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  • Progressive retinal atrophy, shortened to PRA, is a group of degenerative diseases that affect photoreceptor cells. With this disease, the cells deteriorate over time, eventually leading to blindness in the affected dog.

  • The prostate (commonly miscalled the "prostrate") is a small gland located near the neck of the urinary bladder of male dogs. The urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body) passes through the prostate shortly after leaving the bladder.

  • The word “enteropathy” means any disease of the intestinal system. Protein-losing enteropathy (PLE) is not a specific disease, but rather describes a group of diseases that cause the loss of proteins from the bloodstream into the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

  • Pruritus is the medical term for itching. It is common in many types of skin disorders. Itching and scratching are commonly associated with flea allergy dermatitis and other allergic skin diseases.

  • Pulmonary hypertension means that the peak blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs is much higher than normal.

  • “Pulmonary” means lung, and the word “thromboembolism” describes a blood clot that has moved through the blood vessels, lodged in one of the pulmonary arteries, and blocked blood flow into the portion of the lung served by that artery.

  • Pyelonephritis is an upper-urinary tract infection. The upper urinary tract consists of the kidneys and the ureters (the tubes that carry from the kidneys to the bladder).

  • Pyoderma is defined as a bacterial skin infection. It comes from the Greek words pyo meaning "pus" and derma meaning "skin". Pyoderma may also be referred to as impetigo, especially in young puppies.

  • Pyoderma is the medical term for a bacterial skin infection. Pyoderma is commonly associated with acute moist dermatitis or "hot spots."

  • Pyometra is defined as an infection in the uterus. Pyometra is considered a serious and life threatening condition that must be treated quickly and aggressively.