Archives: Illness & Disease

  • Dogs and Acid Reflux Disease

    Acid reflux disease in dogs is much the same as it is in humans—a reverse flow of gastric or intestinal fluids from the stomach back into the esophagus. The gastrointestinal juices irritate the lining of the esophagus, causing inflammation and pain. Learn more about the symptoms and treatment for acid reflux from a Richmond Hill veterinarian. Causes Young dogs may develop acid reflux because their gastro-esophageal sphincters—the opening at the base of the esophagus—are still … Read More »

  • Xylitol Poisoning in Cats and Dogs

    Xylitol is a sugar substitute commonly found in gum, candy, and baking goods. It’s touted for humans because of lower caloric amounts and dental benefits. However, xylitol is quite toxic to dogs and cats. Learn more from your Richmond Hill veterinarian below. What are the Symptoms of Xylitol Poisoning? Your dog’s pancreas confuses xylitol with real sugar and releases insulin. As a result, your dog’s blood sugar level drops dramatically. Weakness, disorientation, spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, … Read More »

  • Citrus and Your Dog: A Bad Combination

    While some fruits are okay to feed dogs in small doses, citrus fruits are not included in that list. Below we discuss the various citrus fruits that pose a serious hazard to our pets: Lemons Since lemons have such a sour taste, it’s not extremely likely that your dog will gobble up a slice. Still, some dogs are extra curious and just don’t care what it is they’re munching on. Lemons contain psoralen compounds and … Read More »