IBD is an inflammatory condition of the stomach, small intestines, or large intestines (the gastrointestinal (GI) tract). It is sometimes called Idiopathic IDB. The Idiopathic part means that the cause of the condition is unknown. IBD tends to be chronic in nature. It is one of the most common conditions of the gastrointestinal tract diagnosed in pets, especially in cats. Despite its prevalence, it is one of the least understood conditions, especially regarding cause. Some pets respond well to treatment, others do not. Some cases of IBD involve the liver and pancreas. In this case there are 3 diseases occurring, and we
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One of the more common conditions encountered in pets, especially as they age, is kidney (renal) disease. This disease is particularly prevalent in cats, and is called chronic kidney disease (CKD). It is also known as chronic renal failure (CRF). Once a pet has CKD the changes in the kidney are irreversible, so it is important to catch this disease early to mitigate its progression. This page describing kidney disease is very thorough, with pictures and information on anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, in addition to symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. How the kidneys regulate water consumption and urine production are controlled
The largest organ in the body is the liver, an indication of its importance in health. It is involved with almost all of the biochemical pathways that allow growth, fight disease, supply nutrients, provide energy, and aid reproduction. Liver cells, which are called hepatocytes, go through thousands of chemical reactions every second in order to perform these myriad functions. Since the liver is involved with almost all biochemical processes it is no wonder that there are many different diseases that will affect it. This page will cover some of the more important ones we see in animals. Even though it
This section contains extensive information on the diagnosis and treatment of specific diseases for pets and exotic animals. It is intended to give you a basic understanding of some animal diseases, and to augment the information you receive from one of our veterinarians. You will learn about anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, cause, diagnosis, and treatment. You will also see videos and many high quality photos including radiographs (x-rays) and ultrasound pictures, and get to see actual surgery performed. You will even get a chance to see a C-section performed by Dr. Wood and Dr. Ridgeway In the last decade, there have
Cat Diseases This page has an alphabetical list of all the cat diseases and treatments on our web site in the Feline Diseases section. There are graphic pictures on many pages. Addison's Disease in Cats (hypoadrenocorticism) Allergic Dermatitis in Cats Anesthesia for Cats Arthritis in Cats Asthma in Cats Bladder Stones in Cats Cancer in Cats Carnassial Tooth Abscess in Cats Cushing's Disease Demodectic Mange in Cats Dental Disease in Cats Diabetes Mellitus in Cats (Sugar Diabetes) Ear Cleaning for Cats Ear Infections in Cats Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO) in Cats Fluid Therapy in Cats Geriatric Cat Care Heart Disease
Geriatric (senior) care In the past, we may have accepted a declining quality of life for our aging pets as a fact of life beyond our control. Like humans, older dogs and cats are more likely to encounter health problems than younger pets. Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever before. One of those advances that allows us to detect and treat disease in animals before the problem becomes debilitating is digital radiography. We have a fun page on Digital Radiography if you want to learn more, and also try your hand at making a
VNA (Veterinary Neuronal Adjustment) We have been using VNA treat a wide variety of diseases in dogs, cats, and several other species since 1995. It has helped many pets, especially older and arthritic ones, lead a high quality life in the face of debilitating disease. We do VNA in more than just our canine and feline friends. We have done it on egg bound birds, rabbits, and iguanas. This rabbit has an arthritic spine causing pain This Iggie that was not moving his rear legs properly. You can see his testimonial as to how well it worked at
This page has an alphabetical list of all the dog diseases and treatments on our web site in the Canine Diseases section. There are graphic pictures on many pages. Dog Diseases Addison's Disease in Dogs (hypoadrenocorticism) Allergic Dermatitis Dogs Anesthesia for Dogs Arthritis in Dogs Asthma in Dogs Bladder Stones in Dogs Cancer in Dogs Carnassial Tooth Abscess in Dogs Cesarean Sections in Dogs Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome in Dog (CDS) Cushing's Disease in Dogs Demodectic Mange in Dogs Dental Disease in Dogs Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs (Sugar Diabetes) Ear Cleaning for Dogs Ear Infections in Dogs Fracture of the Tibia
Allergies are a common cause of skin conditions in dogs and cats, along with other species. This type of allergy goes by several names; the most common are atopy, allergic skin disease, or allergic inhalant dermatitis (AID). The main difference between us and dog and cats is that allergies in pets tend to cause skin conditions and ear problems, as opposed to the runny eyes, runny noses, and sneezing we encounter in people. Symptoms typically include scratching and itching, although many other skin conditions can cause itching. This itching is called pruritus. Allergies can be hard to control and are
In the past, we may have accepted a declining quality of life for our aging pets as a fact of life beyond our control. Like humans, older dogs and cats are more likely to encounter health problems than younger pets. Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever before. A 7 year old dog or cat is equivalent to a 50 year old person. Most humanoids are practicing preventive medicine at this age- routine physical exams, breast exams, prostate exams, blood pressure checkups, blood panels and dietary changes. Dogs and cats need similar preventive medicine at