12 Dangerous Holiday Pet Hazards and How to Keep Your Pet Safe this Winter

Winter holidays can be a joyous time for humans yet a dangerous time for our four-legged family members. The curious nature of cats, plus a dog’s strong sense of smell, causes both animals to get into holiday decorations, food, and drinks that could lead them to wind up in a MedVet emergency room. Take some extra pet-proofing measures this year to keep your best friend happy and safe all holiday season. Avoid dogggy dilemmas…

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Diabetes Mellitus in Cats and Dogs

Diabetes Mellitus is a disease that occurs when the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin.  Insulin allows glucose (a sugar) to be absorbed into the cells. When insulin production decreases, blood sugar rises. A combination of high blood sugar and glucose in the urine typically confirms the diagnosis of diabetes. Some pets (especially cats) have high blood sugar from stress alone. If there is a question about whether your pet is truly diabetic, a fructosamine test…

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Could My Dog Have Cushing’s Disease?

Could my dog have Cushing’s Disease? What is Cushing’s Disease? Cushing’s disease, or hyperadrenocorticism, is caused by excessive secretion of steroids (cortisol) from the adrenal glands due to a mass on one of the adrenal glands or a small benign growth on the pituitary gland. What are the symptoms? The most common symptoms seen at home are increased thirst and urination, panting, increased hunger, and thinning of the hair coat. Additionally, this condition most commonly…

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What You Should Know About Lily Toxicity in Cats

There are many common household products that can cause kidney failure in dogs or cats. The most common are antifreeze (ethylene glycol) in dogs and cats, grapes and raisins in dogs, and lilies in cats. Lily toxicity is increasingly common during the Easter holiday season, and cat owners should be careful bringing these plants into the home. Some lilies such as the Peace, Peruvian, and Calla will not cause kidney failure, but rather cause local…

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“Cushing’s disease” – Canine Hyperadrenocorticism

Hyperadrenocorticism, commonly referred to as “Cushing’s Disease”, is a disease caused by an overproduction of cortisol from the adrenal glands and can occur in two different forms: pituitary-dependent hyperadrenocorticism or an adrenal gland tumor. The pituitary gland (a small structure located at the base of the brain) secretes a hormone called ACTH which causes the adrenal glands (located next to the kidneys) to secrete cortisol and other hormones. In normal dogs, the cortisol ‘feeds back’…

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