Archives for June 2011

Brain Disease in Dogs: Causes of Seizure Disorders in Older Dogs

The most common types of disease in dogs, older than 5 years old, that cause seizures are cancer (neoplasia), metabolic diseases, acquired epilepsy, toxins and trauma.  Toxicities and trauma are straightforward causes of seizures in animals.  Many chemical intoxicants can … [Read more...]

Brain Disease in Dogs: Understanding Characteristics and Treatments of Seizures

Seizure brain disease in dogs can be due to various conditions and determining the cause of the seizure is important in understanding how to treat it.  There are common issues that owners with dogs treated for seizures should be aware of.  These issues are important concepts … [Read more...]

Pet Food Recall: Nestle Purina Recalls Small Number of Dry Cat Food Bags

On June 27, 2011, Nestle Purina voluntarily recalled 870 bags of dry cat food due to the possibility that they may have been contaminated with Salmonella. These bags of cat food were shipped to retail stores in Colorado, Idaho, and Oregon. The following products with … [Read more...]

Brain Disease in Dogs: Phases of a Seizure

There are 4 basic phases to a seizure: the preictal phase, the aura, the ictus, and the postictal phase.  Although the phases of a seizure can vary greatly in presentation and duration, it serves to give an owner an expectation of what should be observed to characterize the … [Read more...]

Brain Disease in Dogs: Seizures Partial or Generalized?

Seizures are typically a sign of cerebral brain disease in dogs.  They can be classified into three basic types: generalized seizures, partial seizures, and partial seizures that secondarily generalize.  The type of seizure the animal is having can be indicative of the … [Read more...]

Brain Disease in Dogs: Seizures, What to Do at Home if your Dog is on Medication

This section offers suggestions of what an owner can do at home when their dog has been diagnosed with seizures, is on medication, and has a seizure at home.  Although it is impossible to make recommendations that fit all circumstances, this article describes steps an owner … [Read more...]

Brain Disease in Dogs: Seizures, What to do at Home

A seizure is a result of disease in dogs characterized by a brief disturbance of brain function that is sudden in onset, ceases spontaneously, and has a tendency to recur.  Most seizures are generalized and involve the loss of consciousness and severe involuntary muscle … [Read more...]

Hyperthyroidism in Cats

The thyroid gland is located in the neck and secretes hormones involved in regulating metabolism. Hyperthyroidism in cats is caused by excess secretion of these hormones, causing an increase in overall  metabolism. About 95% of cats with hyperthyroidism will have a benign … [Read more...]

Hypothyroidism in Dogs

Hypothyroidism usually develops in young to middle aged dogs (ie. 2 to 6 years old) secondary to atrophy of the thyroid gland, that is, when the thyroid gland starts to waste away.  In some dogs with hypothyroidism the atrophy occurs secondary to lymphocytic thyroiditis, … [Read more...]

Acute Kidney Disease in Cats

Kidney disease in cats can occur acutely or chronically.  Potential causes of acute kidney disease in cats are certain toxins, infections, cancer, obstruction of urine flow, or a decreased blood flow to the kidneys. Chronic kidney disease is not reversible but can be managed … [Read more...]