Steroid medications are used to treat a wide range of health problems in pets. However, these drugs often cause side effects such as increased thirst and appetite which owners should be aware of.
FIV is a viral disease in cats, causing impaired immune function. It can lead to a wide variety of signs, and is often an underlying factor in other illnesses such as dental disease, cancers, and flu.
Like humans, every dog coughs once in a while. But if the cough is severe or persistent, or if your coughing dog appears lethargic or unwell, it is important to determine the cause of the cough.
All types of grapes and raisins are poisonous to dogs and are a common cause of kidney failure and even death. Learn the signs of grape toxicity in dogs and what to do if your dog has eaten grapes.
Learn to stop your dog roaming to prevent injury to himself or others. There are several approaches to stop your dog wandering from home. Training, neutering and containment options are discussed.
Shedding or moulting is a normal part of a dog's hair growth cycle. However, if you have a dog losing hair in excessive amounts it can be a major inconvenience or even a sign of health problems.
There are a number of parasitic worms in dogs which every pet owner should know a little about. Not all dog worms are killed by all deworming treatments; we discuss which dewormers are most effective.
Diarrhea is a common problem in dogs. Many of the causes of dog diarrhea are self-limiting and may be treated with home remedies. More serious causes of diarrhea require treatment by a veterinarian.
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) describes a range of urinary problems which in cats causing pain and discomfort. Owners may first notice their cat peeing indoors or on clothes or beds.
If a dog shakes his head it is usually a sign of ear disease which can be due to parasites, infection, allergy or other factors. Head shaking attempts to dislodge irritants from the dog's ear canal
In kidney failure waste products accumulate in the blood due to reduced excretion. Kidney disease is common in older pets, but renal failure can often be managed with dietary and medical treatments.
The hind leg is the most common site of lameness in the dog. This article discusses why your dog might have a sore hindlimb, how to identify the problem, and what treatment is needed.
Lameness is a very common problem in dogs due to their active nature. Forelimb lameness accounts for about 25% of all lameness cases in my veterinary clinic. This article describes the most important problems seen in the forelimbs of limping dogs.
There are many medical reasons why an adult dog may urinate in the house. A dog that is wetting the bed or peeing on the floor may be suffering from urinary, other medical, or behavioural issues.
Cat flu and similar conditions responsible for sneezing, conjunctivitis, and discharge from the eyes and nose are extremely common in cats. Learn how to differentiate the causes and help your cat recover from illness.
Hypothyroidism in dogs is a very common condition but may also be misdiagnosed. This article discusses the most common hypothyroid symptoms in dogs, causes of hypothyroidism and treatment. It also discusses preventing unnecessary treatment of dogs that do not have an underactive thyroid, but rather...
Cushing's disease or hyperadrenocorticism is a condition of excess cortisol production by the adrenal gland most commonly seen in dogs. Symptoms, diagnosis & treatment of Cushing's syndrome in dogs.