How Dialysis Can Help Your Pet

  Did you know that dogs and cats can receive life-saving treatments such as dialysis? Dialysis, or more accurately “extracorporeal therapies,” involves using a specialized machine to pump blood from a patient through a variety of specialized filters and back again. The purpose is typically to remove harmful substances from the blood that are related to, or causing, disease. There are three main reasons to consider dialysis in dogs and cats: acute kidney failure, autoimmune disease,…

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Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs and Cats

  Did you know that diabetes mellitus is a common cause of increased thirst and urination as well as weight loss in dogs and cats? Initial signs are often attributed to changes in weather or routine. But over time, the changes become very pronounced, and the pet needs to be evaluated by a veterinarian.   Many of us are familiar with diabetes mellitus as a condition in people and are familiar with the idea of insulin therapy, but…

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Asthma in Cats: Signs, Diagnosis, and Treatment 

  Did you know that asthma can be an issue for cats? Initial signs are often quite mild, with some cats acting more withdrawn than normal, hiding more, breathing faster, or intermittent coughing. Then the signs seem to accelerate quickly and a frightened cat, gasping for air, is being rushed to a veterinarian by an even more terrified owner.   Many of us are familiar with asthma as…

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Pancreatitis in Pets: Understanding Signs and Treatment

  Located by the stomach, the pancreas makes and releases enzymes that aid in digestion. Normally, these enzymes are not active until they reach the small intestine. However, with pancreatitis the enzymes activate too early and irritate the pancreas and surrounding tissue. This leads to pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas.  Pancreatitis is often an acute problem causing gastrointestinal signs of vomiting…

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Thyroid Disorders in Your Pet - Treatment for Dogs and Cats

  Sometimes weight can be like a roller coaster. You gain some. Then you lose some. Then maybe you gain a few more pounds back. It’s true for people, and it can be true for pets. But did you know that weight swings like this in your pet may be a sign of thyroid disorders?     What is the thyroid? The thyroid gland is an organ in the neck…

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