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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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Is My Dog Too Heavy? Obesity in Dogs

The first step in any diet program is recognizing the need for weight loss. Our doctors and technicians do a body score our patients during their physical exam. This is a more accurate predictor of obesity than the weight alone. They will show you how to do it at home.

Weight control may also be a product of other illnesses such as hypothyroidism. We will discuss other things that affect the weight and will eliminate them prior to a weight loss program.

The following information will help you to understand issues related to the weight of your dog.


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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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My Dog's Eyes Are Hazy

We are often asked by owners if their dog has cataracts. While we do see cataracts, more frequently the haziness the owner has noticed is a natural aging change called lenticular schlerosis.

Our doctors are trained to recognize the difference between lenticular schlerosis and cataracts.

What is lenticular sclerosis?


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