Archives for July 2011

Heartworm Disease in Dogs: Treatment

Heartworm disease in dogs is potentially life threatening as it can cause permanent scarring of the lungs and heart failure if left untreated.  Once the diagnosis of heartworm disease is made, and your vet has evaluated your dog and determined that treatment is safe, there … [Read more...]

Heartworm Disease in Dogs: Diagnosis

Heartworms in dogs are diagnosed in every state in the United States, but in some areas it is more prevalent than others. There are several different tests which may be used to diagnose heartworm in dogs. It is important to understand the different diagnostic tools as many … [Read more...]

Heartworm Disease in Dogs

Heartworms in dogs occur almost everywhere in the United States, although some regions have a much higher infection rate than others. This easily-prevented disease in dogs can lead to heart failure and potentially death. Learning about the complex lifecycle of the heartworm … [Read more...]

Artifical Disc Replacement for Dogs?

Noted neurologist, Dr. Filippo Adamo has pioneered a new method for treating Wobblers Syndrome in dogs. He has invented and patented an artificial disc that can be surgically implanted in patients suffering from this debilitating disease. Below is a detailed video … [Read more...]

Brain Disease in Dogs: Epilepsy

Epilepsy is defined as a brain disease in dogs that causes recurrent seizures with no underlying disease process as the cause.  Thus, seizures are a sign of epilepsy.  It is important to differentiate epilepsy from the other causes of seizures because the prognosis for … [Read more...]

Brain Disease in Dogs: New Anticonvulsant Therapies are Available!

Several new anticonvulsant drugs have been introduced to treat seizure disease in dogs.  The effectiveness of these drugs has not been well documented for any of these drugs.  They are typically used in situations where the more common anticonvulsant drugs, phenobarbital or … [Read more...]

Brain Disease in Dogs: Treating Seizure Disorders with Phenobarbital and Potassium Bromide

Treatment of seizure disease in dogs has changed over the past decade with the introduction of several new anticonvulsant drugs.  However, phenobarbital and potassium bromide continue to be the first-choice anticonvulsant drugs to treat seizure disease in dogs.  … [Read more...]

Brain Disease in Dogs: Controlling Seizures with Anti-Convulsant Therapies

Seizure disease in dogs is treated in various ways depending on the cause of the seizures and the animal’s response to treatment.  The first, most important goal of treating seizure disease in dogs is to determine what the underlying cause of the seizures is.  If there is a … [Read more...]

Brain Disease in Dogs: Causes of Seizure Disorders in Young Dogs (under 6 Months Old)

The most common types of disease in dogs that causes seizures in young dogs are congenital (developmental) disorders, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), Infectious diseases, toxicity, and trauma.  Toxicities and trauma are straightforward causes of seizures in animals.  Many … [Read more...]

Lyme Disease in Cats

Cats can be bitten by ticks and develop rickettsial (bacteria of the Rickettsia genus) infections similar to dogs and people.  Unlike dogs and people, cats appear to be more resistant to developing clinical signs secondary to rickettsial infections.  Some of the possible … [Read more...]