Archives for Internal Medicine

IMHA: When Your Pet’s Immune System Goes from Friend to Foe

When it comes to our immune system, it can either be our best friend or our worst enemy. When our pet’s immune system is healthy, it does an excellent job as the body’s defense system. When infections and diseases attempt to infect the body, the immune system’s job is to fight and prevent them from wreaking havoc. Sometimes, however, the immune system can get out of control and begin attacking things in the body that it shouldn’t. This is the case when it comes to the immune-mediated disease known as immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, also commonly known as IMHA. What is
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10 Tips For Diabetic Pet Owners

1) Diabetes Is Usually Manageable Dogs and cats with diabetes generally have a good quality of life when properly managed. It is extremely important for pet owners to maintain regularly scheduled visits with their veterinarian if their pet is a diabetic. 2) Never Change Your Pet’s Insulin Dose Without Approval From Their Prescribing Veterinarian There are a number of factors that help your veterinarian determine your pet’s dosage of insulin. Increasing or decreasing that dosage without their consent can have serious consequences. Always check with your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s medical routines. 3) Never Give Your
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Pets

While the occasional incident of vomiting and diarrhea is not uncommon in our pets, a recurrence of gastrointestinal upset should not be dismissed. While there are many conditions that can contribute to these symptoms, one of the most common that our internal medicine service sees is inflammatory bowel disease. What is IBD? IBD is often triggered by a reaction within the intestinal tract. Common clinical signs of IBD are anorexia, chronic vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood), weight loss, flatulence, depression, fatigue, increased gut sounds, and poor hair coat. The condition is believed to be associated with dietary antigens or intestinal
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