Client Education

Acute Pancreatitis

Acute Pancreatitis is occurs when digestive chemicals (enzymes) essential for food digestion are activated inside the pancreas instead of the intestines.  The chemicals are normally inactive inside the pancreas until needed for digestion.  They are released into ducts and then the small intestines and activated into chemicals that help break down food in the digestive Read More

Acute Renal (Kidney) Failure

Acute Renal (Kidney) Failure The kidneys remove toxins and waste from cell function in the body.  Failure to remove the toxins is renal failure, and acute means it develops over a couple days.   Despite advances, it is a serious disease that 60% of cats and dogs die from or are put to sleep. Causes of Read More

Addison’s Disease

Addison’s disease is an uncommon hormonal disorder of the adrenal glands in dogs and cats.  Although, it is relatively uncommon in dogs and rare in cats, the disorder can affect all ages, both genders, any breed, mixed b reeds, neutered, spayed or intact.  The gland cells are destroyed by the immune system as foreign causing Read More

Adrenal Gland

The adrenal gland in animals serves the exact same function as it does in humans, to produce the functionally essential steroid.  As steroids play a vital role in bodily functions in their natural form, veterinarians have come to use synthetically produced steroids as a powerful tool in fighting various diseases.  The most common form of Read More

Antifreeze Poisoning

Antifreeze or ethylene glycol can cause serious kidney failure when ingested by a cat or dog.  Only a small amount of the liquid is necessary to be fatal.   It is a sweet tasting fluid that is in products such as; radiator fluids, paints, cleaning products and photo-developing.  Symptoms can occur in as little as thirty Read More

Arrhythmias

An arrhythmia is an electrical disturbance in the heart from cardiac or non-cardiac causes.  The disturbances can cause excessively slow or fast heart rates. Examples causing a slow heart rate are as follows. 1.       Atrioventricular block  (AV block) 2.       Sick sinus syndrome These examples ultimately require the use of a pacemaker. Examples causing a fast Read More

Aspergillosis

Aspergillosis is a disease from fungus that occurs in two forms; localized and disseminated infections.  It normally resides in the environment and affects immunocompromised pets.  Different species of Aspergillosis are responsible for both types.  Aspergillosis commonly affects young, male dogs that have medium to long noses. The localized disease usually occurs in nasal passages and Read More

Bacterial Urinary Tract Infection

Bacterial Urinary Tract Infections, UTI’s are infections of the urinary system.  They most commonly affect the bladder as bacterial cystitis. UTI’s are more common in female dogs, and older cats. UTI’s can occur with other concurrent diseases. A UTI occurs when bacteria enters the urinary tract and multiplies while an animal’s immunities are temporarily or Read More

Blastomycosis

Blastomycosis is a disease caused by tiny spores of a fungus, Blastomyces dermatitidis commonly living in soil.  Inhalation of the spores infects the lungs, initially producing fungal pneumonia.  It can spread throughout the body, commonly infecting eyes, bones, skin, and lymph nodes.   Twenty-five percent of dogs will die despite treatment, while twenty-five percent that respond Read More

Blindness in Cats and Dogs

Vision in cats and dogs is different than humans.   Their night and peripheral vision is better, but ability to see fine details and color less developed.  Animals can disguise vision loss by compensating with other senses, such as hearing and smell. Sudden loss of vision is more traumatic for pets, as stumbling, running into objects Read More

Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome

Brachycephalic airway syndrome affects breeds of dogs with abnormal skull conformation, resulting in proneness to upper respiratory problems of the nose, mouth, and throat.  Early diagnosis is important when noisy breathing or other abnormalities occur. Most dogs are 2 to 4 years old when brought to a veterinarian. The syndrome has three primary physical abnormalities Read More

