Parvovirus in Puppies

I work at a large hospital located in central Phoenix.  For the last two weeks, we have seen a surge in parvovirus infections in puppies.  While some of them were not vaccinated to prevent the disease, I am also seeing some dogs who were vaccinated.  Here is the problem, in an effort to save money the […]

Xylitol Poisoning in Dogs

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener used in many products including gum, mints, candy and even baked goods.  When dogs ingest this compound, it causes insulin release from the islet cells of the pancreas.  The insulin causes a drop in blood sugar.  The drop is dose dependent which means the bigger the dose the more severe […]

Feline Oral Resorptive Lesions

Feline Oral Resorptive Lesions (FORL’s) are a common, painful problem in cats.  In this disease, the cat’s own body destroys their teeth by resorption. In the early stages, the gums are inflamed around the affected tooth as the outer layer of cementum is destroyed.  As the disease progresses, more layers of the tooth are destroyed all the way down to […]