Pica and Coprophagy

Pica is the eating of nonfood substances such as rocks and clothing. Coprophagy is the consumption of feces, and it is more common in dogs than in cats. When eaten, some objects may block the digestive tract and require surgical removal or retrieval with an endoscope. The cause of these behaviors in unknown, but, rarely, [...]

2017-11-08T09:55:19+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Canine|0 Comments

Injectable Medication

Some medications can only be administered by injection and must be given by a trained veterinary professional. Your veterinary care team will be glad to address any questions or concerns you may have about the injectable medication your pet is receiving. If your pet has any problems after receiving an injection, notify your veterinarian right [...]

2017-11-08T10:41:11+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Canine|0 Comments

Follow-up Examination

A follow-up examination is a physical examination that is usually performed a few weeks after the initial examination. The examination is scheduled to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment, assess healing after a surgical procedure, or monitor the progression of a disease. In addition to the examination, diagnostic tests, such as blood tests or radiography (obtaining [...]

2017-11-08T06:24:45+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Canine|0 Comments

Medication Monitoring

Medication monitoring can help ensure that your pet is not experiencing unwanted side effects from a medication. It can also tell your veterinarian whether the medication may need to be adjusted. All medications have potential side effects. If you are giving your pet more than one medication, the medications may interfere with each other, causing [...]

2017-11-08T06:24:45+00:00 May 26th, 2015|Canine|0 Comments

Ear Infections and Your Pet

Any pet can develop an ear infection, regardless of ear shape, exposure to water (swimming), or the amount of hair inside the ear canal. Underlying allergies or other illnesses can cause ear infections to develop. Diagnosis is based on physical examination findings, but diagnostic testing may be recommended to investigate underlying factors contributing to the [...]

2017-11-08T06:24:45+00:00 May 26th, 2015|Canine|0 Comments

Cardiac Exam

A cardiac exam evaluates the function of the cardiovascular system. The exam is performed by your veterinarian to determine the health of your pet’s heart. The exam is especially important for older animals, pets with a history of heart problems, or breeds that are at increased risk for developing heart problems. Early diagnosis and treatment [...]

2017-11-08T06:24:45+00:00 May 26th, 2015|Canine|0 Comments

Lymphoma (Lymphosarcoma)

Lymphoma, or lymphosarcoma, is a cancer of the lymphocytes, which are a type of white blood cell associated with the immune system. The exact cause of lymphoma is unknown. Cats that are positive for feline leukemia virus (FeLV) are more likely to develop lymphoma than cats that test negative for the virus. Boxers, golden retrievers, [...]

2017-11-08T09:49:49+00:00 May 26th, 2015|Canine, Feline|0 Comments

Helping Your Itchy Pet

In some cases, multiple problems contribute to itching in pets. Scratching can quickly lead to skin damage, bleeding, hair loss, scabs, and secondary skin infections with bacteria or fungal organisms. Treatment for an itchy pet can require a long-term commitment. You should maintain communication with your veterinarian, especially if a treatment doesn’t seem to be [...]

2017-11-08T09:49:36+00:00 May 26th, 2015|Canine, Feline|0 Comments

Dexamethasone Suppression Test

A dexamethasone suppression test is used to help diagnose Cushing disease (a condition involving the adrenal glands) in dogs. Cushing disease affects the way the body produces the hormone cortisol, which has many functions in the body. Dexamethasone suppression testing can usually be performed at your veterinarian’s office and takes a few hours to complete. [...]

2017-11-08T09:40:58+00:00 May 26th, 2015|Canine, Feline|0 Comments

Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia

Immune-mediated thrombocytopenia (IMT) is a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys blood platelets. IMT can be a primary condition, or it can be caused by another illness (including cancer, certain tick-transmitted diseases, and some viral and bacterial infections). IMT generally responds to treatment, but it can be fatal. For pets that [...]

2017-11-08T09:38:23+00:00 May 26th, 2015|Canine, Feline|0 Comments