Hip dysplasia is a genetic problem that occurs most commonly in dogs that have a mature body weight of more than 30 pounds—though toy breeds and cats occasionally are affected as well. At VETMED, we recommend orthopedic screening examinations at six to eight weeks of age in at-risk medium, large, and giant breed dogs. At.. read more →

Pericardial effusion is the most prevalent pericardial disease process in dogs, reported in 7% of dogs with clinical signs of cardiac disease. Accumulation of fluid within the pericardial sac can lead to an equilibration between intrapericardial and intracardiac pressures, with subsequent cardiac tamponade, decreased cardiac output, and eventual cardiogenic shock. Various etiologies of pericardial effusion have.. read more →

When a pet dies, it can be a significant loss to those who consider their pet an important of the family. It’s normal to grieve in the same way one would for a family member. Animals provide companionship, acceptance, emotional support, and unconditional love. If you understand and accept this bond between humans and animals,.. read more →

Most people would agree that there’s nothing more heartwarming than taking care of a dog or a cat. Since they take such good care of our hearts, it’s only fair that we return the favor. Everybody knows that cardiovascular disease is bad, both for people and pets, but not everybody knows just exactly what it.. read more →

Cardiomyopathy, “disease of the heart muscle,” is caused by a primary structural or functional abnormality of heart muscle caused in most cases by an inherent genetic abnormality. Cardiomyopathy most frequently results in the heart muscle growing too thick to function normally. Less commonly, the heart muscle becomes too thin and does not contract normally. The.. read more →