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Chocolate, Lilies and Many Common Household Items Can Poison Pets

ASPCA sent a coast-to-coast alert to pet owners during National Poison Prevention Week (March 17-23) about common household products that can be dangerous and even deadly to pets. Thousands of cats and dogs needlessly suffer and many die each year by accidental ingestion of household poisons, including popular houseplants and common foods.



"Most pet owners simply do not know that small amounts of chocolate, onions, macadamia nuts and bread dough can be dangerous," comments Dr. Steve Hansen, Senior Vice President of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (1-888-426-4435). "Many cats are poisoned in the spring from plants including daffodils and lilies. A cat that eats an Easter lily will die unless it receives prompt medical attention," says Hansen. The ASPCA advises cat owners to pay special attention to the plants in their homes, since cats have the ability to jump onto tabletops and windowsills.

The ASPCA offers the following guidelines to protect pets from poisonings:

·        Keep all drugs out of your pets' reach in closed cabinets. Painkillers, cold medicines, antidepressants, vitamins and diet pills can be lethal to animals, even in small doses.

·        Never give your pets medication unless you are directed to do so by a veterinarian. Human medicine is not for pets. 

        Always read the label before dispensing medication. Some flea products for dogs can be deadly if given to cats.

Diseases by Name

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* Bladder Stones in Dogs and Cats
  There are many types of bladder stones, and each tends to form in a specific breed or species under specific conditions. Here are some common forms.
* Cushing's Disease (Hyperadrenocorticism)
  This condition represents a classical excess in cortisone-type hormone circulation in the body. Both cats and dogs can be affected (though it is primarily a dog's disease) and the onset is insidious. We have assembled an information center to answer all your questions on this relatively common hormone imbalance.
* Diabetes Mellitus Center
  Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disease involving the body’s handling of sugar. Learn about some of the basics of this common hormone problem of dogs and cats.
* Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FUS)
  Feline lower urinary tract disease (formerly known as feline urologic syndrome) is not a specific disease but a collection of clinical signs: bloody urine, straining to urinate, and urinating in inappropriate places. Sometimes a specific cause is found but often not. There are many different prevention strategies and, of course, in the male cat a life-threatening urinary blockage can develop.
* Heartworm Information Center
  Heartworm is a parasite that most dog owners and many cat owners have to be concerned about. The more you know, the better protected your pet can become. We have put together an information center to take you through the parasite's biology, the preventive medications, diagnosis, and treatment.
* Hyperthyroidism Center for Cats
  Hyperthyroidism is the most common hormone imbalance of cats. This center reviews the physiology of the condition, its diagnosis, and the pros and cons of the treatment options.
* Parvovirus Information Center
  Our Canine Parvovirus Information Center has several articles that explain the disease, how your dog may contract it, how to prevent it, and how to care for dogs that have been infected.
Abscesses from Bite Wounds
  At most clinics, a week doesn’t go by without seeing a cat or two in this condition. Cats fight, bite, and get infected. What do you need to know?
Abscesses in Rabbits
  Rabbits can form abscesses in nearly any organ of the body as well as in skin, tooth roots and bone. The most common causes of rabbit abscesses are bite wounds that become infected and infections in tooth roots and tear ducts. Most facial abscesses are the result of dental disease. Tear duct abscesses can be the result of an elongated upper incisor tooth root blocking the tear duct. The accumulated fluid is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and an abscess can form easily. Abscesses that form internally can be more difficult to diagnose or manage and include areas such as the uterus, lungs, heart, liver, abdominal fat, intestine and kidneys.
Addison's Disease (Hypoadrenocorticism)
  Also called hypoadrenocorticism, Addison's disease results from a deficiency of the hormones that enable adaption to stress. Signs can be vague or can culminate in a circulatory crisis.
Aleutian Disease in Ferrets
  Aleutian Mink Disease and its associated virus - What is it and what should you know?
Alopecia X
  It may be that Alopecia X is not one hair loss-causing disease but several and we simply do not know how to distinguish them.
Anal Sacs
