Vestibular Disease in Geriatric Dogs

joanneEyes, Neurological disease, Uncategorized

Head tilt to the dog's right side.

“I think my dog has just had a stroke” is a not uncommon comment we get when a senior dog suddenly collapses. While there are a number of diseases that can lead to collapse, vestibular disease has a very particular presentation that makes it easier to diagnose. This, and the fact that many dogs will go on to recover from … Read More

Saying good-bye to Marty

joannePersonal Pets

Marty was my oldest cat, and this week, we had to put her to sleep. It is terribly sad and will leave a huge hole in our family, but as I counsel my clients, I’d like to focus on what a special cat she was.

The Howling Cat

joanneAnimal Behaviour, Uncategorized

I’m fortunate to have had our oldest cat for over 17 years. She is a Siamese named Marty. She is vocal at the best of times, but over the past year, she has developed nightly bouts of howling. As a veterinarian, I recognize this complaint from owners of geriatric cats, and as an owner, I can see how distressing it … Read More

Lumps and bumps

joanneLumps, Uncategorized

Lumps and bumps are a common finding, especially in our older pets. The majority of lumps are harmless, but even these need to monitored on a regular basis.

Where does your pet sleep?

joanneAnimal Behaviour

  As part of my history gathering process during office visits, I like to find out where your pet habitually sleeps. It’s no surprise that many of my clients have their pets sleep with them on the bed. That’s where most of mine end up too. Is this a problem? Not at all. It is just a preference. But there … Read More