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.
Picture your beloved dog running in the yard with its favorite toy and suddenly, it takes a turn and gives out a yelp. Alternatively, picture your four-legged friend taking a jump off the couch when the doorbell rings and giving out a yelp.
Lyme disease is not a novel topic to all those that live in our region. This year is showing to be a very aggressive tick-infestation season. According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), so far this year, one out of three dogs tested for Lyme disease is positive.
Does your dog have protruding piece of pink/red tissue in the corner of his or her eye? Does this piece of tissue change in size? Your dog may have a “cherry eye!” Many mammals, including dogs, have an extra or third eyelid located inside the lower eyelid. This piece of tissue is also referred to as the nictitating membrane.
I am often asked, do cats mourn? It is difficult to assess what those mournful eyes mean, since our feline friends cannot tell us what they are feeling. However, astute pet parents can interpret their pets’ emotions based on their behavior.