All About Dog Poop

As a dog owner you can sometimes find yourself obsessing over dog poop. From the colour of it, to the shape and consistency, you may be wondering what’s normal. Our guide to dog poop aims to answer all of your questions and more.

dog on a walk with owner

Every dog poops, this is true. Poop can seem like an unremarkable thing; but did you know that your dog’s poop can be a great indicator of your dog’s overall health and even prevent some health issues down the road if you know what to look for? That’s why over at Purina (and at your vet’s office!) we like to get personal about the poop-scooping experience. The next time you’re out on a walk with your dog, take a good look at your dog’s poop – this way you’ll be able to get a good whiff of the important information that your dog is trying to tell you.

perfect dog poop guide

What ‘should’ dog poop look like?

 Every dog is unique, so your dog’s standard of normal, healthy poop may differ somewhat to that of another dog. Keep tabs on your dog’s usual routine and poop habits so that if something changes, you know what to tell your vet. Remember: if you discover any changes in your pup’s normal routine, talk to a veterinarian.

  • Dog poop colour

Dog poop should be chocolate brown. If your pup is eating food with added colours in it, some of these may also come through in your dog’s poop.

  • Dog poop shape

Hey, there’s a reason that turds are sometimes known as logs! Dog stools should be log-shaped and maintain their form. If droppings are round, it’s possible that your pup might be dehydrated.

  • Dog poop size

Poop size is related to the amount of fibre in your dog’s diet. Poop size increases as the fibre content in your pup’s dog food does. As a general rule, the volume of your dog’s waste should be proportionate to the amount of food that they are eating. If this doesn’t seem to be the case, consider flagging this with your dog’s vet.

What’s in my dog’s poop?

When you go to pick up your dog’s poop, eyeball what seems to be going on in there. Mucus in dog poop could indicate an inflamed colon, whereas a lot of grass could mean that they’ve been grazing on too much grass or have a gallbladder issue.

Dog poop consistency

When you bend down to scoop your dog’s poop, and feel its consistency through the plastic bag, take note! Dog poop should be compact, moist and easy to pick up – feeling a bit like Play Doh when squished. Dog diarrhoea or watery faeces, as an indicator of intestinal upset, can be a sign that something is amiss with your dog’s tummy. And if your dog’s poop is hard or dry, it could be a sign of dog constipation. If you notice that the consistency of your dog’s poop seems ‘off’, make sure to discuss this with your vet.

dog poop appearance guide

Causes of dog constipation

Dog constipation can be caused by several factors:

  • Too much or too little dietary fibre
  • Not enough exercise
  • Blocked or infected anal glands
  • Excessive self-grooming (if there is dog hair in the stools)
  • Not enough grooming (if there is matted hair around your dog’s back end)
  • Objects like gravel, bones, plants or plastic caught in the intestinal tract
  • A side effect of medication
  • Dehydration (a possible symptom of more serious diseases)

Causes of dog diarrhoea

There are also many things that can cause dog diarrhoea:

  • A stressful event like adopting a new dog, the arrival of a new family member, moving home etc
  • Quickly switching to a new dog food
  • Eating food designed for humans
  • New medication
  • Drinking water from a puddle or stagnant pond
  • It could also be an indicator of another disease or infection

If your dog has diarrhoea or constipation for a prolonged period of time, speak to your vet.

Dog poop colour chart

Take a look at our handy dog poop colour colour chart below to find out more about what the colour of your dog’s poop means.

dog poop colour wheel

Chocolate brown dog poop:

This is just the colour that your dog’s poop should be – a healthy chocolate brown. This is a good sign that your dog’s tummy is healthy and doing what it should.

Green dog poop:

Green dog poop can mean that your dog has eaten too much grass or has a gallbladder issue.

Orange or yellow dog poop:

If your dog’s poop is orange or yellow, this can point to a biliary or liver issue, and is definitely something you should raise with your vet.

Red streaks in dog poop:

Red streaks in your dog’s poop can indicate that there is blood present. If you see blood in dog stool, it’s advisable to check your dog’s anus for cuts to investigate where the blood may be coming from.

Black dog poop:

If your pup’s poop is black, this can be a sign of bleeding in the upper GI tract. Talk to your vet as soon as possible.

Greasy and grey dog poop:

Grey, greasy dog poop can indicate a biliary or pancreatic problem.

White spots in dog poop:

If your dog’s poop has white rice-like spots in it, this can point to the presence of worms in dog poop.

There is blood in my dog’s poo, what should I do?

Sometimes blood in your puppy’s poo (showing up as red streaks in dog poop, for instance) can be a sign of a slight tear or trauma around their bottom or in their rectum. This will be just a tiny trace usually. Check your dog’s bottom to see if anything is obvious. Bright red blood in dog poo indicates fresh blood and sometimes this can be due to problems in the bowel. Sometimes, but not always, the poops may be runny too. It’s best to have any blood checked out by your vet. Bring along a sample of the poo if you can.

Why does my dog eat poop?

When dogs eat poop, this is also known as coprophagia. But why do they decide to chow down on their own faeces? Well, to be honest, experts still don’t quite know. Some theorise that your dog eating poop can be a sign that they are trying to get more nutrients out of what they have already eaten, but there are currently no studies to confirm this. Maybe it just smells and tastes good to our dogs – there’s no accounting for canine taste…

How to stop your dog from eating poop? As with many things, you may need to try a little trial and error – but we recommend cleaning up dog poop immediately, teaching your dog the ‘leave it!’ command, and spraying taste deterrents on the poop. Find out more in depth about coprophagia and preventative measures. Of course, it’s always advisable to talk to your vet if you have any questions.

Why is my dog scooting on his bum?

Bum scooting can be normal for dogs, especially if they’re having trouble with loose stools. However, as we’ve said, it’s important to keep a close eye on your dog’s behaviour and their stools. This way, if your dog seems uncomfortable, and bum scooting becomes a routine behaviour beyond the initial bum wiping post-poo, you can flag this to your vet. Your dog scooting their bum can point to their suffering from impacted anal glands.

Why does my dog’s poop change after he starts a new food?

If there comes a time when you have to change your dog’s food, it may affect their poop – at least for a while. Just like we humans experience a period of adjustment when we eat a new cuisine in a foreign country, your dog experiences something similar when you start them on a new food.

To help avoid dietary upset, make a slow, measured change from his old food to his new food over a 7-10 day period.

My dog has had diarrhoea from the day I’ve got them, is this normal?

If you have a new dog, it’s important to remember that moving to a new house is a stressful time not only for us, but for your new pup. Being in a new environment can lead to stress and tummy upsets. Make any diet changes very gradually over a week to 10 days and seek your vet’s advice if things aren’t settling down.

My dog ate something on its walk, should I expect to see loose stools?

Dogs are natural scavengers and often like to explore everything! Sometimes this will mean that they eat something inappropriate out on their walk. Depending on your pup’s particular gut activity, signs might be seen soon after they’ve eaten it. Often this will take the form of runny poos. If this persists, then seek veterinary attention. Make sure there is plenty of fresh, clean water available to help them stay hydrated.

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5 Common Dachshund Health Problems

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As anyone who owns one knows, Dachshunds are energetic, fun-loving dogs with an independent (and sometimes stubborn) streak. Seeming to possess almost limitless supplies of energy, it can be hard to tell when your dog is feeling a bit off. So that you’ve got a better idea of what to look out for, here are five common Dachshund health problems:

1. Intervertebral Disc Disease

With their long bodies and short legs, Dachshunds are genetically prone to several musculoskeletal conditions. The most serious of these is intervertebral disc disease, which causes the vertebrae to weaken and possibly protrude into the spinal canal. You can help reduce the potential for spinal stress by:

  • Maintaining your dog at a healthy weight with a well-balanced diet;
  • Discouraging your dog from jumping off furniture or regularly travelling up and down flights of stairs; and
  • Supporting your dog when holding them to keep the spine horizontal.

