Understanding Bumps and Cysts on Pet’s Skin

Understanding Bumps and Cysts on Pet’s Skin

As pets start to age, various lumps, bumps and cysts can arise. Many times these can appear suddenly and can have various appearances from raised hairless overgrowths of tissue, to bumps felt under the skin. The most common benign bumps in pets include overgrowths of fatty tissue known as lipomas, and warts. Other common benign bumps include various types of cysts that can sometimes discharge pasty fluid on the skin […]

Respiratory Emergencies (Wheezing or Coughing) in Dogs

Respiratory Emergencies (Wheezing or Coughing) in Dogs

Many dogs can display respiratory symptoms ranging from: The common kennel cough Signs of increased yellow or green eye or nasal discharge Varying degrees or coughing or wheezing. The sound of the cough itself can vary. For coughs similar to the sound of a goose honking, this is most typical of either kennel cough or an anatomic or inflammatory problem of the airways. Examples of anatomic problems are often seen with […]

PetMeds: Managing Eye Discharge (Mucus) in Dogs and Cats

PetMeds: Managing Eye Discharge (Mucus) in Dogs and Cats

A common concern of many pet owners is the presence of discharge in their dog’s or cat’s eyes. While this symptom is quite common, most of the time it is not significant and does not require medical treatment. The most common cause of discharge (often referred to as “eye crust”) is airborne allergens which can cause weepy eyes as in people. Other times, frequent eye discharge can indicate a clogged […]

A veterinarian weighs in: the best pet food for weight loss

A veterinarian weighs in: the best pet food for weight loss

As with people, gaining unwanted weight and obesity is a severe health care epidemic in companion animals. There are multiple reasons for this growing epidemic: indiscriminate feeding practices by animal guardians, as well as too many extra treats and scraps from the table are all major factors in significant weight gain in our dogs and cats. Just like the situation with their parental human guardians, lack of exercise is also a […]

A veterinarian’s view on dog ear cropping and tail docking

A veterinarian’s view on dog ear cropping and tail docking

Some of the most controversial elective, optional surgical procedures done in veterinary medicine are the procedures of tail docking and ear cropping in certain breeds of dogs. While these are obviously not surgical procedures done for the health of the individual animal, such procedures are done only for breed standards, thereby allowing certain breeds (such as Boxers, Dobermans and Schnauzers for example), to be shown in the rings at dog shows. […]

Why your dog needs heartworm prevention all year long

Why your dog needs heartworm prevention all year long

One of the most common questions asked by animal guardians is whether monthly heartworm medication needs to be given year round, even in the colder winter months. While heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes, there have been increasingly warmer winter months in recent years which has led to the appearance of mosquitoes even in colder months. However, in order for mosquitoes to transmit the infectious larval stages of heartworms through a bite, […]

Know when you should be concerned about your cat’s runny eyes

Know when you should be concerned about your cat’s runny eyes

Large and luminous, the eyes are one of the most beautiful and distinctive features of the cat, but the eyes can sometimes be marred by a watery or “goopy” eye discharge, which can become chronic. There are many possible causes for the development of chronic eye discharge in cats. As with any changes in the eyes in our animal companions, any chronic change in appearance should be evaluated by a veterinarian […]