According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 800,000 people seek medical treatment for dog-bite wounds each year.  Half of them are children.  Since dogs are man’s best friend, this statistic begs the question, “What causes the dogs implicated in these attacks to become aggressive in the first place?  Is the aggressive […]

Airline Travel with Your Dog

Family vacations can become a whole new experience if the family dog is included in the excursion. However, for destinations requiring airline travel, it is essential to know some of the basic tips for working with the airlines in order to ensure a safe and rewarding travel experience for your family pet. As each airline […]


Allergies are a major cause of skin disease, discomfort and distress in dogs. Pruritus, or intense itching, is the most characteristic sign of allergies. This itching is caused by the release of histamines from mast cells located throughout the body. Hair loss, redness and skin infections may result secondary to the allergy. Over time, the […]

Anal Glands

Many domestic dogs experience irritation and discomfort with their anal sacs. This condition, though relatively simple, can lead the pet and even the pet owner, through misery. In this handout, we will try to explore exactly what anal glands are and how they cause problems for our dogs. We will also look at the symptoms […]


Most people are familiar with arthritis and understand that it is caused by an inflammation of the joints. This is a disease that is more common in our dogs than in cats. Larger breed dogs or dogs that are overweight are at a higher risk for developing arthritis. There are multiple forms of arthritis including […]

Barking Behavior

Barking is a natural reaction to stimuli. However, excessive barking can cause problems for some pet owners. Those individuals who live in close proximity to their neighbors, who need quiet or become frustrated with prolonged barking spurts may benefit from the tips below. These tips include information on understanding why your dog barks, how to […]

Biting Behavior in Puppies

Congratulations on bringing home your new puppy! A new puppy can be an exciting and rewarding experience. However, along with the fun, often come some challenges for the new owners. One such challenge is a puppy that nips and bites. With the positive tips outlined below, training your puppy on proper social behavior can be […]

Bladder Cancer – Transitional Cell Carcinoma

The most common form of bladder cancer in dogs is a Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC).  It is a tumor made up of the epithelial cells that line the bladder wall.  It commonly develops in the trigone area (the base of the bladder where the urethra originates), making surgical removal very difficult or impossible.  As the […]

Bladder Infections (UTI) in Dogs

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are very common in our canine companions.  They are just as miserable and uncomfortable to them as they are to us.  The urinary tract includes the urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidneys.  Bacteria ascend through the urethra and into these normally sterile areas inside the body.  These infections can be very persistent. […]

Bladder Stones

The occurrence of bladder stones is not uncommon in our canine friends and can lead to serious discomfort and even secondary problems if not treated. These stones are rock-like minerals that form in your dogs urinary bladder. There can be several small gravel-sized stones or large single stones in the bladder. In this handout, we […]