Symptoms may include limping or lameness, a reluctance to play, or yelping when receiving pats. If your Dachshund shows any of these symptoms, consult your vet immediately. Mild cases may be treated with anti-inflammatories, while more severe cases may require surgery.

2. Patella Luxation

Patella Luxation (loose knees) occurs when your dog’s knee cap pops out from its groove. Dachshunds are more likely to develop this condition given their short legs (which changes the angle of their kneecap). Preventative measures to help reduce the likelihood of this disease include:

  • Maintaining your dog at a healthy weight;
  • Exercising your Dachshund regularly; and
  • Boosting your dog’s diet with high quality supplements such as Dig-In Digestive Gravy.

Dogs suffering from this condition may show signs of lameness such as limping, or favouring one leg. In cases of suspected Patella Luxation, your vet will perform a physical examination, and if confirmed, the condition is often treated surgically.

3. Hip Dysplasia

This condition is caused by a deformity of the hip joint, where the thigh bone doesn’t properly fit into the socket, and may lead to rear leg lameness.

You can help reduce the likelihood of hip dysplasia by feeding your dog a nutritious, healthy diet (supplemented with Dig-In Digestive Gravy), and discouraging your dog from jumping up and down, which increases the load on their back legs. Signs your dog may have hip dysplasia include hind leg lameness, difficulty getting up, and walking unsteadily. If your dog displays any of these symptoms, take your pooch to the vet for a thorough assessment.

4. Eye Issues

Dachshunds can suffer from congenital eye problems such as dry eye, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), and cataracts. The most serious of these eye conditions is PRA – a degenerative eye disease which may result in blindness. There may be few symptoms of this disease, however some dogs may be reluctant to go downstairs or into dark areas, and their eye lens may look cloudy. Unfortunately, there’s no treatment; but with a little extra care, blind dogs can still live a long and happy life.

Preventative measures you can take to help reduce the incidence of a serious eye condition include keeping your dog’s eyes clean, trimming long hair away from their eyes, and treating any eye infections promptly.

5. Obesity

A well-balanced, whole food based diet combined with regular exercise, are the best ways to prevent your dog from gaining too much weight. By keeping your dog fit and healthy, you’ll help ensure that no additional strain is placed on their spine. Be mindful of any unexpected weight gain as this may indicate a more serious health concern such as hypothyroidism. If your dog starts gaining weight, seems lethargic or easily fatigued, consult with your vet as soon as possible to determine the cause.

While it’s likely your Dachshund will be in great condition their whole life, it’s useful to be able to recognise the signs of common diseases, so you can seek treatment straight away and keep your pooch in the best possible health.


Update: Under new legislation that each state government is either enacting or considering, all breeders will be strictly controlled. However, it is best to talk to one of the Dachshund Clubs to find out who are the best breeders.

For more information, the below Australian Breed Standard documents for Dachshunds are provided by the Australian National Kennel Council at and are certainly worth checking in with.


Do not rely on the information on our website as an alternative to medical advice from your veterinary doctor. If you think your pet may be suffering from a medical condition, seek immediate medical attention.



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Issues of Puppy Mill Dogs

You’re in a mall and you make the mistake of looking into a pet shop. Looking back is the saddest pair of eyes staring from a glass box that is much too small. If the dog being sold is in less than favorable conditions, more likely than not, this pooch has come from a puppy mill.

Puppy mills are sort of like dog factories, where pups are treated as profit and many never make it out alive. Your heart starts to hurt; you have to save this pathetic beast! But before you let your emotions run away with you, consider some of the common problems that come with dogs from puppy mills.

Not all puppy mill dogs are bought. Some people end up with these abused canines after rescue operations free them from their prisons. No matter how you obtained your badly-bred pooch, you’re likely eager to know about the issues that often accompany these troubled fur-babies.

Below are some of the most common problems that dogs from puppy mills face.

Genetic Issues

The goal of a puppy mill is simple: make money! Because of this, genetic screening almost never happens. This means that dogs with severe hereditary issues are allowed to sire hundreds of puppies. Some of the most common genetic health problems seen in puppy mill mutts include heart and kidney disease, hormonal disorders, blood disorders and joint deformities. While a few of these diseases may be obvious when the dog is young, many won’t show themselves until the pupper has matured.

Acquired Infections

Puppy mills are some of the filthiest places out there. It’s not unusual for dogs to live in small crates full of their own nastiness (we’re talking pee, poo, vomit, you name it). Sick dogs may be allowed to interact with the uninfected. The poor babies that succumb to their diseases may not even be removed from their littermates right away! This means it is possible and even probable that your puppy-mill-pooch could have a viral, fungal or bacterial infection. Some of the most common ones are parvovirus, kennel cough, upper respiratory infections, mange, and intestinal parasites.

Behavioral Problems

It’s no surprise that dogs who have been mistreated all of their lives would not really know how to be pets. Any interaction that they’ve ever had with humans is likely to be negative. Also, it’s pretty common for pups to be separated from their mothers way too early. This means they miss out on those vital weeks where they learn dog language and acceptable behavior from their mom, brothers, and sisters. When you bring one of these tragic canines home, remember everything is going to take time. Puppy mill dogs will probably be wary of any touching or petting. Give them time to come to you. Be ready to begin house training from square one! Puppy pads are really good to have around during this time. If you have other fur-babies, keep in mind an ex-miller will need a lengthened introduction to other dogs, in a protected space if possible.

The Vet is the First Stop

If you rescue or accidentally purchase a puppy mill dog, your first stop should be at the vet’s. Be sure to tell your veterinarian where the dog came from and request a thorough examination. This can help identify any major health problems before you bring your new addition home.

This serves as a protection to your other pets. Some diseases can jump from animal to animal and cause one really giant problem. Bacterial and fungal infections are usually treatable; however, viruses must run their course. Unfortunately, certain viral infections are not curable and may be fatal.

No matter what kind of baggage your new four-legged friend comes with, be sure to make the rest of their life filled with compassion and love. These babies have fractured souls and deserve healing hands. And remember, do your research before buying an animal, because supporting puppy mills will just spread the pain to other pooches!


Yorkie (Yorkshire) Dog Breed History, Nutrition and Common Health Problems


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  • Pedigree: Pure breed
  • Other Names: Yorkie
  • Height: 8 to 9 inches
  • Weight: 4 to 7 pounds
  • Breed Group: Toy
  • Lifespan: 12 to 16 years
  • Intelligence: High
  • Trainability: Moderate
  • Exercise Needs: Low
  • Shedding: Moderate
  • Temperament: Smart, Spunky, Inquisitive, Curious, Boisterous, Active
  • Good with Kids: No
  • Good with Dogs: No
  • Good with Pets: Yes (cats), No (small animals)

Known for their spirit and spunk, the Yorkshire terrier is a fiery little dog. Originally bred to hunt rats, the modern Yorkie is more of a companion pet, though these dogs do excel in dog sports like rally and agility. Though this breed has low exercise requirements and is adaptable to living in small spaces, they are not a low-maintenance breed when it comes to grooming. Yorkies have long, silky coats that need daily brushing and frequent trimming. If you’re looking for an apartment-friendly breed and you don’t plan to keep the dog around children or other dogs, this may be the breed for you.

Fun Facts About the Yorkshire Terrier

  • Puppies are born black and their coats turn blue-and-tan as they mature.
  • The breed was originally developed to hunt rats and they continue to excel in various dog sports including rally and agility.
  • Dogs bred for show typically weigh 4 to 7 pounds but Yorkies kept as pets may grow as large as 12 to 15 pounds.

