Health Check Series

SlimDoggy Health Check: Skin Problems

SlimDoggy Health Check: Skin Problems

Skin problems are pretty common in dogs. They can range from a simple itch related to a bite to more serious diseases such as mange or melanoma.   Some of our dogs have had sensitive skin and have frequent “hot spots” (Jack). My dog Max had mange that resulted in her scratching up h... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Rabies Part 2

SlimDoggy Health Check: Rabies Part 2

In the second part of our SlimDoggy Health Check series on Rabies, we are going to take a look at canine rabies, it’s symptoms and treatment. As we explained in Part 1, rabies is carried in the saliva of an infected animal. A bite or scratch from an infected animal could easily transfer the vi... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Epilepsy

SlimDoggy Health Check: Epilepsy

We’ve been focused on the Nervous System recently in our SlimDoggy Health Check Series. This includes the spinal cord and the brain. One of the more common brain related disorders that our dogs get is epilepsy. I feel fortunate that none of my dogs have ever suffered from this disorder (knock ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Nervous System | Brain

SlimDoggy Health Check: Nervous System | Brain

We continue our SlimDoggy Health Check look at the Nervous System today by looking at brain disorders. A dog’s brain is divided into three parts: brain stem, cerbellum and cerebrum. The brain stem controls basic life functions, the cerebrum controls decision making functions and cerebellum is ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check Series

SlimDoggy Health Check Series

Just over a year ago we started a new ongoing series at SlimDoggy called SlimDoggy Health Check. The purpose of the series was to examine the wide variety of diseases and ailments that might afflict our beloved dogs and provide our readers with a brief look at the symptoms, treatments and prognosis ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Nervous System | Spinal Column

SlimDoggy Health Check: Nervous System | Spinal Column

The canine nervous system is comprised of the central nervous system (CNS) made up of the brain and the spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system, the nerves that run from the brain and spinal cord throughout the dog’s body. These peripheral nerves carry the signals from the brain to comma... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Nose

SlimDoggy Health Check: Nose

We’ve covered the eyes and the ears, so naturally next up is the nose. At first I was uncertain about what types of diseases or problems dogs might have with their nose. We previously wrote about a dog’s wet nose and whether it was a sign of health – which of course is a myth, but ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pancreatitis Part 2

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pancreatitis Part 2

Last week Jack got diagnosed with Pancreatitis. He’s been on anti-nausea medicine and a bland diet since then and is doing much better. We wrote about Jack and some initial information about pancreatitis and today we want to follow up with more details on the causes, treatment and prevention. ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pancreatitis Part 1

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pancreatitis Part 1

Jack has been diagnosed with Pancreatitis. Never a dull moment around the SlimDoggy household. We’ve never had a dog with pancreatitis before, we’ve only dealt with Jack’s IBS which is actually pretty mild, so this is all new to us.   It started Sunday night about 8pm – ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Ears

SlimDoggy Health Check: Ears

Over the last year I’ve noticed that Jack has slowly started to lose his hearing. Last time we were at the vet’s for his Senior Wellness check, I asked the vet to check them. Other than a little dirt build-up he didn’t see anything amiss and chalked up Jack’s hearing problems... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Eyes

SlimDoggy Health Check: Eyes

It’s been several weeks since we added to our SlimDoggy Health Check series having spent the last few months focusing on Maggie’s cancer diagnosis and treatment.   Although we’re going a little out of order, we wanted to discuss eyes and eye problems today. In the past we̵... »

Costs of Having a Fat Dog

Costs of Having a Fat Dog

I recently discussed some of the common health risks that dogs face from being overweight. The list of diseases and ailments that are associated with a dog being overweight is both long and serious, and will likely contribute to a lower quality of life for the pet and a shorter pet life span. If the... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Respiratory Diseases

SlimDoggy Health Check: Respiratory Diseases

It’s been a couple of months since we added to our SlimDoggy Health Check series. We got side-tracked by Maggie’s cancer diagnosis and devoted several installments to her cancer and her radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Last time we examined some general breathing problems found in ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Respiratory Disorders – Breathing Problems

SlimDoggy Health Check: Respiratory Disorders – Breathing Problems

Next up in our SlimDoggy Health Check Series is Respiratory disorders. We previously wrote about SlimDoggy’s cousin Taj and her problems with pneumonia which is obviously a major respiratory problem. We also discussed Lungworm in our Parasite post. Today we will cover a few other common breath... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Cardiovascular and Circulatory Disease

