Pet Symptom Checker

Any tissue in dogs, both internal and external, can grow a tumor. Since lumps and bumps can be many things, malignant (cancerous) or benign (noncancerous), understanding their origin is critical to putting together the best care plan for your dog’s health. Does Your Dog’s Tumor Require Surgery? In… read more

Various types of disease can affect a dog’s spine. You will start to see clinical signs of spinal disease when something causes or puts pressure on a dog’s spinal cord. Clinical signs can also be seen with infection, inflammation, and other conditions that affect nerve transmission through the… read more

Spaying, or having your dog “fixed,” is a procedure that achieves surgical sterilization in female dogs. After being spayed, your female dog can no longer get pregnant. Most shelters will spay your dog as standard procedure before they can come home with you. There are several benefits to spaying… read more

Neutering is the term used for getting a male dog “fixed” or castrated. The surgery involves removal of the testicles and results in surgical sterilization of your dog so they cannot make puppies. Why neuter your dog? Beside the fact that neutering will help with the problem of dog overpopulation,… read more

A urethral obstruction in cats is a medical condition where urine cannot be emptied from the bladder due to blockage in the urethra. This can be caused by crystals, stones, inflammation (most commonly), or in rare cases, a tumor. Urethral obstruction in cats is considered a medical emergency and… read more

Lumps and bumps commonly occur on cats of any age. These masses can form anywhere inside and outside your cat’s body. Unfortunately, however, many lumps and bumps look and feel the same, whether they’re harmful to your cat or not. To understand the risks associated with each mass and whether cat… read more

A spay, also known as an ovariohysterectomy, is a common procedure that is performed on female cats. Spaying is performed to sterilize cats, which means they can no longer have kittens. There are many benefits to spaying your cat. Spaying prevents uterine infections (pyometra), significantly… read more

Orthopedic (bone) surgery is a commonly performed procedure in cats that have experienced medical conditions like broken legs or broken jaws due to trauma, neoplasia (abnormal cell growth/cancer), or even infectious disease. Surgery may include implants to help stabilize a healing bone or the… read more

Neutering (castration) is a commonly performed procedure for kittens and cats that are at least 8 weeks old. The procedure for neutering a cat can be performed in a few different ways and involves removal of the testicles. This surgically sterilizes your cat so they cannot make kittens. This guide… read more

Dental disease in cats is a condition that shows up often in middle-aged cats. Since only 20% of a cat’s teeth can be seen during a normal physical examination, your cat should have complete oral health evaluations that are performed under general anesthesia. Cat tooth removal may occur during a… read more