Dogs with bladder stones usually show signs of incontinence; urinating frequently, straining while urinating and passing only small quantities each time. They may also have blood in their urine. This irritation in their bladder may cause them to lick their genital area more than normal or lick at their lower abdomen. The bleeding typically results from the stones rubbing and scraping the bladder wall. The chance of developing chronic bladder infections is also markedly increased with the presence of untreated bladder stones. Another complication with bladder stones is that the stone may continue to grow in size until there is no room for urine to collect in the bladder.More
Did you know that if you are making a homemade diet for your pet without a veterinarian recommended recipe you may be leaving out essential vitamins and minerals necessary for the proper health and nutrition of your pet?
If you are interested in making homemade meals for your dog or cat, Hilary’s Blend is a great product and resource! There are a variety of recipes available, including hypoallergenic, low fat, vegetarian, urinary and renal (just to name a few!) to chose from to meet the specific needs of your pet. The Hillary’s Blend supplements must be used with these recipes to provide a nutritionally complete and balanced diet.More
Diabetes is one of the most frequently occurring endocrine gland disease of dogs middle age or older. But don’t worry, well controlled diabetic dogs can easily live just as long non-diabetics!
The main symptoms you might see in your undiagnosed diabetic dog is obvious weight loss and increased thirst. This is due to the increased level of inaccessible glucose in the blood stream.More
Diabetes is a medical condition that your cat may develop when they get a bit older, usually around the age of 9 or 10. The true incidence of feline diabetes isn’t known, but it’s estimated at 0.5% to 2% of the feline population will develop it in their lifetime. The main symptoms are increased thirst and increased urination. Also, because a diabetic cat is producing urine with high levels of glucose in it you may notice that the litter in the litter box is “stickier” than usual or that your cat has litter sticking to their feet. And while we do see it in cats with appropriate body weight, it’s more common in obese cats. Please note though, if your cat has had diabetes for a while and it has gone undiagnosed, you may notice weight loss in your cat. Some cats with diabetes have a ravenous appetite because their bodies cannot properly use the energy supplied by their diet.More
Your Senior Pet
As your pet enters their senior years they may start to develop diseases common to their human counterparts. Diseases such as diabetes, cataracts, arthritis, hypothyroidism and cancer. If any of these diseases go unnoticed in their early stages, they may progress rapidly and compromise your pet’s health. Early detection of health problems will lead to a much better quality of life and a longer life for your pet.More
The pancreas is a glandular organ that lies just under the stomach and along the duodenum (part of the small intestine), and its main job is to secrete enzymes. The primary job of the pancreas is to secrete digestive enzymes to help break down the food your pet eats, the secondary job is to secrete insulin and glucagon to regulate sugar metabolism. The secreted digestive enzymes are what concerns us in a case of pancreatitis.More
Hepatic Lipidosis (Fatty Liver Disease)
Hepatic lipidosis is considered a cause or contributing cause of liver disease in cats. If a cat loses weight too quickly, (either because they are sick and stop eating or they have become lost and unable to find food) a very big problem can occur. By the time the cat actually stops eating, the liver disease may be well underway and will require more aggressive support and treatment to reverse. Normally, in a starvation situation fat is moved from the body’s storage depots to the liver for processing into lipoproteins but the feline liver does not handle huge amounts of mobilized fat very well. The liver becomes overwhelmed with fat and begins to fail.
Hypothyroidism is the condition where you have inadequate levels of active thyroid hormone. It is a common hormone condition in humans and is also one of the most common hormone imbalance of dogs.More