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Canine Pancreatitis

What is pancreatitis?

The pancreas is a vital organ which lies on the right side of the abdomen. It has two functions:

  1. To produce digestive enzymes to assist in food digestion.
  2. To produce hormones such as insulin

When the pancreas becomes inflamed, the disorder is called pancreatitis. It is a disease process that is seen commonly in the dog. There is no age, sex, or breed predisposition.

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Canine Obesity

I have been told that my dog is obese and must be put on a diet. Is this true?

Nearly one-third (33%) of all adults in the United States are obese. Unfortunately, this same number now applies to our pets. Obesity leads to several diseases both in pets and people. Type II diabetes, heart disease and arthritis are the most common weight-related disorders.

Diet and weight reduction are the key to ensuring that your pet lives as long and healthy a life as possible.

What is obesity?

Obesity is defined as weighing 30% more th... Read More

Canine Influenza by Frank Utchen, DVM

What is Canine Influenza?

Let's start with what an influenza virus is. Influenza viruses are a group of viruses. There are three types of influenza viruses: Type A (including the canine influenza virus), Type B, and the less closely related Type C. They produce fever, joint pain, and respiratory signs with which we are all familiar. Death is unusual but stems from respiratory complications and is most common in the very old and very young.

The virus has on its surface an assortment of proteins that determine its “strain” or subtype, and it is against these surface proteins that our bodies mount an immune response. If a viral ... Read More

Canine Diarrhea

What causes diarrhea?

Diarrhea is not a disease but a symptom of many different diseases. Many mild cases of diarrhea can be resolved quickly with simple treatments. Others are the result of serious or life-threatening illnesses such as cancer. Even diarrhea caused by mild illnesses may become fatal if treatment is not begun early enough to prevent severe fluid and nutrient losses.

How serious is diarrhea in dogs?

Your veterinarian will attempt to determine how sick your dog has become as a consequence of the diarrhea. When the dog is systemically ill... Read More

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