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Pet Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a disease where the patient is unable to control its own blood sugars (glucose) and is similar when compared between dogs, cats and humans. Insulin is crucial to move glucose from the blood into the tissues of the body where it is used for energy. The problem with diabetes is that the […]


Pet Cancer Awareness

We have all heard the word cancer and the innate negative connotations that are associated with it, and rightfully so. The word for many hits far too close to home. You may have a two legged or four legged family member or friend that has battled the disease. It may even be you who has […]


Kidney Disease

Kidney disease (often called renal failure) is one of the most common ailments that we see in pets. It is common in both dogs and cats. As a responsible pet owner, it’s important that you know what symptoms to look for that can indicate a problem. Also, I will go over some possible ways to […]


Giardia

Giardia is a family of protozoan parasites that infest the digestive tract of a variety of species, from mice to amphibians – even you and your pets! Each Giardia species tends to be specific to the animal it infects, with Giardia duodenalis (syn. G. intestinalis, G. lamblia) being attributed to humans and our domesticated animals. […]


Canine Parvovirus

Canine parvovirus is a virus that usually affects unvaccinated dogs of approximately six to twenty weeks of age and is characterized by causing gastrointestinal signs like diarrhea and vomiting. All dogs are at risk, but Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Chihuahuas are at increased risk. Canine parvovirus can be found in the environment and […]


What is Canine Influenza?

Canine flu is caused by the Canine Influenza virus and has recently become more of a concern in our community. The virus causes an upper respiratory infection that only affects dogs and can mimic clinical signs of kennel cough. Dogs that are more at risk of catching the disease are those that go to dog […]


Canine Distemper Virus

Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) is similar to the human measles virus and can affect the skin, immune system and neurologic system in dogs. It is not as common as it once was and outbreaks have diminished significantly because of the effective practice of vaccinating animals against this disease. Vaccinating your dog to protect it against […]


(GDV or “Bloat”) Gastric Dilation with Volvulus

If you have ever watched the film “Marley and Me,” then you know the dangers of Bloat (GDV). Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV), commonly called bloat, is an emergency medical condition that is seen most commonly in large and giant breed dogs. This is a life-threatening situation that occurs when the stomach fills with gas and/or food, […]


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