The anal sacs are located on either side of the anus at the 8 o’clock and 4 o’clock positions; they are positioned just under the skin. They connect to the anus by means of small canals or ducts. Anal sacs produce and store a dark, foul-smelling fluid. These are the same type of organs that a skunk has to scare away its enemies. Although dogs can use these for the same purpose, most dogs live in an environment that has no enemies. Because the sacs are rarely emptied, the fluid builds up, solidifies, and becomes an ideal environment in which bacteria can grow.
Did you know dogs get bladder stones? Bladder stones are rock-like collections of minerals that form in the urinary bladder. The two most common signs of bladder stones are blood in the urine and straining to urinate.
As much as we hate to say it, our babies will one day get old and cross the rainbow bridge. But what if we could extend their life span by just a couple of years? That sounds like something I would definitely invest in.
We've probably been seeing your babies for years now. If you're like most of our clients we are probably doing annual vaccines, heart-worm checks, routine preventatives, etc. It may be that after years of doing annuals it may be time that we now have to do extra blood-work on "Fido". But why invest in doing extra blood-work when my baby looks and acts like a 6 month old puppy even though they may be hitting the 10-year a...
When to take a dog with an ear infection to the vet – head shaking
If your dog suddenly starts whining and scratching at her ears, sometimes hard enough to make them red and raw, she may have a common canine health problem—an ear infection. An ear infection is a common condition in dogs, especially those with floppy ears, such as Basset Hounds and Cocker Spaniels. It's estimated that about 20 percent of dogs have some form of ear disease. Believe it or not, yeast and bacteria, not EAR MITES, are the most common causes of ear infections in dogs.
What are signs of ear infections?
Ear canals are very sensitive, so the symptoms of infection are oft...