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The components of chocolate that make it toxic to dogs are caffeine and theobromine, which fall into a class of drugs called methylxanthines.
Surgery is a scary thought for anyone, however laparoscopic surgery is a different case. Laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery, gives veterinarians the ability to explore the abdominal and/or pelvic cavity using a miniature camera instead performing a traditional open procedure. Once the camera is inserted through a small incision (0.5-1.5cm), it can be used to perform surgery with a clear view of the organs, allowing for greater precision.
As winter arrives in the Northern hemisphere, temperatures drop and just like for humans, the lifestyles of cats change. Cold weather can have a negative impact on the well-being of cats in a number of ways, but luckily there are steps that you can take to mitigate these effects.
Thanksgiving is a good time to acknowledge the people, pets and other things in our lives for which we are thankful!
As Halloween approaches it's important that pet owners are aware of the danger that chocolate boxes and candies pose for our pets. Dogs are infamous for their less than discriminating taste in foods; with chocolate, in particular, they appear as powerless to resist as we are.
Have you ever heard of GDV or bloat? Gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV) is a life-threatening emergency that we frequently see at Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center. To learn what it is, how we diagnose it, how we treat it and how you can prevent it, keep reading.