Did My Dog Have A Stroke? (Idiopathic Vestibular Disease)

The vestibular system is the neurological equipment responsible for perceiving the body’s orientation relative to earth. It is responsible for maintaining posture, balance of the head and trunk, and the position of the eyes in relation to head movement. The

Canine Influenza

Canine influenza was first diagnosed in racing greyhounds in Florida in 2005. It is closely related to the equine influenza virus and is not contagious to people or other animals. The disease has a high rate of infection and is

Collapsing Trachea In Dogs

The trachea (windpipe) is a tube of c-shaped cartilage rings that connect the oral cavity with the lungs. The c-shaped cartilage has a membrane that lines the top surface. In dogs, these cartilage rings can weaken and the tracheal membrane

Feline Upper Respiratory Infection

The most common cause of sneezing in cats is an upper respiratory infection. Feline upper respiratory infections can develop from a single agent or can be a mixed infection as well. The most commonly involved agents are feline herpes virus


Pyometra is a disease that occurs when the uterus in an older female dog or cat fills with pus. Most affected dogs and cats are older than six years of age and have not been spayed or still have their

Rabies Shot Reactions

A rabies vaccine reaction is an area of hair loss that forms 1-3 months after a rabies vaccine has been administered. The reaction occurs at the area where the vaccine was injected and the hair loss may be accompanied by

What Is A Reverse Sneeze?

A reverse sneeze is one of the most common pet conditions I discuss with owners. A reverse sneeze occurs when a dog attempts to clear the back of the nasal cavity. It is a protective reflex of the body similar

Why Does My Dog Scoot His Butt?

The most common reason that pets scoot or rub their butts is a problem with their anal glands. The anal glands are found next to the anus and contain a foul odor that pets use to mark their territories. When

Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?

Why dogs eat grass is a common question of many pet owners with no easy go-to answer. Eating grass is a fairly typical condition of dogs and cats. Many experts theorize it is a trait inherited from our pets’ wild

Why Does My Dog Eat Poop?

Coprophagia is a common problem in dogs that causes them to ingest their own feces. Many people incorrectly assume that the reason their pet suffers from coprophagia is a nutritional or dietary deficiency. This assumption comes from a disease called

Zinc Toxicity And Penny Ingestion In Pets

In 1983, the United States government began minting pennies made of zinc wafers coated in copper, rather than just pure copper. This began to cause problems with zinc toxicity in animals that ingested pennies minted after 1983. Other sources of

Feline Acne

Feline acne is an inflammatory condition of a cat’s chin and lips. The acne starts as a blackhead or comedone on the chin. It may then progress to red, itchy bumps that can become infected. Feline acne can occur in

Broken Teeth In Pets

A broken tooth is a very common occurrence in dogs and cats. A fracture of a tooth is most common in the canine (fang) and upper fourth premolars of dogs and the canine of cats. A fractured tooth can occur

Bird Toxins

BIRD TOXINS TOXINS IN THE HOME By David Hannon, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-Avian With the holidays approaching, it’s time to keep an eye on all of our birds as our houses are inundated friends and relatives, gifts and trinkets and new

Bird Temperatures

GETTING THROUGH THE EXTREMES By David Hannon, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-Avian Due to the recent ice storm and power loss throughout Shelby County and the surrounding areas, I have been asked to write about how aviculturists can help their birds handle

Bird Diets

AVIAN DIETS: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly By David Hannon, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-Avian With the variety of avian diets on the market, and the copious amounts of information (and misinformation) provided by pet stores, aviculturists, and veterinarians, it’s

Dealing With Stress In Birds.

DEALING WITH STRESS IN BIRDS By David Hannon, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-Avian Whether you have one pet budgie or an aviary full of champion macaws, limiting stress is essential for the health and well-being of your birds. Stress can occur in

Is My Dog Developing Cataracts?

Is My Dog Developing Cataracts? Cataracts are a hardening of the lens in the eye, which is the focusing device in the eye. When the cataracts are called mature, they involve the entire lens and cause blindness. Cataracts can also

Safety At Dog Parks

Pet Tip: Dog Parks Dog parks are the fastest growing segment of city parks in the United States. They can be a great way for you and your four-legged friend to enjoy some time outdoors. Follow these helpful suggestions to

Chlorine In Pools And Pets

Pet Tip: Is the chlorine in my swimming pool safe for my dogs? Just like people, many dogs seek water to cool off on a hot summer day. Swimming is a great exercise for dogs, and a wonderful bonding activity.

Blindness In Dogs And Cats

Blindness can occur in pets either gradually or suddenly. When blindness occurs gradually, the pet is usually able to adapt to their surroundings due to their heightened senses of hearing and smell. A pet can very easily memorize the interior

Cherry Eye In Dogs

All dogs have a special protective third eyelid on the inside corner of their eyes that is often not visible. This eyelid provides protection to the eye and also contains a gland that produces about 35% of the eye’s tears.

Heat Stroke And Heat Exhaustion In Dogs

The “dog days of summer” are not always the most ideal time for dogs to be outdoors. As summer temperatures soar, so do the incidents of heat exhaustion and heat stroke in pets. Although the terms heat stroke and heat

Saving Your Pet With CPR

Emergency techniques such as CPR may help pet owners keep their pets alive until they arrive at their veterinarian or emergency center. Here are some tips on CPR for pets: Check for breathing and pulse. Using your middle and index

Hot Asphalt Can Burn Pet Feet

It is important to keep your pets away from pavement during the hot summer months. A sunny 85-degree day (air temperature) can cause asphalt temperatures to reach as high as 140 degrees. To put that into perspective, an egg can

Frostbite In Dogs

Many people believe that since their pets (especially dogs and cats) are covered in fur that they must be able to be out in the cold for extended periods of time. While it is true that certain breeds of dogs

Pets During The Holidays

Christmas and the holiday season can be exciting and wonderful for your pets, as they understand the excitement of the day.  During the holiday season, please remember a few important tips, primarily that wrapping food such as candy and chocolates

Pets In The Cold

Now that is is getting colder outside, we cannot stress enough to bring your pets inside in order to prevent frostbite and potentially even death.  Many people believe that because pets have fur they are not affected by cold the

Heimlich Maneuver for Dogs

Sadly, it is not uncommon for a dog to choke because they  swallow things they shouldn’t, like toys and bones. If your dog is choking, he will start coughing forcefully, bulge his  eyes and paw at his mouth. In order