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Email Support Groups

There are a number of email lists for specific medical conditions that I have heard of. Although several of these lists come highly recommended, others I know nothing about, but they may be a good place to start learning more about any condition your dog has been diagnosed with. Remember, though, that not everything you hear will be reliable.Some of these lists are inactive, but may still have useful information in their Files and Archives.

General forums where vets will answer questions

Addison's Disease

AIHA (autoimmune hemolytic anemia)


Amputation: see Cancer and Orthopedic Problems

Bladder Stones -- see Kidney Disease (calcium oxalate) and Cystinuria below, and my articles on Struvites, Calcium Oxalates, and Other Stones


Blindness and Eye Problems


Collapsing Trachea

Cruciate Ligament (Knee) Injuries -- see Orthopedic Problems

Cushing's Disease, Hypothyroidism, and other Auto Immune Diseases



Degenerative Myelopathy

Diabetes Insipidus (for what is typically called Diabetes, see Diabetes Mellitus below)

Diabetes Mellitus

Disc Disease (also see Degenerative Myelopathy, Orthopedic Problems, Paralysis and Wobbler's Syndrome)


Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI)

Heart Disease

Hip Dysplasia -- see Orthopedic Problems

IBD and other Digestive problems

Kidney Disease

Laryngeal Paralysis

Liver Disease



Nail Problems -- see Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy below and Noses and Toes article

Neurological Disorders (also see Degenerative Myelopathy, Laryngeal Paralysis and Wobbler's Syndrome)

Orthopedic Problems (also see Degenerative Myelopathy, Disc Disease and Wobbler's Syndrome)

Pancreatitis (also see Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency)

Paralysis (also see Disc Disease, Neurological Disorders and Wobbler's Syndrome)

Perianal Fistulas

Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy

Tick Disease

Wobbler's Syndrome


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