Diseases of the dog

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It takes many years for a vet to obtain the knowledge and experience required to understand how a dog “works” and to diagnose and treat the diseases that may affect it. The aim of this chapter is not therefore to provide an exhaustive treatise of veterinary medicine. We have simply tried to provide the reader with the information that will enable them to have a better understanding of a disease that their dog may suffer from, and to be able to understand the therapeutic options proposed by the veterinarian.