Michigan is a mecca for wildlife, and a wildlife photographer's dream in all seasons. One of the best times to see wildlife in Michigan is in springtime, especially May and early June. The migrating wildlife have returned, the babies are being born, the area is waking up from a long winter, and the leaves are not yet on the trees. This allows you to see into the forest and spot more wildlife. Migrating species that abound include sandhill crane and bald eagle. You can find them anywhere in the state, but especially in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula (UP).
Up to 20% of dogs will get a malignant Mast Cell Tumor (MCT) in their lifetime, making it the most common tumor we encounter in dogs. Other names for MCT are mast cell sarcoma, histiocytic mastocytoma, and mastocytosis. This disease has a cutaneous form (skin) and a systemic form (internal organs). The cutaneous form is more prevalent, and is sometimes referred to as the “great pretender” because the skin growth appearance is so variable. What might seem like just a minor swelling or inflamed area can be a highly malignant cancer. It might also be called the “great fooler” because most people
The lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system. They have several important functions regarding the immune system, and are good indicators of disease. The mammalian body has many internal lymph nodes. These can only be visualized by exploratory surgery, a CT scan, an MRI, a radiograph, or an ultrasound. During a physical exam the external ones can be palpated to determine if they are enlarged. The medical term for enlarged external lymph nodes is lymphadenopathy. The lymph nodes are always examined as part of our routine head to tail (if they have one!) exam on all pets presented to
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
This page has a detailed description of this disease in dogs and cats (canine and feline). This page shows detailed information, with many links, of how we diagnose and treat liver diseases, You will learn proper medical care with well established medical treatments, that also includes natural remedies with food and homeopathic treatments. Our pets cannot talk to us, so it is important that you understand this disease as much as possible. 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