  Got a pet who is scooting? Smelling a fishy foul odor? Noticing some licking under the tail? Dogs with impacted anal sacs usually scoot their rear on the ground in an attempt to empty the glands. Some dogs will lick their anal area and other dogs will chase their tails. Cats often lick the fur off just under their tails.
Arthritis: Medications for Degenerative Arthritis
  Arthritis pain causes discomfort and loss of mobility in aged pets, and there are numerous remedies on the market. Which ones can be combined? Which are proven reliable and which may only work in some individuals?
Aural Hematoma
  A hematoma is swelling created by a broken blood vessel after bleeding has occurred inside tissue. Hematomas within the ear flaps (aural hematomas) occur when head shaking breaks a blood vessel. The ear flap may partially or completely swell with blood. This condition is more common in dogs but can occur in cats as well.
Bartonella and Cat Scratch Fever
  Ted Nugent made cat scratch fever (actually called cat scratch disease) nearly a household name with his song, but most people still know very little about this infection other than it involves a fever spread by cat scratches. In fact, it involves infection by a bacterium called Bartonella henselae, which is spread by fleas.
Bladder Stones (1)
  There are many types of bladder stones each with a tendency to form in a specific breed or species under specific conditions. Here is information on some common forms of stone, with more to come in the future!
Bladder Stones in Rabbits
  Cystic calculi or bladder stones can be seen in all ages and breeds of rabbits. In the past one of the frustrations of treating this disease was the high rate of reoccurrence of stone even after treatment. However, with improved treatment techniques, we have been able to reduce the reoccurrence percentages dramatically.
Bloat - The Mother of All Emergencies
  A serious, life-threatening emergency. Learn to recognize the signs to get your dog to the vet’s in time to possibly save its life.
Brachycephalic Breeds/Brachycephalic Syndrome
  Brachycephalic means short-faced. Short-faced breeds of dogs have their own share of unique problems. Be familiar with what they are.
Canine Atopic Dermatitis
  Atopic animals will usually rub, lick, chew, bite or scratch at their feet, muzzle, ears, armpits or groin, causing hair loss, and reddening and thickening of the skin. In some cases several skin problems can "add" together to cause an animal to itch where just the allergy alone would not be enough to cause itching.
Canine Distemper in Ferrets
  Canine distemper is a contagious disease caused by a virus. CDV can be transmitted to ferrets directly from infected animals of other species, or through contact with infected material such as shoes or clothing. In other words, you can bring CDV home if you are in contact with infected material in places such as the woods a pet store or a breeding facility. Using a canine distemper vaccine that is not approved for use in ferrets can also transmit CDV.
  Cataracts are an important cause of blindness in the dog. Through special surgery, it may be possible to restore vision. Would you recognize a cataract if you saw one in your cat or dog?
Cats and Ferrets Had SARS in Laboratory Setting
  While researching appropriate medicine for humans infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), scientists discovered that cats and ferrets can get SARS from humans, at least in a laboratory. At present, no evidence exists to suggest that these species play a significant role in the epidemiology of SARS outbreaks.
Cherry Eye
  Has a red lump suddenly appeared in the corner of your pet’s eye? What does it mean and what should you do?
Chronic Steroid Use
  There has never been a class of drug that has more application in disease treatment than the glucocorticoid class. Indeed, this group is rivaled only by antibiotics in lives saved. But side effects from the glucocorticoid group are numerous and can be classified into those seen with short-term use and those seen in long-term use.
  Coccidia are parasites that commonly infect young animals housed in groups. Coccidia causes a bloody diarrhea that can be severe enough to be life threatening for a very small animal. It's a very common infection.
  Colitis means inflammation of the colon and that spells diarrhea - often with fresh blood or mucus - and straining and discomfort for the pet, as well as a mess to clean up.
Constipation and Megacolon
  Difficulty in passing stool can mean extra effort (constipation) or complete impossibility (obstipation). Management can be surgical or with medication, depending on severity. Find out the difference, and find out what Megacolon is, too, on this informative page.
Corneal Ulcers and Erosions
  A scratch or scrape on the eye is extremely painful, causing squinting, redness and excess tears. What do you need to know about taking care of a pet with this condition? Read about the diagnosis and treatment of corneal ulcers and erosions.
