Arthritis in Pets: Warning Signs, Causes, and How to Treat It

Is your pet slowing down or having difficulty getting up and down?  For older cats and dogs, this could be due to arthritis.  Just like in aging people, our pets also develop arthritis.  Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that progresses and has mostly some irreversible changes to the joints.  This can occur due to constant wear of the smooth cartilage in the joints.  In dogs, we diagnose this in approximately 25% of all we see. However, as many as 60% of pets have radiographic evidence of this.  Cats also…

How to Help Your Dog Avoid and Deal with Snake Bites

In California, the weather is getting better, and many people and their pets are getting outside.  You must be aware that although rattlesnakes are found year-round in southern California, they are most active in the warmer seasons. In the United States, about 8,000 people each year get bitten by snakes. Dogs are very curious and can be protective, making them about 20 times more likely to be bitten by venomous snakes than people.   Rattlesnake venom is “hemotoxic.”  This means it will damage blood vessels and cause extreme swelling and pain…

Does Your Dog Have Allergies?

Springtime can be lovely, but if your pets have allergies, this season can also be very uncomfortable for them. Just as with people who have hay fever or other allergies, your pet’s immune system can overreact and become hypersensitive to a particular substance, causing itchy skin and unwanted responses. The good news is that there are a variety of treatments to remove your pet’s discomfort. Pets can have allergies to the same things people do: food or things they come in contact with; but the most common pet allergy is…