Disc Disease in Dachshunds

Disc Disease in Dachshunds

Article by Steve Bright | Featured on Veterinary Expert

Dachshunds and similar breeds such Pekingese, Lhasa Apsos and Shih Tzus, have short legs and a relatively long back. These breeds suffer from a condition called ‘chondrodystropic dwarfism’. As a result they can be prone to back problems, more specifically disc disease.

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MRSP: The Canine Superbug

MRSP: The Canine Superbug

Article by Jon Hardy | Featured on Veterinary Expert

Bacterial infections are amongst the top 3 skin conditions diagnosed in dogs and cats, and veterinary surgeons diagnose them on an almost daily basis. Interestingly, the bacteria responsible for these infections are usually present on the skin before problems arise, and only rarely do animals ‘pick up’ these bacteria at the time of infection. In dogs, the bacterium Staphylococcus pseudintermedius is the cause of most skin infections, and these are usually treated uneventfully with routine antibiotics.

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Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats

Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats

Article Featured on Veterinary Expert | By Elise Robertson

‘Chronic kidney disease’ is a term used to refer to cats with kidney insufficiency or failure. ‘Chronic’ simply means long term. ‘Insufficiency’ or ‘failure’ means that the kidneys are no longer able to adequately perform their normal tasks. ‘Chronic kidney failure’ refers to the situation where the kidneys have not been able to perform one or more of their normal tasks adequately for a period of time (months to even years). Because the word ‘failure’ evokes such a sense of doom, we often opt for the term ‘chronic renal insufficiency’ or ‘chronic kidney disease’ instead, as many cases can be treated successfully and can look forward to months or often years of quality life.

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Hip Dislocation in Dogs

Hip Dislocation in Dogs

By Lucas Beierer | Article Featured on Veterinary Expert

The hip joint is made up of a ‘ball’ (the femoral head) and its respective ‘socket’ (the acetabulum). The ball and socket configuration allows a wide range of free movement during normal activity. Hip dislocation in dogs occurs when the femoral head loses its close association with the acetabulum. It can dislocate in a range of different directions but most commonly goes forwards and upwards (the veterinary term for this is ‘cranio-dorsal luxation’).

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How to Socialize Your Pet

How to Socialize Your Pet

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Is your pet shy or a social butterfly? Many experts say that they key to having a well-behaved dog or cat is socialization — here’s how to get started.

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Good Dog! 10 Ways to Stop Bad Pet Behavior

Good Dog! 10 Ways to Stop Bad Pet Behavior

Transform your pooch from troublemaker to the best-behaved pet on the block with these simple steps.

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Understanding Dog Aggression Towards Owners

Understanding Dog Aggression Towards OwnersArticle Featured on Veterinary Expert

If a dog is showing threat towards or biting family members it is perhaps one of the hardest problem behaviours to live with. Not only does it place the family at constant risk, but it can also be very hard to understand why a dog that is loved and well cared for behaves this way. So why do dogs sometimes bite the hand that feeds them?

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My Pet Has Bad Breath. What's Happening to Cause It?

My Pet Has Bad Breath. What's Happening to Cause It?

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Simple chronic halitosis. Whether we’re talking humans or pets, bad breath is a big deal. It’s a stinky problem, but take heart. In most cases there’s a lot you can do to keep bad breath at bay.

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10 Signs That You Should Take Your Dog or Cat to the Veterinarian

Article Featured on Vetcoach.com | Written by DANA KOCH, VMD, MLAS

Recognizing when to take your dog or cat to the veterinary office, especially during the weekends or overnight, can be a challenging decision to make. Here are some crucial warning signs that should help conscientious pet owners decide to seek emergency veterinary care:

Difficulty Breathing

Difficulty breathing, also referred to as dyspnea, is a medical emergency. Your pet can display clinical signs such as wheezing, choking sounds or open mouthed breathing. The causes for dyspnea can be related to a foreign body lodged in the throat, a severe allergic reaction, a lung condition or heart disease. Evaluating your pet’s gums is an important way to access for adequate oxygenation. The gums should be pink and moist and when pressed should temporarily change white then within a second or two go back to pink – this is referred to as a capillary refill time. If your pet’s gums are pale, white, blue or grey this should indicate an emergency. It would be a good idea to check your pet’s gums before an emergency occurs in order to know what is normal for your pet.

Lack of Appetite

Inappetence or a lack of appetite over the course of 24 hours may not indicate a serious concern, but after the 24 hour period a pet owner should consider seeking veterinary care. A pet may indicate a debilitating illness or condition to their owner by refusing food. This can also lead to serious dehydration and lethargy. In cats, anorexia can lead to a life-threatening condition called hepatic lipidosis. A cat’s body functions differently during periods of starvation compared to a dog or human body in which fat stores are processed to be utilized as energy. In the cat body the fat stores are not converted in the same manner, but instead they are released to the liver and accumulate causing a fatty and low functioning liver. If this is left untreated it can result in a non-functioning liver and possible death.

