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Brain Tumors
Cancer affecting the brain is common in older dogs and cats but can be seen in younger animals.  Tumors can originate from the brain itself or they can be caused by spread of tumors located elsewhere in the body.  Click to read more about brain tumors…

Canine Lymphoma
Lymphoma is a common type of cancer in dogs.  It results from the unregulated growth of malignant lymphocytes that often affects lymph nodes, bone marrow, liver, and spleen, but can also be seen in the eyes, skin, and gastrointestinal tract.  Click to read more about canine lymphoma…

Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC)
Transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) is a malignant cancer of the urinary bladder that affects dogs, cats, and other domestic pets.   Click to read more about transitional cell carcinoma

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS)
In dogs with Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS), the brain undergoes changes that result in a gradual decline in the mental faculties associated with thinking, recognition, memory, and learned behavior.  Click to read more about cognitive dysfunction syndrome…

Degenerative Myelopathy
Degenerative myelopathy of dogs is a slowly progressive, non-inflammatory degeneration of the white matter of the spinal cord. It is most common in German Shepherds and Welsh Corgis, but is occasionally recognized in other breeds.  Click to read more about degenerative myelopathy…

Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a condition in which there is a deficiency of, or insensitivity to, insulin.  Click to read more about diabetes mellitus…

Feline Hyperthyroidism
Hyperthyroidism is most often caused by a benign growth of the thyroid gland that overproduces the hormones normally produced by the gland. There is no known cause of this disease.  Click to read more about feline hyperthyroidism…

Feline Lymphoma
Lymphoma is a common type of cancer in cats. It is caused by the proliferation of malignant lymphocytes (type of white blood cell) that often occurs in the chest, kidneys, nose, skin, spine, and gastrointestinal tract.  Click to read more about feline lymphoma…

Heart Disease
Heart disease in animals is either congenital (they are born with it) or acquired (develops due to an underlying cause).  Congenital disease is usually seen in young animals, affecting many small dog breeds. Acquired heart disease is seen most often in older dogs and cats.  Click to read more about heart disease…

Hemangiosarcoma (HSA)
Hemangiosarcoma (HSA) is an aggressive, malignant cancer of blood vessels that often grows as a mass in the spleen, liver, or heart, but can also be found growing in other places in the body.   Click to read more about hemangiosarcoma…

Liver Disease
The liver plays many roles within the body involving biochemical metabolism, producing important substances like blood coagulation factors and bile, and breaking down others including toxins and many drugs.  Click to read more about liver disease…

Mast Cell Tumors
Mast cells are specialized cells within the body that respond to inflammation and allergies by releasing bioactive metabolites such as histamine, heparin, serotonin, and prostaglandins.   Click to read more about mast cell tumors…

Nasal Tumors
Nasal tumors of dogs and cats are usually locally aggressive malignant tumors. The most common tumor originating in the nasal cavity in dogs is adenocarcinoma, while lymphoma is the most common nasal tumor in cats.  Click to read more about nasal tumors…

Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common cause of lameness in pets.  Click to read more about osteoarthritis…

Osteosarcoma (OSA)
Osteosarcoma (OSA) is the most common bone cancer in dogs. It is less common in cats. It most frequently occurs in the leg bones of large breed, middle aged or elderly dogs, but can arise in any bone and at any age.  Click to read more about osteosarcoma…

Chronic Renal Disease
Chronic Renal Disease (CRD) is the gradual loss of function of the kidneys.    Click to read more about chronic renal disease…

Seizures
Seizures are the involuntary contractions of muscles due to abnormal electrical impulses in the brain.  There are many causes, with epilepsy being one of the most common causes.    Click to read more about seizures…

Vestibular Disease
A normal vestibular system helps keep your pet’s body balanced and the head in correct orientation.  Click to read more about vestibular disease…

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