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Feline hyperthyroidism is the most common hormonal disease seen in domestic cats. Commonly afflicting older felines, usually greater than 10 years of age, hyperthyroidism commonly causes other health issues with the heart and kidneys the longer it remains undiagnosed and untreated. Proper diagnosis and medical work-up will result in appropriate diagnosis and treatment recommendations. This all starts with annual blood work that specifically screens for this condition in older felines. We recommend doing thyroid screening starting at 8 years of age once annually and every 6 months after 12 years of age. Early detection leads to early diagnosis and treatment. Please click on the attached link to get a more thorough explantion of hyperthyroidism and the available treatment options. If you have any questions, please contact us at 844-VET-2-PET!
Certain viruses can cause the growth of skin tumors commonly referred to as “warts”. These viruses are called papillomavirus. They are a common cause for the warts we see in young dogs, often found on the face, ears, lips and mouth (including the tongue) and are formally called, Viral Papilloma (see pics below). These “viral” warts are different than some warts that are found in older dogs. This virus is commonly transmitted between dogs through direct contact with the growth or from the dog’s environment through injury to the skin. It’s important to know that this virus is ONLY transmissible between dogs, not other pets or humans! Viral Papillomas are not typically dangerous, commonly found in young dogs and will often regress on their own. The take home message here is that if you find a growth on the skin of your dog, you should have it evaluated in order to determine if it is a viral growth or a true wart, because their treatment is different. If you notice a growth on your pet, call us and schedule a consultation so that we can put your mind at ease! If you are interested in knowing more about viral papillomas, read this article: http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=465
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After the hard winter we’ve had this year, we are all more than happy to receive the comforts and warmth of Spring! Aside from the joys of seeing all that snow melt away, we welcome the birth of the new season foliage with all its beautiful colors and smells. Unfortunately, dangers also accompany this transition in seasons. Certain plants and flowers, although pleasing to our senses, can be extremely dangerous to your pets and horses. A floral favorite, Lilies are a primary culprit for our feline friends. This beautiful flower has very serious toxic affects on the kidneys of a cat for unknown reasons. Ingesting any part of this plant, or pollen, can cause serious injury. So before going out and buying your Spring bouquet, read this article http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/17-poisonous-plants by the ASPCA Poison Control Center on Plants That Are Poisonous to Pets. Now, this doesn’t mean you can never buy these plants/flowers ever again. It just means you have to be more careful with them around your pets. Understanding the dangers and being informed will only serve to help you make better decisions regarding your pet’s safety. The ASPCA is a great resource for literature and for emergency situations. They can be contacted at: Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435 Naturally, we recommend that you also reach out to us if you have cause for concern that your pet or horse may have ingested a toxic plant or flower. We can be reached 24-HOURS A DAY at (844) VET-2-PET