Dogs with heartworms generally have a shortened life expectancy, according to The Daily Puppy. However, the exact life expectancy can vary from dog to dog due to a number of factors such as the amount of heartworms, the age of the dog and the dog's overall health.
Newly infested dogs typically do not exhibit signs of heartworm disease for several months, according to Pet MD. As the disease progresses, heartworms cause damage to the heart and lungs. The damage caused by heartworms can cause a number of issues such as enlarged liver, fluid accumulation in the abdomen, breathing difficulties and elevated blood pressure, according to The American Heartworm Society. Abrupt death often occurs in dogs with advanced stages of heartworm disease.Learn More
Dogs get the hiccups for a variety of reasons, just like humans, according to The Daily Puppy. Typically, puppies get hiccups far more frequently than adult dogs. Hiccups in dogs are caused by a spasming diaphragm. In most cases, hiccups are normal and not a symptom of a larger problem.Full Answer >
Owners should wait at least 2 to 5 days after the birth of the last puppy before giving the mother dog a bath, according to The Daily Puppy. Puppies bond with the mother's scent and bathing her too soon could wash it away and confuse the puppies.Full Answer >
Dogs with primary lung cancer can generally live up to one year after surgical removal of the mass in their lungs, provided the disease has not spread to the lymph nodes or other tissue, reports Canine Cancer. However, the dog's life expectancy is affected by the type of cancer, whether the dog was showing symptoms, and how advanced the cancer was at the time of surgery.Full Answer >
Dogs with fleas tend to exhibit symptoms such as excessive scratching, restlessness, head shaking, or frequently licking and chewing certain areas of the body. Fleas can also be seen jumping on dogs in particularly severe infestations.Full Answer >