Archives for July 2012

Putting your Pet to Sleep: Bringing the Surviving Family Members Peace

When we lose a family member, those survivors who are “left behind” must process through their grief to mourn their loss. This grieving process is no different when pet owners lose their pets. Whether your pet passes away on their own, or through euthanasia, it is important … [Read more...]

Putting your Pet to Sleep: How to Make the Decision

Knowing when to make the decision to put your pet to sleep (or euthanasia) can be one of the most difficult decisions you will ever have to make. In this article, I present some helpful tools that you can use to objectively assess your pet’s quality of life to help you make … [Read more...]

Putting Your Pet to Sleep: An Overview

The decision to put your pet to sleep (or euthanasia) is probably one of the most difficult (and important) decisions that you will have to make as a pet owner. In veterinary medicine, we are fortunate that we can offer this service to pet owners who want to stop their pet’s … [Read more...]

Arthritis in Dogs and Cats: Diagnosis

The most important tools for diagnosing arthritis in dogs and cats (including osteoarthritis, or OA)are a detailed client history and a thorough physical examination by your veterinarian. It is helpful to know when clinical signs (symptoms) first developed, how quickly they … [Read more...]

Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

It is helpful to think of a joint not just as a mechanical location, but as an active organ system. Your pet’s joints contain living tissues which require nutrients, modify in response to demands, attempt repair of injury, and fall victim to infection or chronic … [Read more...]

Heart Disease in Dogs: Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a common heart disease that affects your pet’s health.  DCM is a blanket term for any dilation noted in the heart chambers (ventricles or atria). To better understand DCM, one must visualize what is actually happening to the heart.  This image … [Read more...]

Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs: Prognosis

A helpful tool in treating pets with cancer is to identify factors that help establish which group of pets with a particular type of cancer are likely to do better or worse with treatment.  Prognostic factors are features of a tumor that have been shown to predict outcome of … [Read more...]

Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs: Role of C-Kit Receptor

All mast cells require a certain tyrosine kinase receptor called c-kit, which is a protein on the membrane of the cell, to survive.  Another name for c-kit is stem cell factor (SCF) receptor.   SCF is a growth factor for blood cells and therefore stimulates production of … [Read more...]

Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs: Use of Anti-Histamines

A veterinarian may recommend treatment with antihistamines for dogs with mast cell tumors.  Mast cells contain many types of substances that have different functions within the body, one of them being histamine.  The use of anti-histamines is recommended to prevent side … [Read more...]

Ear Infections in Dogs: Treatments

Ear infections in dogs can be painful, making detection and treatment important. Below, Dr. Peter Nurre has outlined four ways that veterinarians approach treatment of ear infections in dogs. Ear cleaning:  Dogs develop waxy debris, infectious material, and other debris … [Read more...]