Posts By Leah Bertagnolli

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Do Dogs Dream?

Whether or not dogs dream isn’t known with scientific certainty, but it sure is difficult to imagine that they don’t. We’ve all watched our dogs demonstrate behaviors in their sleep that resemble what they do in a fully awake state. Paddling legs, whining, growling, wagging tails, chomping jowls, and twitching noses inspire us to wonder… read more

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Sneezing Dogs

I recently received a phone call from my aunt who was wondering why Pirate, her beloved Tibetan Terrier, had been sneezing for a couple of days. Pirate appeared to be normal in every other way. We discussed potential causes for his sneezing. I explained to my aunt that only rarely do colds, allergies, and bacterial… read more

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Canine Hypoparathyroidism

Hypoparathyroidism is a hormonal imbalance in dogs that results from the cessation of production of parathyroid hormone (PTH). Hypoparathyroidism is more common in middle-aged female dogs, and it has no breed predilection. Parathyroid hormone (PTH) PTH is manufactured within the dog’s four parathyroid glands. These tiny glands are embedded within the two thyroid glands (two… read more

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Canine Anesthesia: Special Considerations Based on Breed, Size, and Conformation

While it’s true that Yorkshire Terriers and Great Danes are members of the same species, they are hardly alike when it comes to anesthesia. There is no one size fits all anesthetic protocol for dogs, and veterinarians must amend what they do based on their patient’s breed, size, and conformation. Universal anesthetic strategies While it’s… read more

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Why Does My Dog Tremble?

Have you ever watched your dog tremble or shiver in warm weather and wondered why? While it’s tempting to think that trembling and shivering are always a result of being too cold, such is not the case. Here’s a list of causes to consider. 1.Thermoregulation (temperature control): Shivering is a very effective means of creating… read more

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Canine Anesthesia: Special Considerations Based on Breed, Size, and Conformation

While it’s true that Yorkshire Terriers and Great Danes are members of the same species, they are hardly alike when it comes to anesthesia. There is no one size fits all anesthetic protocol for dogs, and veterinarians must amend what they do based on their patient’s breed, size, and conformation. Universal anesthetic strategies While it’s… read more

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Pets and Cigarette Smoke

It is known that cigarette smokers are more likely to kick the habit if they know their smoking is endangering the health of their pets. Below you will find some new information to share with your cigarette smoking friends and loved ones. If they love animals, it may help them take the next step in… read more

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Epilepsy Task Force

Far and away, epilepsy is the most common neurological disease affecting dogs and cats. Within the United States, it is estimated that approximately 780,000 dogs are diagnosed with this disorder every year (sorry, no numbers available for cats). In spite of the prevalence of epilepsy in small animals, relatively little is understood about its cause… read more

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Matters of the Heart

Just like us, our dogs and cats can develop heart disease. What may surprise you is that they don’t experience heart attacks (myocardial infarctions), the most common human heart health issue. This is likely because dogs and cats don’t live for multiple decades, the time needed for substantial amounts of plaque to accumulate within the… read more

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Eight Tips for Coping With Your Dog’s Age-Related Hearing Loss

The most common form of deafness in dogs is age-related hearing loss (ARHL). Most dogs experience some degree of ARHL, beginning sometime during their “third trimester” of life. ARHL begins by impairing perception of middle to high frequency sounds. As the hearing loss progresses it encompasses the entire range of sound frequencies. I suspect that… read more

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