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What Is Canine Hip Dysplasia?

Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) is a genetic, painful, crippling disease that causes a dog's hip to weaken, deteriorate, and become arthritic. It is a congenital condition and is the leading cause of lameness occurring in the rear legs of dogs. CHD is common in dogs, particularly in certain large and giant breeds, although smaller dogs and cats can suffer from the condition as well. Hip dysplasia it is usually a genetically transferred or inherited trait. However, it can occur in dogs whose parents do not have CHD.

The signs of canine hip dysplasia:

• Difficulty getting up from a lying or sitting position or in climbing stairs
• Moving both rear legs together while walking
• A painful reaction to extension of the rear legs
• Dropping of pelvis after pushing on rump
• A stilted gait or pelvic swing while walking
• An aversion to touch
• A change in behavior
• Whining
• Reluctance to walk, climb stairs, jump, or play
• Lameness after strenuous exercise
• Hunching of back to avoid extending the hips when standing

It is very important to understand that the only way to accurately diagnose CHD is through X-rays. The above symptoms may also be seen in dogs with normal hips and affected dogs may display none of these symptoms at all.

Literally, hip dysplasia means "badly formed hip". In order to understand this complex problem it is first necessary to understand the anatomy of the canine hip. This ball and socket joint consists of two basic parts - the acetabulum and the femur. The femur, or thigh bone, consists of the head (the ball) and the neck (the part of the femur that joins the long shaft of the bone to the head). The acetabulum forms the socket part of the joint and it is into this socket that the head of the femur rests.

In unaffected dogs there is a good fit between ball and socket. However, if ligaments fail to hold the round knob at the head of the thighbone in place in the hip socket the result is a loose, unstable joint, in which the ball of the femur slides free of the hip socket. Swelling, fraying and rupture of the round ligament will follow. This laxity causes excessive wear on the cartilage in the hip joint, eventually resulting in arthritis.

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The Symptoms of Cushing's Disease in Dogs

The complex body system of mammals involves a series of preset and complicated actions, reactions and reciprocal actions. These processes are carried out between the system and various other organs in the body.

Overall health can be maintained only by ensuring a fine balance between the enzymes, hormones and various other chemical compounds that are responsible for metabolic activity. Though the mammalian body has been designed to maintain this fine balance, some external or internal factor can disturb the balance causing ailments, diseases and specific conditions. These factors include trauma, disease, age, diet or a change in the internal chemical environment.

Cushing’s disease
in dogs is one of such disorder that results in the over production of corticosteroids. It can be caused by an ACTH producing tumor in the pituitary gland or a corticosteroid-producing tumor in the adrenalin glands. In some cases, Cushing’s disease can also be caused by an over-dosage of external synthetic corticosteroids.

Hyperadrenocorticism in a dog can lead to an overall decadence in overall health. It also affects the immune system significantly causing making it easy for various other infections to affect the dog.

Knowing the symptoms of Cushing’s disease in dogs helps in identifying the problem at an early stage. This helps in making the overall treatment a much easier process than otherwise. The following are some of the signs to watch out for.

Cortisones weaken abdominal muscles. And therefore the muscles loose the ability to old the stomach in tight. The obesity caused by a large hanging stomach is augmented by an enlarged liver. As the muscle mass reduces, the limbs weaken. And towards the later stages of the disease, the legs become too weak to support the weight of the obese body.

Skin and hair problems
Excessive levels of corticosteroids affect overall skin health. The skin becomes thinner and is more prone to frequent abrasions, recurrent infections and the like. The thinning of the skin also causes significant and noticeable hair loss.

Increased appetite, drinking and urination
There is a marked increase in appetite. The frequency of thirst and urination can frustrate extremely patient dog owners. Excessive urination makes dogs vulnerable to urinary tact infections. And these can lead to further complications for the dog.