Cushing's Disease (Hyperadrenocorticism) (1)
  This condition represents a classical excess in cortisone-type hormone circulation in the body. Both cats and dogs can be affected (though it is primarily a dog's disease) and the onset is insidious. We have assembled an information center to answer all your questions on this relatively common hormone imbalance.
Demodectic Mange
  This condition is also called Red Mange. It is not contagious, but it does have a hereditary component. What are the options for treatment?
Demodectic Mange in Cats
  Demodectic mange in dogs is extremely common, especially in puppies. Demodicosis in cats is much more unusual.
Demodicosis (Red Mange)
  Demodicosis (red mange) is a skin disease caused by a small mite not visible to the naked eye. This mite lives down in the root of the hair. All normal dogs have a small population of mites, but only certain animals will get a disease from mite overgrowth. In some cases, the tendency to develop demodectic mange runs in families.
Diarrhea and Vomiting
  Diarrhea is the frequent evacuation of watery stools. Vomiting is the forceful expulsion of stomach contents through the mouth.
Dry Eye (Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca)
  Keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or KCS, is a fancy way of saying the eye is dry. There are many causes of dry eye, but the most common one appears to be immune mediated destruction of the tear-producing gland tissue.
Dust Mites: Minimizing Exposure
  Dust mites feed off of skin scales and dander shed by humans and animals. mites love bedding, carpeting, and anywhere they can find a hiding place with the likelihood of skin dander being present. Dust mites also require a relatively high humidity in the home to truly thrive.
Ear Infections
  Did you know the most common cause of recurrent ear infections is allergic skin disease? What do you do to keep the ear scratching and head shaking from becoming chronic?
Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex
  Feline allergic skin disease can take some highly ulcerative forms, especially involving the upper lip. EGC is a hard condition to explain, especially since it has several forms, but we’ll give it a try.
Epistaxis: The Bloody Nose
  Some blood-tinged droplets sneezed on the floor might be the only sign or there might be a steady bloody drip from one or both nostrils. These findings are alarming as well as messy and we want to identify the cause and take care of it promptly. The problem is that there are many causes and not all of them are localized to the nose, and many are serious diseases.
  The decision to euthanize a pet should be one that you always look back upon and know that the best decision was made and that you would make the same decision again in the same situation. So how do you know if it is time?
Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
  Generally a high digestibility diet is the best choice for an EPI patient. These foods are low in fiber and fat and may be especially helpful for patients with trouble gaining weight. Many animals simply use enzymes mixed with their regular food.
Feline Asthma
  If your cat needs to open its mouth to breathe or if its abdomen moves excessively as it breathes (and it's not purring), then it may be suffering from feline asthma. Asthma is a recurring respiratory compromise that occurs when the lung airways constrict either spontaneously or in response to stimuli that normally should not cause a reaction.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
  FIV is a virus that causes AIDS in cats; however, there is a long asymptomatic period before AIDS occurs and our job is to prolong this asymptomatic period.
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)
  FIP is a serious disease with near 100% mortality, no good test, no good treatment, and no good vaccine. If your cat is an FIP suspect, we know how painful the lack of knowing can be. We hope these resources can provide facts and understanding during this difficult time.
Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)
  Feline leukemia virus, a retrovirus, is a common infection of cats. It is the cause of more cat deaths, directly or indirectly, than any other organism and is widespread in the cat population.
Feline Upper Respiratory Disease
  Does your cat sneeze, have runny eyes, and a runny nose? A cold for a cat is usually just a nuisance as a cold usually is for one of us. Sometimes, though, an upper respiratory infection can be serious.
Flea Anemia
  We all know fleas are a nuisance and can lead to itching and dermatitis, but did you know a heavy flea infestation can be life threatening? The owners of most victims were not aware of the problem. Read more about this condition and who’s most at risk.
Food Allergies
