Food Allergy in Dogs and Cats

A food allergy is a reaction to food that involves the body’s immune system. Typically, a protein or carbohydrate particle in the food is the culprit. Your pet may itch, lick or chew different areas of the body as a response to the allergy inflammation. You may notice pronounced itching in the paws, flank, groin, neck or ears. The itching can occur all seasons. Many pets may have chronic ear infections and anal gland problems…

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Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs

Mast cell tumors (MCT) in dogs are very common, accounting for approximately 20% of all skin tumors diagnosed in dogs. Mast cell tumors can arise from any skin site on the body, and can have a variety of appearances.  We do not know what causes mast cell tumors in dogs. At this time, no carcinogenic agents or viral organisms have been found to directly cause MCT. Symptoms of a Mast Cell Tumor MCTs most commonly…

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Arrhythmias (Abnormal Heart Rhythms) in Dogs and Cats

  The normal pacemaker of the heart lies in the heart’s right upper chamber. This structure, known as the sinus node, normally generates the heart’s electrical impulse. This impulse is then carried through the upper chambers and reaches a structure known as the AV node. Normally, the AV node is the only electrical connection between the upper and lower chambers of the heart, so it conducts the impulse down to the pumping chambers, which then…

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