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General Information:

  • New Kitten Information: Have you recently added a new kitten into your life? Click here for information about getting them started on the right paw.

  • New Puppy Information:​ Is there a new barking bundle of joy in your home? Click here for information on how to give them the best start you can.

  • Anal Glands: What are anal glands?  Anal glands, or sacs, are small glands located on either side of the anus. Anal glands are the most common reason for scooting and licking around the rear end. Click here for more information about anal glands.

  • Chronic Steroid Use: ​Being on steroids for a long period of time can cause some problems of its own. Click here for more information about long term steroid use.

  • Feline House Soiling: Why is my cat peeing outside of the litter box?  One of the most common reasons cats are relinquished to shelters and euthanized is for inappropriate illumination. Click here for more information on steps to get your feline friend back to going where they are supposed to.

  • Having Puppies: Is your dog pregnant or are you thinking of breeding? Click here for more information about what you can expect of the birthing process.

  • Having Kittens:​ If your cat is expecting or you are thinking of breeding click here for more information about what you can expect.

  • Orphaned Puppy and Kitten Care:​ What should I do with an abandoned puppy?  If you are now the main provider of care for little ones to small to take care of themselves click here for information on what you need to do to get started in the best way possible.

  • Giving Subcutaneous Fluids at Home:​ Sometimes when pets are not eating or drinking well a veterinarian may prescribe fluids to be given under the skin in the patients home. Click here for information about how to give fluids at home.

  • Home Dental Care:​ What can you do to keep your pets teeth healthier? Click here to find out.

  • Weight Loss​: Is my pet fat?  If your pet is or is working on packing on the pounds click here for some weight loss ideas.

  • Caring for the Paralyzed Pet​: Click here for information on caring for a pet who has loss use of their limbs.

Parasites:​

  • Coccidia: This parasite often effect small puppies and kittens and can cause diarrhea and lethargy. Click here for more information about this parasite.

  • Demodex​: Demodex is a form of mange mite that is not contagious but can lead to some very uncomfortable skin conditions. Click here for more information about Demodex.

  • Ear Mites: These little insects live in the ear canal and cause very itchy ears. Click here to learn about these little bugs.

  • Fleas: Does my dog have fleas?  Click here for general information about fleas and flea treatment. Click here to learn more about treating your home for fleas.

  • ​Giardia: This microorganism that can cause diarrhea click here for more information on Giardia.

  • Heartworms: How do dogs get heartworms?  These little parasites actually live in the heart and lungs of our pets. Click here for more information about heartworms.

  • Hookworms​: Hookworms survive by sucking blood from the intestinal lining of pets. They can also infect humans. Click here to learn more about hookworms.

  • ​Roundworms: Roundworms are another intestinal parasite that can infect humans with devastating results. Click here to learn more about roundworms.

  • Sarcoptic Mange:​ This type of mange is contagious to other pets and humans. Click here to learn more about Sarcoptes.

  • Tapeworms:​ These are the worms most commonly seen by owners and can look like a grain of rice around the rear end. Click here to learn more about these intestinal parasites.

  • Ticks:​ These bloodsucking members of the arachnid family are guilty for spreading many diseases to both humans and animals. Click here for more information.

  • Whipworms:​ These intestinal parasites seem to occur more frequently in this area than most other places in the United States and are very difficult to get rid of. For more whipworm information click here.

Infectious Diseases:

  • Canine Influenza: This virus can be very hard to treat. Click here for more information about Canine Influenza.

  • Canine Parvovirus:​ What are the symptoms of Parvo?  This virus is very devastating and made even more so since it is almost completely preventable with routine vaccination. Puppies are the main victims of this virus and many succumb to this disease. Click here to learn more about Parvovirus.

  • FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus): FIV is a contagious disease that can cause a variety of symptoms. Click here to learn more about FIV. 

  • Feline Infectious Anemia (Hemobartonella Felis): Cats can become infected with this disease from something as simple as a bite wound or a flea bite. Click here for more information.

  • Feline Leukemia:​ Feline leukemia is a very sneaky and infectious disease that can cause problems with a wide variety of different body systems. Click here to learn more about Feline Leukemia.

  • Feline Upper Respiratory Infections:​ Does my cat have allergies or an infection?  These upper respiratory infections can cause runny eyes, sneezing, fevers, oral lesions, and refusal to eat. To find out more about these infections click here.

  • Ehrlichia:​ This seems to be the most common tick borne disease we see in our area and humans can be affected. To learn more please click here.

  • Leptospirosis: ​This a disease is most often spread through water sources like puddles and ponds and is carried by wildlife. Click here for more leptospirosis information.

Bone and Muscle Issues:

  • Arthritis: Why is my dog limping?  Arthritis affects many pets and animals as they grow older. It is one of the top reasons for euthanasia in older dogs. Click here to learn more about arthritis and options for pain relief.

