Vomiting Cats: Not Just Hairballs

iStock_000003578356_MediumCats are known for throwing up. Pop culture often makes fun of pukey kitties, and most cat owners accept that their cat is going to throw up more often than they’d like. Believe it or not, though, vomiting cats are never really normal.

The Hairball Myth

Cats definitely throw up a lot, and many times there is hair in the vomit. But hair does not cause vomiting. Cats have evolved to groom their lush coats and eat little creatures with hair. Cats who vomit are displaying a symptom of something that is not working correctly in their digestive system. Continue…

A True Summer Pet Emergency: Heatstroke

iStock_000033615584_SmallWith summertime upon us, the temperature is rising – and with it, one of the biggest summer pet emergency concerns: heatstroke.

Heatstroke happens when your pet’s body becomes unable to keep its temperature regulated and his or her internal temperature rises above 104° F. If the body’s temperature stays at this level for too long, serious consequences can occur.

Prevent heatstroke in pets whenever possible, and know how to recognize signs early so that proper care can be delivered to your pet.

How to Recognize Heatstroke in Pets

Pets who are suffering from heatstroke may have a variety of signs. As the seriousness of the condition progresses, the signs the pet is displaying will also increase in intensity and severity. Symptoms of heatstroke in pets include: Continue…

The TPLO Procedure for Dogs

iStock_000039085662_SmallIf you have ever known a person who tore their ACL while skiing, or heard about a football player blowing out his knee, you are somewhat familiar with cruciate disease. The cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) is one of the main structures that stabilizes the knee. Rupture of this ligament is one of the leading causes of canine lameness. It can result in pain and the development of arthritis if not corrected with the TPLO procedure for dogs, or other effective treatments.

Dogs that have an injury to their CCL often have a progressive lameness that may result in difficulty rising or jumping, decreased activity, muscle loss, or intermittent limping. Eventually the ligament may tear entirely, resulting in a sudden, non-weight bearing lameness. Continue…