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WebMD for Dogs
DoggedHealth helps pet lovers diagnose canine health problems.
Users can click on a canine body part to access related health articles.

If you’re like me, there are certain websites that you don’t know how you ever lived without. One of the first that comes to mind is the popular medical diagnostic site, WebMD.

Finally, a similar resource has been created for canines. Earlier this year, DoggedHealth debuted the Diagnostic Dog as an information resource to empower pet lovers to make educated healthcare decisions for their four-legged family members. Users can click on a map of the canine body to access articles about related health problems. All content is written by a veterinarian or a dog trainer, depending on the topic. 

I’m looking forward to being able to refine searches by symptom (a WebMD feature), which DoggedHealth is in the process of developing. Diagnostic Dog certainly won’t replace my veterinarian, but it’s a great resource for increasing my knowledge before I step into the office. Of course like WebMD, Diagnostic Dog has the potential to make worried pet parents a bit paranoid, but it’s comforting to know that a wealth of information is only a few clicks away.

What are your favorite canine-related websites?

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

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Submitted by Rick194 | June 16 2009 |

I've been on this site many times, it's terrific and so helpful

Submitted by Miss Jan | June 18 2009 |

While it is nice, I suppose, to have everything gathered in one spot, just like the WebMD for people in which it seems every other sentence is "check with your doctor", this website constantly harps on "check with your vet." Example: under category "lumps and bumps" there isn't any real information, simply a topical description that "it can be anything" from bumping the furniture to cancer" followed by the advice to check with your vet. I found the website to be unsatisfactory for my use but then I'm a fairly sophisticated researcher on animal health issues and have more, ah, "forthcoming" favorite research sites. Thank you for posting the information about the website, though.

Submitted by Anonymous | August 24 2009 |

Now there is a WebMD for dogs.

It's from WebMD and called Healthy Pets.

http://pets.webmd.com/cats/

Enjoy!

Submitted by Anonymous | September 18 2009 |

My dog has been vomiting quite excessively for the entire day. She has also been drinking A TON of water, can't seem to get enough of it. But when she vomits, she obviously continues to throw it back up. She wont eat and I just recently noticed her having very bad diarrhea. She shakes like crazy. I can imagine that she is dehydrated, but I don't know how to make her feel better. This has happened before within the past couple months. What could be wrong? Anyone with ideas?

Submitted by Anonymous | September 6 2010 |

anti freeze from a ar can make your dog really ill. call your vet

Submitted by Anonymous | April 5 2012 |

Buddy has thrown up about 3 times a day for the past 2 days. This morning was the first time he hasn't eaten. He had solid bowel movements yesterday and this morning. As of the past 4 hours he lies down moving very very little. His breaths are 30 even resps per minute, but still alert. His nose is dry & hot. My neighbor showed me something he threw up that looks like a white food prep glove and the liner of a meat tray you buy at the store.

Submitted by Nina | October 23 2013 |

One of my dogs is currently in the vet hospital because he has shown varying degrees of these symptoms off and on over nearly 6 months. We have been treating him for pancreatitis, but now it may have developed into kidney failure. He is getting fluids intravenously and has been given antibiotics for kidney infection. I suggest blood tests and a urinalysis be done, as well as an ultrasound, even if your dog acts normal most days.

Submitted by Anonymous | August 25 2011 |

Looking for help with my sick dog and this page came up totally useless. Thanks for wasting our time.

Submitted by ssndra | March 7 2012 |

Im new at having a pet inside, so my question is!! When my puppy sleeps with me, every morning we get up I notice little yellowish looking, sand size an texture pcs. of something on my bed where he has slept. Can anyone tell me what that is?

Submitted by lizzy | November 12 2013 |

My mom's puppy (KIA) got really sick yesterday...he was peeing in awkward positions and he also had vomitting and diaorrhea the whole day. He did not want to eat any food and he was not barking and playing as usual.......I have also noticed that he has lost weight and his growth is not as usual he is a japanese spitz and honestly KIA is the light of our family.....what is wrong with baby kia? help me please!!!!

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