Archives for February 2012

The Impact of Stress on Indoor Pets

It has been well established that there is an important link between mental health and overall health and well-being of people.  Avoiding stress plays a critical role in the general welfare of people.  It should not be surprising that the same can be said for dogs and cats.  … [Read more...]

Ask the Vet: What does my vet need to know about cancer in my pet?

In the video below, Dr. Stephen Atwater, a veterinary oncologist, explains the characteristics of cancers in dogs and cats that are important to know in order to determine an appropriate treatment plan.   … [Read more...]

Ask the Vet: My dog has a benign tumor, what now?

Dr. Stephen Atwater, a veterinary oncologist explains the differences between a benign and malignant tumor in the dog or cat, and what the treatment options are for each.   … [Read more...]

Ask the Vet: What types of Cancer can Dogs and Cats get?

Dr. Stephen Atwater, a veterinary oncologist answers your question about what types of cancer dogs and cats can develop.   … [Read more...]

Pets with Cancer: How to Stimulate your Pet’s Appetite

Appropriate nutrition is important for any pet with cancer.  Every effort should be made to encourage pets to eat on their own.  This often involves hand feeding of highly palatable food frequently with small portions.  Often times, pets with cancer will not eat commercially … [Read more...]

Pet Nutrition: Raw Food Diets

Raw food diets are suggested by some individuals as a preferred diet in dogs and cats for many health benefit reasons. These diets are sometimes referred to by the acronym “BARF” diet, which stands for “bones and raw food” diet or “biologically appropriate raw food” diet. … [Read more...]

MDR1 gene mutation and drug sensitivity in dogs

Dogs with a mutation of the MDR1 gene (also called the ABCB1 gene) are susceptible to toxicity from various types of drugs because they produce a defective protein pump, called P-glycoprotein.  The defective protein pump prevents certain drugs from being removed from the … [Read more...]

Multidrug sensitivity in dogs with MDR1 gene mutation

A drug transport system exists on the outer membrane of cells that helps pump certain drugs or toxins out of the cell.  The pump is a protein, called P-glycoprotein, which is encoded by a gene called the MDR1 gene (also called the ABCB1 gene).  The P-glycoprotein pump plays … [Read more...]

My Dog was Skunked! What to do…

Skunks produce an oily liquid that is yellow in color and produced by glands in the anal region.  The glands produce the liquid, which is stored in 2 sacs that each have a duct that exits at the 4 and 8 o’clock position around the anal opening.  Dogs and cats have similar … [Read more...]

Reverse Sneezing in Dogs

Reverse sneezing occurs in dogs.  It is characterized by rapid and repeated forceful inhalation through the nose followed by snorting or gagging sounds.  The episodes of reverse sneezing can be very alarming to anyone observing.  It is not uncommon for people to think their … [Read more...]