Coat and Appearance

Not only is the Yorkshire terrier easy to identify by his small size, but he also has a very distinctive appearance. These little dogs have long, silky coats of blue-gray and tan hair. In terms of its texture, the coat should be fine, straight, and glossy – it should also be parted down the back, falling all the way to the floor. Most specimens of the breed have tan fur on their head, chest, and legs with dark gray, blue-gray, or black hair running down the back of their neck to the base of the tail and down either side of the body.

As a toy breed, the Yorkie is very small – he reaches an average height of 8 to 9 inches and generally weighs no more than 7 pounds. The dogs have small heads that are flat on top with a moderate muzzle and a scissors bite. Their eyes are medium-sized and dark with an intelligent expression and the ears are small, v-shaped, and carried erect. The body is small and compact but well-proportioned with straight legs and a docked tail. According to the breed standard, any solid color or combination of colors other than blue-and-tan is considered a disqualification from show.

History of the Breed

As you can probably guess, the Yorkshire terrier originated in Yorkshire county in northern England during the 19th century. Around the middle of the 19th century, Scottish workers came to the area in search of work and they brought with them various small terrier breeds. Though the exact origins of the Yorkie are unknown, these early Scottish terriers are thought to have played a role in the breed’s development. Some of the breeds that may have played a role in the Yorkie’s development include the Skye Terrier, Paisley Terrier, and the Maltese.

The Yorkie was introduced in the United States in 1872 and the first specimen of the breed was registered with the AKC in 1885. The popularity of the breed dipped during the first and second World War but he has reclaimed his rank as the 6th most popular breed according to AKC registration statistics.

Temperament and Personality

As is true for many toy breeds, this dog has a personality that is much bigger than his physical size. These little dogs are full of spunk and spirit, unafraid to stand up to dogs much larger than them. Though he may not make much of a guard dog, his watchdog abilities are strong – he won’t hesitate to sound the alarm if a stranger intrudes upon his territory. Not only are Yorkies tough on strangers, but they don’t typically get along well with children either. Their small size means that they can easily be injured and they tend to be a little nippy and impatient with kids.

Although these dogs can sometimes be stubborn during training and aggressive with strangers, they are a very affectionate breed that bonds closely with family. These little dogs delight in pleasing their owners, but only if your interests suit his own. This breed is often a mix of loving and mischievous, sometimes being content to cuddle with you on the couch and other times preferring to explore the yard on his own. Some dog owners claim that males are more easygoing and cuddly than females of the breed, though every dog is unique when it comes to personality.

Training Tips

The Yorkshire terrier is a very intelligent breed but, like many small dogs, he can be a challenge to housetrain. This breed is known to be a little obstinate, so you’ll need to maintain a firm and consistent hand in training. Positive reinforcement training is generally effective, just be sure to discipline your dog when needed so he doesn’t develop bad habits. Problem behaviors should be curbed early and make an effort to establish and maintain a routine for feeding, exercise, and training.

Exercise Requirements

Despite his small size, the Yorkshire terrier is an active little dog. This breed has low requirements for exercise, but they have been known to enjoy active play sessions and some dogs of this breed are more active than others. Most Yorkies are able to get their daily dose of exercise around the house but a daily walk never hurts.

Grooming Tips

Many fans of the breed call the Yorkshire terrier hypoallergenic but this term is not technically accurate. Yorkshire terriers shed less than many breeds, but they still produce dander and hair which could trigger an allergic reaction. Although this breed only sheds to a moderate degree, their long silky coats require a certain degree of care. You should brush your dog’s coat at least once a day to control shedding and to prevent mats and tangles. Keeping your dog’s topknot tied up will help to keep the hair out of his eyes and you might consider trimming his coat into a “puppy clip” to keep it more manageable.

In addition to grooming your dog’s coat, you should also trim his nails every week or two and keep an eye on his ears to ensure that they are clean and dry. It is also recommended that you brush your Yorkie’s teeth as often as he will let you because toy breeds have a high risk for dental problems including periodontitis.

Nutrition and Feeding

Because they are a toy breed, these dogs have very fast metabolisms and may require as many as 40 calories per pound of bodyweight. Considering the fact that these little dogs weigh about 7 pounds at maturity, however, that only adds up to about 280 calories a day or so. More important than the number of calories your dog consumes per day is the quality of his diet. This breed will benefit from a high-quality dog food formulated specifically for toy and small breeds. These dog foods are typically high in protein to maintain lean muscle mass with plenty of fat to provide a concentrated source of energy. Stick to digestible whole grains like brown rice and oatmeal or grain-free carbohydrates like sweet potatoes, tapioca, and peas. Once you’ve chosen a diet for your yorkie, follow the feeding instructions carefully to prevent him from gaining too much weight.

Common Health Problems

Small and toy breeds like the Yorkie tend to live several years longer than larger dogs. Unfortunately, this breed is prone to a number of serious health problems which may prevent your dog from living as long as other small breeds. Some of the health problems to which the breed is prone include cataracts, bronchitis, portosystemic shunt, keratitis sicca, and various genetic defects. These dogs also have very delicate digestive systems so they need an easily digestible diet. Here is an overview of some of the most common health problems known to affect the breed:

  • Cataracts – A cataract is simply an opacity in the lens of the eye that may obstruct your dog’s vision. Cataracts generally aren’t painful unless they separate from the tissue holding them in place and settle somewhere else in the eye, causing painful inflammation. In many cases, cataracts develop as a result of old age but they can also be caused by trauma to the eye or various inherited eye conditions. Treatment for cataracts may require surgery, though many dogs adjust well to a loss of vision.
  • Bronchitis – Also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis is caused by inflammation in the upper airway, often triggered by some kind of bacterial or viral infection. Symptoms may include a dry hacking cough, fever, retching or gagging, wheezing, lethargy, and difficulty breathing. Treatment for bronchitis usually involves medication to reduce inflammation and continued protection from environmental irritants like smoke, perfumes, and dust.
  • Portosystemic Shunt – This condition affects the portal vein, the vein that carries blood to the liver where it can be filtered to remove toxins. A shunt develops when there is an abnormality in the connection, allowing blood to bypass the liver – this is usually due to a congenital defect. Portosystemic shunt may cause stunted growth, abnormal behavior, and seizures. Treatment usually involves dietary changes to reduce toxin intake, though some cases may require surgical correction.
  • Keratitis Sicca – This condition is also known as “dry eye” and it normally develops when the cornea and the surrounding tissues become inflamed due to dryness. Dry eye can be caused by various immune-mediated diseases that damage the tear glands as well as infections, certain medications, or conditions like hypothyroidism. Treatment usually involves ophthalmic medication to stimulate tear production.
  • Genetic Defects – In addition to the conditions already mentioned, this breed is prone to a number of genetic disorders such as hydrocephalus, Legg-Calve-Perthes syndrome, patellar luxation, retinal dysplasia, and bladder stones. Yorkie puppies may also be at risk for hypoglycemia.

In addition to these health problems, Yorkies are also highly sensitive to anesthesia because they are so small. Dogs of this breed that weigh less than 4 pounds are more susceptible to health problems as well which could limit their lifespan. The breed’s small size also predisposes it to dental problems.