Energy loss
Cushing’s disease drains energy. Lethargy sets in and exercise becomes impossible. The lack of exercise also causes many behavioral problems like irritability, biting and snapping.

Cushing’s disease is a serious condition for your pet. It has the potential to cause further ailments like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart conditions and diseases of the nervous system. Opt for a full fledged treatment even if the laboratory tests only provide an indication of the Cushing’s disease.

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What Are You Feeding Your Dog?

Following the recent pet food recall by Menu Foods, pet owners have been frantically searching for alternative food to safely feed their animals.

Many are switching their pets to a natural and organic diet, or even feeding them homemade food.

In his research into commercial dog food, Andrew Lewis identified 68 ingredients that should not be fed to your dog. These are profiled in his book "68 Ingredients Dog Food To Die For".

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He then cross-referenced the list of 68 ingredients with many brands of commercial dog food, but only found 9 brands good enough to make his list.

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Even pet owners who did not feed any of the recalled pet food to their cats or dogs have been prompted to switch to healthier and higher quality pet food with natural ingredients.

What are you doing to save your dog's life?

Non-Wheat Related Pet Food Recall

  1. March 30, 2007 -- Eight In One, Inc., a division of United Pet Group, Inc., is voluntarily recalling nationally all lots of Dingo® CHICK'N JERKY treats due to Company concerns that the jerky treats have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, which can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross contamination, in people, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems. Click here to read more...

  2. April 5, 2007 -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today warned consumers not to use American Bullie A.B. Bull Pizzle Puppy Chews and Dog Chews manufactured and distributed by T.W. Enterprises, Ferndale, WA. Consumers who have the pet treats manufactured or distributed by T.W. Enterprises listed below should not feed them to their pets, but instead dispose of them in a safe manner (e.g., in a securely covered trash receptacle).

    Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Well animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

    The products covered by this alert include all sizes and lots of:

    American Bullie A.B. Bull Pizzle Puppy Chew and Dog Chew (made from all American beef pizzle)

    Following is a list of the affected products:

    A.B. Small Chew, small, 3-4 inch

    A.B. Puppy Chew, 4-6 inch

    A.B. Dog Chew Medium, 6 inch

    A.B. Dog Chew Large, 10 inch

    A.B. Dog Chew XL, 13 inch

    A.B. Dog Chew Mega, 16 inch

    A.B. Dog Chew Jumbo, 26 inch

    Click here to read more.

    The last pet food recall by T.W. Enterprises was on June 8, 2005, also due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Symptoms Of Kidney Failure

If your pet shows the symptoms of:

  • vomiting,
  • loss of appetite,
  • lethargy,
  • decreased or increased output of urine,
  • difficulty urinating,
  • more or less frequent urination, or
  • increased drinking or decreased drinking,
contact your veterinarian immediately as these are the symptoms of kidney failure.

A simple blood and urine test can determine if your pet has been affected. The problem can be treated if detected early.

Even if your pet does not display any of these symptoms after eating the recalled pet foods, you should still bring it to your veterinarian for a blood and urine test.

If your pet displays any of the above symptoms - no matter what food it has eaten - you must contact your veterinarian immediately.

New Pet Food Recalls (April 9, 2007) To Include Pet Food Recall To Include Dog And Cat Treats

  1. April 5, 2007 -- As a precautionary measure, Sunshine Mills, Inc. ("Sunshine"), a branded and private-label pet food manufacturer based in Red Bay, Alabama, is voluntarily recalling a portion of its branded dog biscuits made at its Red Bay, Alabama biscuit plant during part of March 2007. These brands include: Nurture Chicken & Rice, Nurture Lamb & Rice, Pet Life Large, Pet Life Extra Large, Pet Life Large Variety, Pet Life Large Peanut Butter, Lassie Lamb and Rice, and Pet Life People Pleasers Dog Treats. Private label biscuits for six of Sunshine's customers were also affected. A complete list of affected biscuit brands, sizes, and codes is available by clicking here.

