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When dogs present with exercise intolerance, an airway or heart problem should be suspected. The veterinarian will listen to the dog's heart, feel his pulses, and evaluate lung sounds over all areas of the chest. Usually x-rays are taken to rule out infection or tumors within the lungs and to evaluate the size of the heart.Story | Conversation | October 14, 2004
Veterinarians and many pet owners recognize the benefits of spaying or castrating their dogs. Neutering animals reduces the risk of certain types of diseases, such as mammary tumors, uterine infections, and prostate swelling, and eliminates the chance of unplanned litters. Additionally, annoying behaviors associated with an overabundance of "teenage sex hormones" are hopefully avoided by removing the hormonal source — the ovaries or testicles.Story | Conversation | April 15, 2004