Health Topics

Weight Management program Overweight pets are on the rise! According to Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. ( www.petinsurance.com), 40% of American household pets are overweight. Pets that are 10 to 15% above the ideal weight are considered obese. Read More
Malfunction of the thyroid gland is a very common problem in both cats and dogs. In dogs, hypothyroidism is mostly seen. The thyroid glands ( 2) are not producing enough essential thyroxine. Clinical signs are mainly; lethargy, alopecia (lost of Read More
Seizures can be a frightening experience for both the owner and the animal. With some understanding of what is occurring and the treatments available, you can begin to feel more at ease with your animals condition. A seizure is defined as Read More
Why am I so Itchy??? Is your dog or cat asking themselves this question? As we enter spring and summer, I’m sure a lot of you would say “yes, absolutely!” Allergies are frustrating because we can only control the signs, not cure the condition. Read More
Clinical signs of osteoarthritis (OA) can vary from subtle behavior changes ( increasingly lazy, lethargic) to dramatic disabilities that cause major lifestyle changes. At the beginning, no abnormalities are noted except a mild discomfort at the Read More
Kidney failure is a very common problem in older pets, especially senior cats. Kidneys are essential for overall health, and have a crucial role in waste management and detoxification. It takes a loss of 75% of both kidney function to see Read More
Hey Doctor….I Have a Question! In this column, I will attempt to answer some of the most commonly asked questions we get in the exam room. This issue’s topic: Introducing a new pet Q: Before I bring our new puppy home to our other dog, how can I Read More
Heartworm disease (dirofilariasis) is a serious and potentially fatal disease in dogs and cats. A heartworm prevention program is very important and consists of chewable tablets given monthly (Heartgard, Interceptor), and a new topical mosquito Read More
Our hospital owns a Tonopen, the device used to measure intraocular pressure (IOP). Routine monitoring of IOP during your older pet’s annual or biannual exam is an important step in catching glaucoma early. The Tonopen measurement is fast and Read More