Pollen Allergies (Atopy)

What is Atopy? Pollen allergies (or atopy) are the second most common skin disease of dogs (flea allergy is #1). Affected animals have an inherited predisposition to develop antibodies to environmental allergens resulting in allergic disease. Purebred dogs are the most commonly affected. The breeds with the highest incidence are Cairn Terriers, West Highland White [...]

Grain Free Diets – When Are They Appropriate?

Over time, dieting trends come and go as people search for a “simple” answer to health and wellness concerns.  The use and popularity of feeding “grain free diets” beautifully illustrates such a trend. As with people, dogs can develop sensitivities and/or allergies to the food they eat.  This can include the common grains such as [...]

CANINE CUSHING’S DISEASE

What is Cushing’s Disease or hyperadrenocorticism? The release of steroids from the adrenal glands is regulated by the hormones released from the pituitary gland. The hormone released from the pituitary gland is called ACTH. Hyperadrenocorticism or Cushing’s Disease is a disease in which there is excessive production of glucocorticoids (steroids), by the adrenal gland. What [...]

DENTAL CARE AND YOUR PET

The Staff at Newport Hills Animal Hospital wants to provide the best possible medical care for your pet. Proper dental care is one of the most important areas of preventative medical care. Diseases involving the mouth occur in over 90% of dogs and cats by 3 years of age if there is not regular care [...]

FOOD ALLERGIES AND YOUR PET

A food allergy is present when a dog or cat has an allergic hypersensitivity reaction to a product contained in a diet. These allergic reactions can be due to protein sources which may include beef, poultry, pork, fish, eggs, or soybeans. Sometimes the pet may be allergic to the carbohydrate source, which may include wheat, [...]

HIP DYSPLASIA IN YOUNG DOGS

Hip dysplasia is a developmental disorder of the hip joint. Affected dogs do not have a normal ball (femoral head) and pelvic cup (acetabulum) joint that allows for normal hip function but instead the ball partially slips out of the cup during various movements of the leg. Over time, the abnormal hip joint develops arthritis [...]

FLEA CONTROL IN YOUR HOME

Flea infestation of our pets and homes remains a frustrating problem facing pet owners and veterinarians. Fleas can infest our pets at any time and during any part of the year depending upon the environmental conditions. A successful flea program depends upon a thorough understanding of the flea life cycle and the judicious use of [...]

DIABETES IN DOGS AND CATS

Diabetes Mellitus is a disease caused by an insulin deficiency. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas (a gland adjacent to the stomach) and is used by the body to regulate the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Glucose is the chief source of energy for all cells. Without insulin the body and [...]

INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in dogs and cats encompasses a spectrum of diseases that result in chronic inflammation of the stomach, small intestine and large intestine that does not resolve on it’s own. Symptoms: Inflammatory Bowel Disease can affect dogs and cats of all ages and of all breeds. Affected animals may experience vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss [...]

NON-ANESTHETIC DENTAL CARE FOR YOUR PET

The Staff at Newport Hills Animal Hospital wants to provide the best possible medical care for your pet. Proper dental care is one of the most important areas of preventative medicine. Diseases involving the mouth occur in over 90% of dogs and cats by 3 years of age if there is not regular care of [...]

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