  • Hip Dysplasia:​ This condition is when a hip joint is improperly formed and causes increased chances and severity of arthritis. Click here for more information about this condition.

  • Hip Dislocation:​ When an accident causes the top of the femur to come out of the hip joint this is hip dislocation. To find out more about treatment options click here.

  • Ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligament (ACL)​: Why is my dog holding up her back leg?  This is a tear of one of the ligaments of the knee. There are a variety of treatment options which you can click here to learn more about.

Conditions of the Heart and Airways: ​

  • Collapsing Trachea:  Why is my dog coughing?  This condition is more common in smaller dogs with the main symptom being  chronic cough. Click here to learn more about this condition.

  • Cardiomyopathy in Dogs:​ This is a disease of the heart. To read more about cardiomyopathy click here.

  • Cardiomyopathy in Cats:​  Cats are different than dogs in most things. Click here for more information on how this disease of the heart affects cats.

Dermatological Conditions:

  • Allergies: Just like us our pets can be allergic to anything and everything. Click here for information about causes and treatments for allergies.

  • Ear Infections:​ Why is my pet shaking his head?  Many dogs are prone to ear infections of a couple different types. Click here to learn why dogs get these infections, treatment options, and even some tips on preventing future infections.

  • Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex: This condition cause a lot of itching, hair loss, and scabs. Click here to read more.

  • Histiocytoma:​ This small growth is fairly common in younger dogs. Click here for more information.

  • Hot Spots:​ Many dogs suffer from hot spots. Click here to read more about treatment and causes or hot spots.

  • Malassezia Dermatitis (Yeast Infection of the Skin):​ Click here for information about this type of skin condition.

  • Plasma Cell Pododermatitis:​ This condition in cats is also referred to as "pillow foot". Click here to learn more.

  • Pemphigus Foliaceus: ​This is an autoimmune disease that affects the skin. Click here to read more about pemphigus foliaceus.

  • Seasonal Flank Alopecia:​ If your dog looses hair on its flanks at the same time every year it could be this condition. Click here to learn more.

Gastrointestinal Disorders:​

  • Bloat: This is a very painful and emergency condition. Click here for more information.

  • Colitis: With this conditions pets often have diarrhea and sometimes vomiting. Click here to learn more. 

  • Constipation and Megacolon:​ Chronic constipation is a common condition of many cats and can lead to more problems. Click here for information about these conditions.

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease:​ This condition often appears as chronic diarrhea or vomiting. Click here to learn more.

  • Hepatic Lipidosis (Fatty Liver)​: If a cat goes without food for a few days they can starve themselves into liver failure. This is called hepatic lipidosis. Click here to learn more.

Urogenital Disorders:​

  • Bladder Stones: Bladder stones are often seen in both cats and dogs. For more information about causes, prevention of reoccurrence, and treatment options click here

  • Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease: Some cats are more prone to reoccurring bladder problems. Click here to learn more about this condition.

  • Pyometra:​ This is a condition of unsprayed females usually 10-14 days after a heat cycle. This is an infection of the uterus and is an emergency situation. Click here for more information.

  • Renal Disease (Kidney Disease): Kidney disease is a common problem of older pets. Click here to learn more about treatment of kidney disease.

  • Urinary Tract Infections: This is the most common reason for "accidents" around the house. To read more about causes and treatment options click here.

Cancers

  • Canine Lymphoma: This is a cancer of the lymph system. Click here to read more on canine lymphoma.

  • Hemangiosarcoma:​This type of tumor most frequently occurs in the spleen and heart. To learn more click here.

  • Feline Lymphoma: ​This cancer of the lymph system can be much more difficult to both diagnose and treat in cats. Click here for more information.

  • Mammary Tumors:​ This type of cancer is much more prevalent in females who are unsprayed or spayed later in life. Click here for information about mammary tumors.

  • Mast Cell Tumors: ​This is the most common type of tumors we see in dogs. They are usually a skin growth that can look like almost anything. To read more about mast cell click here.

  • Testicular Tumors: ​This is a cancer that affects unneutered males. Click here to read more.

  • Transitional Cell Carcinoma: ​This is a type of cancer that affects the bladder. Click here for more information.

Endocrine/Exocrine:​

  • Canine Pancreatitis: This inflammation of the pancreas can cause many symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and anorexia. To learn more about pancreatitis click here.

  • Diabetes Mellitus:​ Why is my pet drinking so much water?  Both dogs and cats can become diabetics over the course of their life just like people. Also similarly to humans overweight pets are more prone to diabetes. Click here to learn more.

  • Feline Pancreatitis: ​Click here for more information about pancreatitis in cats.

  • Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency: ​Some times a dogs body does not produce all the proper enzymes needed for digestion this is exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. For more information click here
On this page we try to provide you with information on various conditions and health concerns. Conditions are grouped by body system so please feel free to scroll down until you find the information you are looking for. We hope you find this  page helpful but please always consult a veterinarian when treating your pet for any suspected illness.
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