Q: Do cats get pancreatitis?

A: Last week’s column discussed pancreatitis in dogs, but cats also get inflammation of the pancreas.  However, the condition in cats often looks very different.  Dogs most frequently develop acute pancreatitis with a sudden onset of vomiting, diarrhea, and/or...

Diabetes

Q:  My dog has been drinking a lot of water recently.  Is it possible for dogs to get diabetes? A:  Both dogs and cats can suffer from diabetes.  There are also several other ailments that may lead to excessive water intake, including kidney disease, liver disorders,...

Small Business Saturday

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is known as “Small Business Saturday.” There is quite a bit of marketing highlighting how supporting locally owned businesses helps improve your community’s economy, culture, and quality of life. Veterinary care and products have...

Guide dogs and Service dogs

Q: What is the difference between a guide dog and a service dog? A guide dog is trained to assist blind and visually impaired people by avoiding obstacles. A service dog is trained to help those with physical or hearing disabilities by alerting deaf and hearing...

Q: Why do veterinarians run blood tests before anesthesia?

A: This is one of the ways we can minimize risk. Every patient, human or veterinary, should have a thorough physical examination and routine laboratory screening tests before anesthesia. These tests help the doctor compile a complete picture of a patient’s health...

Q: Do pets get breast cancer?

A: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Breast cancer is one of the many cancers that affect both people and pets.  Since many projects begin with animal studies, support for breast cancer research often benefits both people and pets. Dogs are particularly prone...