Greyhounds – Name This Painful Degenerative Disease

This blog post is dedicated to Sadie and Divot, two wonderful greyhounds who were adopted from The Houston Gulf Greyhound Park.  Sadie, the brindle (multi-colored), is a shy girl.  She prefers to sleep in small places that probably remind her of a kennel.  Divot, the dark one, is the exact opposite.  She loves to lay in her daddy’s lap while […]

Name This Rare Cat Breed

It is my pleasure to introduce Rudy Purrs-alot!  Rudy is large cat with a powerful muscular body.  His long hind legs make him an exceptionally agile cat.  He has an impressive vertical leap.  As his name suggests, Rudy is an affectionate guy who enjoys spending time with people.  I am told he never stops purring around his family.  Study the pictures and answer the […]

Bearded Dragons – Is This Color A Sign Of Yellow Fungal Disease?

This stunning lizard is a Bearded Dragon named Geek.  Notice the yellow coloration around his eyes and mouth.  Is this color normal or is it a sign of yellow fungal disease?  Look closely before scrolling down for the answer.                                                                DIAGNOSIS:  NORMAL COLORATION – Geek does not have the disease. Geek is an Inland Bearded Dragon, Pogona vitticeps.  Other names include […]

Hereditary Eye Disease In Bullmastiffs

This handsome fellow is Bronson, a Bullmastiff.  The breed was created by crossing mastiffs and bulldogs.  They are a solid, stocky breed with a fun personality.  Because of their size and guarding ability, it is important to socialize them at an early age.  Females weight between 100 and 120 pounds.  The males are even larger.  The […]

You Make The Diagnosis: Diseases Found In Soft-Coated Wheaton Terriers

This handsome boy is a Soft-Coated Wheaton Terrier named Satchel.  He is a high energy, curious, healthy dog who enjoys life to the fullest.  Unfortunately, this breed is also prone to four serious medical problems.  Name the diseases.  This is a difficult challenge so there are bonus points to those who know all four. . .   The four diseases are:      1)  Protein-losing Nephropathy […]

You Make The Diagnosis: Chihuahua Congenital Defects

During their first examination, I check puppies for congenital defects.  What is the most common congenital defect observed in Chihuahuas?  Will it correct over time?  Is it associated with any other medical problems?                                                                                                                                   Answer:  Open Fontanelle (Soft Spot) Open fontanelle’s occur when the bones of the skull fail to meet and fuse.  I usually find them on the […]

You Make The Diagnosis: Naked Bird

Ni is a female African Grey parrot of unknown age.  She loves to mimic noises.  Her repertoire includes meows, barks, trucks backing up and even a bomb drop.  She says “hello” in two different voices, a low masculine one and a soft feminine one.  Ni loves having her head scratched.    About 50% of Ni’s diet is Harrison’s […]

You Make The Diagnosis: Dog With Swollen Face

For aspiring veterinarians, I have created a new category called “You Make The Diagnosis”.  I will present cases for you to diagnose.  Hints will be provided on the tough ones.  Here’s the first case. Blondie is a young intact female pit bull.  She is shy around people.  Blondie loves to play out in the yard with her siblings.  […]