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How To Cure the Underlying Causes Of Your Pet’s Health Problems – So That They Can Be Healed Permanently
Rapidly Reverse Agonizing Conditions Such As Inflamed Skin Disorders, Joint Pain, Yeast Infections, Recurrent Ear Infections And Many Other Common Health Disorders In Your Dog That Cause Them So Much Suffering
How To Stop Relying On Dangerous Steroids That May Shorten Your Dog’s Life  – Genuine Knowledge To Last a Lifetime
Eradicate The Primary Causes Of Your Dog’s Health Problems So You Can Prevent Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Autoimmune Disorders and Every Other Disease In Your Precious Dog
Save Hundreds Of Dollars In Vet Bills By Treating Your Pet At Home
Learn How To Feed Your Dog Real Food From Home – Rather Than Rely On Expensive, Shop-Bought, Commercial Pet Food That Could Be Driving Your Dog To An Early Grave
Understand How You Can Easily Help Your Dog To Live A Long, Happy And Healthy Life
Eradicate Your Pet’s Health Disorders With Tried & Tested Naturopathic Treatment Protocols For Yeast Infections, Joint Pain, Ear Infections, Digestive & Liver Problems, Allergies, Skin Disorders, Diabetes, Autoimmune Diseases, And Much, Much More

… Puzzle Finally Solved …

“Sara, I can’t thank you enough for helping Emmy. She continuously suffered from itchy skin and ear infections before using your advice.

The puzzle is finally solved and so are all her problems!
Thank you so much Sara.”

Maureen Collins

Remember … I am not some fly by night “guru” offering you a quick-fix, get rich scheme or a stay at home pet owner just trying to get your cash by trying to sell you some ‘magic potion’. 

This Work is My Life. 

I have studied hundreds of thousands of hours to get my qualifications (Canine Naturopath, Naturopathic Physician, Scientist, Zoologist), researched health, naturopathic medicine and the animal sciences for over 20 years and most importantly, treated dogs like yours all around the world, through ‘Naturopathic Animal Services’ and helped them achieve excellent health without the use of potentially toxic drugs.

… written theory is nothing until you have put it into real life practice:  measuring, testing and learning from mistakes that is the true school of life.  AND the best part is youget to reap all the benefits at the click of a button. 


  • No HYPE (just treatment programs that work)
  • No more surfing the insane maze known as the internet, and
  • No more wondering will this work for me


If you want solutions for your pet that don’t take years to figure out … and cost thousands of dollars.  Then, this is the solution for you (because I’ve already been through all that for you!).

Introducing … 

“Heal Your Dog Naturally”

You Will Discover…

  • What the Number One Cause of Almost ALL Disease Is!
  • Why Disease is SO preventable (For humans too!)
  • How You Can Save $$$$ From Less Visits to the Vet
  • The Easy Way To Eliminate Allergies Forever
  • The Absolute Best Supplements To Give Your Pet
  • What is Responsible for So Many Illnesses in Dogs
  • What Scientists Claim is like a Slow Acting Poison Yet a Huge Number of Dogs Worldwide Would Be Affected
  • How To Treat Yeast Infections Safely & Permanently
  • Which Plant Medicine Has Over 10 Beneficial Functions In The Body Including Significant Roles In The Prevention and Treatment Of Cancer And Cardiovascular Disease
  • What You Should Never Feed Your Dog
  • Effective Treatments For Arthritis – The Best Supplements To Use
  • Which Nutrient Has the Potential to Inhibit Cataract Formation in Diabetic Animals, Help Balance Insulin Levels and Help Protect Pancreatic Cells from Free Radical Damage
  • Why Your Dog May Be Anxious & What You Can Do To Help Them Relax
  • How You Can Eliminate Worms Naturally, Easily & Effectively
  • Some Great Ways to Boost Your Dog’s Immune System
  • Why Your Dog Might Suffer From Constipation & How To Treat Them Easily
  • What an Ageing Dog Should be Given to Help Them Maintain Good Health
  • Which Vitamin is Destroyed Once Exposed to Light, Heat and Air & Therefore Usually Requires Supplementing in the Diet
  • Why It’s Easier For a Fat Dog to Get Even Fatter & The Best Ways to Help Your Pet Lose Weight
  • What it Means When Your Dog Eats Grass or Dirt And What You Can Do About It
  • How You Can Safely Provide A Lifetime of Safe and Nutritious Food, Even If You Know Nothing About Dog Nutrition Now
  • Why Dogs Get Hay Fever
  • How To Treat Ear Infections Rapidly & Easily
  • Whether a Dog Eating Its Own Faeces is Healthy or Not
  • What’s Wrong With Most Dog Collars
  • How to Prepare Your Dog For Surgery To Give Them the Best Chance of Avoiding Infection And Side Effects
  • What the Two Most Potent, Scientifically Proven, Plant Medicines Are for the Treatment Of Dangerous Protozoan Organisms Without the Side Effects of Pharmaceutical Drugs

For Too Long Now,  I Have Witnessed So Many Sick Pets That Have Only Had Their Symptoms Treated, And I Felt It Was Time To Let People Know About The Real Causes Of Their Pets Problems So They Would Have The Opportunity To Treat Them Completely And Permanently.

Just Prescribing Animals Drugs To Suppress Their Symptoms Does Not Usually Offer Them Any Long-Term Solutions And Can Cause Them Even More Problems.

The Underlying Causes Of Your Dog’s Health Disorders Need To Be Addressed So That Your Pet’s Problems Can Be Treated At Their Very Core – Not Just On The Surface.  After Many Years Of Trial And Error And Finding Out What Works And What Doesn’t, The Most Effective Treatments For Common Health Disorders Have Been Identified And Can Be Found In This eBook.

Through Many Years Of Research And Clinical Experience, I Have Identified The True Causes Of Most Dog’s Health Problems.  It Doesn’t Matter Whether They Are Suffering From Skin Problems, Joint Pain, Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, Infections, Autoimmune Disorders – Almost All Health Problems Can Be Treated Using An Effective System Of Healing That I Have Established.

Packed With Cutting-Edge And Vitally Useful Information, “Heal Your Dog Naturally” Takes You On A Guided Tour of How to Heal Your Dog In The  Most Rapid and Profound Ways.  It Covers The Real Causes Of Your Dog’s Health Problems, Nutritional Advice, Herbal Treatments, Nutrient Therapies, and Much, Much More, So That You Are Able To Help Restore Balance To Your Dog’s Health Again.

The Principle Naturopathic Philosophy On Healing Is That The Body Has The Ability To Heal Itself, When It Is In Balance – Even From Major Illnesses Such As Cancer.  This Book Shows You How You Can Easily Help Bring Your Dogs Health Back In To Balance, To Allow It To Repair Itself.

In Fact, Many Scientists Claim That When The Body Is In Balance, It Doesn’t Suffer From Allergies or Skin Conditions, Cancer or Heart Disease, Diabetes or Thyroid Problems or Any Other Diseases – As All Of These Disorders Are Simply Signs That There Is Some Kind Of Imbalance In The Body.  This Book Will Help You Identify The Cause Of Your Dogs Imbalance And Help You To Reverse and Correct It As Quickly As Possible.  Treating Your Dogs Underlying Problems Will Give Your Pet The Best Possible Chance Of A Complete Recovery, Rather Than Just Temporary Relief From Their Symptoms.


I’m not exaggerating when I say that this book (& Sara’s advice) has saved Igor’s life! After many months of tests, Igor was diagnosed with SLE (auto-immune disease) and the vets put him on cortisone and told us that’s all they could offer him.

They warned us that he will not see old age and that autoimmune diseases were common in bull mastiffs – not very helpful or positive advice. The vets also didn’t know ‘why’ Igor got the disease – maybe they should read this book then they might learn something!

To look at Igor now – You would never know he had been so ill!
His skin is now excellent and he is 100% symptom-free.

Every dog owner in the world should read this book! 

Jim Bower,
Bathurst, NSW. Australia

Never before have I read a book that offers so much information that can truly help dogs. I have bought many books over the years about natural healing but they all just offer basic advice on treating different disorders. This is entirely different! Sure it offers treatment advice for various problems but more importantly it provides real answers about the actual causes of disease – not just feeble advice on how to treat the symptoms. It will be my “No. 1” reference book from now on! This book totally changes the way I look at disease altogether – I can’t wait for Sara to write more books on health!