  Have an itchy pet all year round? Maybe there is a food allergy. Just changing to a new diet probably won’t be enough. Find out what to do here and see if your pet fits the profile for this condition.
  In glomerular disease, holes are punched out in the filtration system, allowing molecules that the body needs to keep entering the urine flow and be urinated away. Chronic inflammation leads to the holes in the filtration system.
Halitosis (Bad Breath)
  Halitosis, also called bad breath, is as an offensive odor emanating from the oral cavity. Bad breath is a common presenting pet odor complaint. Causes may be commonly be related to the mouth or rarely related to other health problems.
Head Tilt & Other Neurological Disease in the House Rabbit
  Head tilts in rabbits are seen with some frequency and can be caused by a variety of diseases. Another common name for head tilt is “wry neck” and the “scientific” name is vestibular disease (which can include other signs besides the head tilt). Rabbits exhibiting a head tilt also experience a loss of balance. They may fall over or walk in circles.
Heartworm Information (1)
  Heartworm is a parasite that most dog owners and many cat owners have to be concerned about. The more you know, the better protected your pet can become. We have put together an information center to take you through the parasite's biology, the preventive medications, diagnosis, and treatment.
Helicobacter Infection
  This bacterium is not new but focus on it by both the veterinary and human medical community certainly is. The role of Helicobacter in stomach ulcer formation is now well recognized. If you have a pet with chronic nausea, you may want to be familiar with this infection.
  Hemangiopericytoma is a common tumor in dogs. It does not spread the way one normally thinks of cancer. It does tend to recur at the site where it was originally removed. If left alone, this tumor eventually becomes inoperable, disfiguring, and lethal though generally this takes years.
  Hemangiosarcoma has three classic locations: skin and subcutaneous forms, splenic forms, and heart-based forms. With the exception of the skin form, which can often be eliminated by surgery, a diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma is bad news.
Hepatic Lipidosis (Fatty Liver)
  The liver failure cat is jaundiced, inappetant, frequently nauseated, and generally an obviously ill animal.
Herpes Viral Conjunctivitis: A Feline Problem
  Conjunctivitis in cats is usually of viral origin and usually that means a Herpesvirus. Herpesvirus grow in the tissues of the body that interface with the environment, such as the upper respiratory tissues and conjunctivae.
  The adult hookworm lives in the small intestine of its host. It hangs on to the intestinal wall using its six sharp teeth and unlike other worms that just absorb the digested food through their skin as it passes by, the hookworm drinks its host's blood. Humans can get hookworms too.
Horner's Syndrome
  Slight squint, small pupil, raised third eyelid... it all looks pretty strange, as if something is wrong with the eye. In fact, it is not the eye itself that is the problem, but rather it is a nerve problem. Read more about this symptom and its causes.
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  High blood pressure is an extremely important concern in human medicine. But what about our pets? They don’t smoke or worry about the mortgage and they don’t deposit cholesterol in their blood vessels. They do, however, get high blood pressure, especially when they age.
  Healthy skin and a normal hair coat are the same result of many factors, both external and internal. There are several glands in the body responsible for the production of hormones that are vital for the regulation of other body functions as well as a normal skin surface and hair coat.
Hypothyroidism in Dogs
  Hypothyroidism is the most common hormone imbalance in dogs. While it seems like it would be a simple subject, there are complexities.
Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA)
  We depend on red blood cells to bring oxygen to our tissues and carry waste gases away. Without enough red blood cells we die. We can lose blood cells from bleeding, but sometimes our immune system gets confused and destroys them by mistake. What can we do when this happens?
Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia (IMT)
  Platelets can be mistaken by the immune system as invaders. When this happens, antibodies coat the platelets and the spleen's phagocytes remove them in numbers up to 10 times greater than the normal platelet removal rate.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  Does your pet seem to have chronic vomiting or diarrhea? Those can be signs of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Inhalant Allergies
  We get hay fever; dogs get itchy skin. This condition is usually seasonal - but not always - and many treatments are available. Find out the causes and what you can do to relieve your pet’s discomfort.
