FAQ : Preventative Dental Cleaning and Assessment (PDCA)

[printer-friendly version] Q: What are the benefits of a non-anesthetic dental (PDCA)?A: A PDCA technician performs the following services; an assessment of oral health, cleaning (scaling and curettage), polishing, brushing, oral rinse, and a treatment plan. Q: Why is oral hygiene important for my pet?A: Pets are unable to brush their teeth daily. Therefore, it…

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Grain-Free Diets and Your Dog’s Heart

BY EMILY ADAMSON, DVM [printer-friendly version] As a pet owner, you make important decisions every day that affect your pet’s health. From the moment you bring them home, you work hard to make choices that lead to a healthy, happy dog – which food they eat, how often they exercise, the toys they play with,…

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CBD Oil In Pets – Myth, Mystique, and Potential

by Dr. Kathryn Junkins Sarpong [printer-friendly version] There is a rapidly growing trend of giving pets CBD oil -a component of marijuana or hemp plants.  Owners are giving it to their pets in the hope to reduce anxiety, pain, arthritis, seizures, and many other conditions.  CBD is short for cannabidiol, the nonpsychotropic  component of cannabis…

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Addison’s Disease

by Dr. David Deresz [printer-friendly version] Addison’s Disease, also known as hypoadrenocorticism, is an endocrine disorder usually seen in younger dogs, typically under 2-3 years of age. The low production of the steroid cortisol, as well as low production of water retaining hormone aldosterone, are the driving forces of this disease. Clinical signs include intermittent…

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Allergies in Pets

Dr. Cassandra Gail Knapp [printer-friendly version] ALLERGIES IN MY PET – ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Sadly, no. It’s not a mythical thing. Allergies can happen to your pet and in the heart of Texas, they happen a lot. Allergies come in many forms and affect both cats and dogs, purebreds and mutts. What do allergies…

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Brachycephalic Dogs and Breathing

Dr. Kathryn Junkins Sarpong [printer-friendly version] Pugs, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pekingese Brachycephalic dogs are breeds that have small flat noses and often lots of wrinkles on their faces. Examples include Pugs, French Bull Dogs, English Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, and Pekingese. These dogs have unique breathing issues in their genetic lines.   Many have been…

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Canine Bladder Tumors

by Dr. Lindsey Shipp [printer-friendly version] There are many different types of bladder masses. However, the most common type of mass is called a Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCCs). TCCs are unfortunately an aggressive type of cancer that is not curable and without therapy causes significant quality of life complications. There are other types of masses…

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Canine Urinary Incontinence

by Dr. Rebecca Donaldson [printer-friendly version] Urinary incontinence is a condition in dogs that causes the involuntary leakage of urine. If you’ve ever noticed your dog leaving behind a wet spot of urine on his or her bed after they get up from sleeping or unconsciously dribbling urine while walking, your dog is likely experiencing…

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Cat Hyperthyroidism

by Dr. Kathryn Sarpong [printer-friendly version] Your cat is losing weight, being hyperactive, no longer sleeping, and may be hungry all the time. What is going on?  Your cat may have something very treatable that can be found on a blood test. Your veterinarian will likely want to check your cat’s thyroid levels.  The thyroid…

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Cushing’s Disease

Dr. David Deresz [printer-friendly version] Cushing’s Disease, also known as hyperadrenocorticism, is an endocrine disease that is seen in older dogs, usually over seven years of age. The excessive production of the steroid, cortisol, is the driving force of this disease. Clinical signs include excessive thirst, urinary accidents, voracious appetite, pot-belly appearance, and hair thinning…

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