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what is puppy strangles in dogs puppy strangles is a rare skin condition most commonly diagnosed in puppies it is also called juvenile cellulitis sterile granulomatous dermatitis or lymphadenitis strangles is characterized by suddenonset facial swelling especially of the muzzle and eyelids followed by swollen lymph nodes in the neck as the lymph nodes become increasingly swollen it might look like your puppy is being strangled the condition also causes oozing crusted pimplelike lesions on the… read more

vaccines have been under scrutiny for years in the human realm there have been debunked studies mainstream media stories under fire and unproven claims from social media influencers veterinary medicine has also had similar difficulties and questions surrounding the efficacy and safety of vaccines to address some concerns of pet owners you can have simple bloodwork done called a titer to determine your pets need for continued vaccination even though titers for dogs are an option immunology and… read more

the following content may contain chewy links petmd is operated by chewy what is arthritis in horses osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease is a very common condition in horses of all ages and disciplines arthritis is the swelling or inflammation of a joint over time if this condition becomes chronic it can lead to damage and deterioration of the surrounding soft tissues cartilage and bone this is a nonreversible and progressive disease process that is encountered more nowadays as horse… read more

the following content may contain chewy links petmd is operated by chewy what does it mean if a dog is diabetic if youre thinking about adopting a diabetic dog you may have a lot of questions about how to best care for your new family member the first thing to know is that there is a lot of help around you your veterinarian and perhaps the shelter or rescue can provide guidance to help make sure your dog is happy and healthy diabetes mellitus dm in dogs is similar to what occurs in humans when… read more

what is kidney cancer in dogs dogs have two kidneys located just above the bladder near the spine and midway down the back similar to humans dogs rely on these beanshaped organs to help control blood pressure filter waste from the blood maintain the balance of nutrients in the blood and increase production of red blood cells the kidneys and their surrounding tissues can develop cancers including cancers that develop in the kidney primary or cancers that travel from other sites and develop in… read more

what is dog tick paralysis tick paralysis or toxicity is a rapid progressive disease affecting the nerves of dogs it is caused by the bite of certain ticks most commonly the amblyomma lxodes and dermacentor tick that injects a unique neurotoxin through its saliva signs of tick paralysis usually begin between five to nine days after the first bite the ticks release the toxin in a pulselike fashion when attached the toxin inhibits neurotransmitters required for muscles to move appropriately… read more

the following content may contain chewy links petmd is operated by chewy note always check with your veterinarian first before giving your dog any new foods especially people foods what might be okay for one dog might not be good for your dog depending on multiple factors such as their age health history health conditions and diet dogs on prescription diets should not be fed any food or treats outside the diet giving fruits and vegetables to your dog as a snack can be a healthy treat filled… read more

the following content may contain chewy links petmd is operated by chewy note always check with your veterinarian first before giving your dog any new foods especially people foods what might be okay for one dog might not be good for your dog depending on multiple factors such as their age health history health conditions and diet dogs on prescription diets should not be fed any food or treats outside the diet blackberries are a popular superfood for humans but are they okay for dogs whether… read more

the following content may contain chewy links petmd is operated by chewy a new kitten coming home is a very exciting time but its important to keep your new pet healthy and happy one way to preserve the kittens health is by preventing flea and tick bites fleas and ticks are a nuisance due to itching but they can also cause many health conditions and diseases in kittens these health issues can spread to other pets in the home and also spread to humans flea and tick preventative products can stop… read more

what is ringworm in dogs while the term ringworm may conjure up the image of a long wriggly intestinal parasite this is inaccurate as ringworm is not actually a worm at all ringworm is a name that has long been used because of the circular itchy rash that typically appears on the skin of an infected animal ringworm is a fungal infection that can affect the skin hair or nails the medical term for this type of infection is called dermatophytosis the most common fungal organisms that can cause… read more

what is eye ulcer in dogs an eye ulcer also medically termed corneal ulcer or ulcerative keratitis in dogs is a condition where the outer layer of the eye the cornea erodes causing a divot or dent this divot can be superficial on the surface or it can affect the deeper layers of the eye eye ulcers lead to pain redness of the eye eye discharge blinking frequently or holding the eye closed and sometimes swelling this is a common condition and is diagnosed most often in brachycephalic flatnosed… read more

what is dry eye syndrome in dogs dry eye syndrome in dogs also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca kcs involves decreased or inadequate tear production tears are important to the lubrication comfort and overall health of a dogs eyes tears also contain antibacterial proteins mucus white blood cells to fight infection and other enzymes to help keep the eyes clear and free of debris infection and irritations a dogs tears have three parts lipid fat layer aqueous water mucin layer two glands the… read more

what is feline infectious peritonitis fip in cats feline infectious peritonitis is a disease caused by a viral infection with a coronavirus that is specific to cats this type of coronavirus cannot infect people or other species fip can be very difficult to diagnose because it can infect many organ systems ranging from the abdomen to the eyes to the central nervous system fip symptoms also resemble symptoms from several other conditions and the exact nature of your cats symptoms will depend on… read more

