A very interesting case came into my office recently, and alerted me to an issue that may be of note to cat owners in the area.
Definitely more than just “old age,” veterinarians are seeing equine Cushing’s disease, or Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID) as it is also known, more frequently now that advances in veterinary medicine are allowing our equine friends to live longer lives.
In recent years, pain management has become a greater concern of pet owners as well as veterinarians. Even looking back 10 years, pain management was not a topic of conversation for veterinarians or pet owners. Today it’s a different story.
For the past several years, large pet-food manufactures have been promoting “grain-free” diets for dogs and cats. The manufactures state the claim that grain-free diets are healthier, and pets who suffer from obesity, skin issues and digestive ailments would benefit from the diet change.
Lyme disease has continued to be a common diagnosis among dogs, cats, horses and humans in the first half of 2018. Lyme disease is an infection caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium. The disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick and can affect many species. Currently, one out of five dogs are infected with the bacteria.
Heaves, also known as recurrent airway obstruction (RAO), is a chronic respiratory disease of horses. It is similar to that of asthma in humans. Heaves is a common and serious condition that affects 15% of mature horses (typically over seven years of age).
Diabetes mellitus, or “sugar diabetes,” is a disease of the pancreas that results in the body’s inability to either make or use insulin. The pancreas is a small organ located near the stomach, very much like the pancreas in humans. The pancreas provides two functions. One is to produce enzymes that help with digestion.
Dental care is very important for human health, and the same thing applies to a pet’s overall health. Dental disease is one of the most common medical conditions seen by veterinarians. Over 80% of dogs and cats over the age of three have dental disease.
Winter in our region can be quite unpredictable. Sometimes we experience extremely cold temperatures, as we did this past week; while at other times during our winter months, we can have temperatures in the 50s or 60s. It is extremely important to be aware of the rapid and harsh weather changes, as they affect animals too.
The life of a mixed-animal veterinarian—a veterinarian that sees just about all animals—is always full of unforeseen adventures and meetings with amazing people. This past month has been nothing short of stellar, and just the past week summarizes the month perfectly.