Demodicosis is an overgrowth of demodex mites on your pet. Demodex mites are normal skin inhabitants that live in your pet’s hair follicles but are usually so low in number that you cannot tell they are there. When these mites over multiply, they cause hair loss and secondary bacterial infections. Demodicosis can affect both dogs and cats. Read more about Demodicosis

Gel to Stop Bleeding

October 6th, 2014

Former NYU student, Joe Landolina, has made a tremendous discovery. Until now, there has been no product available that can almost instantly stop internal and external bleeding in an animal or human. Joe’s product, Veti-Gel, was initially invented as an NYU business school project. It has since snowballed into a ten-person company called Suneris which is bringing this invention to the medical world, starting with veterinarians. Read more about Gel to Stop Bleeding

Epilepsy in Dogs

October 3rd, 2014

Epilepsy is the most widespread neurological condition found in canines. This chronic condition affects around 50,000 canines in the UK alone, not to mention more than half a million people. The most standard course of action for canine epilepsy is anti-epileptic drugs or AED’s. Although the drug works for most dogs, this treatment fails to reduce the number of seizures experienced in one-third of the dogs to which it is given. Further, even if the drugs do “work” it does not mean the dog will remain seizure –free indefinitely. According to a recent study which analyzed six years of data from the RVC epilepsy clinic, they found that only 14% of those dogs studied were in seizure-free remission at the point of follow up. Read more about Epilepsy in Dogs

Addison’s Disease

Addison's disease, known by the medical term hypoadrenocorticism, is a disorder of the adrenal glands that causes hormonal imbalances in the body. The condition is named after Thomas Addison, a British scientist who is credited for being the first person to demonstrate that adrenal glands are necessary for life.

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Snake Bites in Dogs and Cats

October 1st, 2014

There has been a significant increase in the reported number of venomous snakebites in animals in and around Nashville, TN. Although snakebites in animals are common for the region, any increase is cause for concern, because of the serious nature of such bites. Snakes are usually found near water or in wooded, rural areas. Copperheads, water moccasins and rattlesnakes are the three most common threats. Read more about Snake Bites in Dogs and Cats

Prostate Diseases

The prostate is a gland in male animals that is located at the base of the bladder and encircles the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside. The prostate produces a milky fluid, which provides an optimum environment for sperm. As an intact (not neutered) male dogs get older, the prostate can enlarge due to the presence of testosterone. This is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). More than 80% of male dogs over the age of 6 have evidence of benign prostatic hypertrophy. Read more about Prostate Diseases

New Surgical Procedures for Ligament Repair

September 29th, 2014

Two new surgical procedures being performed on animals may alter the methods surgeons use to repair damaged cartilage and meniscus tears in human knees and other joints. If these trials produce the desired results in animals, then they can be approved for use in humans. The team of surgeons and researchers involved in these trials is comprised of medical staff from Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare Systems’ Hospital for Special Surgery, and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, who also works with the New York Giants football team. Read more about New Surgical Procedures for Ligament Repair

Pannus (Chronic Superficial Keratitis)

Pannus, or chronic superficial keratitis, is a painful autoimmune disease of the cornea and conjunctiva of both eyes. This condition results from a misdirected immune response that manifests itself as blood vessel ingrowth, pigmentation, and scar tissue development in the cornea, conjunctiva, and 3rd eyelid. With time, the normally clear corneas become opaque, and some dogs eventually go blind. Read more about Pannus (Chronic Superficial Keratitis)