Hypothyroidism in dogs

You may have noticed your dog is putting on a few pounds lately although you haven’t changed its diet. After taking your pet to your veterinarian, it has been discovered that your pet has an under active thyroid gland. Just what is hypothyroidism? Hypothyroidism is a disorder in which the […]

Hyperthyroidism in cats

Hyperthyroidism is a widely recognized disorder of middle-aged and older cats. Most cases are caused by benign thyroid adenomas (tumors). Common clinical findings include weight loss, increased appetite, hyperactivity, restlessness, rapid heart rate, vomiting, increased thirst and urination, heart murmur, diarrhea, increased fecal volume, difficulty breathing, and rapid breathing, and […]

House training your puppy

Crate training is probably the most efficient method of housebreaking. When puppies are not playing, eating, or eliminating, they should be in their crates, and be given more freedom only after four to five months of this lifestyle. Owner must put their puppies on a reasonable schedule and have a […]

Pet dangers on holidays

Halloween, Christmas and Chanukah are cheerful seasons for humans, but some of the decorations, treats, candies,  and gifts we enjoy can be harmful, or even fatal, to pets. Here are some reminders to help your pets enjoy a safe and healthy season: Christmas trees and pine needles: If you have […]

Caring for hedgehogs

Cathy A. Johnson-Delaney, DVM Clinical Veterinarian Regional Primate Research Center University of Washington Box 357330 Seattle, WA 98195-7330 Atelerix albiventris (also known as A.pruneri or A.faradjius) has become a popular pet. Common names include: African hedgehog (AF), West African hedgehog, African pygmy hedgehog, White-bellied, Four-toed hedgehog. Color varieties include: White […]

Heat stroke in pets

Heat Stroke Dogs don’t sweat the way people do in order to cool the body down during extreme temperatures. They cool off by panting; the air cools the mucous membranes and blood vessels in their mouth and tongue. Extreme cases of heat stroke lead to the disruption of the dog’s […]

Heartworm disease in cats

Cats are infected by heartworms much less commonly, even in areas in which heavily infected dogs are present. Male cats tend to be infected more commonly and have a larger worm burden than female cats, mostly because male cats spend more time roaming outside and have less resistance to infection […]

Hamster diseases

RECOGNIZING DISEASE IN HAMSTERS Because hamsters are very small, nocturnal (night- active) and not closely observed, the early signs of illness are frequently overlooked or not noted at all. Hamster owners must be constantly vigilant for signs of illness and must seek immediate veterinary assistance when illness is suspected. Sick […]

Caring for hamsters

Hamsters are small, virtually tailless, velvet- furred rodents with enormous cheek pouches. They originated in the Middle East and southeastern Europe. The most common and popular, both as pets and laboratory animals, is the golden or Syrian hamster. Color and hair-type varieties of the golden hamster include cinnamon, cream, white, […]

Guinea pig diseases

Malocclusion of Premolar Teeth (Slobbers): A common problem of guinea pigs (especially those over 2-3 years old) results when the upper and lower premolar teeth (the most forward cheek teeth) meet improperly while chewing. In time, this problem results in abnormal wear of these teeth. This in turn causes entrapment […]