Hypothyroidism or a low functioning thyroid gland is the most common endocrine disease in dogs. Symptoms include: Weight gain lethargy fur loss, especially on the tail (rat-tail) thinning haircoat seborrhea, dry, flaky skin “sad” facial expression heat seeking mental dullness exercise intolerant It is more common in medium to large breed dogs, although any dog … Read more

Canine Influenza

Canine Influenza or dog flu has been in the news a great deal over the last year.  Canine Influenza is caused by one of two strains of the virus, H3N8 and H3N2.  These are highly contagious diseases easily spread from infected dogs through direct contact, nasal secretions(coughing and sneezing), food bowls, kennel surfaces and people. … Read more

Essential Oils in Cats

It seems everyone is using essential oils for presumed health benefits.  The problem is that cats have a unique way of metabolizing products in their liver.  Therefore many items that are safe for humans or dogs may be toxic to cats. Some essential oils that are toxic to your cat include: cinnamon oil citrus oil … Read more

Miracle Dog

Meet Oliver! Oliver is a Golden Retriever that was born with a forelimb(front leg) deformity. Because of the abnormality, he was only able to use three legs! Dr. Donovan, with the help of Orthopets, was able to fit him with a “boot” designed to allow him to safely put his weight on his deformed limb. … Read more