• Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog: Reverse Sneezing

    1 month ago - By Dawg Business

    What is the difference between sneezing and reverse sneezing?
    Simply put, sneezing = air out, and reverse sneezing, as the term indicates = air in. Sneezing is a reaction to an irritant in the nasal passages. Reverse sneezing is caused by a spasm of the throat and soft palate in response to irritation of the throat, pharynx, or laryngeal area.
    If you're not familiar with reverse sneezing, it can startle the pants off you.
    When I first witnessed Jasmine's episode of reverse sneezing, I was quite concerned. I thought she was either choking or having some kind of asthma attack. It t passed...
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  • Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog: Unexplained Bruising

    Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog: Unexplained Bruising

    1 month ago - By Dawg Business

    The main thing to understand about bruising in dogs is that while a trauma can cause a bruise, it would need to be quite a substantial trauma. Dog skin is much thicker than human skin, and they have the further protection provided by their fur.
    When I see a bruise on my dog, trauma is not my prime suspect.
    The only time JD had a "legitimate" bruise was when he had a close encounter with a steel rack. They had a disagreement about which one of them should move out of the way. The steel rack won. JD had a history of believing that if he persists in the game of chicken, the object will move...
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  • Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog: Seizures/Convulsions

    Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog: Seizures/Convulsions

    1 month ago - By Dawg Business

    Watching your dog having a seizure is a scary thing. I remember how helpless I felt when Roxy had her first seizure , She had a full-blown one; she was unresponsive, laying on her side, her whole body was convulsing and foam was coming out of her mouth...
    What is a seizure?
    A seizure is abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Technically, then, a seizure is not a symptom; the resulting convulsions or other related disturbances are.
    The outward manifestation can vary in severity. Signs can include:
    loss of consciousness/awareness contractions/convulsions unresponsiveness hallucinations...
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