Veronica Robertson
Natural animal therapist
Epsom, UK

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Our 6 yo boxer, Milly, was diagnosed with a candida infection which had ‘No known cause’ – and this book explains exactly how she got it! We then followed the diet and treatment advice given in the book and Milly’s candida is now totally gone! No more itching! Her skin is now beautiful; her energy has returned; and best of all she is happy again. We now understand what we need to feed our dogs; what supplements we need to give them both and how we can prevent a whole host of other problems from developing. “Heal Your Dog Naturally” delivered everything we needed to know and more! Thank You Sooo Much Sara!

Linda Carlton

At Last … Now You Can Help Stop Your Dog’s Pain And Suffering Rapidly and Safely …Without Drugs and Without Leaving Home – And, As A Bonus, You May Help Prevent the Onset Of Future Disease in Your Dog Using The Information In This Book.

“Heal Your Dog Naturally” Reveals The Safest Methods For Treating Pain, Inflammation And Other Distressing Conditions In Your Dog …

This Is Not Just Another Book On How To Treat Skin Conditions, Yeast Infections Or Joint Pain In Your Dog, …….Nor Is it Just A Book on The Correct Diet For Your Dog….It Is ALL of That And Much, Much More!

If you are even remotely interested in learning the truth about the underlying cause of your dog’s health problems and finding out how to reverse these problems once and for all – you owe it to your beloved pet to at least read the information in “Heal Your Dog Naturally”.

Remember, just “Thinking” about your dog’s problems will never heal them or provide them with the opportunity for a long, healthy and happy life.

Clive was suffering from severe arthritis and his vet had him on pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications and said he needed to be on these for the rest of his life.
NOT GOOD ENOUGH! We wanted other answers.
We wanted to know ‘What’ was causing his arthritis – not just ply him with pain killers for the rest of his days. He’s way too precious for that. This book gave us all the answers and, better still – provided us with a successful treatment plan that DOESN”T cause more problems than what it treats.
We can’t thank Sara enough for what she has done for Clive. No more pain. No more digestive problems and way more energy! Our beautiful boy is happy again!

Barbara Langston,
Dover, Delaware

More And More Dogs Are Now Suffering From Serious Health Problems Than Ever Before – Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Joint Conditions, Skin Problems, Autoimmune Disorders …And At Much Younger Ages! The Truth Is That Most Conventional Drug Therapies Do Not Treat The Underlying Causes Of Any Of These Problems And In Some Cases They Cause Even Greater Problems Than Your Pet Originally Suffered From – Resulting In Long-Term Damage To Your Pet’s Health.

“Heal Your Dog Naturally” provides both clinical and scientific advice that may assist you to treat conditions in your dog which may help them to live healthier, longer and happier lives. 

It provides the guardians of animals, not with more theory – but with advice that can be used to treat the real causes of their pet’s health problems as well as provide advice on how to give their pets fast, effective and permanent relief from pain and symptoms. Not only can this significantly increase the quality of life for their dogs but it may also help to extend their life.


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          Dog Behavior Problems: Types, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatments

          Dogs have learned to live with humans and like to please us. But, we still have to train them to avoid some of their more destructive behaviors.

          We have prepared a guide on some of the most common dog behaviors, what they mean, and how you can address them.

          Pet Behavior Problems

          Aggression and scavenging are the two most common dog behavior problems. There are many pet habits that owners also consider harmful or annoying. Yet, these two are the most dangerous for your pooch and the people and animals around them.

          As a first step, if the issue is new and unusual in your dog’s routine, you should consider taking your pooch to the vet to rule out any health problems.

          It’s also important to note that some behaviors considered major for some owners are non-issues for others. For example, some owners would never let their dog sleep with them in bed while others prefer it. Some would rather their dogs didn’t bark. Other owners appreciate the notification when someone’s at the door.

          So, whether behavior is indeed a problem at all is up to you and your dog, and the potential consequences.

          Causes of bad or destructive behavior in dogs can be many, ranging from boredom to malnutrition to injury or illness. Sometimes we send the wrong signals, thinking we’re doing the right thing. For example, if your dog is growling or barking at another dog, you may try to pick them up or pet them. If you do this, your dog will think it’s okay and even desirable to act aggressively because you rewarded them for it.

          The same goes for dogs whining, barking, and howling to get your attention. If you react to this behavior and start talking to the dog, playing with them, or giving them food, the behavior will continue.

          Some “weird” dog behaviors are instinctive, some are bad habits that have formed over time, and some might be signs of an underlying health condition. Below are some of the common dog behaviors that are easy to spot but might be very difficult to eradicate.

          Instinctive Behavior

          Behaviors that are instinctive include digging, chewing, chasing, and rolling in dirt, poop or dead animals. These make perfect sense for your dog and are natural dog behaviors, no matter how uncomfortable it might be for you. You can train your dog to minimize or stop these habits, but it won’t be easy.

          Bad Habits

          Bad habits like resource guarding, jumping on people, climbing on furniture, begging for food, clingy behavior, and taking over your bed are encouraged by our behavior toward dogs. If you don’t want your pet on the furniture, you must set clear boundaries and be consistent. It’s also essential that you provide your pooch the comfort, safety, and enough food so they won’t have to claim it for themselves.

          Health Issues

          Health conditions can also cause your dog to act out, become aggressive, or growl and bite. Separation anxiety is a big problem for some owners. Their dogs mess up their home and destroy things while they’re home alone. Excessive licking, eating poop, defecating and urinating indoors can also be signs of illness or injury.

          First Things First

          Keep in mind that this isn’t a definitive guide as your dog might act out because they are bored. Before you draw any conclusions, make sure your dog is healthy and getting enough exercise. If you misdiagnose a bad behavior as acting out or attention seeking when there’s an underlying health condition, things can go south.

          Training Options

          For some dog behavior issues that persist, you will need to consult a dog behavior specialist. Most owners turn to professionals to help deal with aggression, resource guarding, and separation anxiety. These experts can help with dog behavior training, no matter how severe or mild the condition may be.

          You don’t have to hire a pet behavior expert to deal with problematic dog behavior. You can also try to train them yourself. Choosing the right approach and being consistent is vital to success. Always bear in mind what you want to achieve and then find the best way to get there. Arm yourself with enough patience and treats and avoid punishment as a training method.

          List of Dog Behaviors

          We have compiled a list of dog behaviors that owners find harmful or annoying. We would love to hear from you in terms of what behaviors you’ve dealt with and how and if you have something to add to our list.

          Barking and howling

          Excessive barking and howling can get very annoying, both for you and your neighbors. So you should put a stop on the behavior as soon as possible.

          Read more on How to Stop a Dog From Barking or Howling


          Some dog breeds just love to dig, it’s in their blood. But if your carpets or your garden are getting destroyed, you’ll want to try to train your pooch to stop digging.


          Chewing is one of the most common problems when the object of your dog’s attention are your shoes, phone, clothes, etc. Learn how to limit the destruction.

          Read more on How to Stop a Dog From Chewing Things

          Play biting

          Play biting is especially common in puppies and it’s a form of a rough play. Your pooch doesn’t know better, so teach them!

          Separation anxiety

          Dogs with separation anxiety will get nervous and destructive when their owners are away. Find ways to help your anxious canine deal with the issue.

          Read more on How to Treat Separation Anxiety in Dogs

          Urinating and defecating inside

          Eliminating inside the home can be a sign of a health problem if your dog is potty trained. Take your dog to the vet to check for medical issues and find treatment.

          Growling and biting

          Growling and biting are often signs of aggression. If your dog gets snappy at other animals or people, determine the cause and start training. Stop dog growling and biting before someone is seriously injured.

          Read more about the Best Ways to Handle Aggression in Dogs

          Resource guarding

          Your dog might think that there isn’t enough food for them so they guard it with their life. Same goes for toys and their place on the sofa. The fun stops when the dog gets possessive aggressive and starts to act out.

