Common Health Issues

An Introduction to the Digestive Process in the French Bulldog

By Dorit Fischler, DVM

Understanding that limited digestion comes with limited airways in brachycephalic breeds!

The smaller throat and the large tongue cannot grab food efficiently and the resulting turbulence and air ingestion will affect the rest of the digestive process. The stomach, in turn, has to deal with excess air and food which delay gastric emptying and diminish gut motility.

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By Janet R. Dovak McClaran, DVM

Elongated Soft Palate, Stenotic Nares & Everted Laryngeal Saccules


Certain breeds of dog are prone to difficulties breathing because of the shape of their head, muzzle and throat.  The most common dogs affected are the “brachycephalic” breeds.

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Color Dilution Alopecia

By Teri Dickinson, DVM

Alopecia (hair loss) related to dilute coat color is a recognized condition in dogs. The currently accepted medical terminology for this condition is Color Dilution Alopecia (CDA). The condition may affect any dilute pigmented dog, regardless of coat color.

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Common Eye Diseases in Dogs

By Jennifer Coates, DVM

A dog’s eyes perform a nearly miraculous function – converting reflected light into nerve impulses that the brain uses to form images of the world. To do this well, all the various parts of the eye must be healthy. Unfortunately, a number of diseases can disrupt the way a dog’s eyes function.

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Megaesophagus is a condition where there is decreased or absent motility (movement, muscular contractions) of the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube that carries food and water from the throat to the stomach. With megaesophagus, passing food all the way to the stomach becomes difficult, and the food may be regurgitated back up into the throat.

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The Truth about IVDD in Dogs

What is Invertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) in dogs?

Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) in dogs is a condition where the cushioning discs between the vertebrae (bones) of the spinal column either bulge or burst into the spinal cord space. This is commonly called herniated disc or slipped disc.

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