Intestinal Lymphangiectasia: An Important Cause of Intestinal Protein Loss
  Protein-losing enteropathy is a fancy way of saying that protein is being lost from the body through the intestine. This is a serious problem as the body's proteins are not easily replaced and the only way to replace them involves the absorption of protein constituents from the intestine.
Kennel Cough
  Infectious tracheobronchitis, commonly known as kennel cough, is a complex of infections rather than infection by a single agent. Find out how infection occurs, how serious it may be, how it is treated, and understand the vaccination.
Kidney Failure (Chronic Renal Failure)
  Chronic kidney, or renal, failure is common among geriatric pets. As treatment frequently is long term, owners should understand their options. Topics discussed include medications used in treatment, diagnostics/helpful testing and monitoring, and how to get involved with on-line resource groups.
Lead Poisoning
  The most common cause of lead poisoning in pets is ingestion of lead-based paint. Although lead-based paint is no longer available in the United States, it was used in buildings for many years.
  This is infection can be caught by humans as well as by canines. Learn about the leptospira organism, and how we test, treat and vaccinate against the disease (in dogs, that is).
Lick Granuloma
  Lick granuloma (acral lick granuloma, acral lick dermatitis) is a common, stubborn skin disease that is directly caused by the dog licking an area of the body.
Lyme Disease
  The first lesson to be learned about the Lyme disease infection is that it manifests completely differently in man's best friend compared with the human experience. In dogs, Lyme disease is a minor infection not nearly worthy of the attention it has received.
  This form of cancer, also called lymphosarcoma, is the most common malignancy of dogs, cats, and humans. A plentitude of information is available, information that is necessary in order to make intelligent decisions about an affected pet.
Lymphoma in Cats
  Lymphoma accounts for one third of all cancers developed by cats. When the mediastinal lymph nodes become infiltrated with lymphoma, a mass is apparent in the mediastinum and a cancerous fluid fills the chest, restricting breathing. The fluid can be tapped but it will be back without treatment.
Lymphoma in Dogs
  This form of cancer, also called lymphosarcoma, is the most common malignancy of dogs, cats, and humans. Much information is available, information that is necessary in order to make intelligent decisions about an affected pet.
Malassezia Dermatitis (Yeast Infection of the Skin)
  Technically known as Malessezia Dermatitis, this is one of the stinkiest and itchiest conditions treated in veterinary dermatology, and it is one of the chief reasons a previously well-controlled allergic dog might suddenly increase itching. What to do? Find some answers here.
Mammary Tumors in Dogs
  Women get breast cancer, female dogs get mammary cancer. What many pet owners don't know is that the incidence of mammary tumor development in dogs is higher than in women, as one in four unspayed female dogs are affected. This incidence is huge, yet awareness among owners of female dogs is lacking.
Marijuana Toxicity
  The usual pet toxicity case involves a dog that has inadvertently eaten a stash of marijuana. In the dog, clinical signs typically begin 30 to 90 minutes after the marijuana has been eaten. Because THC is stored in the body's fat deposits, the effects of marijuana ingestion can last for days.
Mast Cell Tumors
  Most mast cell tumors arise in the skin but technically they can arise anywhere that mast cells are found. Mast cell tumors are notoriously invasive and difficult to treat.
  Do you know the difference between vomiting and regurgitation? If your pet has megaesophagus you probably know all too well. Read about the latest in treatment and testing (and see a graphic interactive demonstration).
Myasthenia gravis
  Myasthenia gravis is a disease that interrupts the way nerves communicate with muscles. There is no treatment for the congenital form. The acquired form, which is an autoimmune disease, is treated medically with immunosuppressive agents.
Neonatal Isoerythrolysis in Cats
  Neonatal isoerythrolysis, or NI, is a rare immune-mediated disease that is caused when newborn kittens with type A blood drink colostrum from a mother with type B blood.
Normal Joints
  A pet does not have to be a senior citizen to require joint care supplements or physical therapy. Degenerative arthritis can result from an injury or can be the result of genetics and joint conformation.
Notoedric Mange
  Dogs get sarcoptic mange but what do cats get? It turns out they have their very own mange mite: Notoedres Cati. Notoedric mange is a rarity worldwide and many veterinary dermatologists never see a single case in their entire careers. Notoedric mange exists in small regional “hotbeds,” one of which happens to be the Greater Los Angeles area. Our hospital normally sees at least one confirmed case a month, usually in outdoor or shelter cats. Visit this page for an explanation and pictures.