  2. April 6, 2007— As a precautionary measure and in continued cooperation with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Del Monte Pet Products modified its voluntary recall list today to include additional select code dates in the U.S. market only. No new brands are included in this update.

    The following product codes and dates are in addition to the codes and dates previously identified in the Del Monte Pet Products voluntary recall:

    Jerky Treats Beef Flavor
    Aug 16 08

    Dollar General Beef Flavored Jerky Strips
    TP7C05 TP7C07 TP7C08
    Sep 02 08 Sep 04 08 Sep 05 08

    Ol’ Roy Beef Flavor Jerky Strips
    Aug 08 08

    Dollar General Beef Flavored Beef Sticks
    TP7C08 TP7C09 TP7C10
    Sep 05 08 Sep 06 08 Sep 07 08

    Ol’ Roy Beef Flavor Snack Sticks
    Sep 07 08

    Happy Tails Beef Flavor Beef Sticks
    TP7C08 TP7C09
    Sep 05 08 Sep 06 08

    The complete updated chart of voluntarily recalled product codes is available by clicking here.

  3. In response to a news release - issued by ChemNutra Inc. during the evening of April 3, 2007 - Menu Foods today voluntarily expanded its pet food recall for selected "cuts and gravy" pet food products, manufactured back to November 8, 2006.
    ChemNutra Inc., a former supplier of wheat gluten to Menu Foods, announced a recall of all wheat gluten it imported from Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. in Wangdien, China. As a result, Menu Foods today announced an expansion of its recall to include all products manufactured with wheat gluten purchased from ChemNutra Inc. which Menu Foods' records show was first used on November 8, 2006 and last used on March 6, 2007.

    As a result of actions previously taken by Menu Foods, the vast majority of the products affected by this expansion are already off retailers' shelves. No new brands have been added. A total of 20 varieties in the United States and Canada have been added to the recall list and the additional varieties are listed below. A further seven varieties for Europe have been added to the recall list. All Menu Foods products not made with the recalled wheat gluten are safe to consume.

    Click here for an updated list of recalled dog food.

    Click here for an updated list of recalled cat foods.

New Pet Food Recalls (April 3, 2007)

Following the recall from Menu Foods, 4 companies have issued recalls on some of their pet foods.

  1. March 30, 2007 --- Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry food from the market. Hill's is taking this precautionary action because during a two-month period in early 2007, wheat gluten for this product was provided by a company that also supplied wheat gluten to Menu Foods. U.S. Food and Drug Administration tests of wheat gluten samples from this period show the presence of a small amount of melamine. Click here to read more...

  2. March 30, 2007 --- NestlĂ© Purina PetCare Company today announced it is voluntarily recalling all sizes and varieties of its ALPO® Prime Cuts in Gravy wet dog food with specific date codes. The Company is taking this voluntary action after learning today that wheat gluten containing melamine, a substance not approved for use in food, was provided to Purina by the same company that also supplied Menu Foods. The contamination occurred in a limited production quantity at only one of Purina’s 17 pet food manufacturing facilities. Click here to read more...

  3. March 31, 2007 -- As a precautionary measure, Del Monte Pet Products is voluntarily recalling select product codes of its pet treat products sold under the Jerky Treats®, Gravy Train® Beef Sticks and Pounce Meaty Morsels® brands as well as select dog snack and wet dog food products sold under private label brands.

    The Company took this voluntary recall action immediately after learning this morning from the FDA that wheat gluten supplied to Del Monte Pet Products from a specific manufacturing facility in China contained melamine.

    A complete list of affected brands and products is available by clicking here.

  4. March 30, 2007 -- Eight In One, Inc., a division of United Pet Group, Inc., is voluntarily recalling nationally all lots of Dingo® CHICK'N JERKY treats due to Company concerns that the jerky treats have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, which can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross contamination, in people, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems. Click here to read more...