By Jonathan Schnier, DVM, DACVIM Anatomy Heat Stroke is an elevation of the core body temperature resulting from excessive external heat exposure. Risk Factors Both dogs and cats are at risk for heat stroke; pediatric and geriatric patients are at an even higher risk. Dogs with compressed short, noses/flattened faces (brachycephalic breeds) such as English.. read more →

The veterinarians and toxicology experts at Pet Poison Helpline tallied up the various types of toxins that prompted the most calls for help in 2013, and released the following lists. Chocolate, Xylitol and pain killers top the list for most harmful toxins in dogs, while lilies, general purpose cleaners, and flea and tick prevention treatments.. read more →

By Dr. A. Nichole Hooper, DVM Acquired Fanconi Syndrome Fanconi syndrome is a kidney defect that can result in loss of glucose, amino acids, bicarbonate, potassium and other molecules in the urine. Most documented reports of this form of kidney disease are those of dogs with inherited Fanconi syndrome. For example, Basenji dogs are one.. read more →

It’s a time to celebrate the special bond we share with our cherished animals. This month, we encourage you to spread the love with these 4 simple suggestions… Promote responsible pet ownership Support pet adoption Arizona Golden Rescue Arizona Humane Society Mayday Pit Bull Rescue & Advocacy Increase awareness of services available to pet owners Celebrate working companion animals and the important role.. read more →

From the Emergency Service Team at VETMED Approximately 300,000 dogs and cats are bitten by venomous snakes each year in the US, and prevention, protection, and treatment are key. Rattlesnake venom can cause serious injury and even death to pets. Most cases are reported during the warmer seasons, although here in Arizona they are reported and.. read more →