Archives for Internal Medicine

IMHA: When Your Pet’s Immune System Goes from Friend to Foe

When it comes to our immune system, it can either be our best friend or our worst enemy. When our pet’s immune system is healthy, it does an excellent job as the body’s defense system. When infections and diseases attempt to infect the body, the immune system’s job is to fight and prevent them from wreaking havoc. Sometimes, however, the immune system can get out of control and begin attacking things in the body that it shouldn’t. This is the case when it comes to the immune-mediated disease known as immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, also commonly known as IMHA. What is
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10 Tips For Diabetic Pet Owners

1) Diabetes Is Usually Manageable Dogs and cats with diabetes generally have a good quality of life when properly managed. It is extremely important for pet owners to maintain regularly scheduled visits with their veterinarian if their pet is a diabetic. 2) Never Change Your Pet’s Insulin Dose Without Approval From Their Prescribing Veterinarian There are a number of factors that help your veterinarian determine your pet’s dosage of insulin. Increasing or decreasing that dosage without their consent can have serious consequences. Always check with your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s medical routines. 3) Never Give Your
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Treatment of Feline Hyperthyroidism with Radioactive Iodine Treatment

By: Laura Bahorich, DVM Hyperthyroidism is the most common endocrine disorder of cats.  It occurs secondary to excess production of thyroid hormone from an overactive gland.  The thyroid hormone affects heat regulation, metabolism, and organ function.  As a result, hyperthyroid cats typically lose weight despite a ravenous appetite, begin drinking and urinate excessively, and may experience side effects on the heart, kidneys, liver, nervous system, and blood pressure. While there are several treatment options available, radioactive iodine remains the treatment of choice for feline hyperthyroidism. What Causes Hyperthyroidism? The most common cause of feline hyperthyroidism is development of an age-related
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