          Read more: How Do You Stop a Dog from Guarding Food

          Begging for food or stealing food

          When dogs get their eyes on a delicious piece of food, they’ll do anything to get it. If you want your dog to stop begging for table scraps or stealing your dinner, you must take precautions.

          Read more on How to Stop a Dog From Jumping on the Counter


          Going after small prey is an urge some dogs can’t resist if they’re not trained well. Teach your dog to sit, stay, and come to prevent them from running away.

          Jumping up on people

          Pets will get excited when someone comes to visit and might jump on people they like. This may be cute at first, but some people don’t appreciate the gesture. Teach your dog good manners.

          Eating poop

          This nasty habit can form because of preference, boredom or malnutrition. Some of us will never understand or accept dogs eating poop as natural.

          Climbing on furniture

          It’s up to every owner to decide whether their pets should be allowed on furniture. But when they get on the kitchen counter to steal your food, that’s definitely an issue.

          Clingy behavior

          Some dogs are just more of a lap dog. But when you can’t even go to the bathroom without your pet, that’s a sign your fur baby is too clingy.

          Leash aggression and pulling

          If not introduced to the leash early, dogs can get very unhappy about being restrained. They will not let you put them on a leash. When you manage to do it, they will pull and run in front of you all the time.

          Rolling in dirt, poop or dead animals

          This one is a doggy favorite. Did you just bathe your dog and they’re all clean and fresh? Be careful when you go outside because some dogs hate getting baths as much as they hate the smell of their shampoo. They prefer the natural odor, such as dirt, poop, and dead animal roll-on.

          Taking over your bed

          It’s up to you whether you’ll let your pet in your bed. But when they get all grown up and start to push you off, you need to get them under control.

          Running away

          Certain breeds that have a strong hunter instinct are likely to run away when they spot their prey. Regardless of the breed, keep an eye on your four-legged lover boy during spring and fall when the females are in heat.

          Excessive licking

          Excessive licking is often a sign of a health issue. If your dog is licking themselves, they might be injured or have an infection. If they lick everything and everyone, there might be a less obvious issue. Take your pooch to the vet to get to the bottom of it.

          Body Language and Diagnosis

          It is sometimes possible to spot signs of aggressive or destructive behavior in dogs before it occurs. Learn to read doggy body language. Spot signs of discomfort, fear, or aggression. Prevent bad behavior before it happens. Direct your dog’s attention back on you or something else or take them out of a scary situation.

          Here are some dog body language signals or tells you can learn to use to your advantage.

          Shy or Nervous Dog

          If your dog is shy or nervous, other than getting behind you, they may also yawn, lick their nose, shake off and pull their ears backward and flat against their head. If your dog is nervous around new people or other dogs, this might turn to aggression. If your pet feels threatened, instruct people to approach them carefully or not engage at all.

          Fearful Dog

          When your dog is scared or suspicious about something or someone, you can see the hairs on their neck and back go up. A suspicious dog will be stiff, with their head and neck raised, and tail high up. A fearful dog might try to pull back and start to growl or bark. The best approach here is to get out of the situation by walking the other way.


          Whether it’s a toy or a bird or something else, if your dog is bowed, with a stiff tail, legs bent, and eyes wide open and fixed on a target, you can expect them to run off and start chasing whatever they’re after.

          If your dog is well-trained, you’ll be able to call them back and redirect their attention. Yet, some dogs find this hunter instinct very hard to battle. They can run off and get lost. If you notice these signs and you’re not sure your dog will respond to commands, keep them on a leash.


          When your dog wants to play, they might bark at you to get your attention and get into a play bow, very similar to the stalking bow described above. But in the play bow, your dog’s body will be more relaxed and wobbly, and there will be a tail wag.


          Does your dog get nervous, anxious or super clingy when you’re about to leave? They might be showing signs of separation anxiety. When you get home, you’ll know for sure if that’s the case. There’ll be a trail of destruction waiting for you.

          Begging for Food or Getting Ready to Steal

          Is your dog around the table while you’re eating? Do they sit there like a good boy, licking their lips? You already know they’re after your food. Some dogs might even jump up, whine, or bark at you. Ignore the bad behavior if you don’t want to share every meal for the rest of your life with your furry companion. If ignoring them doesn’t work or it’s too difficult for you, try moving the dog to another room while you’re eating.

          Training and Treatment

          It’s best to start training your dog the moment they arrive in your home. You’re the one that sets the rules, and with the right stimuli, the pooch will make it their personal mission to obey. Dogs want to make us happy; most respond very well based on how we treat them. Sometimes we encourage bad behaviors by providing attention, comfort, and treats.

          This, in turn, encourages the dog to keep it up as that behavior brought them a reward. The best way to stop the bad behavior is to ignore it. Punishment doesn’t work. It might show a short-term result. But your dog will get frustrated, which could lead to fear or aggression over time.

          Set the Environment and Ground Rules

          Set up the right conditions, provide enough food, set the rules, and exercise your dog to keep them happy and obedient. One more thing. You have to be consistent. If you’re not consistent, your dog will be confused and won’t know what you want, which can be even more stressful.

          Imagine feeding your dog table scraps and allowing them on the bed one day and then punishing them for the same things another day. Your dog will not understand any of it, so other than just correcting your dog’s behavior, you also have to adjust your behavior. Dog behavior training will not be effective without consistency. If something is a big no-no today, it can’t be okay in a couple of days.

          Teach a Few Basic Commands First

          Other than satisfying the dog’s basic needs and ensuring they are healthy, you have to teach them to come when called and to sit down. These two basic things can go a long way for further training.

          Does your dog like to chew on your shoes and destroy your personal items? Limit their access to these before they’re trained not to chew. Also, ensure they have enough exciting dog toys to play with so they don’t go after the forbidden fruit.

          Always reward good behavior with treats, praise and play time and ignore bad behavior. Never use punishment or negative reinforcement in training.

          Destructive Behavior in Puppies

          A new little bundle of joy has arrived at your home, and you’re both excited. But what happens when your puppy starts making a mess and destroying your things? It will be stressful for both of you at first. But getting a puppy gives you the perfect opportunity to start training early.

          Pediatric Behavior Problems in Dogs

          Some behaviors like chewing, play biting, jumping up on people, and getting on furniture are typical puppy behaviors. They don’t know the rules yet and want to have fun and show everyone how much they love them.

          A common destructive behavior in dogs is chewing. Puppy chewing can be a big issue in the teething phase. During this time, you need to ensure your buddy has enough chew toys and little access to everything else.

          Play biting can also be an issue as puppy teeth are very sharp and can cause injuries. Don’t encourage this type of rough play. Show your dog that they hurt you, and follow with a sharp ‘no’, pulling your hand back, and ending playtime early.


          You can resolve most puppy behavior issues. You’ll need the right food, interesting toys, enough exercise, and a comfortable sleeping area for your furry buddy. Limit access to some areas of the house and to items they could destroy. Add a little praise and rewards, and you’ll have one happy puppy.

          Puppy classes are also an excellent solution for some basic obedience and habits. Teach your puppy to sit on command and come when called and build from there.

          Monitor Your Dog’s Behavior

          What if your dog is a complete sweetheart while you’re home but turns into a beast when you’re not around? These issues can stem from separation anxiety, boredom, or a lack of exercise. If you don’t want to come home to a battleground, you can get a pet camera to monitor your dog’s behavior when they are home alone.

          Petcube Bites pet treat camera is a great solution that allows you to watch your pooch day and night thanks to the night vision feature. The camera is connected through an app with your phone. This way you can talk to your buddy and throw treats at various distances. This will give them a little extra attention, food, and exercise.

          You’ll also know if your dog is barking a lot and annoying your neighbors. When you spot the barking or howling, you can summon your dog to distract them and stop the barking and howling.

