Tag Archives: dog health

Understanding Diabetes in Pets

Posted on: January 9, 2017 - No Comments

The bad news is that diabetes is way up in dogs and cats. The good news is that diabetes is considered treatable (as mentioned, cats may even go into remission). However, in order to treat, appropriate diagnosis is necessary.

5 Benefits of Walks with Your Dog

Posted on: September 29, 2015 - 1 Comment

Walking with your dog has so many health benefits. For National Walk Your Dog Week, here's 5 reasons to hit the pavement with your four-legged pal.

Mr. Licks-A-Lot

Posted on: July 1, 2014 - 2 Comments

   Do you live with a Mr. Licks-A-Lot? You know what I mean - a dog who, for reasons that he is not readily sharing, will suddenly and obsessively begin to lick the floor, the couch, the wall? Note that I am not referring to the dog who licks you, a behavior that usually communicates appeasement, affection, or in some cases, Read More

Dogs May Help Us Better Understand Breast Cancer

Posted on: April 8, 2014 - No Comments

Answers to some of the most puzzling questions about breast cancer might walk on four legs. Veterinary oncologists working with a program at the University of Pennsylvania are treating mammary tumors in shelter dogs with the hope of learning about the progression of breast cancer in humans. Mammary tumors are extremely common in female dogs, Read More

A Veterinarian’s Experience with Treating His Dog’s Cancer

Posted on: March 19, 2014 - No Comments

In late 2013, an ultrasound revealed that Cardiff had a small intestinal mass. Surgery was performed to remove the growth and the biopsy revealed the diagnosis of T-cell lymphoma. Although the tumor was completely removed and no other evidence of cancer was found in Cardiff’s body, the potential exists that other cancer cells could still Read More

Cardiff’s Cancer Story, Part 2: Surgical Removal of an Intestinal Mass

Posted on: January 31, 2014 - No Comments

So, my dog Cardiff has cancer. My own pooch, who has overcome three bouts of Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) in his nearly nine years of life now has a fatal disease. If you’re first reading of this, I started the chronicle of Cardiff’s cancer journey in my last petMD Daily Vet article,Can a Veterinarian Treat His Read More

Can a Veterinarian Treat His Own Pet?

Posted on: January 27, 2014 - No Comments

We veterinarians are very familiar with the process of guiding our clients through the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses as a daily event in our veterinary practices. Yet, what happens when a veterinarian’s animal becomes sick? Do we choose to manage the case by ourselves or do we defer to others out of our lack Read More

Vaccinations

Posted on: January 20, 2014 - No Comments

Vaccines, inoculations, immunizations, SHOTS! No matter what term is used, they serve a purpose, and almost always a good one. Though there is growing skepticism among many dog owners regarding vaccine recommendations for their four-legged children, it is important to fully understand the purpose and reason behind vaccinating your pets. Distemper-Adenovirus-Parvovirus-Parainfluenza More commonly termed the Read More

Animal Care

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Taking care of a pet for her entire lifespan is a huge responsibility, but there are a few ways to ensure her well-being.   10 Tips for General Animal Care: Physical examination.  A veterinarian should examine your dog at least once every 12 months. Do not miss yearly checkups, and keep your dog up-to-date on Read More

Grooming

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Keeping your pet’s skin and coat clean and healthy is an important part of pet ownership. While some dogs require more extensive grooming than others, all dogs require some level of grooming maintenance. Bathing Bathing is the most basic foundation of grooming, and is a must for any dog regardless of its breed or size. Read More

Incontinence

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Many dogs eventually develop issues with bladder control. More commonly referred to as 'urinary incontinence', this can be a bothersome yet easily-treated problem. No matter the red flags it may raise for the owners, it is imperative that veterinary assistance be sought for this issue. Urinary incontinence can be caused by many factors, including: Urinary Read More

Eye Care

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Although dogs mainly use their keen sense of hearing and excellent sense of smell to guide them, it is still important to maintain healthy vision. Most dogs go through life without eye problems, but it’s helpful to know the signs of unhealthy eyes. Some breeds are more susceptible to eye problems because of the shape Read More

Dental Care

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Did you know that 85% of our pet dog population has some degree of dental disease? Dental disease begins with a build-up of tartar on the teeth. If left untreated, tartar buildup leads to gingivitis, a painful inflammation of the gum line. Once the gum line is inflamed, tooth roots are susceptible to bacterial infection Read More

Fleas & Ticks / Heartworms

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There are all sorts of nasty parasites that would love nothing more than to use the inside and the outside of your dog as a host. Parasites are not only a danger to your pet, but are also a danger to your family and your home. Five Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy and Your Read More

