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  • Leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Leptospira. The disease often causes serious damage to the kidney and liver, and may be fatal in severe cases.

  • Generally, the following screening tests are recommended when liver disease is suspected: a complete blood count (CBC), a serum biochemical profile, and a urinalysis.

  • When we think of dogs who are different—dogs with disabilities—we generally first think of dogs with obvious, visible differences. For instance, we may get a mental image of a dog with three legs, or missing an eye, or perhaps a dog who is paralyzed. We may simply overlook the invisible disabilities a dog may be living with. Deafness is one of these hidden issues.

  • Careful monitoring of epileptic pets is necessary, not only to make sure the dose of the medicine is right, but also to ensure there are no problems related to the long-term use of the medication.

  • Besides making your dinner taste great, onions, garlic, leeks and chives can instigate severe medical problems for your dog. Although clinical signs of illness can occur soon after your dog eats the veggies, symptoms may take days to appear.

  • The pancreas is a glandular organ located close to the liver, the stomach and the small intestine. The pancreas has two separate and distinct functions, which are its endocrine functions (functions associated with hormone production) and its exocrine functions (functions associated with enzyme production).

  • Pancreatitis is a disease caused by inflammation of the pancreas. Dogs with severe, sudden on-set pancreatitis are often very ill and show signs of vomiting, lethargy, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, and fever. Dogs with less severe forms of pancreatitis may show only mild signs of illness. Pancreas-specific lipase is a form of lipase produced only in the pancreas. It is highly specific to the pancreas, and blood values increase only when there is pancreatic inflammation.

  • The definition of a pneumothorax is an accumulation of air outside the lungs, but inside the chest wall. The air outside the lung prevents the lungs from inflating normally, and can lead to lung collapse. There are several variations of pneumothorax.

  • The risk associated with general anesthesia and surgery is minimal for a healthy pet. However, the potential for complications still exists, and the best way to minimize the risk is for your pet is to have a complete pre-surgical evaluation performed before the procedure. There are three stages of surgical preparation: physical examination, routine blood testing, and additional or special testing.

  • A blood test detects pregnancy in the bitch by measuring levels of a hormone called relaxin. This hormone is produced by the developing placenta following implantation of the embryo, and can be detected in the blood in most bitches as early as 22-27 days post-breeding.