According to the Food and Drug Administration, canine heartworms are not considered to be a contagious infection because they are not transmitted through direct dog-to-dog contact. As the American Heartworm Society expla... More »

Botflies, also known as Cuterebra, come into contact with dogs when dogs brush against grass where the flies have active nests, according to Pet MD. The maggots crawl on small blades of grass. When the dog passes by, the... More »

Dermatitis is common rash condition in dogs that occurs from contact with an allergen or contaminant, according to petMD. Common symptoms of dermatitis include bumps on the neck, chest and abdomen, as well as severe itch... More » Pets & Animals Pets Dogs

Dogs with heartworms generally have a shortened life expectancy, according to The Daily Puppy. However, the exact life expectancy can vary from dog to dog due to a number of factors such as the amount of heartworms, the ... More »

According to WebMD, the only way for a dog to get heartworms is through the bite of an infected mosquito. Until the larvae mature, there is no way to determine whether or not a mosquito is infected, which leads WebMD to ... More » Pets & Animals Pets Veterinary Health

Dogs typically live within households and are owned by people as pets or as working dogs, which makes them domestic for the most part. The word "dog" refers to a species of animals within the canine family. More »

Poodles are one of the most common nonshedding dog breeds. Hairless breeds such as the Chinese crested and xoloitzcuintli are also popular because they do not shed and have an unusual appearance. More » Pets & Animals Pets Dogs