Heartworm Disease

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Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito. These parasitic worms live in the arteries of the dog’s lungs and other internal organs. It can take just one bite to infect your dog, which is why prevention is so important. The disease is fatal if left untreated, and Read More

Allergies

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Allergies are a common condition that can affect dogs of all ages and breeds. Depending on your dog’s specific allergy, problems can occur when the allergen is inhaled, ingested, or makes contact with skin. While most allergy cases are treatable and not dangerous for your dog, they can cause some severe symptoms. What are common Read More

Health Knowledge

Posted on: January 15, 2014 - No Comments

As a dog owner, there are many decisions you have to make related to your pet’s health. Should I get my dog spayed or neutered? Should I keep my dog on monthly preventatives? How should I groom my dog? Which vaccinations should my dog receive? These are just a few of the common questions pet Read More

Health Issues

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Whether you have a puppy or a senior dog, it is paramount that you keep an eye on the many health issues which can cause major problems. Puppies are especially prone to certain diseases and illnesses as a result of their infant immune system. Monitor your puppy’s behavior, bowel movements, and overall demeanor, and report Read More

Top 5 Acupuncture Success Stories

Posted on: January 2, 2014 - 1 Comment

In striving to keep things merry and bright and this holiday season, I've decided to feature the top five photos of my veterinary acupuncture patients from 2013. Not many people get the chance to see what it's like for pets to have acupuncture, so I frequently photograph my patients during their treatment process. Actually, quite Read More

Have You Been Bathing Your Pet with a Cancer Causing Shampoo?

Posted on: November 22, 2013 - 14 Comments

We all want the best for our canine and feline companions, but sometimes we owners may unknowingly be sickening our pets. One of the most glaringly obvious circumstances where pets were sickened or died as a result of the recommendations of animal-health professionals is the 2007 melamine pet food crisis. Dogs and cats that consumed dry Read More

Picking the Right Dog for Your Health & Lifestyle

Posted on: November 14, 2013 - No Comments

We're just beginning to understand the extent of the remarkable bond between dogs and humans. Adding a dog to your life can be a wonderful idea at any age, but it’s not a decision to take lightly. If you’re looking for a new dog for yourself or a family member, it’s important to take your time to find the right dog for your age, health, and lifestyle.

Circovirus Linked to Multiple Deaths of Michigan Dogs

Posted on: October 10, 2013 - 4 Comments

Recently, reports of what seems to be an emerging virus have come from multiple states, including California, Michigan, and Ohio. As of October 3, 2013, circovirus has been confirmed in two dogs that have died in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Another four dog deaths in Ann Arbor are suspected to have been in part due to circovirus related illness.

Pet Care in Medieval Times

Posted on: August 13, 2013 - No Comments

Our care and compassion for animals has certainly evolved over time, but it's interesting to look back at how we have relied on pets throughout the course of human history. It seems that even in Medieval times, the human race has always had a soft spot for our four-legged friends. According to a new article Read More

California Squirrels Infected with Plague Could Spread the Disease to Pets & People

Posted on: July 25, 2013 - No Comments

Have you heard of the plague? It’s not a disease that we modern day dwellers frequently consider, but it still exists and could potentially affect your pet.

The plague is a disease caused by a bacterium called Yersinia pestis. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

Humans usually get plague after being bitten by a rodent flea that is carrying the plague bacterium or by handling an animal infected with plague. Plague is infamous for killing millions of people in Europe during the Middle Ages. Today, modern antibiotics are effective in treating plague. Without prompt treatment, the disease can cause serious illness or death. Presently, human plague infections continue to occur in the western United States, but significantly more cases occur in parts of Africa and Asia.

Dr. Patrick Mahaney’s Top Five Holistic Pet Cancer Prevention Tips

Posted on: May 20, 2013 - 5 Comments

Cancer is a disease that we veterinarians are diagnosing more frequently in pets. According to the Morris Animal Foundation, “1 in 2 dogs will develop cancer and 1 in 4 dogs will die of the disease.” As there is no guarantee for a cure, we should strive to prevent our pets from developing cancer in the first place.

Is Your Pet ‘Big Boned?’

Posted on: February 28, 2011 - No Comments

Weight is not always the best indicator of how healthy your pet actually is. As we all know, muscle weighs more than fat and therefore seemingly fit dogs can weigh more then a similar non athletic dog. A better way to see if your pet is at its ideal weight is through a body condition Read More

Dr. Duffy Jones, DVM

Posted on: December 29, 2009 - No Comments

Dr. Duffy Jones is a native of the Atlanta area.  He attended the University of Notre Dame where he received a Bachelor of Science degree and later the Tufts University of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, from which he received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1999.  After that, Dr. Jones completed a one-year rotating internship Read More