Posted: Jun 12, 2014
Dog communication uses most of the senses, including smells, sounds and visual cues. Pheromones, glandular secretions, barks, whines, yips, growls, body postures, etc., all serve as effective means of communication between dogs. Unlike in people, canine body postures and olfactory (scent) cues are significant components of dog language and vocal communications are less significant. People are listeners; dogs are watchers. Another major difference between human and canine communication is the type of information communicated.Read More »
Posted: Jun 2, 2014
What are oral tumors?
Like us, cats can develop oral masses. Some will grow slowly and won’t spread to other locations (benign), while others will spread to different areas of the body causing great harm (malignant). Benign oral tumors generally start in the periodontal ligament, which is located in the tooth socket. The most common types of oral tumors are called peripheral odontogenic fibromas (POFs). The most commonly diagnosed malignant tumor is called squamous cell carcinoma.Read More »
Posted: Apr 7, 2014
What is cognitive dysfunction, and how is it diagnosed?
It is generally believed that a dog or cat’s cognitive function tends to decline with age, much as it does in people. If your dog or cat has one or more of the signs below and all potential physical or medical causes have been ruled out, it may be due to cognitive dysfunction. Of course, it is also possible that cognitive dysfunction can arise concurrently with other medical problems, so that it might be difficult to determine the exact cause of each sign.Read More »
Posted: Mar 18, 2014
In North America, obesity is the most common preventable disease in dogs. Approximately 25-30% of the general canine population is obese, with 40-45% of dogs aged 5-11 years old weighing in higher than normal.Read More »
Posted: Mar 11, 2014
Veterinary Hospice & the Human-Animal Bond
More clients are requesting hospice care for aging or terminally ill companion animals. Knowing what veterinary hospice care is, how to provide hospice care in the practice or home, and how to assist families in the mitigation of suffering helps ensure quality care. For clients, feeling prepared can help ease tension, strengthen the human–animal bond, and facilitate a peaceful end-of-life experience, helping them cope better with the loss—and possibly preparing them to get another pet in due time.Read More »
Posted: Jan 14, 2014
The population of mature and senior cats is increasing. In fact, 35-40% of cats in North America are at least 7 years of age, and it’s not uncommon for cats to live well into their twenties. Better nutrition, safer lifestyles, and improvements to preventive healthcare have contributed to this trend.
While old age is not a disease in itself, the body changes associated with aging make older cats more vulnerable to medical problems and disease. Cancer, kidney disease and heart disease are the most common causes of non-accidental death in cats, but proper nutrition may help mitigate the risk of developing certain diseases and chronic conditions.Read More »
Posted: Jan 14, 2014
The population of mature and senior dogs is increasing. Better nutrition, safer lifestyles, and improvements to preventive health care have contributed to this trend.
While old age is not a disease in itself, the body changes associated with aging make older dogs more vulnerable to medical problems and disease. Cancer, kidney disease and heart disease are the most common causes of non-accidental death in dogs, but proper nutrition may help mitigate the risk of developing certain diseases and chronic conditions.Read More »
Posted: Dec 5, 2013
I want to get a cat, but I live on a very busy main road, so I am thinking of keeping it indoors. Is that cruel?
There are many circumstances in which keeping a cat indoors may be safer for the cat and therefore, arguably, better for the cat. Indoor cats are at lower risk for injuries associated with the outdoor environment (e.g., cars, trains, dogs, predators, humans) and are at far less risk of contracting parasites and infectious diseases such as feline leukemia, feline infectious peritonitis and feline immunodeficiency virus.Read More »
Posted: Dec 3, 2013
What is canine hemorrhagic gastroenteritis?
Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE) is an acute disorder of dogs characterized by vomiting and bloody diarrhea. Most cases occur suddenly without warning in otherwise healthy dogs. The main and most disturbing clinical sign is large amounts of bloody diarrhea, very often bright red. Some dogs may have a painful abdomen, decreased appetite, lethargy (fatigue), or fever. HGE can affect any breed, age, size, or gender of dog, but it is most common in small- and toy-breed dogs. Young miniature French poodles, miniature schnauzers, and Yorkshire terriers seem to be more commonly affected. Other breeds commonly affected include the Pekingese, cavalier King Charles spaniel, Shetland sheepdog, and poodle.Read More »
Posted: Dec 2, 2013
What is ethylene glycol?
Ethylene glycol, a sweet-tasting, odorless liquid, is the active ingredient in antifreeze. Ethylene glycol can also be found, in lower concentrations, in some windshield de-icing agents, hydraulic brake fluid, motor oils, solvents, paints, film processing solutions, wood stains, inks, printer cartridges, etc.Read More »