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Head Pressing in Pets

Both dogs and cats butt their heads and rub against us when looking for food or attention or just to show love. But head pressing is a different behavior. If you see your dog or cat pressing the top of the head against furniture, walls, floors or any hard surfaces for no discernable reason, it […]

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Heart Murmur in Dogs

The heart is comprised of 4 chambers. The upper is called the atria (plural) and the lower are the ventricles. Blood flows into the right atrium (singular), then is pumped into the right ventricle. The right ventricle continues the flow, pumping the blood into the lungs where it receives oxygen. From there, it flows into […]

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FDA-New Approved Treatment for Hypothyroidism in Dogs

2016 What is hypothyroidism? Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce and secrete enough thyroid hormones. The thyroid gland is located in the mid-neck region near the voice box (larynx). In dogs, the thyroid gland is made up of two separate lobes that lie on either side of the windpipe (trachea). Thyroid hormones play […]

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Cerebellar Hypoplasia

Cerebellar Hypoplasia is a disorder occurring in cats and dogs in which the cerebellum is not completely mature at birth. Signs of the disorder are usually seen immediately at birth in cats but may become noticeable in dogs at about 2 months old. There is a related condition called cerebellar abiotrophy in which symptoms are […]

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Lymphoplasmacytic Rhinitis in Canines

Lymphoplasmacytic Rhinitis (LPR) is the most common inflammatory disease in dogs. With LPR, the mucosal lining of the nasal passages become inflamed. Diagnosis is difficult as this is an idiopathic (of unknown origin) disease. Its causes can be varied and may include airborne allergens, nasal irritation through viral or bacterial infections, fungal irritants, immune-mediated, tumors […]

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Esophagitis in Dogs and Cats

Esophagitis is the inflammation of the esophagus which is the tube that carries food and liquid to the stomach. Aspiration pneumonia (inhalation pneumonia) is a complication of esophagitis. It can occur when your pet is unable to swallow food or liquid which are inhaled into the lungs causing inflammation and infection. Most often the cause […]

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Brain Tumors in Pets

Brain tumors usually occur in older animals. They are more common in dogs than in cats. These tumors often metastasize from other cancers in the body. The most common brain tumor is called meningioma. It is slow-growing and gets its name from the meninnges, a membrane which covers the brain and spinal cord. Other types […]

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Vetoryl for Cushing’s in Dogs

October 2015 The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) had approved a drug to treat Cushing’s Disease in dogs in 2008. The FDA states that Vetoryl (trilostane) is the only drug approved by them to treat both pituitary-and-adrenal dependent Cushing’s in dogs. Vetoryl stops the production of cortisol in the adrenal glands. Cushing’s Disease occurs when […]

Dog Diseases

Hypothyroidism in Dogs

Hypothyroidism is one of the most common ailments in dogs. It is caused by a deficiency of thyroid hormones. Hypothyroidism is an auto-immune disease in which the body sees the thyroid gland as a foreign threat. The dog’s thyroid gland is divided into 2 lobes, butterfly shaped, which are on either side of the trachea […]

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Water Toxicity in Dogs

It’s hard to believe, but your dog can actually drink too much water. Water intoxication, while rare, can cause hyponatremia, a condition which can be life-threatening due to low sodium levels. Playing in the water for long periods, drinking from hoses and sprinklers too long can be hazardous to your dog. When too much water […]