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Ear Infections

2020-04-28T19:13:13-07:00April 25th, 2020|Cats, Dogs|

A common problem in dogs and cats is ear infections. When it occurs in the ear canal it is called otitis externa. As a general observation the canine species tends to have more of a problem with otitis externa than the feline species. Dogs and cats have sensitive ears, and the amount of discomfort and pain they must endure when their ears are infected are not appreciated by most owners. There are many factors working in combination that determine whether or not a pet gets an ear infection. Without addressing the primary  factors in the first place, and without addressing

Hyperthyroidism

2020-04-24T22:34:31-07:00April 24th, 2020|Cats|

Hyperthyroidism (thyrotoxicosis) is a common hormone disease of older cats (it's rare in dogs) that we have diagnosed with increased frequency in recent years. It is almost always caused by a benign tumor of the thyroid gland that increases the amount of thyroxine (the hormone secreted by the thyroid gland) into the bloodstream. This increase in thyroxine causes an increase in the overall metabolism of the body, leading to problems for several internal organs. Even though this disease can be diagnosed in young cats, most cats that get this problem are older. Cats 8 years of age or older should be

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

2020-04-28T19:23:02-07:00April 23rd, 2020|Cats, Dogs|

Many dogs and cats are living longer than in the recent past, and unfortunately, are acquiring diseases that were not commonly seen in the recent past. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is one of these diseases. High blood pressure (BP) can be primary, where the cause is unknown. In most animals though, it is secondary to some other disease. The increase in blood pressure affects many organs, particularly the liver, eyes, kidneys, and heart. Hypertension hastens the progression of these diseases, and substantially predisposes your cat to blindness. Dogs can get high blood pressure due to various diseases, but we see the problem more

Heart Diseases And Their Treatment

2020-04-28T19:18:13-07:00April 21st, 2020|Cats, Dogs, Guinea Pig|

This page explains the more common heart diseases encountered in dogs and cats, along with how they are treated. We will cover the following seven topics: Chronic valve disease Cardiomyopathy Heartworm Aortic Stenosis Pulmonic Stenosis PDA (Patent Ductus Arteriosis) Medical Treatment of Heart Disease Before you read about these diseases you might want to review some of the diagnostic tests we used to diagnose heart disease at our Heart Disease Diagnostics Page. Chronic Atrioventricular Valve Disease (Myxomatous AV Valvular Degeneration) This disease goes by several names. They include endocardiosis, mucoid valvular degeneration, chronic valvular fibrosis and acquired mitral regurgitation/insufficiency. It

Addison’s Disease in Dogs and Cats (hypoadrenocorticism)

2020-05-01T08:36:37-07:00April 21st, 2020|Cats, Dogs|

This disease of the adrenal glands of dogs (it's very rare in cats) involves inadequate hormone levels of cortisol (cortisone) and electrolytes (sodium and potassium). This unusual disease can show a vast array of different symptoms, symptoms that can mimic other diseases. There is even a version of this disease called "atypical", which adds to the complexity. Because there can be such a variety of symptoms, Addison’s disease is sometimes known as the great pretender or great imitator. In any dog that is ill our veterinarians keep this disease in mind. Addison's is named after a physician in 1849's who discovered