If your dog has been diagnosed with canine hip dysplasia (CHD), you are probably wondering, “How did this happen?” Spoiler alert: It’s way more complicated than you might think. Scientists don’t fully understand what causes hip dysplasia in dogs.
Do you know how to assess your dog’s vital signs at home? Capturing a baseline of your dog’s normal heart rate, body temperature, gum color, respiratory rate, and capillary refill time just may help you save your dog’s life someday. By the end of this article, you’ll have a clear understanding of normal dog vital signs, the five parameters of dog vitals, and how to assess each one. Integrative veterinarian Dr. Julie Buzby is here to help you keep a “pulse” on your dog’s health.
Routine health care for dogs is anything but routine. In the busyness of life, it’s easy to skip some basic dog health care habits now and then. However, by refocusing on the “why” behind preventative health care for dogs, it’s easier to stay on track. Integrative veterinarian Dr. Julie Buzby shares 10 health care habits to put in place now and why they are critical for your dog’s good health and happiness.