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Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides and its founding program, Canine Vision Canada, was established in 1983. It’s the largest school of its kind in Canada with its training school in Oakville and breeding facility in Breslau.


Common Dog Diseases Pet Parents Should Know About

There are several common dog diseases all pet parents should be familiar with.


Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease, is a very common cause of pain in dogs.

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Heart Disease

Certain heart diseases in dogs can lead to congestive heart failure (CHF).

  • Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)
  • Atrioventricular valvular insufficiency (AVVI) / mitral valve disease (MVD) / endocardiosis

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  • Lipoma
  • Melanoma
  • Lymphoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Oral Melanoma
  • Mast Cell Tumours
  • Hemangiosarcoma
  • Thyroid Carcinoma
  • Mammary Gland Carcinoma
  • Pulmonary adenocarcinoma (lung cancer)

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Metabolic Diseases

Insulin is one of the hormones produced and discharged from glands of the endocrine system. A lack of insulin or an inadequate response to insulin causes diabetes.

Diabetes can lead to high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). Untreated, it can cause more health problems.


Heartworms are harmful internal parasites spread through the bite of a mosquito. 

Viruses and Bacteria

  • Kennel Cough: An upper respiratory infection that can be caused by bacteria and viruses. Other names include canine infectious respiratory disease complex (CIRDC) and canine infectious tracheobronchitis.
  • Parvovirus: A highly contagious, debilitating virus that spreads mainly through infected faeces.
  • Rabies: The consequences of rabies are severe and irreversible. Rabies is 100% preventable with the right vaccination and awareness program.

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Eye Conditions

  • Cataracts
  • Entropion
  • Glaucoma
  • Cherry Eye
  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry eye)

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Common Eye Conditions in Canines: Part 1 Read Article
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Skin Conditions

  • Mange
  • Allergies
  • Yeast infection
  • Flea allergy dermatitis
  • Bacterial skin infections
  • Autoimmune skin disease
  • Ringworm: contagious fungal infection

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Talk to your veterinarian about common dog diseases and how they can be prevented or managed.

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