SlimDoggy Health Check: Cardiovascular and Circulatory Disease

We continue our SlimDoggy Health Check series, moving on to the Cardiovascular and Circulatory systems of the dog.   As in humans, the heart is the most critical organ in your dog’s body. It is responsible for pumping blood throughout their body and carrying life-giving oxygen and nutrien... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Skeletal Disorders Part 2

SlimDoggy Health Check: Skeletal Disorders Part 2

Today we continue our SlimDoggy Health Check series by taking a closer look at some additional skeletal issues that may befall our pets. We already covered some of the most common, Osteoarthritis and Dysplasia in Part 1.   Let’s take a look at: Luxating patella Osteochondritis dissecans P... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Muscular Disorders

SlimDoggy Health Check: Muscular Disorders

Last time, in our Muscular Disorders section of our Health Check Series, we focused on muscle & ligament issues including sprains and strains. Today we are going to take a closer look at other muscular disorders that may affect your dog.   There are two main types of muscular disorders: My... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pneumonia

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pneumonia

SlimDoggy cousin, Taj just recovered from a very serious bout of pneumonia and we wanted to share her experience as a cautionary tale as part of our SlimDoggy Health Check Series.   A little background. Taj is a 12-year old Weimaraner. She was a hunting dog and hunted for many years until her r... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Muscular & Skeletal Systems

SlimDoggy Health Check: Muscular & Skeletal Systems

A dog’s muscular system, like humans, is designed to support movement. A basic understanding of the major muscles and how they work together is important to help you diagnose any potential issues and determine whether it is a muscular, skeletal or a nerve disorder. We will look at all three, b... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Parasites – Skin

SlimDoggy Health Check: Parasites – Skin

Wrapping up our SlimDoggy Health Check on Parasites, we want to cover skin parasites. These are VERY common in dogs and cats and include: Fleas Ticks Mites   Lots of nasty critters that you have to contend with and sorry to say most dogs are going to get one or two of these, probably more than ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Intestinal Parasites

SlimDoggy Health Check: Intestinal Parasites

The next installment in our SlimDoggy Health Check series continues our look at Parasites, specifically intestinal parasites. Intestinal Parasites Giardia is a single-celled organism that lives in the intestines of dogs. It is one of the more frequently found parasites and typically affects older do... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Parasites – Worms

SlimDoggy Health Check: Parasites – Worms

Parasites is the topic for today’s SlimDoggy Health Check.   Parasites means, worms and ticks and mites, oh my… Yes, there are many different types of parasites our dogs come into contact with every single day that may impact their health. Here’s a list of the most common: Wor... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Fungal Diseases

SlimDoggy Health Check: Fungal Diseases

Next in our SlimDoggy Health Check series on dog diseases are fungal diseases. A fungus is any member of a large group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds, as well as the more familiar mushrooms. Wikipedia   Many types of fungus exist in the environment... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Bacterial Diseases in Dogs

SlimDoggy Health Check: Bacterial Diseases in Dogs

Recently we introduced our SlimDoggy Health Check series and provided a list of the different types of dog diseases. The list was long, but our plan is to start at the top and work our way down.   Bacterial diseases “Diseases caused by bacteria. The most common infectious diseases, they r... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Dog Diseases

SlimDoggy Health Check: Dog Diseases

Recently we started a new feature on SlimDoggy called SlimDoggy Health Check. Initially we wrote about two health issues we had direct experience with, distemper and heartworm.   As I continued to plan our series, I realized that there are so many health issues & diseases that can affect o... »

SlimDoggy Health Check : Heartworm Pt.2

SlimDoggy Health Check : Heartworm Pt.2

Recently we introduced our new SlimDoggy Health Check series and took a closer look at heartworm and its prevalence throughout the US. Today we want to focus on the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the disease.   Heartworm causes: We all know that heartworm is a serious ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check:  Heartworm Pt. 1

SlimDoggy Health Check: Heartworm Pt. 1

Today we begin a new semi-regular series on SlimDoggy – the SlimDoggy Health Check. In this series, we plan to take a closer look at various canine diseases, their cause, treatment and prevention. Our goal will be to keep each synopsis brief and to the point, with a focus on how fitness and nu... »

The Dangers of Distemper

The Dangers of Distemper

Those of you that follow SlimDoggy know of our dog Tino and if you’ve read Tino’s Tale of Tails you would know the story of his rescue and the fact that he had distemper when we first got him. He was one of the lucky ones, his brother Bernie who we also rescued wasn’t so lucky and ... »