By, Dr. Donna J. Spector, VCA Animal Hospitals The key to helping pet’s live longer and healthier lives is early recognition of problems that come naturally with aging. Follow these guidelines to help your pet make the most of their Golden Years. 1 – Become informed about the common medical conditions affecting older pets (7+ […]
By VCA Hospitals
Breakthroughs in veterinarian medicine across wellness, trauma, infections and surgery have led to our pets surviving more conditions and living longer. The extended life of a pet consequently provides an increased chance for developing other issues, including cancer. One in four domesticated dogs in the United States will die of cancer, and that number increases to almost one in two for dogs who reach the age of 10.
Owners can take a proactive role in identifying cancer in their pets. Skin tumors, the most common cancer in dogs and cats, can be easily felt while spending quality time your pet. Middle to older aged animals may display vague signs that including vomiting, lethargy, weight loss, lameness, or coughing, which can all be linked to cancers of internal organs.
The pet owner was surprised. Her veterinarian explained her dog had testedpositive for heartworm disease, but Rusty didn’t look sick. She just couldn’tbelieve it. When could Rusty possibly have been exposed to heartworms?The threat is real.All dogs are at risk for heartworms, even if they spend most of the timeindoors. Why? Because one mosquito bite […]
Today the Veterinary Public Health division of Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services sent a note to area veterinarians to alert us to a major increase in the number of cases of distemper in Harris County.
The dreaded “c” word. Nobody wants to hear that a loved one has cancer, and that certainly includes our beloved pets. This week we are going to talk about how to prevent cancer in your pets. Next week we will address how you can holistically help your pet if sadly they have been diagnosed with cancer or your vet suspects cancer.
We are moved and inspired by one woman’s struggle as she cares for Cooper – a dog with distemper she adopted from BARC. Her story shows why we demand change at BARC. This is especially important to remember as we head into the political season. Next month, Houstonians will vote for a new mayor. Hear from […]
Deadly Disease For Canines by Robert Glass, Pan American Vet Lab
Pythiosis is the disease that results from the infection with Pythium insidiosum, an organism that is similar to but not related to the fungi. Pythiosis is more commonly seen in warm wet areas with lush vegetation, such as the Gulf Coast region of the US. While horses are more commonly the victims of Pythiosis, dog pythiosis is now being diagnosed on a regular basis. While pythiosis is not considered a “common” problem, it is believed to be fatal in more than 95% of undiagnosed cases. Even when correctly diagnosed conventional treatment is able to save only 20-25% of infected dogs.
Education is a key element in making the human-animal bond a mutually satisfying experience. Parents of children have an important