A Glossary for Dog Owners - A

A Glossary for Dog Owners - A


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Acute disease
An illness that occurs quickly.

Agility
Canine competition on an obstacle course. Dogs and their handlers run a course of weave poles, tunnels, frames, jumps, boardwalks, etc. as they are judged for speed and correct performance through the course.

American Kennel Club (AKC)
A organization that registers and maintains records of the ancestry of purebred dogs in the U.S. It sets official breed standards, and sanctions competition, trials and other events that promote interest purebred dogs. The AKC divides dog breeds into 7 groups - Sporting, Non-Sporting, Hounds, Working, Herding, Terriers, and Toys.

Alter
A term sometimes used to mean spay or neuter. Surgical removal of the reproductive organs is spay in females and neuter in males.

Anal glands
Glands located near the anus that secretes a substance that is used by a dog to mark its territory.

Apricot colored coat
A pinkish-orange coat, as that of an "apricot " Poodle.

Apple head
A very round apple shaped head - The shape a Chihuahua's head should be.

Asthma
An inflammatory disease of the respiratory system that causes labored, difficult breathing.

Arthritis
A disease characterized by inflammation of joints. In dogs it is usually caused by a congenital defect affecting a joint or degenerative disease. It's common in cases of hip dysplasia. Less often it is an autoimmune disorder. Safe and effective medications are available for dogs suffering from the debilitating effects of arthritis.

Autoimmune
A disease or condition in which in the immune system attacks the body's own tissues. The immune system wrongly identifies vital cells or tissue as a foreign. In rheumatoid arthritis, for example, it destroys cells in the joints.

American Kennel Club (AKC)
An organization that maintains a registry of the ancestry of purebred dogs in the U.S.A. It also sets breed standards, sanctions shows, trials, and events that promote interest purebred dogs.




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