Nutritional Alternatives for Cancer Patients
  With the exception of canine lymphoma, there is no accepted dietary recommendation for cancer patients. Veterinarians and pet owners interested in alternatives or complements to conventional practice often shun commercial diets, and some cancer patients refuse them, as well. I have used a variety of home-prepared and commercial diets for my cancer patients.
Osteosarcoma (Canine)
  Osteosarcoma is by far the most common bone tumor of the dog. We see 2 to 3 cases a years Owners need information on which to make proper treatment decisions.
Otitis Externa
  Otitis externa is an inflammation or infection of the external ear canal. Bacteria, yeast, ear mites, and allergies can all cause it. Addressing this problem involves four steps.
Pancreatitis (Feline)
  Many people have heard of the pancreas but are not sure what it does, where it is, or what a disaster it can be when it gets inflamed. Ten years ago, pancreatitis in cats was hardly described in even the most complete textbooks as we did not have adequate technology to evaluate the pancreas in cats. Much progress has been made in understanding this disease.
Paralyzed Dogs: How to Care for Them
  Spinal damage leading to rear leg paralysis is not uncommon. These "downer" dogs have special needs. Rarely is rear paralysis temporary so management requires commitment. It is not for everyone and it is important to understand what one is getting into; though, for the right owner and patient, management can be rewarding.
Plasma Cell Stomatitis
  Stringent control of plaque is crucial to the management of cats with this painful, chronic condition. Expect an affected cat to require teeth cleaning under general anesthesia at least every 6 months. If medical management fails, all teeth need to be removed.
Prostate Disease in Ferrets
  Prostate disease can result in urinary discomfort and even an emergency urinary blockage. Prostate disease occurs in a significant number of ferrets in the United States. It affects neutered ferrets over two years of age.
Pruritus: A Diagnostic Approach
  Graphics illustrate a diagnostic approach to working with pruritis in dogs and cats.
  Pyoderma is caused by bacterial infection of the skin. The causative organism is almost always Staphylococcus intermedius. Bacteria will not usually cause disease on normal skin, but other underlying skin diseases cause some changes in the skin surface making it susceptible to infection, leading to pyoderma.
  Pyometra is the life-threatening infection of the uterus that generally occurs in middle-aged to older female dogs in the 6 weeks following heat. A uterus with pyometra swells dramatically and is filled with pus, bacteria, dying tissue, and toxins. Without treatment, the pet is expected to die.
  Descriptions of rabies go back thousands of years as rabies has classically been one of the most feared infections of all time. It is caused by a rhabdovirus which is relatively unstable in the environment, requiring fresh contact with mucous membranes to establish infection. Rabies is a very serious disease, but fortunately it can also be easily prevented in dogs and cats by proper vaccination.
Ringworm FAQ
  Ringworm is not a worm at all but a fungal infection of the skin. It's contagious to humans, too. This FAQ provides answers.
Roundworms: Cats & Kittens
  This common parasite can cause diarrhea and vomiting in cats and dogs, and some pet owners become very concerned when their pet expells a worm up to seven inches in length. Roundworms are also one of the few dog or cat parasites that can be dangerous when transmitted to humans.
Roundworms: Dogs & Puppies
  This common parasite can cause diarrhea and vomiting in cats and dogs, and some pet owners become very concerned when their pet expells a worm up to 7 inches in length. Roundworms are also one of the few dog or cat parasites that can be dangerous when transmitted to humans.
Roundworms: Humans
  This common parasite can cause diarrhea and vomiting in cats and dogs, and some pet owners become very concerned when their pet expells a worm up to 7 inches in length. Roundworms are also one of the few dog or cat parasites that can be dangerous when transmitted to humans.
Runny Eyes (Epiphora)
  Many dogs and cats have tear-stained faces from chronic excessive tears. Why is this and why is this problem considered one of the hardest to solve in veterinary ophthalmology?
Sarcoptic Mange
  Sarcoptic mange is the name for the skin disease caused by infection with the Sarcoptes scabei mite. They are microscopic and cannot be seen with the naked eye. Also called “scabies,” this mite infection is extremely itchy and contagious. While difficult to diagnose, this condition is usually easy to treat.