what is dog peritonitis peritonitis is a condition in which the membrane that lines abdominal cavity called the peritoneum becomes inflamed often due to injury or infection the peritoneum is a thin watery lining that lubricates the abdominal organs such as the stomach this can cause fluid to build up in the abdomen peritonitis can be a very serious and lifethreatening condition in dogs and requires immediate treatment symptoms of dog peritonitis symptoms of peritonitis vary widely and can be… read more

what is rabies in dogs rabies is a viral disease that is fatal to almost all dogs who catch it fortunately pet parents can help to prevent their dogs from becoming infected with the rabies virus with a canine rabies vaccine the rabies virus attacks the central nervous system cns spreading through the nerves from the infection site to the brain infected animals experience paralysis that inevitably involves the respiratory system and leads to death rabies can affect any mammal including humans… read more

you may have given catnip to your cat at some point and wondered whether cats can actually get high from it the effects are obvious and entertaining after smelling the catnip most cats will rub their faces in it roll on their backs and vocalize make loud noises although some cats will exhibit more subdued behaviorsa sphinxlike posture is reported in one study the vast majority of cats become excited and hyperactive leading to the perception that catnip makes cats high do cats get high on… read more

what is hyperphosphatemia in dogs hyperphosphatemia is the term for high phosphorus levels in the blood phosphorus is a mineral found in bones that together with calcium helps to build strong healthy bone structure phosphorus also helps to maintain cell structures and aids in cell energy production most of the phosphorus in a dogs body is stored in bone but a small percentage is present in the blood calcium and phosphorus have an inverse relationship when phosphorus levels in the blood are high… read more

cats are fascinating creatures and popular companions part of that popularity stems from their being selfsufficient and fairly low maintenance compared to some other animals yet while cats often manage all their own grooming their ears may need some inspection and cleaning from time to time are you supposed to clean your cats ears its a good idea to regularly check your cats ears along with the rest of the skin and coat look for signs of infection such as odor redness pain discharge or… read more

what is iris atrophy in dogs the iris is a muscle in your dogs eye that controls the size of the pupil its helpful to think of the eye as a camera and the pupil is the opening that changes to allow light in when there is a lot of light the iris will close the pupil to allow less in when light is low the iris will open the pupil to allow as much light in as possible you can see the iris when you look at the dogs eye the iris is the colored portion of the eye iris atrophy is a condition that… read more

what is gas in cats gas or flatulence in cats is not very common as a result if your cat starts passing gas or does so more frequently with or without odor there may be an underlying gastrointestinal gi issue that needs to be discussed with your veterinarian causes of gas in cats flatulence in cats can be caused by a variety of conditions ranging from something relatively straightforward and easily treated like intestinal upset caused by a diet change to something more complicated and… read more

new years eve is a great night for pet parents to celebrate and ring in the new year however millions of pets across the country can find our brand of merrymaking pretty scary and will spend the night cowering under a bed or barking at the door the good news is there are steps you can take to reduce your pets stress when the fireworks and revelry begin ranging from providing an alternative source of sound to administering petsafe calming products its also important to note that new years is a… read more

ever wonder why dogs have whiskers each whisker plays a vital role in a dogs sensory perception and dogs can also communicate their emotions through their whiskers heres a closer look at what dog whiskers are what they do whether they grow back when they fall out and whether you should ever cut your dogs whiskers what are dog whiskers dog whiskers or vibrissae are specialized hairs that grow above a dogs eyes and on their cheeks muzzle and chin whiskers and dog hair are both made of keratin… read more

what is adenocarcinoma of the sweat and sebaceous glands in dogs dogs have two types of sweat glands apocrine and eccrine apocrine sweat glands these are located at the base of hair follicles all over the dogs body although they are considered a type of sweat gland apocrine glands dont actually produce sweat instead they produce a thick fluid loaded with pheromones that help dogs identify each other by scent eccrine or merocrine sweat glands these are similar to the sweat glands humans have… read more

what is salivary gland adenocarcinoma in dogs dogs have four pairs of salivary glands located within the jaw or neck region these glands create saliva that is excreted into your dogs mouth similar to other types of glands cancer can form in the salivary glands the most common type of salivary gland cancer in dogs is adenocarcinoma this is an aggressive and malignant type of cancer that needs to be diagnosed and treated by a veterinarian dogs have four pairs of salivary glands that are located… read more

what are cat abscesses cat abscesses are areas of infection that typically occur on the skin and underlying tissues abscesses are usually caused by bacteria entering the skin through a bite or puncture wound symptoms of a cat abscess the first and most obvious symptom of many abscesses is the actual wound whether its a bite mark a puncture wound or a claw mark you may also see matted hair around the wound the matting is caused by pus oozing from the abscess symptoms of a cat abscess include… read more