Dogs

Osteoarthritis or Degenerative Arthritis in Dogs, Cats, Horses, Birds, and Other Pets

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Pocket Pets, Horses, Diseases, Birds

Is your pet having more difficulty getting up in the morning? Does he or she walk around still legged for the first 10 to 15 minutes in the morning to get warmed up? Is your pet limping especially on those cold, wet, rainy mornings? Does your pet limp around following that Frisbee session? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then your pet is probably suffering from osteoarthritis.

Microchip Implants and Fibrosarcoma Formation

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, General Care

Microchipping of pets has become an important tool reuniting pet owners with their lost and missing pets. A microchip is an electronic device approximately the size of a grain of rice that is implanted under the skin, usually in the shoulder area. The microchip itself is implanted through the use of a large bore syringe. The procedure is well tolerated by pets, allowing for permanent identification of the individual. When a pet becomes lost, a microchip reader at an animal control facility or veterinary clinic may be employed to obtain the pet ID number contained therein.

Fibrosarcomas: Cancerous Tumors in Cats and Dogs

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Diseases

Fibrosarcomas are malignant tumors of fibroblasts. Fibroblasts are cells within the dermis of the skin that produce the collagen in connective tissue. These tumors are locally invasive, often recur locally, and have a tendency to spread to other parts of the body (metastasize). Metastasis often occurs weeks to months following surgical removal. Fibrosarcomas are hard to control through surgery even when ancillary therapy like chemo or radiation is employed.

The #1 Reason Pets are Brought to Shelters (and How to Prevent It!)

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Behavioral & Training

A nationwide study of animal control facilities performed in 2000 reported that 40% of dogs and 28% of cats were surrendered due to one or more behavior problems. Today, that number is thought to be much higher. The most common behavioral problem cited was inappropriate elimination. Owners are often reluctant to admit when there is a behavioral problem that results in the relinquishment of the pet because they believe acknowledging the problem will decrease the chance of the pet being adopted and increase the possibility of euthanasia.

Adverse Vaccine Reactions

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Pocket Pets, General Care

Vaccines are designed to induce immunity and prevent disease development in the vaccinated party. They have made some diseases rare and others almost nonexistent. Through the use of vaccines we have saved an untold number of lives, both human and animal. Unfortunately, no vaccine is totally effective or completely free of adverse reactions.

Macadamia Nut Toxicosis in the Dog

Filed Under: Dogs, Diet & Nutrition, Poisoning

Want to share those macadamia nuts with your dog? Don’t, unless you want your dog staggering around the house appearing as if he is in a drunken stupor. A toxic dose of roasted macadamia nuts may be as little as one nut per kilogram of body weight in the dog.

Clinical signs begin two to twelve hours after ingestion. In addition to staggering, the dog may appear weak and depressed. Muscle tremors, vomiting, and an elevated temperature may also occur. Dogs are often painful in the joints, muscles and abdomen.

The 2008 Presidential Candidates--And Their Pets

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Pocket Pets, Reptiles, Cows, Birds, Fish

What does a person’s pets say about them? If you can figure anything out about someone by the pets they keep, you may want to take a look at the pets of all the presidential candidates. It may help you decide on your way to the ballot box!

Grape and Raisin Toxicosis in the Dog

Filed Under: Dogs, Diet & Nutrition, Poisoning

Think grapes may be nutritionally good for your dog? Guess again! Raisins and grapes may be part of a nutritionally complete diet for people but can result in acute renal failure in susceptible dogs. The consumption of 11 to 30 grams of grapes per kilogram of body weight will result in clinical signs of toxicosis, and around 32 grams per kilogram will result in renal (kidney) damage. The number of raisins required to induce poisoning will be even less, requiring a dose of only 0.16 to 0.7 oz of raisins per kilogram of body weight resulting in poisoning.

Antifreeze Poisoning or Ethylene Glycol Toxicosis in Dogs and Cats

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Poisoning

Thinking about getting your car winterized this fall? Antifreeze is 95% ethylene glycol, (an important chemical used to prevent your car’s radiator from freezing or your windshield from icing) which is toxic to most animals although dogs, and to a lesser extent cats, appear to be primarily affected. Improper storage and handling of this chemical often leads to poisoning of pets since it has a sweet taste that may be attractive to animals. Most poisonings are accidental, but unfortunately, malicious poisonings may also occur.

Holiday Hazards for Your Pets

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Pocket Pets, Reptiles, General Care, Poisoning, Birds

The holidays are a joyous time for friends and socializing. We decorate our households, fix elaborate meals, bring trees and special plants into our households, and yet we pay little attention to what effect these new habits will have on those furred and feathered around us.

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