August 10, 2020

The knee joint of a dog is one of the weakest in the body. Just as football players and skiers frequently suffer knee injuries, dogs also have knee injuries.

July 17, 2020

An erosion through a few layers of the epithelium is called a corneal erosion or a corneal abrasion.

July 9, 2020

What is a collapsed trachea?

The trachea, also known as the windpipe, is an important structure, which connects the throat to the lungs.  It serves the purpose of directing air into the respiratory tract. 

The normal trachea is tubular.  It maintains its shape because of a series of rings made of cartilage.  These rings do not completely encircle the trachea.  Instead, they go from the 2 o'clock to 10 o'clock positions.  The remainder of the trachea is composed of a flexible membrane that joins the ends of the cartilage rings.

When the cartilage rings are flattened from the top to the bottom, the trachea is said to be collaps...

July 3, 2020

Periodontal (gum) disease is very common in cats and dogs over 3 years of age. Teeth cleaning is available to keep your pet's teeth healthy.

June 25, 2020

ANAL SAC DISEASE IN DOGS

What are anal sacs?

The anal sacs are located on either side of the anus at the 8 o’clock and 4 o’clock positions; they are positioned just under the skin.  They connect to the anus by means of small canals or ducts.  Anal sacs produce and store a dark, foul-smelling fluid.  These are the same type of organs that a skunk has to scare away its enemies.  Although dogs can use these for the same purpose, most dogs live in an environment that has no enemies.  Because the sacs are rarely emptied, the fluid builds up, solidifies, and becomes an ideal environment in which bacteria can grow.

What disorders ca...

June 5, 2020

Hookworms are a common intestinal parasite of dogs and cats.

May 28, 2020

Did you know dogs get bladder stones? Bladder stones are rock-like collections of minerals that form in the urinary bladder. The two most common signs of bladder stones are blood in the urine and straining to urinate.

May 21, 2020

What are allergies, and how do they affect dogs?One of the most common conditions affecting dogs is allergy.

March 24, 2017

When to take a dog with an ear infection to the vet – head shaking

If your dog suddenly starts whining and scratching at her ears, sometimes hard enough to make them red and raw, she may have a common canine health problem—an ear infection. An ear infection is a common condition in dogs, especially those with floppy ears, such as Basset Hounds and Cocker Spaniels. It's estimated that about 20 percent of dogs have some form of ear disease. Believe it or not, yeast and bacteria, not EAR MITES, are the most common causes of ear infections in dogs.

What are signs of ear infections?
Ear canals are very sensitive, so the symptoms of infection are oft...

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