hot spot

Those Irritating Hot Spots

August 16, 2017

Hot spots are double irritating. First, they are irritating to your dog because he has an itchy sore on his skin. Second, they are irritating to you because not only do you feel bad for your dog, but you also have to make a trip to your veterinarian’s office because your itchy, scratchy pup has … Continue reading Those Irritating Hot Spots

immune mediated disease

Immune Mediated Disease

August 9, 2017

The body’s immune system is a host defense system in both people and pets. But I bet you don’t often think about your own immune system. There are several reasons the immune system is harder to wrap your head around than other body systems. You hardly know the immune system is there unless it doesn’t work. … Continue reading Immune Mediated Disease

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Taking Your Pet’s Temperature

July 19, 2017

Since the medical thermometer was invented in 1866, every physical examination includes a body temperature measurement. The assessment of this parameter helps veterinarians direct the diagnostic plan. For example, in a cat with an elevated body temperature, we think about diagnoses like a cat bite abscess, a postoperative infection, or an infectious disease like feline … Continue reading Taking Your Pet’s Temperature

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How to Biopsy a Liver

July 12, 2017

At first glance, you might think this blog is a do it yourself piece on performing a biopsy. Not so fast. Veterinarians at the Animal Medical Center have at their disposal a wide array of medical equipment designed to collect a sample from your pet’s liver to determine the underlying cause of an abnormal liver. … Continue reading How to Biopsy a Liver

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Laser Therapy at AMC

July 5, 2017

A laser is not a thing; it is an acronym which stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Clearly, laser is simpler. But there is nothing simple about lasers used in medicine. Lasers produce a very narrowly focused beam of light which can be very precisely aimed. Lasers also produce light restricted to … Continue reading Laser Therapy at AMC

CKD

Are there supplements to use with cats that have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease?

June 21, 2017

Back in September, I wrote a blog post entitled, “Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats.” One question I received from this post was about the use of supplements in cats diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. I decided to respond to this question by writing another post since this is an important feline disease and many … Continue reading Are there supplements to use with cats that have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease?

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Cosmetic Surgeries in Dogs

June 14, 2017

While we all think our pet is the cutest and nothing could make her cuter, except perhaps a new collar or a pretty bandana, there are those who believe in cosmetic surgery to improve their pet’s appearance. Two of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed in dogs are tail docking and ear cropping. Two less … Continue reading Cosmetic Surgeries in Dogs