Sarcoptic Mange
  Sarcoptic mange is a very itchy disease caused by a small mite not visible to the naked eye. Areas where the mites tend to burrow under the skin include the tips of the ears, elbows, hocks, chest and belly. However, in a severe infestation, mites can cause problems on the animal's entire body.
  Seborrhea is a clinical syndrome that has several different forms. It can be seen as excessive flaking and extremely dry skin, odiferous greasy scale and yellow brown adherent oil deposits, or a combination of the two.
Seborrhea - Keratinization Disorders
  Seborrhea can present in several different forms. It can be seen as excessive flaking and extremely dry skin, or odiferous greasy scale and yellow brown adherent oil deposits, or a combination of the two.
Seizure Disorders
  Any involuntary behavior that occurs abnormally may represent a seizure. Seizures may be caused by situations within the brain (such as trauma or infection) or by situations centered outside the brain (such as low blood sugar, circulating metabolic toxins, or external poisons).
Separation Anxiety
  The worst cases of separation anxiety present an unlivable disaster for the pet owner. The animal becomes destructive, soils the house, and vocalizes loudly and unabashedly and, since the behavior occurs almost exclusively when the pet is alone, there is nothing to stop him from creating a spectacular mess and annoying the neighbors every time the owner steps out.
Splenic Masses in Dogs
  Occasionally spleens grow masses. These are generally either benign or malignant tumors. In dogs, most splenic masses are either hemangiomas or hemangiosarcomas. What does the spleen do and what happens when it's removed?
  Noticing something like grains of rice that move, something that looks like sesame seeds in your pet’s bedding? Where do tapeworms come from, how can you eliminate them, and why do they come back?
  If your pet has a condition called thrombocytopenia, his platelet count is low. When the platelet count is low, it is harder for clotting to occur.
  Although it is possible to get Toxoplasmosis from cats, no correlation has been found between cat ownership and Toxoplasma infection. There is, however, a very strong association between Toxoplasma infection and working with raw meat as in a slaughterhouse or as a butcher. Be careful handling raw meat.
Tracheal Collapse
  The patient is almost always a toy breed dog, especially poodles, Yorkshire terriers, and Pomeranians. The disease usually becomes problematic in middle age but can occur at any age. The cartilage defect that leads to the flattened C rings seems to be hereditary.
Transitional Cell Carcinoma
  The transitional cell carcinoma is a particularly unpleasant tumor of the urinary bladder that usually grows in the lower neck of the bladder, causing a partial or complete obstruction to urination. Bloody urine and straining to urinate are typically the signs noted by the owner.
Transmissible Venereal Tumor
  The transmissible venereal tumor, affectionately known as the TVT, may be visible as an external fleshy growth or may simply present as genital bleeding. The tumor is common where there are large numbers of roaming dogs or in shelter situations.
Vaccinations - Allergic Reactions
  Immunization represents stimulation of the immune system, an inherently inflammatory process. Vaccination reactions severe enough to produce shock are EXTREMELY rare and are a function of an individual pet's immune response.
Vaccine Associated Fibrosarcoma
  Fibrosarcomas have been recognized for a very long time as difficult, deeply rooted tumors of cats. What has only recently been recognized is the potential for vaccination to lead to the formation of these tumors.
Vestibular Disease
  Most people think their pet has had a stroke, but in fact a problem with the vestibular apparatus is to blame. The vestibular apparatus is the neurological equipment responsible for perceiving one's body's orientation relative to the earth (determining if you are upside-down, standing up straight, falling etc.).
Viral Papillomas of Dogs
  Most everyone knows that dogs get warts, but did you know that some of these warts are infectious? Find out what they are and how to deal with them.
Von Willebrand's Disease
  Von Willebrand's disease is an inherited blood clotting defect and breeds at high risk should be screened before being allowed to breed.
West Nile Virus
  This CDC Fact Sheet offers questions and answers about West Nile Virus as it relates to dogs and cats. Dogs and cats can be infected through mosquite bites. DEET-based mosquito repellants are not recommended for pets.
Zinc Poisoning
  Now that pennies are made of zinc instead of copper, swallowing them can be harmful to your pet. Many veterinarians are unaware of this special syndrome and do not realize that pennies are far more than a simple foreign body. This is a recently described disease and many questions are still unanswered.

