The Problem with Pee: Urinary Tract Infections in Pets

Golden RetrieverThe symptoms may sound familiar: accidents in the house, posturing to urinate frequently, and asking to go out more than normal. Urinary tract infection in pets happen, but it isn’t always as simple as us prescribing an antibiotic. Read on to learn why it’s important for us at Schertz Animal Hospital to see your pet when urinary problems arise..Urinary Tract Infections in Pets

Urinary tract infections in pets can happen when bacteria enter the normally sterile environment of the urinary tract. This organ system is composed of the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder, and urethra. When an infection is present, it is typically in the bladder. Continue…

When Good Livers Go Bad: Pet Liver Problems

Portrait of a dogAs far as internal organs go, the liver is generally underrated. It is not an organ that we tend to talk about very much, but is extremely important to your pet’s overall health. The liver helps to detoxify the body, stores vitamins and minerals, regulate blood sugar, ensures proper blood clotting, and produces several very important proteins.

By understanding what the liver does and what problems can occur, pet owners can be better attuned to its health. Pet liver problems are not uncommon, and it is up to us to make sure that this important organ is functioning properly. Continue…

Hypothyroidism in Dogs

Labrador dog resting indoorsHypothyroidism is a condition that causes low thyroid function, most commonly among dogs (although cats can also be affected). Most notably synonymous with weight gain, hypothyroidism in dogs can also produce behavioral changes, which are often observed before any physical symptoms can be detected.

Hypothyroidism in dogs is primarily diagnosed among medium to large breeds, particularly: Continue…

Dog Fights and Other Forms of Canine Aggression

Chihuahua puppyDog fights can be terrifying – especially when one of the pugilists is your beloved canine companion. However, aggression in dogs is common and can lead to bites and other injuries, including attacks on humans.

Dog fights can occur for many different reasons. By understanding the underlying causes, you can address the issue and keep your pet safe and well-behaved. Continue…

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