Dogs

Mast Cell Tumors in the Dog: A New Hope

Filed Under: Dogs, Diseases

Has your dog recently been diagnosed with a mast cell tumor?  Has your veterinarian given you a rather gloomy prognosis?  Take heart:  Pfizer Animal Health™ has a new chemotherapy drug coming out specifically for the treatment of mast cell tumors in the dog.  

Canine Parvovirus

Filed Under: Dogs, Diseases

Worried about the “New Parvovirus?”  Don’t be!  If your pet is adequately vaccinated for parvovirus, then they will be covered for the newer strain.  If your dog is not vaccinated for parvovirus, they can become infected with any strain of parvovirus, regardless of age.  So if your dog has not been vaccinated in the past year for parvovirus, see your veterinarian today!  Don’t delay!  It could mean the difference between the life and death for your four-legged friends.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Diseases

Is your pet suddenly lame when you have seen no indication of trauma?  Have you recently removed ticks from your pet or are you late on your tick treatment this month?  Has your dog had any abnormal bleeding or are his joints swollen or painful?  Then you may want to consider the possibility that your dog could be suffering from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF).

Anterior Cruciate Rupture

Filed Under: Dogs, Orthopedic

Is your dog suddenly hopping on one rear leg? Is your dog overweight? Was your pet neutered or spayed before 6 months of age? Then your pet may be suffering from anterior or cranial cruciate rupture. The AVMA estimates that pet owners spend over $1.32 billion yearly for the repair of rupture anterior cruciate ligaments on their pets.

Cherry Eye or Prolapse of the Glands of the Third Eyelid

Filed Under: Dogs, Diseases

Have you suddenly noticed a red mass in the corner of your young dog’s eye? Are you concerned that there is a tumor in the corner of the eye when just a day ago everything looked normal? You could be dealing with a common problem in young dogs and puppies, especially in the cocker spaniel, commonly known as hyperplasia of the nictitans gland, “cherry eye”, or prolapse of the glands of the third eyelid.

Havanese

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

Do you need a loving sturdy companion that will sit in your lap and easily jump up to get there? Then the Havanese may be a breed of dog for you. This agile little dog runs from 10 to 15 pounds and a height range from 8 1/2 to 11 1/2 inches. This toy breed is almost hypoallergenic and will shed very little if at all. Their coat is slightly wavy with a soft and a light outer coat with a slightly heavier undercoat.

Cat treated for hyperthroid STILL has tachycardia

Hi, my cat is being treated for hyperthyroidism and the tests indicate that he is responding well, but the tachycardia still persists (250/min).

My vet wants him to have a echocadiogram and says he will probably need to go on some tablets regardless of the outcome.

The problem I have is that we are on one income and the cat is 18 so I am wondering if it is worth having the echo ($350 in NZ) if he is going to go on tablets anyway.

Any ideas, thoughts and info would be appreciated.

Cheers
Smeggles
Down Under in New Zealand

Even When You Do Things Right, You Are Wrong!

On certain days you can do no wrong, while on other days it seems you can’t do anything right. Today would be one of those days. No matter what happened I just couldn’t seem to get a break - at least where one case was concerned.

Cycas Revoluta: The Sago Palm, or Cycad Poisoning

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Poisoning

Do you have a beautiful, full, dark green exotic palm tree as a houseplant? Do you have exotic palms as part of your landscaping? If you have pets or livestock that can access these plants you may want to rethink the use of them in your garden.

Prognathism

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

Does your dog have a marked protrusion of the jaw or mandible? Then your dog is considered to be prognathic. Common names for this condition include undershot or monkey jaw. This trait is a fault in many breeds where a scissor bite is the breed standard, and alternatively, it is a desirable characteristic in many brachycephalic breeds (short-faced, wide-headed breeds) such as the English Bulldog and the Pekinese.

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