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          How do you discipline a dog?
          One of the best ways to discipline a dog is to ignore them or give them a time-out. You can also distract them with a loud noise, say ‘no’, or order them to sit. You can also use a spray bottle to spray some water on your dog to stop a bad behavior. If your dog is on a leash, you can use a quick leash snap. Other methods include taking away toys and holding back on rewards. Never hit your dog.

          Why is my dog being aggressive all of the sudden?
          If an otherwise non-aggressive dog suddenly turns aggressive, it’s possible that they might be sick or in pain. Dogs that are hurting will even snap, growl, or bark at their owners. Take your dog to a vet to see if there’s a health issue.

          Why is my dog trying to bite me?
          If you have a puppy, they might consider it a rough play. If an adult dog is trying to bite you, it might be that they didn’t learn that biting is wrong. Another possibility is that the dog is getting aggressive. First, rule out medical and other obvious reasons such as resource guarding and then address the issue.

          Is it bad to let my dog sleep with me?
          Some may argue that dogs are dirty, shed a lot, might have parasites, and don’t exactly smell like flowers. But if your dog is clean and healthy, and you like a leg warmer in the winter, there’s nothing wrong with that. Sleeping with a dog can actually improve your sleep if your pooch doesn’t kick or snore a lot.

          How can I stop my dog from jumping on my bed?
          You must set clear boundaries and be consistent. You can’t let your dog sleep with you for a week and then kick them out because you don’t feel like it anymore. Make sure your dog has a comfy and safe sleeping area, possibly even near your bed so they can still be close to you.

          How do I stop dog aggression?
          Try to determine the cause of the aggression before you can correct it. Rule out health issues first, then consider resource guarding, previous abuse, fear, anxiety, and a lack of exercise. If you have small kids around, limit their interaction with the dog until the behavior is corrected. In some cases, it’s best to call a pet behavior expert to help.

          Why is my dog eating poop and rolling in it?
          If your dog is eating poop, they might be missing some nutrients or they’re hungry. So, they may be trying to eat anything they can. Dogs also think that poop smells great so they will often indulge in it. It can also be instinct as dogs are used to rolling in smelly things to mask their smell while hunting.


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          Dog Vaginal Health Guide: Everything You Need to Know

          Updated and Reviewed on March 30, 2019 by Dr. Savanna Parsons, DVM

          Every part of the body can be injured or affected by disease, and this includes a dog’s vagina.

          Symptoms involving the vagina are uncomfortable and may be signs of a potentially serious health condition.

          This guide will help you determine what’s normal, when you should be worried about your dog’s vaginal health, and whether you need to call your veterinarian.

          Anatomy of the Dog Vagina

          The outer portion of a female dog’s reproductive tract is called the vulva. It consists of two labia (thick folds of tissue) that are connected at the top and bottom.

          The vestibule lies just inside of the vulvar opening. The vagina opens into the vestibule, as does the urethra—the tube that drains the bladder. Farther on, the vagina connects with the cervix and then on to the uterus.

          Healthy Dog Vagina Appearance

          In order to recognize when something is wrong with your dog’s vagina, you need to know what normal looks like. It’s normal to be able to see your dog’s vulva.

          If a female dog has not been spayed, the appearance of her vulva can change dramatically over the course of her heat cycle.

          When a dog is in heat (receptive to mating), her vulva becomes swollen, and a bloody discharge will be evident. This heat period usually lasts for a week or two but can vary widely between dogs.

          After being in heat, the bleeding should stop, and the vulva returns to its normal appearance. Dogs may go through this entire cycle once every four months to once every 12 months.

          What If I Can’t See the Vulva?

          If you have to spread skin apart in order to see the vulva, that means there is an issue.

          Extra skin around the vulva can cause both urinary tract and vaginal infections as well as dermatitis of the extra skin. Your dog may not even show any symptoms until an infection is advanced.

          Depending on the extent of extra tissue, surgical removal of the extra skin may be necessary to correct the issue.

          Does My Dog Have a Vaginal Infection?

          Pet parents often worry that their dog might have a vaginal infection. Symptoms of a vaginal infection—also called vaginitis—include the following:

          • Discharge from the vulva, which may contain pus or blood

          • Licking the vulva

          • Rubbing their hind end along the ground

          • Frequent urination

          • Urination-associated discomfort

          • Male dogs may show sexual interest even if a female dog is not in heat

          What Causes Vaginal Infections?

          Vaginal infections have a variety of causes. Sometimes bacteria or other pathogens are solely to blame, but in other cases, infections develop as a result of other health problems.

          Vaginal trauma, foreign bodies, anatomic abnormalities, tumors, problems with the urinary tract, and hormonal disorders can all lead to vaginitis in dogs.

          Can Puppies Get Vaginitis?

          Puppies who have not gone through a heat cycle can develop a condition called puppy vaginitis that has symptoms similar to those listed above.

          Allowing the puppy to go through a heat cycle before spaying will usually resolve the vaginitis. Make an appointment with your veterinarian if you suspect that your dog has a vaginal infection.

          Why Is My Dog Licking Her Vagina?

          A dog will sometimes lick her vulva to help keep it clean.

          Intermittent licking is rarely a problem unless you also notice a vaginal discharge or changes in the vulva’s appearance, her overall health has worsened, or the licking becomes more frequent or intense.

          Excessive licking can be a sign of infection, injuries, or other problems with your dog’s urinary or reproductive tract. Call your veterinarian if you have any concerns.

          Why Is There Blood Coming from My Dog’s Vagina?

          A bloody discharge from the vulva is a normal part of a female dog’s heat cycle. Dogs typically go into heat and bleed between 1-3 times a year.

          However, if your dog has been spayed or you know it is not time for your intact dog to go into heat, the bleeding could be a sign of a potentially serious health problem.

          If you see blood coming from your dog’s vulva, it could be a result of trauma, tumors, infections, anatomic abnormalities, blood clotting disorders, and conditions affecting the urinary tract. Your dog should be evaluated by a veterinarian unless she is known to be in heat and there are no other issues.

          Is My Dog’s Vagina Swollen?

          An unspayed female dog’s vulva will become swollen as a part of her normal heat cycle, but it should return to its “normal” size after the heat is done (anywhere between 2-21 days is considered normal).

          If your dog has a condition called vaginal hyperplasia, dark pink or red tissue may protrude from the vulva. The tissue swelling that causes this should resolve when the heat cycle ends. Spaying your dog will also take care of the problem and prevent future occurrences.

          If your spayed female dog has a swollen vulva with a bloody discharge, it is possible that some ovarian tissue remained within her abdomen after her spay surgery.

          Infections, injuries, and tumors can also make a dog’s vulva appear to be swollen.

          Call your veterinarian for advice if your dog’s vulva is swollen and you know that she should not be in heat.

          Is This Color Normal?

          The outer surfaces of a dog’s labia are covered with skin and a small amount of hair, which should appear similar to the surrounding skin and hair.

          Some dark staining may be present due to the presence of fluids, like saliva, that turn reddish-brown when exposed to air. The inner surfaces of the labia are a pink color but are not normally visible.

          If you notice changes to the coloration of your dog’s vulva or surrounding tissues, or a discharge of any color, make an appointment with your veterinarian to rule out the possibility of infection, injury, and other potentially serious health conditions.

          What Is This Discharge Coming from My Dog’s Vagina?

          A dog who is in heat will have bloody discharge from her vulva, and a dark green to black discharge is normal in the days after a dog has given birth.

