Leptospirosis in Dogs

When a Dog Becomes Infected Dogs become infected by leptospires when abraded (irritated or cut) skin comes into contact with infected urine or with water contaminated with infected urine. Alternatively, bite wounds, exposure to reproductive secretions, and even consumption of infected tissues can transmit this infection. The organisms quickly spread through the bloodstream leading to fever, […]

Safe Cat Vaccines

Urban Animal Veterinary Hospital only uses non-adjuvanted vaccines for cats. An adjuvant is added to a vaccine to stimulate the immune system to react to the vaccine and thus increase the effectiveness of the vaccine (i.e. to make antibodies to protect your cat in the future).  Unfortunately, many of the adjuvanted vaccines have come under […]

Renal Failure Dietary Therapy

Many aspects of kidney failure require attention. The goal of renal therapy, dietary or otherwise, is to prevent or at least postpone advanced uremia (poisoning by toxins the kidneys could not adequately remove) and extend life expectancy and quality. Diet is an important part of achieving these goals and we are lucky to have commercially available […]

Fractures in Dogs and Cats

Things to know about fractures in cats and dogs are, in most cases, if your pet has suffered a traumatic injury, it’s likely that your veterinarian will recommend surgical stabilization of the fracture. Dogs and cats with fractures are treated surgically more often than are humans.  There are two reasons for this: Compared to humans, […]

Hypothyroidism in Dogs

It is a common human ailment and has in the past been considered to be the most common hormone imbalance of dogs, though this has lately been called into question as test results can be confusing. It seems like hypothyroidism would be a straight forward condition: the body does not produce enough thyroid hormone, disease […]