Common Heart Diseases in Pets

Though all forms of pet heart disease can show similar symptoms, the underlying causes and treatment can be complicated. Following are five of the most common heart diseases in pets, their signs, and how they can be treated. #1: Congestive heart failure in pets Congestive heart failure occurs when fluid builds up in the lungs, [...]

The Lowdown on Pancreatitis in Pets

The pancreas is an abdominal organ that rests near the stomach and small intestines, and plays vital roles in digestion and control of blood sugar levels by producing various digestive enzymes and the hormone, insulin. When the pancreas functions normally, inactive enzymes are released into the digestive tract to aid in food break-down. When these [...]

How to Recognize and Manage Pain in Your Pet

Pets are incredible at many things. They comfort our sorrows, make us laugh, are strongly loyal—and they are extremely clever at masking signs of illness or pain. Unfortunately, that last skill can cause your furry pal unnecessary suffering, because they give only subtle, if any, clues of pain that can be challenging to detect. Cats [...]

What’s that Lump? Common Cancers in Pets

If a lump or bump pops up on your pet, the first thought that likely runs through your mind is “cancer.” However, not every lump is cancerous, and many benign masses can crop up that do not significantly affect your pet’s health. Without a thorough veterinary exam and diagnostic testing, there is no way to [...]

Foxtails: What to look for and how to prevent them.

Foxtails are prevalent in the Bay Area; they're everywhere. It is hard to completely avoid them but we at Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services can give you a few pointers to minimize foxtails that can harm your pet and what to look for. Foxtails can be embedded everywhere. They're shaped like an arrow so [...]

When Good Pancreases Go Bad: Pancreatitis in Pets

As far as internal organs go, the pancreas is a pretty formidable foe. Sure, when it’s happy everything seems to be sunshine and rainbows… But make the pancreas mad, and the fun is over. Pancreatitis in pets is a common, but not so welcome, diagnosis here at Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services. This condition [...]

Pet Digestive Problems Got You Down? We Can Help!

Tummy troubles are no fun, as almost everyone knows. Pets can suffer from intestinal woes also, and pet digestive problems are one of the most common ailments pet owners have to deal with. Knowing when to seek your veterinarian’s help is an important part of pet ownership, and acting quickly can prevent a bad situation [...]

Pet Lumps and Bumps:  What’s an Owner to Do?

A sudden swelling on your pet’s perfect skin can be concerning. What could it be? Do you need to worry? Is it an emergency?  Pet lumps and bumps can be scary, but not all of them are cause for alarm. If you find an extra friend on your pet, Animal Internal Medicine & Specialty Services [...]

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