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Corneal Lipid Deposition

Introduction

Corneal lipid deposition, is a group of ocular (eye) diseases in which "white" opaque fatty material (lipid, cholesterol, or calcium) is accumulated in the inner layers of the cornea. The cornea is the clear protective outer layer of the eye. It protects the inner eye structures, but still allows light to pass into the eye. Corneal lipid deposition can occur in any age or breed and is more common in dogs than cats. Its appearance varies, but is often opaque white with easily identifiable borders. Read more about Corneal Lipid Deposition

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is an itchy skin disease of dogs and cats. Atopy is the term used in veterinary medicine for the disease condition caused by allergies to environmental substances.Atopic dermatitis is an itchy skin disease of dogs and cats. Atopy is the term used in veterinary medicine for the disease condition caused by allergies to environmental substances. These substances, called "allergens", may be pollens, plant or animal fibers, house dust, or molds.

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Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions (removal) are necessary in cases of severe periodontal (gum) disease, tooth fractures where the tooth cannot be repaired, and tooth resorption. Although it is preferable to save teeth whenever possible, it is better to have no tooth than a painful tooth. Our pets do great with missing teeth, and often, they do better when the painful tooth is gone. Read more about Tooth Extractions

Perineal Hernias

Hernias are defects or weaknesses in the muscles that keep the organs such as the intestines, bladder and stomach in the abdomen. The rectum and anus are held in place by five muscles, that are altogether called the pelvic diaphragm. Perineal hernias develop on one or both sides of the anus due to weakness in the muscles that constitute the pelvic diaphragm. Seen in both dogs and cats, perineal hernias describe the displacement of pelvic and abdominal organs (rectum, prostate, bladder or fat) into the perineal region alongside the anus. Read more about Perineal Hernias

Air Travel With Pets

February 18th, 2015

Air travel with pets is not without risk. Each month, the U.S. Department of Transportation issues a consumer report on air travel. This report includes sections on lost baggage, overbooking, customer complaints and airline reports of incidents involving the loss, death or injury of pets during transport. Last year, airlines reported a total number of 17 deaths, 26 injuries and 2 lost pets during air transport. Read more about Air Travel With Pets

Is Canine Distemper on the Rise?

January 13th, 2015

Canine distemper is an incurable disease that has been rarely seen in the past decade with the advent of routine vaccination of puppies and dogs. The disease is highly contagious and often fatal. It can present with reddened watery eyes, increased body temperature, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, neurologic disorders and hysteria. Read more about Is Canine Distemper on the Rise?

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