Dog Health Care

Canine and feline bladder and kidney stones

The Canine and feline kidneys have many important functions.  Among them are: to filter metabolic waste such as urea, mineral salts, and various toxins from circulating blood; to help regulate the volume of body fluids and the blood levels of important chemicals and hormones; to initiate the recirculation of purified blood throughout an animal’s system; and to facilitate the excretion of the filtered-out waste products (mixed with water to form urine) before they reach toxic concentrations in the body. Most

Feline-Canine Arthritis: Known as Degenerative Joint Disease

Feline-Canine Arthritis: Known as Degenerative Joint Disease

The most frequently diagnosed feline-canine  joint disorder is osteoarthritis, otherwise known as degenerative joint disease (DJD). This condition may be caused by an injury to a joint, by gradual wear and tear on a joint that takes place over time, or as the secondary consequence of a disease that compromises the internal structure of a joint. In all cases, DJD is characterized by the erosion of cartilage, the smooth tissue that protects the ends of bones from rubbing directly against one

Tapeworms in Dogs Explained by SF Vets

What are tapeworms? Tapeworms are flat intestinal worms that are made up of many small segments, each nearly about ¼ – ½” (3-5 mm) in length. Unlike roundworms that reside freely in the intestinal tract, tapeworms attach to the wall of the small intestine with the aid of their hook-like mouthparts. Tapeworms belong to the cestode family of intestinal worms. The most common tapeworm of dogs and cats is Dipylidium canine. The mature or adult worms may reach