide excellent information. If any of the authors wish to have their link removed, please contact DORG.
Back Injuries

Dodger's List - Your complete back resource guide!
About Doger's List - Word doc  or PDF file
Sam Watson's Dachshund Back Digest
Canine Interverebral Disk Desease booklet from DCA.

Holistic Veterinarians by State. AHVMA - American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

Articles by Arlene F. Betker

Arlene supplies us with some of her wonderful advice utilizing a homeopathic approach. 

Health Insurance Companies
A full list of companies and resources
General Information
Pet Health Care Library - A trememdous list of health issues.
Expert Central - Experts from all fields answer questions. Vets and animal experts have donated their time and can be found in the pet/dog section.
Pet Education - Comprehensive site from Dr.s Foster & Smith
Long Beach Animal Hospital - Comprehensive list of various diseases with detailed images 
Dogs Library - Tons of good info here.
Veterinary Links - thousands of links to information.
Understanding Euthanasia - what happens and what to expect.
Long Beach Animal Hostpital - Dr. P's list of problems and diseases with images.
A- Z Sites for terms
Drs. Foster and Smiths list glossary of terms.
VetInfo - Terms from A-Z
Common Veterinary Abbreviations
Dog articles in alphabetical order
Dog Informat - Tremendous list of medical conditions here.
Pet Glossary of Terms from A -Z
Emergency Information
What to do if you have an emergency
Bloat - Emergency proceedures and diagrams. YES, Dachshunds can bloat and torsion.
General Medications
Common Medications and their dosages
Drugs, their dosages and warnings for senior dogs
Poisons & Drug Warnings
Comprehensive list of toxins and their immediate treatment while contacting a veterinarian.
Poisonous Plants
Poisonous Plants and greens - Dr. Lucy L. Pinkston, D.V.M.
Rimadyl - Friend or foe?  Be aware of it's potential dangers before using it. Some dogs have had tragic side effects and died.
Rimadyl steps for reversal and reporting the toxicity.
Skin Problems
Allergies - Dr. P's full explanation
Acral Lick Dermatis - lick granuloma
Oklahoma State Untiversity Veterinary Medical Information - Very technical and comphrehensive list of skin disorders with images.
Hypothyroidism, Cushing and Addisons disease - Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
Thyroid Registry - Chart showing the normal to high readings
Demodex  Mange
Demodex Explantion (Red  mange)
     Mitaban info for treating Demodex mange
Sarcoptic Mange - Dr. P explains with images
Paw Licking
Yeast Infections - Dr. Stephen M. Sheldon
Sebborhea - Dr. Stephen M. Sheldon
Gulf Coast Veterinary Oncology - Dr. Kevin Hahn has info, diagnosis and options.
Brucellosis - How it affects dogs
Brucellosis - How it affects people
Cushings Disease (Hyperadrenocorticism) - Dr. P explains it all
Diseases that have vaccinations
Diseases from dog feces
Hypothyroidism - Dr. P explains and shows images
Lyme Disease
Pancreatitis - Pet Tribunes health article.
Parvo -  from Dr. P's site
Other Conditions
Heartworm - description and stages
Ehrlichia - Bacterial infectioni transmitted by ticks. Symptoms similar to lyme disease.
Retained Baby Teeth
Giardia - the protozoa that causes intestinal distress
Genetic Problems
Canine Genetic Research - Breed specfic database
Cushings Disease - Discussed by Pet Education
Cushings Disease - Authored by Michael Richards, DVM and produced by TierCom, Inc.
Thyroid and Aggressive behavior
Pateller Luxation - Slipping kneecap
PRA - Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Eye Information
CERF - Canine Eye Registration Foundation to eliminate inheritable 
eye diseases.
Cherry Eye - Dr. Michelle Stengard
Animal Eye Specialist - Read some of his articles
---PRA - Progressive Retinal Atrophy
---SARD - Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration
---Non-Ulcerative Corneal Disease
---Corneal ulcers
The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
Chronic Conditions
AIHA-Resistant Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia and Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia in dogs
Anal Sac Disease - Description, graphic and solutions
Cushing Disease
Other Resources with multiple information pages
Home Vet - Natural Pet Care
Hypoglycemia in small puppies - Dr. Lucy L. Pinkston, D.V.M.
Miscellaneous Articles
Chlorine in the water - Dangerous for your pet
Behavior - Dr. P explains
Ear Hematomas - Dr. P's images and explanation
Spay and Neuter
Why you should spay your female
A spay and neuter of puppies (graphic images)
Homeopathic Articles
Milk Thistle - great liver detoxifier - Pet Tribunes article
Essicac - Detoxifier
Vaccinations - conservative approaches and conventional ones - you make the choice

Conservative Approaches
Vaccines have been proven to be over done and could be responsible for immune system problems. 

If you would like to try a more conservative approach and understand why fewer boosters may be healthier for your pet, click here.

