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Canine Bladder Tumors

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | January 21, 2019

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 Metro Paws Animal Hospital | January 10, 2019

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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Caring for Your Itchy Pet

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | October 29, 2017

David Deresz, DVM [printer-friendly version] Itchy dogs and cats are some of our most common patient complaints. This is noticed as scratching, licking, or biting. While there are many potential causes of this problem, only a few are responsible for the vast majority of cases. These common triggers can be broken down into 4 main…

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Car Sickness Prevention

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | January 13, 2019

by Dr. Rebecca Donaldson [printer-friendly version] There are two common reasons that dogs get sick in the car: true motion sickness, or nausea due to anxiety from the car trip itself (traffic, noise, away from home, etc.) It can be challenging to figure out which reason is causing your dog to vomit in the car.…

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Cat Hyperthyroidism

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | May 6, 2018

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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Choosing the Best Family Pet

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | May 8, 2011

By Dr. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM Selecting a new pet is an important decision since bringing an animal into your home means providing shelter, food, care, and love. Most cats and dogs have a lifespan of 12-20 years and it is a large commitment to adopt one into your home! Many families with small yards, or…

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Cold Weather Hazards

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | May 8, 2011

By Dr. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM, DACVP Each season brings special hazards and concerns for family pets.  Even in Texas, winter’s biggest threat is the low temperatures.  Make certain to provide shelter to your pets from the cold and rainy weather.  Some breeds of dogs tolerate the cold weather better than others.  Generally, dogs with thick…

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Congenital Eyelid Agenesis

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | May 14, 2011

Attending DVM: Dr. Jennifer Lavender This kitten was presented to Metro Paws Animal Hospital by Operation Kindness. He had a birth defect that resulted in his eyelids not developing. These kittens cannot blink and their eye remains open even when they are sleeping. This kitten had to have one eye removed because it had become…

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Chocolate and Pets Don’t Mix

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | May 8, 2011

By Dr. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM Chocolate is toxic to cats and dogs. As little as an ounce of chocolate per 10 pounds of body weight can be potentially fatal depending on the type of chocolate. Dark chocolates and baking chocolates are more toxic than milk or white chocolate. Symptoms of chocolate toxicity range from mild…

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Cushing’s Disease

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | March 17, 2018

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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