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 [...]

2017-12-20T10:22:50+00:00May 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. [...]

2017-12-20T10:22:50+00:00May 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 [...]

2017-12-20T10:22:51+00:00May 26th, 2015|Canine, Feline|0 Comments

Urine Specific Gravity Test

The urine specific gravity (SG) test tells your veterinarian how concentrated your pet’s urine is (how much water it contains). Collecting a urine sample for SG measurement can be done at your veterinarian’s office or, sometimes, at home. If your pet’s urine SG is abnormal, additional tests may be recommended to determine the cause. What [...]

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Spay Surgery

A spay is a surgical procedure in which the ovaries and uterus are surgically removed. Spaying prevents unwanted pregnancy and discontinues heat cycles. Spaying may also be performed to treat certain medical conditions, such as a uterine infection. When performed early in life, spaying can decrease the chance of your pet getting breast cancer. What [...]

2017-12-20T10:22:51+00:00May 26th, 2015|Canine, Feline|0 Comments

Liver Disease Testing

Liver disease is a very general term used to describe several conditions that can damage liver cells. Diagnosis of liver disease may require a combination of several tests. If liver disease progresses, it can eventually lead to decreased liver function, liver failure, and death. What Is Liver Disease? “Liver disease” is a very general term [...]

2017-12-20T10:22:51+00:00May 26th, 2015|Canine, Feline|0 Comments

Adopting Instead of Buying a Pet

While estimates vary, approximately three to four million dogs and cats are euthanized (“put to sleep”) each year in the United States because too few people spay or neuter the pets they have, too few adopt their new pets, and too many give up their pets. By adopting a pet from an animal shelter or [...]

2017-12-20T10:22:51+00:00May 26th, 2015|Canine, Feline|0 Comments

Pet Toy Safety

To keep your pet safe, it’s important to know about pet toy hazards and how to avoid them. If you are worried about the safety of your pet’s toys, talk to your veterinarian. Contact your veterinarian if you see your pet swallow a piece of a toy or if your pet vomits, has diarrhea, or [...]

2017-12-20T10:22:51+00:00May 26th, 2015|Canine, Feline|0 Comments

Explaining Pet Loss to Children

Our companion animals are often treasured members of the family, and we mourn for them when they die or are euthanized. It is important to recognize your feelings of loss and grief and to express them in your own way. In addition, when your child is attached to a pet that dies or is euthanized, [...]

2017-12-20T10:22:51+00:00May 26th, 2015|Canine, Feline|0 Comments

Digoxin Level Test

Digoxin is a medication used to treat congestive heart failure and certain heart rhythm abnormalities in dogs and cats. A digoxin level test requires a blood sample from your dog or cat, and the test can be performed at the hospital on an outpatient basis. The test results help determine if the dose of digoxin [...]

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