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Pancreatitis in Cats and Dogs

Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, an organ in the abdomen. The pancreas has two functions.   

It produces hormones to control the amount of sugar in the body. One of these hormones is insulin. If the pancreas is not producing enough...

Seizures in Pets

A seizure is uncontrolled activity in the brain that can cause a variety of signs. The most common ones include stiffening or falling over, paddling of legs, and shaking. The pet may pass urine or stool or salivate.  Some dogs, but not cats, will...

Heart Disease in Pets

Yes; pets get heart disease too just like people. Aging pets most often die from kidney disease or heart disease. There are several different types of heart disease, but many pets do not suffer from blockages in blood vessels as people do....

Diabetes in Pets

Your pet’s body uses glucose (sugar) as its main source of energy. If your pet has diabetes it can’t use glucose the way it should. Diabetes mellitus is the full name of the disease. There is another disease called diabetes insipidus. It is...

Ear Infections

The ear canal in pets has a vertical portion that goes straight down. It then curves toward the head and has a horizontal part. The eardrum is at the end of the horizontal part.

Infections by bacteria and yeast are the most common ear problems...


Hyperthyroidism, overactive thyroid glands, is a common condition among cats, particularly those eight years old or older, but is very rare in dogs unless they are receiving too much medication for hypothyroidism (low thyroid).


Cats have two...

Asthma in Pets

It may come as a surprise, but our pets can be just as likely to develop asthma as  humans, although the condition affects cats more often than dogs. Asthma is a condition that develops as a result of chronic inflammation in the small bronchioles...


Hypothyroidism (low thyroid) is a disease of middle to older age dogs and is rare in cats. It is due to a low amount of thyroid hormone.

The hormone comes from the thyroid glands in the neck. It is usually caused by inflammation destroying some...