Helping our pets with arthritis

by Robert B. Duncan, DVM Spring Branch Veterinary Hospital   What is arthritis? Arthritis means inflammation of the joints.   Joints can be inflamed for various reasons but most commonly we associate the term “arthritis” with age related, degenerative changes of the joints. Which pets are most at risk for arthritis? Dogs and cats that are overweight […]

Hope for hypothyroidism?

by Robert B. Duncan Spring Branch Veterinary Hospital   What does hypothyroidism mean? Hypothyroidism means an underactive thyroid gland or decreased amount of thyroid hormone (T4) production. What does thyroid hormone (T4) do? One of the main purposes of T4 is to help maintain a healthy metabolic rate.  This is the rate at which calories are […]

Canine pancreatitis

by Robert B. Duncan Spring Branch Veterinary Hospital   What is Pancreatitis? Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas What does the pancreas do? The pancreas is an organ which is located at the beginning (anterior) portion of the intestinal system.  Its two major functions are Excretion of digestive enzymes into the small intestinal system to […]

Keep your pet safe in the South Texas heat

by Robert B. Duncan, DVM Spring Branch Veterinary Hospital   Why are pets more at risk of heat stroke than people? Dogs and cats do not perspire the way people do.   They primarily cool through panting to release heat.  They also have a minimal amount of perspiration through their foot pads.  These methods of cooling […]

Facts about fleas

by Robert B. Duncan, DVM Spring Branch Veterinary Hospital   How do pets get fleas? Cats and dogs are two of the preferred hosts for fleas. The cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) is by far the most common flea found on cats and dogs. When a flea finds an unprotected dog or cat, it will bite […]

What is an aural hematoma?

by Robert B. Duncan, DVM Spring Branch Veterinary Hospital   What is an aural hematoma? An aural hematoma is a swelling of a pet’s ear due to bleeding within. Most commonly this occurs in dogs due to ear infections. Due to the irritation within the ear, the dog will shake the head to the point […]