Sago Palms Pose a Threat to your pet

Sago Palm victims present vomiting, with liver damage.

With Sago Palm, aggressive decontamination is extremely helpful, however it would only be effective with recent ingestion. Sago palm is hepatoxic, so basically once the animal is symptomatic, we are treating for liver failure. According to a recent study, 60% of dogs with sago palm toxicity responded to supportive care. 

Patients will vomit all food and water consumed and are visibly icteric. Initial bloodwork on the victims show severe azotemia, hematuria/bilirubinuria, and moderately elevated liver enzymes. 

Apparently, Sago Palm is abundant in Southern California. Pet owners must be alert about the consumption of this plant by their pets. Precautions might include weeding out the plant from your neighborhood or wherever your pet lives.

Please contact us for further information or help if you find any of these symptoms in your pet or if your pets have consumed sago palm.


News Bulletin

Heartworm and your pet

Historically heartworm infestation has been very rare in Southern California. Dr. Ena herself has only seen two cases in fifteen years of practice. The reason for this is that we have had little stagnant water to enable mosquitoes to breed. However, with the heavy rain season this winter, that may no longer be the case.

Stagnant water creates breeding grounds for mosquito larvae. Certain species of mosquitoes carry and transmit heartworms. Heartworm is of much more concern to your pet than the West Nile virus, which has received a great deal of press.

Heartworm infested mosquitoes inject the microscopic heartworm into the pets while feeding on them. These immature heartworms travel to the lungs and heart causing lung disease and heart failure.

Heartworm preventatives are much safer, and less expensive than heartworm treatment, which is often unsuccessful. We recommend a product called heartguard, which is given to your pet monthly. In order to start the medication, a quick and inexpensive heartworm test is submitted first. If the pet is positive for heartworm, the preventative will not work, and may even cause an adverse reaction. Your pet would then need treatment for heartoworm infestation. Once negative results are obtained, your pet can be started on heartguard.

You can find much more information about heartworm by logging on our website @bellflowervet.com and following the heartworm link in the library, or logging on to heartwormsociety.org.

It is possible that we will not need to keep our pets on heartworm preventatives long term. This year, after considering the risks of heartworm infestation to our pets, and the low risk of side effects of the preventative medications, we concluded that it is wise to start our own pets on preventatives, and decided to issue this news bulletin.

If you are seeing mosquitoes, please call our office in order to schedule the heartworm test and get a prescription of preventatives. Our office is open Monday –Friday 9am-7pm, and 9am-3pm Saturdays.

Doctors and staff

Bellflower Veterinary Hospital

(562) 867-7271





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10326 Artesia Blvd, Bellflower CA 90706
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