Changes in Drinking and Urinating Habits

The inability to urinate is considered a medical emergency because it can indicate a urinary blockage exists. Pet owners may often observe increased drinking or urination in their pets. This can be caused by several conditions including a urinary tract infection, urinary stones or an endocrine disorder such as diabetes or hypo/hyperthyroidism. A urinary tract infection or urinary stones may not be life-threatening, but if left untreated can result in serious complications. It is best to seek veterinary care as soon as possible.


If you pet has intermittent or occasional vomiting, this is not considered a medical emergency. Your pet may have eaten something that upset his or her gastrointestinal tract. However, if the vomiting begins to occur more frequently or multiple times in a row then immediate veterinary attention is recommended. If blood is observed in the vomit this is also a serious medical condition that requires emergency care. Vomiting can indicate a foreign body blockage, trauma to the lungs or heart, reactions to a toxin or medications, or an irritation to the lining of the esophagus, stomach or gastrointestinal tract. Prolonged vomiting can lead to life-threatening dehydration.


As with vomiting, intermittent diarrhea is not generally a medical emergency, but prolonged changes in your pet’s stool can be an indicator of any underlying medical issue. Changes in color or consistency can give a pet owner cause for alarm. Melena or blood in the stool of your pet can indicate an infection, an obstruction in the gastrointestinal tract, gastric ulcers, or hemorrhage in the stomach or intestines, among other causes. Diarrhea can also be caused by changes in diet, dehydration or intestinal parasites.


A single seizure is not likely to be life threatening, but with a sudden onset and the potential for clustering or multiple seizures to occur it is often best to seek medical attention in these cases. Seizures can be caused by several underlying issues including, electrolyte imbalance, metabolic conditions, toxin ingestion, a brain mass, or epilepsy. Seeking veterinary advice is important in order to stop the pet from seizing, to understand the underlying cause for the condition, and to potentially treat or provide further seizures from occurring in the future.

Collapse or Lethargy

If your pet has an episode of collapse this is a major problem and requires immediate medical attention. The potential underlying causes for collapse can be related to internal bleeding, anaphylactic shock related to a toxin or allergic response, a serious heart condition, dehydration, hypoglycemia, or metabolic disturbances such as a condition cause Addison’s disease.
There are various levels of lethargy that may be represented by prolonged periods of sleeping, disinterest in playing with toys or interacting with owners, a lessened desire to go for walks, or hiding in unusual places. If these clinical signs last for more than 24-48 hours a veterinary visit is recommended.

Abdominal Distension or Pain

Another serious warning sign of a medical emergency is a distended abdomen. If your pet is displaying this clinical sign or appears to be painful/vocalizing when you feel his or her abdomen then seek a veterinary evaluation as soon as possible. Abdominal distension can sometimes indicate a serious condition called gastric dilation-volvulus, also known as bloat. In this condition the stomach actually twists over itself creating a complete obstruction. Other possible causes include internal bleeding (ruptured spleen) or fluid distension from heart disease.

Leg Paralysis

If you pet has sudden difficulty or is unable to use one or more of his or her legs this then this is generally a medical emergency. This can indicate a herniation in a portion of the spinal cord, which is often extremely painful. Diagnosing and treating this condition as soon as possible can greatly improve the prognosis and outcome. Often dogs with longer bodies, such as Dachshunds and Corgis are predisposed to this particular condition. Paralysis can also indicate a neurologic condition leading to changes in your pet’s mentation. It is important to observe for incoordination, lethargy, rapid eye movement (referred to as nystagmus), or a lack of alertness or response to sounds/verbal cues. If you sense a sudden change in your pet’s mental status seeking immediate veterinary attention is recommended.

Eye Emergencies

Eye problems should not be ignored because they escalate to have more serious consequences compared to other areas of the body. A small amount of ocular discharge is not alarming but when the eye appears extremely red, is bulging out of the socket, has excessive tearing or swelling then a veterinary visit is highly encouraged. A red eye can indicate a viral or bacterial infection, trauma, corneal hemorrhage or conditions such as hypertension and glaucoma. If left untreated a loss of vision can be a serious consequence.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital, located near Jesuit High School on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway offers a full range of companion animal services, including surgery, nutrition and behavior counseling, parasite control and preventative medicine. The hospital also offers advanced imaging through an all-digital spiral CT scanner, a comprehensive dental program and laser treatment.

If you’re looking for quality, compassionate veterinary care in Beaverton, Oregon, come visit us at Laurelwood Animal Hospital.

Laurelwood Animal Hospital

9315 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

Phone: (971) 244-4230
Fax: (503) 292-6808

E-mail: info@laurelwoodvets.com

Does Your Pet Have a Fever? Here's How to Know — and What to Do About It If He Does

Does Your Pet Have a Fever? Here's How to Know — and What to Do About It If He Does

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Remember when you would feel sick and your mom would place her hand on your forehead to see if you had a fever? It’s not as easy to do that with pets, thanks to their fur coats. But knowing if your pet has a fever can help ensure that he gets needed veterinary care. A high temperature can be a sign of serious illness. Here’s what you should know about fevers in dogs and cats.

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