Conventional Approaches
Below is an explanation of what vaccinations are composed of. 
Shots/Vaccinations/boosters are generally given by your vet and have all the vaccines in one shot.  It is called a DHLPP (explained below).  Conservative methods are to give each vaccine separately in case there is a reaction, plus, not bombarding the system all at once. Watch your puppy for any adverse reactions and if you can, stay at the vet's office for at least 15 minutes after the shot if your puppy has ever shown a reaction to a shot before

Dogs catch these viruses from other dogs, usually by ingesting virus from feces. Simply licking their paws after walking in contaminated grass can result in infection. If your Pet is in an area where lots of dogs gather, like a Pet store, park, or dog show, there is a greater chance of infection. The good news is that people canít catch these viruses.
If you give a yearly booster (5 in one) this is what it is.
The basic puppy shot is called an All In One or DHLPP. It covers:

Distemper - spreads through direct contact or by contaminated objects. The symtoms of this disease are coughing, difficult breathing, runny nose, diarrhea, and vomiting. Most puppies do not survive.

Hepatitis - Liver infection caused by virus. It is rare here in the US.
Leptospirosis - Bacterial disease. Transmitted through urine or urine contaminated objects. More commonly affects adult dogs. In puppies this vaccination can cause adverse conditions such as swelling of the face, difficulty breathing, and collapse. Ask your vet if he could hold off on this vaccination until your puppy is older. Dachshunds have been known to have reactions to this.
Parvo Virus - causes fever, diarrhea, and vomiting. It is transmitted through feces. Parvovirus, the deadliest of the intestinal viruses, sloughs away the intestinal lining, causing severe, bloody diarrhea and dehydration.
Parainfluenza - the disease's signs are prolonged periods of deep coughing. This is an airborne virus and ca spread quickly. Your adult dog can catch this at the vets office, boarding facilities, and kennels.
Other Diseases
Distemper is very contagious and it kills puppies. Symptoms include: vomiting, diarrhea, fever, nasal discharge, coughing, and occasionally seizure.  Distemper virus, a worldwide killer of dogs, can affect dogsí respiratory, gastrointestinal, nervous, and immune systems.
Canine Adenovirus type 1 causes infectious hepatitis, and very often can cause irreversible damage to the kidneys and can kill your puppy.

Type 2 is an important factor in the Kennel cough. Vaccines with A2 cross will protect agains A1 as well.

Bordetella is a bacterial infection that is often associated with kennel cough.
Corona Virus is similar to the Parvo virus. Coronavirus, a common virus in areas with high dog populations, causes mild diarrhea.
Lyme disease is usually spread by deer ticks but it can also be contracted by other insects like fleas, flies, and other ticks. Symptoms include fever, lethargy, weight loss, and lameness. It can be fatal.
Worms can cause a lot of health problems. Your petís coat may look dull, he may have diarrhea and look thin, and they can kill if left unchecked.

These health articles are not meant to keep your dog from having a proper medical evaluations or treatment if needed. If you are having a problem with your dog, please seek proper medical attention first. These articals are meant for general information only and are not endorsed by any veterinarian or DORG magazine  -- DORG

Quick Links
Americian Veterinary Medical Association
Pet Poison Guide
Pet Poison Guide
Animal Poison Control Center
CPR in PDF format
Posionous Plants
Posionous Plants by common name
Posionous Plants by scientific name
Poisionous Parts
Back Injuries
Sam Watson's
Dachshund Back Digest

Canine Interverebral Disk Desease booklet from DCA.

Vet Links
Rabies Information
A comprehensive guide to the disease
A fabulous site for all your holistic aids.  Marina Zacharias is extremely helpful and will set you up with a health plan.  Pricing is extremely reasonable. 
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Ramp directions
Make your own ramp to a bed
AVMA Poison Guide
Vet Info Encyclopedia of canine veterinary Medical Information.
Conversion of weights and measures
Heartworm Products
Flea Products
Disabled Dogs now have a site dedicated to them. is a support site for those who've had dogs with back injuries.
Canine Health
This is a wealth of information, links, and articles related to animal health and well-being.
Vet Net
Canine health information for both veterinarians and clients.
An extensive resource for pet care, news, and information.
AltVet Med
Information on complementary and alternative therapies in veterinary medicine.
Blind Dogs need homes too. Here is a site dedicated to blind dogs and how to deal with them
Books on how to live with blind dogs.
Animal Communicators
Communicators LIsted by area
Homeopathy Links
Alternative Veterinary 
Natural Holistic Pet Care
Poisonous Plants in Your Yard
Holistic Veterinary Medicine
What did you want to know about commercial dog foods?
Marina Zacharias Natural Rearing and alternative, holistic, complementary health care for pets.
Vaccines? Alternatives to them
Are vaccines dangerous to our dogs?
Pet Quiz - Test your knowledge on basic health and animal related terms
Tea Tree Oil Alert!
Pulse Rates
The normal pulse rate for a small dog is 100 to 160 beats per minute. 

For a medium to large breed, 60 to 100 beats per minute. 

For a puppy (up to one year old) the range is 120 to 160 beats per minute. 
Normal pulse for a cat is 160 to 220 beats per minute. 

Normal breathing rate for a dog is 10 to 30 breaths per minute. 

For a cat, the rate is from 20 to 30 breaths per minute. 

Common hazards around the house
Those pig ears and cow hooves may be more dangerous than you thought. They can splinter into pieces, but now the FDA has found they may cause a  bacterial infection such as Salmonella infantis which can cause flu-like symptoms. Read more.
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