The Dog Page
Animal Pet and the FoxNest Veterinary Hospital...Compassionate Pet Care Since 1984

Basic Canine Medical Information

Normal Values:

Temperature: (rectal)  100-102 F  (38-40 C)
Respiration Rate:  22 breaths per minute at rest
Heart Rate:  100-130 beats per minute at rest

Gestation Period (length of pregnancy): 60-67 days

Life Span:  varies among breeds from 8-19 years.  In general, the smaller breeds live longer

A Little Joke:
TEACHER: Desmond, your composition on "My Dog" is exactly the same as your brother's. Did you copy his?

DESMOND: No, ma'am, it's the same dog!

On This Page:
Not much yet.  I hope to write a general history of dogs and write about health problems specific to dogs.

But for now, just some misc information and a place for all the great pictures people send to me.

"A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down." - Robert Benchley

On Other Pages:

The Cat Page


Canine Brucellosis

Vaccine Recommendations

Parvo Disease

Heartworm Disease

Rabies in dogs and cats

Canine distemper

Canine parvovirus

Infectious canine hepatitis

Kennel Cough



Canine herpesvirus (CHV)

Toxic Shock Syndrome in Canines caused by Streptococcus

Brucellosis in Dogs

Our Pet Insurance Page
Be Prepared for unexpected injuries and disease

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die  I want to go where they went."  - Will Rogers

"We give dogs time we can spare, space we can  spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs  give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made"  - M. Facklam > >

"Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies,  quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate."  - Sigmund Freud 

"The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue."  

"Dogs need to sniff the ground; it's how they  keep abreast of current events. The ground is a  giant dog newspaper, containing all kinds of  late-breaking dog news items, which, if they are especially urgent, are often continued in the  next yard."  - Dave Barry 

"Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog."  - Franklin P. Jones

"If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise."  - Unknown

"I wonder what goes through his mind when he sees us peeing in his water bowl."  - Penny Ward Moser

"No animal should ever jump up on the dining-room  furniture unless absolutely certain that he can  hold his own in the conversation."  - Fran Lebowitz 

Website Directory

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"What To Expect When You Go To The Vet"
if your pet should have a problem with ...

Abscesses, wounds, and injuries

Arthritis, Lameness, Fractures, and Ligament Injuries
To include Femoral Head Removal, Hip Dysplasia, Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries, Panosteitis, Radiographic Demonstrations, Disc Disease, and Bone Surgery

Bladder, Urinary Tract, & Kidney Problems

Blood Diseases, Anemias etc
Strokes, Vascular Diseases, Anemias, DVT, DIC, Blood Parasites, Rat Poison, & Bleeding disorders

Cancer, Masses, Lumps and Bumps

Cardiology  Heart disease in Cats, Cardiac Hypertrophy, Valvular disease, Cardiac Insufficiency, Congestive Heart Failure, Heartworm Disease, and a little history about the milestones in treating heart disease

Cats: general information page and directory of diseases and problems specific to cats including vaccine recommendations, leukemia, feline viral infections, feline upper respiratory disease and cats that just aren't feeling well.

Dentistry and problems of the mouth and throat

Dermatology: Skin problems including allergies, rashes, bacterial infections, and itching. Hair Loss, Yeast Infections, Hormonal Problems


Ear Infections and Other Ear Problems

Eye Problems  and Ophthalmic Diseases

Exotics:  Pocket Pets, Rabbits, Hamsters etc

Fleas, Ticks, and other parasite problems

Heart disease; Cardiac diseases, vascular diseases, stroke, & heartworms

Hormone Diseases: Diabetes, Thyroid Disease, Cushing's Disease or Hypercortisolism, Addison's disease or Hypocortisolism, Pancreatitis, obesity as a disease

Infectious Diseases  Colds, Distemper, Parvo, Leptospirosis, Bruceellosis, Panleukopenia, Feline AIDS, Leukemia, Hepatitis, Kennel Cough, Ringworm, Rabies, FIP, Canine Herpes, Toxic Shock Syndrome, & More

Intestinal problems: diarrhea, constipation, torsion, indigestion, and gas. Also pancreatitis, vomiting, esophagitis, colitis, parvo and other types of dysentery

Kidney Disease

Liver Diseases     

Metabolic Diseases: Diabetes, Thyroid Disease, Cushing's Disease or Hypercortisolism, Addison's disease or Hypocortisolism, Pancreatitis, obesity as a disease

Neural Problems and Diseases: Epilepsy, Rabies, Distemper, FIP, Paralysis, Tetanus, Seizures, Disc Disease, Toxoplasmosis & others

Obesity; new information and about Pfizer's new FDA approved treatment


Parasite Problems; Fleas, Ticks, Heartworms, Intestinal Worms, Mosquitos, Lice, Mites, and other welfare recipients

Poisons  Snakes, Insects, household chemicals, plants, and foods that might poison your pet

Respiratory Diseases

Senior Pet Page: Geriatric Medicine

Skeletal-Muscular Problems Arthritis, Fractures, ACL, Ligament Injuries, Disc Disease, Pannus, and many other problems of the bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments

Skin Problems: allergies, rashes, bacterial infections, and itching. Hair Loss, Yeast Infections, Hormonal Problems

Surgery: Spays, Castrations, Testicle Recipes, Soft Tissue Surgery, Hard Tissue Surgery (Bones), C- Sections, Declawing, Tumor Removal and Cancer Surgery

Wounds, punctures, injuries, and abscesses

Urinary Tract Diseases and Problems

Other Topics on This Site

The Human-Animal Bond

History of Veterinary Medicine; lots of interesting stuff    

Zoonotics: Diseases, worms, and parasites people get from pets.

Lab Tests and what they tell us

Medications/Pharmacy Page

Nutrition & Diets
Includes information about Prescription diets used to treat disease, and a discussion about the pet food industry

Reproduction, breeding, & rearing information
Includes information about feline and canine heat or estrus, breeding, C-Sections, pyometra or Infected Uterus, dystocia, no milk, mastitis, & brucellosis
Also newborn care, undescended testicles, and alternative to spaying and castration

Vaccine and other preventive health recommendations

WildLife Page:  Taking care of baby bunnies, squirrels, and birds.  A very funny story about beavers, and other misc information

Our Dog Page:  a directory of problems of concern in dogs including parvovirus, distemper, canine herpes, and other diseases

Veterinary Pet Insurance

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