Patellar luxation

Interestingly enough, I’ve noticed in all of my history with veterinary medicine both as a student and as a doctor, that cases tend to appear in pairs or multiples. Very often, I find myself dealing in the same week with three blocked cats, or two snake bites for example. This phenomenon has no logical explanation, but somehow it is just … Read More

Constipation

Constipation is not a disease by itself, but a symptom of some other underlying problem. Animals are very individual when it comes to the number of bowel movements per day. There is no set number of bowel movements per day representing a normal function of the intestine. A normal animal usually passes stool once or twice  a day in average. … Read More

Heartworm prevention

The good news are that the winter is over. The bad news are that we are not the only creatures that are going to enjoy the upcoming spring, mosquitoes are also thriving in warm weather. Beside being a nuisance to people, mosquitoes have the capability of transmitting a dangerous disease to our pets known as Heart worm. Heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis) … Read More

Adjusting your dog to a new baby in the house

There is nothing more exciting than welcoming a new baby into the family. Becoming parents is challenging and a life changing experience. It takes lots of preparation of all the family members including the family pets to make the transition as smooth as possible. I recommend to all dog owners to consult with a behaviour specialist or trainer prior to … Read More

Dental disease in pets

Many vet clinic have devoted this past month to promote the awareness of  oral hygiene importance. As a part of this effort I’ve decided to republish this article that deals with one of the most important aspect of veterinary preventative medicine. Oral hygiene has both medical and cosmetic significance. Being aware and proactive about your pet’s oral hygiene can positively … Read More

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

If you share your life with a cat you should be aware of a syndrome called Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (AKA FLUTD). This term refers to a number of abnormalities in the urinary tract including bladder infections and formation of crystals/stones. In severe cases an obstruction of the urethra can occur, preventing the excretion of urine from the body. … Read More

Giving human medication to animals can be dangerous

Some pet owners attempt to help their pet themselves hoping to avoid the trip to the vet. I was very surprised to find out the extent of the phenomenon of people treating their pets with human medication they have at home without veterinary instructions or supervision. Using human medication in pets can be very dangerous. One of the drug group … Read More

Onion and garlic intoxication

Many pet owners consider their pets a part of the family and like to include and share their holiday dinners with them. It is important to know that some foods that are very healthy to humans actually bare risk to pets. Onion and garlic are the best example. Onions and garlic in any form may cause anemia in dogs.  Whether … Read More

Chocolate toxicity

The Christmas holiday season is upon us. In the season of giving, chocolate is a very popular gift people like to exchange. As a chocolate lover my self, I know how a chocolate indulgemet can raise your spirit. As well as most people, dogs tend to have a “sweet tooth” too, but for dogs chocolate in large amount is harmful … Read More

Cat scratching habits

Unfortunately it turned out that your favorite couch is also your cat’s favorite couch… to claw on….Most of  cat lovers got to experience this unpleasant  behaviour of the feline members. Some people find this behaviour unbearable, therefore this is one of the most common reasons for surrendering cats to animals shelters. Clawing by scratching animate objects is a part of … Read More