Osteoarthritis is a chronic degenerative disease that may affect any joint but is commonly found in a pet’s hip, elbow, shoulder, stifle (knee) , carpus (wrist), hock (ankle) or intervertebral joints (in the spine). It occurs when cartilage in the joint is damaged, either following a traumatic event or with wear and tear that increases in athletic animals, obese animals, or when the joint is congenitally abnormal.
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The Aging Brain
As we age so do our brains, unfortunately, this happens in dogs and cats as well. They can have symptoms of aging that can be early signs of senility, dementia, and/or cognitive dysfunction. The signs are usually attributed to normal aging and owners don’t seek veterinary help until some of the . . . → Read More: The Aging Brain – (Pet Aging)
Your pet’s internal organs have been running for years and at some point may be slowing down. The most common organ to fail in cats is their kidneys. . . . → Read More: The Aging Pet and Their Internal Organs
Questions and Answers about Ebola and Pets
The following questions and answers have been summarized from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website. For further questions please refer to the CDC website. The ongoing epidemic of Ebola in West Africa has raised several questions about how the disease affects the animal population and the . . . → Read More: Ebola and Your Pets
Blindness in Older Dogs
As our pets age their sight begins to diminish, most of the time it is due to just getting older and cataracts slowly develop. You might notice that they don’t see things that would normally catch their attention. My dog no longer sees the squirrel taunting her from the bird . . . → Read More: Blindness in Older Dogs
Reproductive Problems in Dogs (Male and Female)
If you choose not to spay or neuter your pet you are putting out the welcome mat for a myriad of problems as your pet ages. For example, females are prone to uterine infections that turn into an emergency surgery which is almost always fatal if not treated . . . → Read More: Reproductive Problems in Dogs (Male and Female)
Parvovirus and Puppies
Spring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner, and so is parvo season. While it occurs all year round it is much worse in the warmer months. Parvo virus mostly affects puppies and young unvaccinated dogs. Since there are so many new strains that have mutated over the . . . → Read More: Parvo Virus and Puppies!
The one good thing about skin problems in older pets is that they don’t have to worry about wrinkles like we do. I guess that is one advantage to being covered in fur! What they do have to worry about is thinning hair, endocrine disease, allergies, tumors, and menagerie of other problems. . . . → Read More: Skin Problems in Older Pets
Have you lifted up your pet’s lip lately and taken a good look at their teeth? Almost every older dog and cat have some degree of dental disease that can cause foul breath, tooth discoloration, red and bleeding gums, loose teeth, pain, and loss of appetite. It starts with gingivitis, and inflammation of . . . → Read More: Dental Disease
Last month we visited all the troubles that can plague our older animals. This month we will talk about obesity. Obesity is one of the most common problems I see with all pets. In fact, the latest statistics say that about 40% of pets in America are obese. It can cause worsening and . . . → Read More: Obesity in Pets