Recognizing And Treating Brain Tumors In Pets

No pet owner wants to hear that their beloved companion has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. The good news, however, is that this frightening problem is one that we don’t see very often. And, thanks to today’s cutting-edge veterinary technology, many of the brain tumors that are diagnosed in pets are treatable. 

In the event it is determined that your pet has a brain tumor, gathering information is essential for making the best decision for your pet’s treatment and long term health.

Your team at Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center is here to help you navigate the many questions that may arise with a brain tumor diagnosis and the treatment options that are available.

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Frito Feet: Why Do My Dog’s Paws Smell Like Corn Chips??

Have you ever noticed a strange, yet somehow familiar smell emanating from your dog’s paws?

You’re not alone. Often referred to as ‘Frito’ feet, this curiosity is real and can have dog owners scratching their heads and wondering why their dog’s paws smell like corn chips! 

At Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center, we never shy away from life’s tough questions! Stay tuned as we tackle the strangely pleasant phenomenon of Frito feet.

It’s Only Natural

It is the combination of harmless bacteria and fungi that is responsible for that yeasty (Frito-y) smell on your dog’s paws.

Just like humans, dogs are covered in these organisms and as they walk around, both indoors and outdoors, they pick up dirt and other debris that settles in between their toes.

Once combined with the sweat that exists there naturally, you have the perfect growing environment for the odor-causing offenders – hence, the Frito feet smell.

When Frito Feet Become A Problem

Most pet owners don’t mind the subtle smell of Frito Feet, but if the smell becomes overwhelming, it can indicate a yeast overgrowth or infection. If it is accompanied by other symptoms, it can indicate an underlying health condition. 

While yeast infections in a dog’s paws are relatively common and usually treatable with medication, they can be especially problematic for pets with allergies or compromised immune systems by causing serious secondary infections or dermatological problems that can be difficult to treat. Schedule your pet for a check-up with our veterinarian if you notice any of the following:

  • Corn chip smell coming from the ears
  • Excessive licking/chewing at the paws or other parts of the body
  • Raw or red ears or skin
  • Injury to the paws
  • Hair loss

Proper Paw Care

Grooming your pet’s paws should be a part of your regular pet care routine. Keep your dog’s tootsies at their best by:

  • Bathing your dog on a regular basis at home (or by our professional groomers), paying special attention to the areas in between the toes. Use a pet-specific, hypo-allergenic shampoo and dry between the toes afterwards.  We carry these shampoos in our lobby and online stores, and are happy to help you select the one best for your pet   
  • Keep the fur between the toes trimmed to minimize odor-causing sweat and debris buildup. Depending on the dog, this may best be done by a professional groomer. Your dog’s nails should also be clipped on a regular basis (if you can hear their nails clicking on a hard floor, they are too long).
  • Make sure the paws are wiped clean and thoroughly dried when your dog comes in from outdoors – especially if the paws are wet or muddy.

Whether your dog has Frito feet or not, the paws play an important role in your dog’s comfort and life-long mobility. Let’s keep them healthy! Don’t hesitate to give us a call for more information or to schedule an exam with our veterinarian or a grooming appointment in our Grooming Salon. We are always happy to help your pets have great lives!

Anemia in Pets

Anemia is defined as a deficiency in the number of circulating red blood cells in the body. It is a relatively common health condition in humans – especially in women, due to low iron levels.

In pets, however, anemia is often the result of chronic disease, autoimmune disease, cancer, trauma or other medical condition. 

Understanding Anemia

Red blood cells have no nucleus, DNA, or internal structures, but they serve a vital role in the body in that they contain hemoglobin, which is a protein that carries oxygen.

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Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism in Pets

Thyroid gland disorders can cause numerous health issues for pets and is a common problem that we see at Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center. As in most medical conditions, the earlier thyroid disorders are diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome is for your pet. 

Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism in Pets

The thyroid gland is located in the neck, near the larynx, and is controlled by the pituitary gland in the brain. The thyroid gland is essential for regulating the body’s metabolic rate and does this by producing hormones that keep it in balance – the most important one being thyroxine. When the thyroid gland doesn’t function properly, the resulting hormone imbalance can wreak havoc with the body’s metabolism. 

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Kidney Disease in Pets 

As in humans, the kidneys play an important role in the overall health of our pets. Apart from making urine, kidneys are responsible for regulating the balance of electrolytes in the body, keeping blood pressure in check, and the production of hormones that aid in calcium metabolism and red blood cell production. 

While a diagnosis of kidney disease in our pet is understandably alarming, with proper care, this disease is usually manageable over the long term.

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Asthma in Pets: A Dangerous Dilemma 

The ways in which pets and humans are alike never ceases to amaze us here at Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center. Like us, dogs and cats have complex social structures, nuanced personalities, strong likes and dislikes, and the need to connect with their family members (regardless of species)! There are also other similarities between pets and people, and one of those is a respiratory condition known as asthma.

As it is with people, asthma in pets is the restriction of the airways caused by an allergic reaction to an airborne irritant or pollutant. Any age or breed of pet can develop asthma, but cats (Siamese in particular) and middle-aged or older pets are more prone to it.

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Help! Why Does My Dog Have Stinky Fur? 

Do you have an adorable, furry, four-legged stinker on your hands? While some level of ‘doggy smell’ is to be expected from our canine companions, truly stinky fur may be cause for concern.

Our team at Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center doesn’t shy away from malodorous topics and can help you get to the bottom of your pup’s smelly situation!

Common Causes of Stinky Fur

Regular bathing and brushing will go a long way toward cutting down on normal doggy odors. Check with your veterinarian to see how often your dog should be bathed (we carry hypoallergenic pet shampoos for home bathing in our lobby retail store).

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The Ins and Outs of Anal Sacs

Does your dog regularly scoot its cute backside across the living room floor?

Do you occasionally notice an unpleasant, musky odor in the air or spot a brown streak on the carpet?

Have you noticed your pet obsessively licking its rear end?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, your pet’s anal sacs may be to blame.

While not the most exciting topic, knowing what the anal sacs are and how to properly care for them is an important component of your pet’s care.

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Understanding Old Dog Vestibular Disease 

Anyone who’s ever suffered from vertigo or an inner ear problem understands the unsettling dizziness, loss of coordination and nausea that can accompany these types of conditions. Dogs can experience a similar condition known as canine vestibular disease.  

There are several types of canine vestibular disease. Some may be due to serious causes, such as a brain tumor, neurological infection or other neurological disorder. However, there is a benign self-limiting type that affects mostly older dogs. Because of this, it is commonly referred to as ‘old dog vestibular disease’, which is the focus of this discussion.   

The symptoms of old dog vestibular disease can be quite bewildering for any pet owner. At Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center, we see this problem in many of our older patients, so we’d like to shed some light on this mostly benign form of canine vestibular disease.

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How to Keep Your Pet Fit During the Holidays

It probably comes as no surprise that “get healthier” is the most popular New Year’s resolution among Americans. Holiday meals and parties, cookies at the office and at Grandma’s house, and extra treats from friends and neighbors can add up over time, causing a run on gym memberships and diet cookbooks come January 2nd. 

Pets, too, can suffer the ill effects of overindulgence, including the health and mobility consequences that go along with extra weight. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be difficult to keep your furry friend fit and trim during the holidays.

A little bit of planning, a commitment to your pet’s well being, and the support of your Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center team will go a long way toward making sure your best pal feels and looks its best all year long.

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