By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and blogger for Pets Best Insurance
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and pink ribbons are everywhere. Breast cancer is a devastating and common disease in humans, but did you know that dogs can get breast cancer too? Veterinarians typically refer to the disease as mammary cancer, since dogs have a mammary chain rather than two breasts like humans. Here are some facts about mammary cancer in dogs:
Mammary cancer is defined as benign or malignant tumors associated with the mammary glands. About 50% of tumors felt in the mammary glands will be malignant, meaning they can spread to regional lymph nodes and other parts of the body, the other 50% are benign. It is impossible to tell which is which just by feeling or looking at the mass.
Which dogs are at risk?
Hello. I’m Dr. Jane Matheys from The Cat Doctor Veterinary Hospital and Hotel in Boise, Idaho. Today, I’ll be answering a question about cat health from our readers of the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page.
Today, Karen asks: “I have a 15-year-old cat. For years, he has had issues with throwing up in the mornings right after he eats. He’s very healthy for his age and has been to four different vets about this problem, with no solutions. His vomiting is always in the morning. He will eat some food, go drink a lot of water, then go eat more. After that, he will throw up. Any suggestions?”
Update as of November 5th, 2013: The Meridian Valley Humane Society has officially reopened! They will be holding their grand opening at the new shelter located at 191 N. Linder Road on November 17th from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Originally posted on October 4th, 2013. The Meridian Animal Shelter closed on September 30, 2013 but thanks to a dedicated group of about 35 volunteers, the Meridian Valley Humane Society (MVHS) will continue to offer re-homing and rescue services in the Meridian, ID area.
The MVHS is an all volunteer non-profit 501c3 organization who states their mission is “providing compassion, protection, welfare, and responsible adoption for homeless, abandoned and abused animals.”
According to one volunteer who has been with the organization for three years, Debby Decker, the volunteers pride themselves on taking the time to get to know the dog so they can find a family that is the right fit and find their forever home.
The new address of the Meridian Valley Humane Society will be 191 N. Linder Rd., Meridian, Idaho 83642.
MVHS recently acquired the new location and according to Decker it needs some major cleaning, painting and sprucing up, but they hope to be open by early November at the latest. Once their new location is ready they’ll be able to accept and adopt animals again. Until then, their permanent mailbox is 3313 W. Cherry Ln. #603, Meridian, ID 83642.
By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance
About Shih Tzus
Height (to base of neck): 9-10.5″ (male and females)
Weight: 9-16 lbs (male and females)
Color: Their coat can be any color
Coat: Dense long, straight double coat
Life Expectancy: 13-15 years
Energy level: Moderate
Exercise needs: Low to moderate
Is a Shih Tzu the Right Dog Breed for You?
Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance
Hi. My name is Marc Caldwell; I’m a local veterinarian working with Pets Best Insurance, to answer some Facebook questions for you guys.
Our next question is: My 2-year-old Chihuahua loves his bully stick in the 6″ size. I’m wondering since he goes through them so quickly if he’s hurting his teeth, I’ve noticed that his teeth are actually getting smaller. It concerns me that you mentioned his teeth are getting smaller; it’s not normal for an adult tooth to actually regress in size. My concern is that possibly what’s happening due to excessive wear and tear at the teeth, they may actually be fracturing due to chewing on this hard surface.