Cushing’s disease is characterized by the increased level of glucocorticoid hormones (cortisol and cortisone) in the body. It is also known as hyperadrenocorticism. Humans and certain animals may suffer from the disease. Dogs may experience Cushing’s disease and the condition is similar to what humans experience but with several differences.
Cushing’s disease in dogs […]
Dr. Harvey Cushing is a physician that first described the symptoms of having excessive cortisol in the body in 1932. The condition was then called Cushing’s disease. Cushing’s disease occurs among humans, dogs and horses. The condition is characterized by increased levels of cortisol in the body that are usually caused by a tumor in […]
Diabetes mellitus is a common disease of dogs and cats in which the pet has too much blood glucose either because its body does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced.
Diabetes mellitus is diagnosed in approximately 1 in every 400 to 500 dogs […]
Urine Reagent Strips (URS) are used for quick and simultaneous semi-quantitative and qualitative screening of multiple urine parameters in one easy testing format.
They are used routinely to determine urine pH, protein, glucose, ketones, bilirubin/urobilinogen, and occult blood. Some reagent strips include test pads for leukocyte esterase (for detection of WBC), nitrite (for detection […]
Knowing how to monitor your pets’ health is the first step to keeping them happy and healthy. Knowing what to watch for can help provide important information if you should need to take your pet to the vet.
Most pet owners know only the obvious signs of illness, such as vomiting or diarrhea, but […]
Hepatitis is a medical term defined as swelling and inflammation of the liver. The liver is a vital organ present in vertebrates and some other animals. The main functions of the liver are to process nutrients from food, make bile which helps in the breakdown and digestion of food, remove toxins from the body and […]
Kidneys are organs responsible for filtering blood and eliminating toxins from the body through urine. When the kidneys are not working properly, these substances will accumulate and affect your pet’s health. Kidney infections occur when harmful bacteria enters the kidneys.
Each kidney is made up of about one million filtering units called nephrons. This […]
Diabetes is a disease of the endocrine system, caused by a deficiency of insulin secretion by the pancreas. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. Just like humans, dogs can acquire diabetes too. It is a common disease in dogs, striking 1 out of every […]
Like male humans, male dogs and cats have prostates too. Located in the abdomen, the prostate gland surrounds the neck of the urinary bladder and part of the urethra (tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body) and sits below the animal’s rectum. The prostate secretes fluid that mixes with […]
Urinary tract infection, or UTI, is caused when bacteria enters the urinary tract through the urethra (the tube that connects the urinary bladder to the outside of the body) and multiplies in the bladder. Urinary tract infection is one of the common health problems in cats and dogs. It is more likely to happen in […]