          However, other types of discharges, which may be watery or bloody, or look like mucus or pus, are generally associated with health problems and warrant a trip to the veterinarian. Possible diagnoses include:

          • Traumatic injury

          • Pregnancy and birth-related problems

          • Foreign material within the vagina

          • Infection of the urinary or reproductive tract, including a potential fatal uterine infection called pyometra

          • Cancer of the urinary or reproductive tract

          • Urinary tract stones

          • Blood-clotting disorders

          • Anatomic abnormalities

          • Hormonal disorders

          There should also be little to no odor associated with a dog’s vulva, so if you smell or see anything unusual in this area, make an appointment with your veterinarian.

          What Is This Rash Around My Dog’s Vagina?

          The skin that surrounds a dog’s vulva can develop rashes just like any other area of the body.

          Because the vulva touches the ground whenever a dog sits, it frequently comes in contact with irritants, allergens, and insects that may bite. Parasites or skin infections can also cause rashes around a dog’s vulva.

          A bath using cool water and a gentle soap might help if your dog’s rash developed due to contact with an allergen or irritant.

          Rashes that are severe, produce significant discomfort, or persist for more than a day or two should be evaluated by a veterinarian.

          What Is This Lump, Bump, or Growth on My Dog’s Vagina?

          Lumps, bumps, or growths that are located in or around a dog’s vulva are not normal and may be associated with injuries, infections, anatomic abnormalities, inflammation, cysts, or tumors.

          Dogs who have not been spayed may develop a mass of dark pink or red swollen tissue that protrudes from the vulva—a condition that goes by the name vaginal hyperplasia.

          The tissue swelling that causes this should resolve when your dog goes out of heat or when she is spayed. Make an appointment with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your dog’s health.

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          Yorkshire Terrier Dog Breed Information

          Recommended for: Singles, families

          Maintenance Level: Low-medium

          Lifespan: 12-15 years

          Active, loyal

          Health Risk:
          High probability of health issues during its lifetime, hence it is one of the more expensive breeds to insure.

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          Breed Overview

          The Yorkshire Terrier (a.k.a. “Yorkie”) is a small, toy-sized dog known for its long, silky, straight coat and named after its place of origin in Yorkshire, northern England.

          The Yorkshire Terrier’s coat is a combination of steel blue (on the body and tail) and tan. Their hair can grow particularly long, especially around the face, and often requires trimming in order to prevent it dipping into the food or water bowl.

          It’s true that Yorkshire Terriers do not shed as much as other dogs due to their lack of an undercoat, but they do shed a little. Coats require weekly brushing, and longer hair around the head often needs to be tied back to keep from obstructing the dog’s vision.

          The average Yorkshire Terrier weights around 3.2kg and stands between 15 and 17.5 cm tall. Their lifespan is generally between 12 and 15 years.

          Yorkshire Terriers may be small, but they are energetic little dogs who require a daily walk and playtime to stimulate them both physically and mentally. If your Yorkie often runs around the house for no reason, this could be a sign that they need more exercise.

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          Personality and Temperament

          Owners who are consistent with rules and are patient with the dog will have no trouble training their Yorkshire Terrier, thanks to their working dog roots, however housebreaking can occasionally be a challenge.

          Some believe the Yorkie to be a “yappy” breed, but some owners have found that their dog, when its needs are satisfied, is a quiet and happy dog. Their barking habit makes them great watchdogs.

          Yorkshire Terriers are not recommended to households with young children, as they can often mistake the dog for a toy and play too roughly or drop or step on them.

          Yorkies are prone to Small Dog Syndrome, which occurs when owners allow their dog to get away with things they would not allow a large dog to, which can lead the dog to believe they are the pack leader.

          Common Yorkshire Terrier Diseases & Conditions

          Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

          • Household Accidents. One of the biggest risks to Yorkshire Terriers is simple household accidents. Because they love to follow their owners around and can often sneak up quietly behind you, their small frame can be prone to broken bones or worse. It is for this reason that young children should be watched carefully around the Yorkie to ensure they treat it gingerly.
          • Patellar luxation is a common issue among small dog breeds, and occurs when the patella is not lined up properly, causing the knee cap to fall in and out of place. This can lead to lameness or an abnormal gait in the dog, but for dogs affected with only mild cases, no treatment is required and they can lead normal lives. For more serious cases, surgery can be performed in order to correct the patella.
          • Progressive retinal atrophy refers to a family of eye conditions which lead to the gradual deterioration of the retina, causing first night blindness, then full blindness. There is no cure, but many dogs adapt easily to the loss of sight and can lead relatively normal lives, as long as their environment does not change too drastically.
          • Cataracts. Like in humans, canine cataracts refer to a cloudy membrane forming over they eye causing vision impairment. They can be removed surgically.
          • Portosystemic shunt is a condition which affects the flow of blood between the liver and the rest of the body. Because the liver controls detoxing and metabolism, this can be a serious issue. Signs of the condition include abnormal behaviour, loss of appetite, low blood sugar, gastrointestinal issues, urinary tract issues, intolerance to medication and stunted growth. Corrective surgery is an option, and a special diet may be prescribed to help combat the issue.
          • Hypoglycaemia, or low blood sugar, is common among dogs that are extremely stressed. Symptoms include weakness, confusion, an abnormal gait, and seizures. Treatment is available.
          • Collapsed Trachea. The trachea, which carries air to the lungs, can collapse easily in dogs, causing a dry, hacking cough often sounding like a goose honk. Surgery can be performed to fix the trachea and medication may also be prescribed.
          • Reverse sneezing can occasionally be confused with a collapsed trachea, but is much less serious. It occurs when the dog becomes over-excited, drinks/eats too quickly, or if there is an increased amount of irritants in the air. Though it can be scary to witness, it will stop as soon as the Yorkie relaxes. Stroking the dog’s throat may help the dog calm down.
          • Other Issues. Yorkshire Terriers can also experience eye infections, anaesthetic intolerance, bronchitis, tooth decay and gum disease.

          Not all conditions are covered by Pet Insurance. For details of Bow Wow Meow Pet Insurance cover, refer to the Product Disclosure Statement.

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          The Yorkshire Terrier, named after the region of England from which it originated, arose out of a combination of ratter and working dogs. It came out of intentional crossbreeding of many terriers including the Clysedale Waterside, Paisley, Sky, Dandie Dinmont and Black and Tan English Terriers. The Clyesdale Waterside played an important part in the creation of the Yorkshire Terrier, especially its appearance, which was small, greyish blue, and had long hair. It was brought to Yorkshire by Scottish weavers around the 1850s.

          Due to its working dog and ratter roots, English nobility were not fans of the Yorkshire Terrier, believing it to be common, but soon enough it became the toy dog of choice among wealthy Britons due to its elegant looks and small size.

          The Yorkshire Terrier was brought to the USA in 1872 and its breed standard was established by 1900. As of 2013, the Yorkie is the 6th most popular purebred dog in the USA.

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          Yorkshire Terrier Facts!

          • Smoky, a Yorkshire Terrier, was a famous dog who served in World War II who is credited with a surge in popularity of the breed. It is possible that he was also the first therapy dog on record. She survived 150 air raids and was awarded 8 battle stars.
          • Audrey Hepburn, Joan Rivers, Eva Gabor, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Miranda Kerr, Simon Cowell, and Gisele Bundchen have all been Yorkie owners.
          • Yorkshire Terriers were known as “broken-haired Scotch Terriers” until 1870.
          • The smallest dog in recorded history, Sylvia, was a Yorkshire Terrier who stood at only 6.3cm tall and weighed only 115 grams.
          • During the first couple of weeks of their lives, Yorkies sleep 90% of the time.
          • In 1991, a 5.5 kg Yorkie named Oliver saved his 79-year-old neighbour from an attack by a 36 kg Akita. The Akita was taken into custody and the Yorkie survived the fight and needed 9 stitches.

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          Yorkshire Terrier Club of NSW:

          Choosing to rescue a dog means giving an animal a second chance in life. This comprehensive guide, developed by professional trainers, aims to help make the transition to life in your home as successful as possible for your dog and your family.

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