Chiqa, a 3.5 year old short-haired Chihuahua, arrived at All Pets on emergency basis in early September after a rapid onset of startling neurological symptoms. Suddenly, she was walking in continuous counter-clockwise circles, tilting her head to the left, and suffering from partial paralysis of both legs on her left side. Several laboratory tests were Continue reading Chiqa Vs. Granulomatous Meningoencephalomyelitis
In our article Canine Influenza Virus we discussed the symptoms and types, diagnosis and treatment, and living and management of the virus. This article will discuss the recent outbreaks and what you can do to help prevent the virus from affecting your pet.
In both male and female dogs squatting and leg lifting are acceptable behaviors. Some males may squat to relieve themselves, while some females may choose to lift a leg. But many may be wondering—why?
We’ve all seen or felt it before: the sneezing, the itching, the watery eyes, the irritated nasal passages and so on. But your dog is now exhibiting signs of the typical behavior for fall allergies in humans. Could your dog have allergies too? Is this even possible? What are the signs and symptoms you should be concerned about, and when is the appropriate time to call the vet?
Have you ever wondered what the normal values for the blood chemistry elements for dogs and cats are? Well, “normal” is actually quite relative. Every veterinary diagnostic lab and “in clinic” laboratory equipment will have its own set of calibrated values that are considered “normal”. So as to be expected, the “normal values” will vary.
Leptospirosis is a disease that can be transmitted to humans and a small amount of other animals. It is an infection of bacterial spirochetes, which dogs acquire when subspecies of the Leptospira interrogans penetrate the skin and spread through the body by way of the bloodstream. If untreated, the disease can be fatal. In this article, I am going to discuss the the treatment and management options for Leptospirosis in dogs.
Do you avoid getting up close and personal with your pet’s breath? That bad breath is certainly unpleasant enough, but your pet could have a worse problem. Tartar buildup on teeth and inflamed gums can actually undermine your pet’s good health. This is why proper dental care is very important when it comes to your pet.
Heartworm disease is a serious and likely fatal disease among pets in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by worms that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets. These foot-long worms can cause severe lung disease, heart disease and damage to other organs. This disease is most commonly known in dogs and cats. It can also live in many mammal species including wolves, coyotes, foxes, sea lions and, although rarely, in humans. With wild animals like coyotes and foxes now living closer in proximity to many cities, they are thought to be important carriers of heartworm disease.
Summer is a terrific time to be a dog owner. It lets you run, swim, and play with your dog in nicer weather than any other time of the year. However, summer also brings unique risks to your dog’s health that you should keep in mind throughout the season.