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Taking Care of Your Older Dog. Wellness Care and Testing.

As your dog ages it is critical to make the time for regular physical exams and wellness testing. The information gained can help us to detect problems while they are early and treatable. My own dog is an example. She was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and once medication was started she acted five years younger.

The following information will help you to understand why this testing is beneficial and what we are evaluating.

What is wellness testing?

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Vomiting in Dogs

Nobody likes to see their dog vomit. We can all relate to the discomfort. Many of our dogs may vomit because they have picked up something and sampled it with their mouth. The question is how serious is it? There are many causes of vomiting. Our staff is here to lead you through this potentially serious symptom.

The following information will help you to better understand what vomiting is, the causes, tests and treatment.

What is vomiting?

Vomiting describes the active expulsion of food from the stomach.

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Vaccines for Dogs

Is common for dog owners to ask what vaccines are needed for their dog. How frequently should they be given? Here at Newport Harbor, we recognize that vaccines are critical to long term health but use them with the overall health of the dog in mind. The AAHA canine vaccine guidelines were created by a group of experts in the field of immunology and veterinary medicine. These guidelines allow us to give the vaccines less frequently than in the past. They also recognize the importance of the pet's life style and geography in determining the final vaccine plan.

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Why is my dog having trouble breathing?.

Your dog suddenly has trouble breathing. How do you know if it is serious or not? Here at Newport Harbor Animal Hospital we have a few tips to help you decide. First, ask yourself the following questions:

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My Dog Has Diarrhea, What Tests Need to Be Done?

Your dog has diarrhea. You know an exam is in order, but what if any tests need to be done? The following information will help you to understand the types of tests available and when they are indicated.

What are the causes of diarrhea?

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Summer Heat and Dangerous Temperatures for Dogs

We all love the summer heat. Here in Southern California we can't wait to have the marine layer go away. Unfortunately, if you are not careful, the summer heat can be dangerous, even fatal to your dog.

The heat in a car can elevate to dangerous temperatures in a matter of minutes. Exercise in a dog at the wrong time of the day can overload their ability to cool their body.

In the worst scenario your pup may develop heat stroke.

What is heat stroke?

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My Dog's Eyes are Running

Runny eyes are a common problem in dogs. Unfortunately, there are many causes. Some are serious and some are pretty mild. If you notice excess staining below the eyes or they seem to be draining more than usual it is a good idea to have a doctor visit.

My dog Marley had excess staining in her right eye earlier this year. When she was anesthetized for her annual dental cleaning we found that her tear duct was obstructed on that side. While she was under we flushed out the duct and now her eyes are great.

What is epiphora?

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Pain Management for Dogs

There is nothing worse than seeing your dog in pain. One of the things I am most proud of in our profession is the advancement in treatment of pain in dogs. The American Animal Hospital Association released The Pain Management Guidelines during my presidency. These guidelines were created to not just treat pain but to classify it and help to recognize it. At our hospital we have a pain management program that was started well before the guidelines were released. Our staff is trained to recognize and classify pain in every patient. Whenever possible we will treat pain before it occurs.

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