Brain Tumors

Brain tumors are diagnosed in pets older than 5 years and mainly over 9.  Brain tumors are common, and even young animals can be affected.  Certain breeds are more predisposed, such as Boxers, Golden Retrievers, and male short-hair domestic cats.  The most common brain tumors in dogs are meningiomas and gliomas, while cats suffer meningiomas. Read More

Broken or Fractured Teeth

Whether it’s their favorite toy, a delicious piece of bone or the random piece of furniture around the house, dogs are well known for their inherent tendency to chew on things and are often afflicted with either fractured or broken teeth as a result.  While some fractures maybe limited to the enamel or dentin; the Read More

Cancer in Pets

Cancer treatment in pets has undergone tremendous advancement over the years.  While surgery has been the most widely used treatment option, in recent years, chemotherapy and radiation therapy have emerged as viable options in treating tumors in pets.  As cancer remains the leading cause of death in older pets, more and more owners are resorting Read More

Canine Atopic Dermatitis (Atopy)

Canine Atopic Dermatitis (Atopy) Canine Atopic Dermatitis is an inherited propensity for an allergic reaction with repeated exposure to an otherwise innocuous substance such as mites, dust, grass, and pollen beginning usually around 1 to 3 years of age.  The reactions can begin as early as six months of age, however rarely after seven years.  Read More

Canine Cushing Syndrome

Canine Cushing Syndrome Glands near the kidneys produce cortisone necessary for health.  Unbalanced levels are unhealthy and can cause illness and even death.  Too little and sudden death can occur, too much results in Cushing syndrome.  Too much cortisone over a long period of time can also result in death.  Too much cortisone is a Read More

Canine Estrous Cycle and Breeding Management

The canine estrous cycle is composed of four phases. Proestrus is one of the phases commonly called the heat or in season cycle. During this cycle the bitch attracts males but is not receptive for breeding.  A uterine origin, blood tinged discharge presents and the vulva becomes moderately enlarged.  The cells change from non-cornified to Read More

Cardiomyopathy in Dogs and Cats

When a heart functions abnormally, it’s called cardiomyopathy.  It is a disease than can manifest with rapid progression and sudden death in both dogs and cats.  Others do not develop clinical signs.  Some cases are reversible, while others are treated with variable levels of success. Signs of cardiomyopathy. 1.  Fatigue, fainting and inability to exercise; Read More

Choosing the Right Pet

Choosing the right pet for your family is a big decision.  There are many factors to take into account.  Every pet requires different needs and attention.  Dogs are usually great for families with kids.  Dogs can help teach responsibility because they need daily care.  It’s important to keep in mind that dogs are like children Read More

Clinical Information on Spay and Neuter For Your Dog or Cat

It’s common knowledge that many unwanted pets are euthanized every year.  It’s important that each one of us do our part to stop the tragedy.  That’s why many pet clinics offer affordable spay and neuter. Limiting the pet population is not the only reason to spay and neuter.  A pet that can not reproduce has Read More

Dog Breeding

Most dogs will breed when ready, and continue to breed every second or third day and until they refuse. Within a few days of vaginal discharge, the bitch should be brought to an intact male, both leashed.  In early proestrus, most bitches growl, sit or lie down when approached.  When ever she appears to be Read More

Flea Control

Fleas and immature fleas (eggs and larvae) all contribute to flea infestations in pets.  If your pet is suffering from an infestation, there are products available to help safely and effectively control fleas.

Hot Spots

A hot spot is a painful warm, itchy, swollen red patch of a skin lesion.  It can include pus and a foul odor.  Rapid hair loss can occur.  Sometimes matted fur can affect the visual size of the lesion. The swollen patches can appear and enlarge quickly, sometimes within in hours.  Dogs that chew, lick or scratch Read More

Medical & Diagnostic Procedures

Sometimes when a pet becomes ill, the best chance of diagnosing and correctly treating the problem involves a medical (and sometimes surgical) procedure.  The Marietta Vet Clinic offers an array of diagnostic and medical procedures and treatments.  No matter what your pet’s specific need, Dr. Peckich will provide the best care possible.

