Archive | Canine

YOUR PET’S PRESCRIBED DIET

If your pet is on a prescribed diet, keeping him or her on that diet is essential for the best possible health and quality of life. Your veterinarian has carefully selected your pet’s prescribed diet based on his or her specific needs, so this food should not be changed. Please order refills of your pet’s […]

XYLITOL TOXICOSIS

Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is safe for people but can cause low blood sugar and liver damage in dogs. Toxic effects of xylitol in dogs can occur within 10 to 15 minutes, but may be delayed up to a few days. If you suspect that your dog has eaten a product containing xylitol, […]

WINTER HAZARDS AND YOUR DOG

Winter can be hazardous for dogs, and it is important to be aware of the dangers to keep your pet healthy. There are indoor and outdoor winter threats to dogs, especially around the holiday season. What You Need to Know As the temperatures outside start to get lower and you prepare for colder weather, it […]

WHY DO I NEED TO VACCINATE MY PET?

Vaccination is an important weapon against infectious diseases. Some diseases, like rabies, are transmissible to humans, so protecting your pets also protects your family members and community. Pets that stay indoors also can be exposed to infectious diseases, so even indoor cats can benefit from vaccinations. Vaccines are safe and generally well tolerated by most […]

WHIPWORMS

Whipworms are small parasites that can live in the large intestines of dogs and, rarely, in cats. Dogs become infected by eating the whipworm eggs in the soil, usually during grooming. Not all dogs show signs of a whipworm infection, but those that do may have diarrhea with blood and mucus, dehydration, and weight loss. […]

WHEN TO CONSIDER EUTHANASIA

Euthanasia is the painless, humane termination of life. The decision regarding when to euthanize is fraught with medical, financial, ethical, religious, moral, and sometimes legal considerations. Seeking counsel from family, friends, and others can help with this difficult decision. Ultimately, you must trust yourself to make the best choice for your pet. What Is Euthanasia? […]

WEST NILE VIRUS AND YOUR PET

West Nile virus is usually transmitted to dogs and cats through the bite of an infected mosquito. Clinical signs of infection in dogs and cats may be very mild or absent. Protecting your pets from mosquitoes will reduce their risk of exposure to West Nile virus. Ask your veterinarian about safe and effective mosquito-repellant products […]

WEIGHT CHECK

A weight check is the measurement of your pet’s weight and the evaluation of your pet’s body condition. A weight check should be performed at every veterinary examination and any time you notice changes in your pet’s weight. Unexpected weight loss may be the first sign of diseases such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism in cats, kidney […]

VON WILLEBRAND’S DISEASE

Von Willebrand’s disease is an inherited bleeding disorder that occurs most commonly in dogs and rarely in cats. It is caused by a deficiency in the quantity or activity of von Willebrand factor, a protein in the blood that helps platelets stick to injured surfaces to form a clot. It is found most commonly in […]

VOMITING

Vomiting is the forceful emptying of the stomach. If vomiting is prolonged, it can lead to dehydration. Vomiting can be associated with several medical conditions ranging from motion sickness to foreign body ingestion to cancer. Treatment is aimed at controlling the vomiting and resolving the primary cause. A safe environment, healthy diet, routine veterinary care, […]