Cushing’s disease (Hyperadrenocorticism)

What is Cushing’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism)?

Cushing’s disease is one of the most common endocrine disorders that affects middle aged to older dogs (this condition is extremely rare in cats).  Cushing’s disease can develop when a dog’s own body overproduces cortisol or when a dog is given corticosteroid medications at high doses and/or over a long period of time. Cushing’s disease is most commonly caused by a small benign growth on the brain that results in over secretion of the hormone cortisol.


Addison’s Disease (Hypoadrenocorticism)

What is Addison’s Disease?

In animals with Addison’s disease there is a deficiency or reduction of the corticosteroid hormones released from the adrenal glands. We usually don’t know the direct cause of the hormone deficiency, but fortunately the disease can be managed with the administration of corticosteroid hormones even if the cause of it is unknown.veterinary-85925_960_720


Hairball Remedies

Is your cat prone to hairballs? Everyday your cat will ingest a lot of hair due to daily grooming routines. Hairballs can interfere with normal gastrointestinal function. They can cause indigestion, vomiting, abdominal discomfort, constipation and may even become a foreign body (blocking the intestinal tract, requiring surgical removal). Limiting hairball formation is important for your cat. Here’s a look at a couple products that can help cats that are prone to hairballs.



Feline Breed Spotlight: American Curl

The American Curl


This breed originated in California in 1981. The original American Curl was a stray cat, who gave birth to a litter of kittens some of which had curled ears. This mamma cat and the kittens became the original breeding stock for this breed. These kittens are actually born with straight ears that begin to curl after about 48 hours. Around 4 months of age the ears stop curling and become stiff at the base of the ear and flexible at the tips. As per the Cat Fanciers Association, a pet quality American Curl may have almost straight ears, but show cats must have ears that curl in an arc between 90 and 180 degrees. Even though the American Curl is a new and uncommon breed, they can be found in small numbers in countries across the world.



Seizures and your pet

Your pet having a seizure can be a very scary thing to witness. One second your pet is fine, the next they have fallen over and have gone stiff or start to twitch uncontrollably. First and foremost, try to remain calm. If your pet is in danger of falling down the stairs or having something fall on them gently try to slide them out of harms way. Stay away from their mouth’s as they may bite during a seizure. If possible, try to time how long the seizure lasts for.



Hill’s Prescription Diet® Dental Care Chews

Hill’s Prescription Diet® Dental Care Chews are a great addition to your dog’s home dental care regime. These chews are clinically proven to decrease plaque and tartar build-up. They have VOHC acceptance, meaning these chews have been tested and are proven to help reduce plaque and tartar build up in dogs. They come individually wrapped or in a 12oz bag.



Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in both dogs and cats. Urinary tract infections are only one of the many health concerns involving the urinary tract and many of these concerns involve the same symptoms. If you think your pet is suffering from a UTI, an exam, urinalysis and urine culture will be needed to determine if it is truly a urinary tract infection.