Internal Medicine

Corneal Ulcers

The cornea is the clear portion at the very front of the eye. The cornea has three layers: epithelium, stroma and endothelium. The outside layer is epithelium just like our skin but without hair and normally without pigment. The epithelial layer is thicker in the cornea of the dog than the cat. The epithelium is water-tight so that neither tears outside the cornea nor fluid from within the eye can get past the epithelium. Lining the cornea is one cell layer of endothelium similar to the cells that line blood vessels. Read more about Corneal Ulcers


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is state-of-the-art, but more importantly, it is also pet-safe technology, enabling your board-certified veterinarian to clearly point out health concerns in your pets and quickly establish the best way to treat them. Advanced imaging is becoming a necessary tool in veterinary medicine, so it's important that veterinarians and owners understand the technology of magnetic resonance imaging. Read more about MRI


Your pet’s skin, like your skin, is composed of different layers. Pyoderma is a bacterial infection of the skin. This infection has the possibility of penetrating through the first layer of skin (called the epidermis) and infecting the underlying layers. Superficial pyodermas are in the skin near its surface, and characterized by circular crusty lesions or red pimples. Deep pyodermas occur when bacteria invade beyond the hair follicle. Deep pyoderma is characterized by a pus build-up that can be expressed from the skin lesions. Read more about Pyoderma

Dilated Cardiomyopathy

What is dilated cardiomyopathy, and what does this diagnosis mean for your pet? Knowing about the condition and how it affects your pet goes a long way in helping your family cope with a diagnosis of heart disease, and can also help you provide your beloved pet with the best care and quality of life. Dilated cardiomyopathy, also referred to as DCM, is a disease that does not develop until your pet is an adult. The breeds most commonly affected by DCM are the Doberman and other large- to giant-breed dogs, but it can also develop in medium-sized dogs, such as the Cocker Spaniel. Read more about Dilated Cardiomyopathy