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Ear Infections in Dogs

If your best friend has an ear infection, you might see?or in some cases smell?some of the following symptoms with regard to the affected ear:

  • Unpleasant odor
  • Hot and painful to the touch
  • Wet sound when massaged, or the inside may seem abnormally moist
  • Shaking of the head
  • Scratching
  • Scabs or inflammation 

Pet Seizures

What is a seizure?
Watching your dog or cat experience a seizure can be a scary thing, and for good reason:  seizures are usually accompanied by convulsions and wild thrashing, yelps and cries, and sometimes excessive drooling, urination, and pooping.

So what exactly is a seizure, and why does it plague some of our furry friends? Seizures result from abnormal brain activity, the cause of which is not always understood. Not only are they distressing to witness, they also vary greatly in severity. Often, seizures can be a medical emergency requiring immediate veterinary attention.

Seizures should not be ignored and can signal a variety of underlying conditions in your pet. Culprits include epilepsy, brain tumors, trauma, certain toxins and metabolic issues such as low blood sugar, low calcium levels, high blood pressure and liver disease. If your pet has a seizure, it is extremely important to contact us immediately and during after hours contact the Animal Emergency Clinic.

What Are Intestinal Parasites?

Intestinal parasites are parasites that live inside the host animal?s gastrointestinal tract. Examples include worms, like roundworms; whipworms, hookworms, tapeworms and protozoa such as giardia and coccidia. How do dogs get intestinal parasites?Dogs can contract intestinal parasites via different routes. Parasites are usually transmitted when an animal inadvertently ingests parasite eggs or spores in contaminated soil, water, feces or food. In the case of tapeworms, they can also be transmitted when a dog eats an infected flea. Puppies, on the other hand, usually get intestinal parasites from their mother. Transmission can occur in utero or from nursing. Why should you care?Intestinal parasites can cause malnutrition, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, and anemia. Besides making our pets sick, many of these parasites can affect people. According to kidshealth.org, ?20% of dogs pass toxocara eggs in their stool.? Toxocara can cause damage to the eyes and untreated can lead to vision loss, especially in childrend.

Arthritis in Cats

Arthritis can be mild to severe, and your pet may experience various signs depending on its severity.

Signs of arthritis include:

  • Lameness
  • Ain't doin right (ADR)
  • Cringes/shies away when back or neck area is pet
  • Swollen joints
  • Popping and cracking when the joint moves
  • Muscle wasting (the muscles by the joint become smaller)
  • Licking of the joint area
  • Slow to rise up from a resting position
  • Loss of appetite or unusual weight gain
  • Unwillingness to walk, jump, or climb stairs
  • Accidents outside the litter pan
  • Depression or irritation