I was a young vet only a few months out of university when I saw my first aortic or arterial thromboembolism (ATE). This is a horrible disease of cats caused by a saddle thrombus: a blood clot released from the heart that is ejected down the aorta and blocks it near the hind legs.Continue reading “Saddle Thrombus in Cats: Evidence vs Experience”
Essential facts ( details below):
When Is A Swollen Belly An Emergency?
Dogs with any of these symptoms need to be taken to a vet immediately:
- Hard, painful abdomen
- Severe lethargy
- Not eating
Now dive deeper…Continue reading “Help! My Dog Has A Swollen Stomach”
Laser therapy for dogs is now something that I get asked about most days. That’s because it’s being offered for problems that are very frustrating to both dogs and owners. These are conditions like:
- Arthritis & hip dysplasia
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Cruciate rupture or torn ACL
- IVDD & other spinal diseases
- Soft tissue injuries, like ligament, tendon and muscle tears
- Recovery from surgery and wound healing
- Skin conditions and ear infections
But does it work? Is this relief for suffering dogs or just another false hope?Continue reading “Does Laser Therapy For Dogs Really Work?”
Remember Fred? Not long ago I told you how he was stolen and recovered 18 months later. This is the story of what happened next.
His path led to a specialist and a procedure called TECA that increasing numbers of dogs are getting. If you have a dog prone to ear infections, you should read this. Not just so you know it’s there if you need it, but also so you can avoid it.Continue reading “Total Ear Canal Ablation in Dogs”
One night my own dog started shaking and shivering uncontrollably. Several frantic minutes went by. Was it a poison, was he unwell? The reasons why dogs tremble and shake go from simple to serious.
A minute later he squatted, passed a huge puddle of urine on the floor and the shaking stopped. He was busting to go to the toilet, and no-one realised. We all felt a bit silly, but that’s how hard it is.Continue reading “Causes Of Shaking & Trembling in Dogs”
I must admit there’s a time when I’m tempted not to tell you what I’m thinking. It’s when I see an older large breed dog with an unexplained limp.
The fear of bone cancer is always lurking.Continue reading “Osteosarcoma In Dogs”
You’re about to see what happens when a pet species isn’t big business.Continue reading “What Can I Give My Rabbit For Arthritis?”
The poor kitties. Arthritis in cats is a disease that manages to be severe, unseen, unresearched and very common all at the same time.Continue reading “What Can I Give My Cat For Arthritis?”
There is no animal treatment that provokes more debate than arthritis medication. The sheer number of treatments on offer is bewildering. Why??Continue reading “What Can I Give My Dog For Arthritis?”
‘At a glance’ (details below)
Why Dogs Yelp, Cry or Shake Suddenly
- Acute pain is the cause of most yelping ‘for no reason’
- The majority of unexplained cases have neck or back pain
- It can happen when moving, when touched or even while sleeping
- Some of these dogs are at risk of IVDD
Now dive deeper…Continue reading “Help! My Dog Yelps & Shakes For No Reason”