Health

Your Dog's Destructive Chewing Habit

Dogs, especially puppies, explore their environment by sniffing, tasting, and often chewing on objects throughout the home. Dogs that chew may also be scavenging for food (as in garbage raiding), playing (chewing apart a book or pillow), teething (puppies 3-6 months old), or satisfying a natural canine urge to chew and gnaw (which may serve to help keep teeth and gums healthy).  Some dogs chew because they receive attention (even

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Orphaned Baby Birds

What should you do if you find a baby bird that appears to have fallen out of the nest? If the bird appears to be uninjured, the best thing to do is to return it to its parents, so look around for the nest in all the surrounding trees.  Birds often try to build their nests where they will be hidden from view, so look carefully! If you can find

Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas in dogs and cats, which is found in the right side of the abdomen. The pancreas has two vital functions: to produce hormones such as insulin and to produce enzymes that help in digestion of food. Dogs of any age, sex, or breed, and occasionally cats, can get pancreatitis. The exact cause is not known, although it is often associated with corticosteroids or

Serum Biochemistry Profile on your Pet: What does it tell us?

The serum biochemistry profile refers to the chemical analysis of the liquid portion of the blood (versus the blood cells).  This part of the blood is called the serum.  It provides information about organ function in the body.  Your veterinarian may want to perform a single test, a group of tests to evaluate a single organ or organ system, or a comprehensive profile.  A serum biochemistry profile is one of

Melanomas in Dogs and Cats

Malignant melanomas, tumors, in dogs and cats are common in the mouth and on the skin and digits of the feet.  Tumors may be found on haired or hairless skin, and they may appear pigmented or non-pigmented.  The tumors may grow rapidly, ulcerate, or bleed.  Clinical signs of malignant melanomas in the mouths of dogs and cats include lack of appetite, bad breath, or difficulty eating.  Malignant melanomas can spread, or metastasize, to almost any

Obesity in cats and dogs

It is estimated that nearly half of the dogs and many of the cats in the United States are overweight, or obese, which indicates a serious weight problem. Pets generally love to eat, and, just like in people, this love of food can pack on the pounds. An easy way to estimate the proper weight for your dog is to feel the ribs and points on top of the backbone. These

Addison's disease in dogs

In dogs, the main cause of Addison’s disease is an immune process.  The disease is extremely rare in cats.  Addison’s disease can sometimes develop as a side effect of overtreatment for Cushing’s disease, or it can be seen after suddenly stopping long-term steroid treatment without a gradual withdrawal period. The adrenal glands are small glands that are located next to the kidneys and produce certain hormones that regulate normal body