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23 04, 2020

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

21 04, 2020

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

21 04, 2020

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

20 04, 2020

Heart Disease

2020-04-28T19:17:29-07:00April 20th, 2020|Cats, Dogs, Guinea Pig|

The purpose of the cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels) is to provide the cells of the body with oxygen, nutrition, and essential fluids. It also helps these same cells rid themselves of waste products, and distributes hormones and enzymes to allow for normal physiologic processes. It is even a big part of temperature regulation. All of this is no small feat when you consider the fact that the cardiovascular system must supply these needs to a body that contains billions of individual cells. Add to that the fact that this occurs in animals as small as tiny insects and

20 04, 2020

Geriatric Medicine

2020-04-28T19:16:58-07:00April 20th, 2020|Cats, Dogs|

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