The Vet Is In

  • Illnesses of Intact Pets, Part 1—Breast Cancer

    Intact female dogs are prone to breast (mammary) cancer as they age. The cancer can be benign or malignant, and can range from a small lump to a large and infected mass.

  • Illnesses of Intact Pets, Part 2—Uterine Problems

    In addition to breast cancer, another problem in intact female dogs and cats as well as small mammals like guinea pigs is an infected uterus.

  • Medical Illnesses of Intact Pets, Part 3—Testicular Cancer

    The two types of testicular cancer are Sertoli cell and Leydig cell. Intact male dogs can also get several different types of testicular cancer. This does occur in other species, but it’s not as common.

  • Tylenol Toxicity in Dogs and Cats

    The primary source of toxicity in dogs and cats is an overdose from chewing into bottles that contain acetaminophen or finding pills on the ground.

  • Aspergillosis in Dogs and Cats

     When people think of getting an infection, what comes to mind are usually bacteria and viruses. Fungal infections also occur, although much more rarely.

  • Ringworm—Not a Worm but a Fungus

    The fungus that causes ringworm can be cultured from the hair coats of normal dogs and cats.

  • Abdominal Distention in Dogs and Cats

    Long Beach Animal Hospital is commonly presented with a dog or a cat with a greatly distended abdomen. This condition can be caused by weakened abdominal muscles from Cushing’s disease.

  • Anorexia in Pets: Common Causes and Treatments

    Anorexia is a medical term that means “no appetite.” Partial anorexia means “a decrease in appetite.” Anorexia is one of the more common reasons that pets are brought to us for medical attention.

  • Wichienmaat—The Elegant Siamese Cat

    Wichienmaat means “Siamese Cat” in Thailand, which was originally called Siam, where this beautiful and popular cat derives its name.

  • The Spectacular Red Tabby!

    They’re often called marmalade, orange, ginger and red, and they’re easily recognizable with their reddish-apricot coat overlaid with striking rust-red markings. About 75 percent of these beautiful cats are male because of the genes and chromosomes the cat has inherited.

  • The Traveling Cat: A Tale of Two Kitties

    In this day and age of instant messaging, travel and convenience of mobility, traveling with pets is becoming much more commonplace. Cats actually make very good travelers if they’re conditioned beforehand.

  • The Active Cat: Environmental Enrichment

    Cats are much safer as indoor pets, and it will keep your neighbors happier. It’s also quite possible for them to live active, healthy lifestyles if you provide environmental enrichment.

  • Converting Outdoor Cats to Indoor Cats

    Pets who live indoors, particularly cats, will live a longer and safer life if they spend all their time indoors. Training cats to be indoor pets from the very beginning tends to work best, since the cats never have the experience of being outside.

  • Bone Cancer in Dogs

    Bone cancer is fortunately a rare occurrence in dogs. However, when it does it occur, the problem is serious because by the time a dog owner notices any limping or swelling, the cancer has progressed and spread, usually to the lungs.

  • Giving a Cat Oral Medication

    Giving your cat medication, whether oral or liquid, can be quite the challenge, to put it mildly. Being restrained with mouth forced open and noxious substances forced down the throat are not in your cat’s to-do list for the day.

  • Elbow Dysplasia in Dogs—Biomechanics

    Elbow dysplasia is an abnormal development of the elbow joints in dogs, usually in large purebred breeds such as Labrador retrievers, Bernese mountain dogs, German shepherds, golden retrievers, Rottweilers, St. Bernards and Newfoundlands. 

  • Elbow Dysplasia Diagnosis and Treatment for Dogs

    Lameness of one or both of the front legs is the primary symptom of elbow dysplasia. The lameness may be intermittent and difficult to detect. It might be more prominent after periods of rest or sleep (the elbow joint stiffens up from inflammation).

  • Holiday Threats to Your Pets

    Included in this article are a few things to watch out for during Christmas and New Year’s to keep it a safe and happy season.

  • Anorexia in Cats

    Anorexia is defined as “not eating.” It is one of the most common reasons cats are brought in for an exam. Being the unique and complex critters they are, there are a multitude of causes of anorexia.

  • Fluid Therapy in Animals—Part 1

    Fluid therapy might just be the most critical treatment we perform on sick animals. Dehydrated pets feel ill, cannot fight disease well, do not eat well, and cannot metabolize drugs efficiently.