Category Archives: Medicine

Thoughts on medical issues from the doctors and technicians at AHA

Arthritis in Pets

Judy Schroeder, DVM   June 4, 2014   Comments Off on Arthritis in Pets
Arthritic Elbow in Dog

Arthritis is a generic term that means, simply, inflammation in a joint. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and one of the most common diseases that pets face. This type of arthritis is usually seen in older pets, and is characterized by cartilage breakdown, bone remodeling, and fibrous tissue formation around the joint. Younger pets may develop arthritis… Read more »

Rabies Vaccinations, Fragmentation of Services, and Your Pet

Jim Johnson   July 24, 2013   Comments Off on Rabies Vaccinations, Fragmentation of Services, and Your Pet
Good girls get vaccinated

Today I’d like to write about how changes in the veterinary business have lead to changes in the way we approach rabies vaccination. In the past few years, veterinarians have seen a lot of changes in the business. One of the biggest factors affecting our business is called fragmentation of services. It used to be that people came to their… Read more »

Marijuana Intoxication in Dogs

Judy Schroeder, DVM   June 28, 2013   Comments Off on Marijuana Intoxication in Dogs
dog with marijuana

In The Dangerous Book for Dogs, Chapter 1 is entitled “Let’s Eat This!” Dogs will eat just about anything. They will eat your shoes, your carpets, your landscaping, and yes, they will eat your drugs. It is even better if you have your medication baked into a yummy cookie or brownie. Marijuana poisoning is most common among dogs, though cats… Read more »

Chicken Jerky, Is It Safe?

Judy Schroeder, DVM   February 12, 2013   Comments Off on Chicken Jerky, Is It Safe?
Chicken Jerky

Before you feed your dog that treat…. Since 2007, the US FDA has received more than 2500 reports of dogs that became sick after eating jerky-style treats, predominantly chicken jerky made in China. Ongoing investigations have found no identifiable toxins. Several companies producing chicken treats for dogs recently recalled the products after the New York State Department of Agriculture found… Read more »

Arsenic in Rice

Judy Schroeder, DVM   February 8, 2013   Comments Off on Arsenic in Rice
Periodic Table showing Arsenic

Recently, the FDA published information about inorganic arsenic levels in rice and rice products. As part of an ongoing study, they analyzed arsenic levels in approximately 200 samples of rice and rice-based products available in the US. The study quantified inorganic arsenic levels, and found an average of 3.5 to 6.7 micrograms of inorganic arsenic per serving of the rice… Read more »