Chocolate Toxicity: 10 Facts

Chocolate Toxicity: 10 Facts

    The ingredients that pose toxicity in chocolate are theobromine and caffeine, which are both categorized into a group of compounds called methylxanthines.  These compounds act as stimulants that can cause tremoring, increased heart rate or arrhythmias,...
Why is my Dog Coughing?

Why is my Dog Coughing?

There are multiple reasons a dog may cough. In younger and middle-aged dogs, a disease known as Kennel Cough is very common and highly infectious between dogs. Kennel Cough is caused by a collection of viruses and sometimes bacteria that infect and irritate the upper...
Leptospirosis and Your Pet

Leptospirosis and Your Pet

What is Leptospirosis? Leptospirosis, or Lepto for short, is a worldwide bacteria found in the environment that can infect animals and people. Due to their lifestyle, intact outdoor male working dogs are most often affected, but any dog can contract the disease. Cats...
Pancreatitis in Dogs

Pancreatitis in Dogs

The PancreasThe pancreas is an organ within the abdomen and serves many important functions. It creates hormones that are used within the body, such as insulin, as well as digestive enzymes used to help digest protein that is ingested. These digestive enzymes are held...
Addison’s Disease – or Hypoadrenocorticism

Addison’s Disease – or Hypoadrenocorticism

What is Addison’s disease? Addison’s disease, also known as hypoadrenocorticism, is a disorder of the adrenal glands resulting in insufficient levels of stress hormone (cortisol) and, typically, electrolyte balancing hormone (aldosterone). Young to middle aged female...