Category Archives: Dog Diseases

West Nile Virus in Dogs – is it a problem?

Chipper hiding in the weeds full of mosquitoes.

Chipper hiding in the weeds full of mosquitoes.

Here in northern Illinois we are at the height of mosquito season anytime we go outside near the grass or shrubs. Stepping on the lawn to pick up your dog’s morning dump causes a wave of mosquitoes to rise up to your bare legs, instigating a dance as you swat one, then another ,and another of these blood thirsty fiends. Continue reading

Salivary Gland Disease

Buffy's tubes

Buffy’s tubes

One day in the middle of May, Buffy refused to get out of bed and go for a walk. The night before she had been slow on our evening walk, not acting like her normal bouncy self, but I figured that she just ate something that didn’t agree with her and would recover quickly.
The vet sampled her swollen neck glands and warned me of the possibility of lymphatic cancer. Continue reading