Veterinary ophthalmologists have identified a condition of rapid onset blindness: Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS). Examination of tissue specimens from some patients has indicated that the retinas of these pets are totally destroyed and cannot regenerate. The related blindness occurs rapidly.
In the beautiful and bright days of summer, it is a fun time to be outside with your pet unless your pet is experiencing a heat emergency or dehydration. Here is what you need to know to prevent an emergency when out in the heat. Read more about Heat Emergencies & Dehydration in Pets
A canthoplasty is a surgery performed to shorten the length of the eyelids. It is generally performed in order to prevent or to stop the hair from the nasal folds from contacting the cornea and causing irritation and scarring. Read more about Canthoplasty: Nasal and Temporal
Dealing with a pet emergency can be frightening. Knowing the signs of common pet emergencies such as fractures and what you can do to alleviate your pet’s pain is an important safety precaution to take.
Of course, whenever your pet is showing serious signs of a health issue your first step is to contact your primary care veterinarian or an emergency veterinary hospital. If it is indicated that your pet may suffer from a serious condition, a veterinary specialist or emergency clinician is available at an ExpertVet certified hospital.
Often, there are times when we wonder how and why a day or an entire week has become nationally dedicated to a single person, a historical event or even to a dog’s bite. We decided to do a little digging as to why May 17th – 23rd (the third week of May) of this year is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Read more about Dog Bite Prevention Week: Why Does It Matter?
Roughly 1 in 10 dogs will develop some sort of heart disease. Mitral regurgitation (MR) is a heart disease caused by a degenerative process that occurs in most dogs as they age. This process causes the mitral valve (found between the upper and lower left chambers of the heart) to leak. Read more about Mitral Regurgitation (MR)
In veterinary practices, jaw fractures are a common phenomenon. Usually, they are caused by trauma such as being hit by a car, suffering an attack from another animal or even simply misjudging a stair height. Sometimes, jaw fractures are caused by complications in a tooth extraction procedure. Each jaw fracture is unique and consequently, may require a different treatment. X-rays can identify where the fracture(s) exist and what treatment would be appropriate. Read more about Pet Dentistry: Fractured Jaw
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 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.