The Aging Pet and Their Internal Organs

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

Ebola and Your Pets

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

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)

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)

Parvo Virus and Puppies!

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!

Skin Problems in Older Pets

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

Dental Disease

Dental Disease

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

Obesity in Pets

OBESITY

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

Heart Disease in Dogs

Heart Disease

The heart is a two sided pump that sends blood around the body in a one-way direction through arteries that go away from the heart and veins that return to the heart.  The heart has a right side that pumps blood to the lungs to receive oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide (made when . . . → Read More: Heart Disease in Dogs

Care and Needs of the Older Pet – a continuing series

Care and Needs of the Older Pet

Beginning the new year my dog Cheyenne will be 13 years old. It’s hard to believe that the puppy that used to endlessly hunt for ground squirrels while camping is now reaching the end of her years. I thought this would be a good opportunity to discuss a . . . → Read More: Care and Needs of the Older Pet – a continuing series