Intestinal Issues in Dogs

Intestinal Issues in dogs arise from a variety of sources, and can be food, object or microbial related.  It’s common for owners to buy toys or treats for their pets, while rarely considering the complications that could arise from them.  “Many pets come into our hospital due to complications arising from foreign objects in their


Is your dog doing the ‘butt-scootin’ boogie’?  If you don’t address it soon, it could end up being a very expensive endeavor – to their health and your wallet. What are ANAL GLANDS? Anal glands are located on either side, and just below the anus of your pet.  They excrete a scent that identifies your

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Sepsis and Septic Shock in Dogs

Sepsis is an infection which overwhelms the body, resulting in severe inflammation.  Without treatment, it can escalate into Septic Shock, causing multi-organ failure (kidneys, lungs, liver).

Symptoms and Treatments of Pancreatitis in Dogs

Most causes of pancreatitis in dogs is unknown. However, several risk factors have been discovered. It appears that Miniature Schnauzers have a genetic predisposition to pancreatitis. Other studies have show this tendency in…

Cushing’s Disease in Dogs

Cushing’s disease results when the body produces too much of a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is produced and stored by the adrenals, two small glands that sit on top of the kidneys. Dogs, cats, and horses, as well as humans, can get Cushing’s disease. It is more commonly found in dogs than in cats or horses.

Worms in Dogs, Intestinal Parasites

Intestinal parasites are parasites that live inside the host animal’s gastrointestinal tract. Examples include worms, like roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, tapeworms and protozoa, such as, giardia and coccidia.

What is Gastroenteritis?

What is Gastroenteritis? Gastroenteritis refers to inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, meaning the stomach and the intestines. It can be caused by infection with bacteria, viruses, parasites, medications, or even new foods. The condition often causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomitin­­­g, and/or other clinical signs. What are the signs of gastroenteritis? Most dogs with gastroenteritis will have

How Does An Aural Hematoma Occur?

An ear infection can quickly evolve from an uncomfortable itch into an aural hematoma, as quick as a head a head shake.   That’s why it’s important to address ear irritation as soon as it’s recognized. An aural hemotoma is a collection of blood (blood blister) between the ear cartilage and the skin. It usually a self-inflicted wound, resulting from…

What is the MDR1 Gene Mutation?

Dogs that have a mutation in the MDR1 gene, which inhibits their ability to remove certain drugs from the brain and can lead up to a buildup of toxins, may have severe adverse reactions to some common drugs, including seizures, tremors, disorientation, blindness, lack of muscle control or even death.