Otitis Externa

Many of us have suffered the discomfort and pain that comes with an ear infection.  Unfortunately, our pets are susceptible to the same problems.  The ailment is medically classified as Otitis Externa, and if not treated properly can lead to long lasting and irreversible damage and in rare cases deafness.  Early recognition and proper veterinary treatment Read More

Parasite Screening

An infection with parasites generally leads to poor health in pets.  Hookworms, roundworms (ascarids), whip worms and others can be contracted from the environment, your pet’s mother during pregnancy and lactation, leading to an infection of your pet.  More importantly, hookworms (via direct cutaneous/skin penetration and migration) and roundworms (via ingestion of fecally contaminated sand, Read More

Prostate Disease

One of out every forty dogs in the United States suffers from some type of prostate disease.  Although it is more commonly seen in non-neutered dogs, it can also affect neutered dogs and is more likely to exhibit itself in older dogs.  Deterioration and shrinkage of the prostate can often lead to a long line Read More

Pyometra

Following ovulation in bitches and queens, animals experience elevated levels of progesterone and the uterus is more susceptible to bacterial infection.  Bacterial contamination in most cases is caused by the interaction of normal flora with parts of the urinary tract and is classified as pyometra.  Pyometra is more commonly observed in bitches or animals undergoing Read More

Seizures in Animals

Epileptic seizures in animals, no matter how sever or infrequent in occurrence, always pose a serious health hazard and must be addressed immediately for both the underlying cause and the cure.  An epileptic seizure is characterized by a disturbance in normal brain activity and can be identified as having several different stages of development.  The Read More

Squamous Cell Carsinoma

Sun and ultra violet rays can have damaging effects on all animals, but white and light skinned cats seem to be most vulnerable.  Areas covered with little or no hair and exposed to the sun for prolonged periods, such as the ear tip, are most susceptible and can serve as likely areas for the development Read More

The Canine Parvovirus Type 2

So, you’ve heard about Canine Parvovirus type 2, CPV2, and want to protect your dog.  The “parvo” virus is a contagious disease that spreads from dog to dog.  They are infected from direct or indirect contact with feces, infected soil, inanimate object or fomite.  The virus is hardy, as it is known to survive in Read More

Tracheal Wash

Respiratory issues in pets can manifest themselves in forms of chronic cough, shortness of breath and overall difficulty in breathing.  It is important to accurately identify the source of these respiratory problems in order to properly diagnose and treat the source, whether it is fungal, bacterial or neoplastic in nature.  In severe cases, symptoms may Read More

Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC)

A sample of smaller breed dogs such as Dachshunds, Scottish Terriers and Shetland Sheepdogs along with a small percentage of cats may develop Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC) in their lifetime.  Characterized by a small tumor growth in the urinary tract; most prevalently along the neck of the bladder; Transitional Cell Carcinoma can exhibit symptoms ranging Read More

Treating Fleas

The key to fleas is an effective treatment strategy.  If you believe your pet has fleas, Marietta Vet Clinic can help. Many times, pets with fleas have other skin problems needing attention.  Make sure to let a veterinarian know when there is multiple pets in the home.  Products will be suggested to completely eliminate the infestation for every animal.  It Read More

Urolith

Pets, like humans, can suffer from stone formations along the urinary tract, which can consequently lead to long-term health issues.  The formation of these stones, more commonly referred to as Uroliths, can be triggered by dietary factors as well as pre-existing congenital conditions.  Urolith formation in pets can be categorized into three general categories based Read More

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are important to help trigger a protective immune response to lessen or prevent common, widespread diseases.  Your veterinarian is an important source regarding your pet’s specific vaccination needs. It is important to vaccinate to protect pets from highly contagious and deadly diseases.  It is generally agreed among veterinarians that vaccines have an excellent safety Read More

Vaccine Associated Sarcoma

Vaccinating your cat is an important and critical component in ensuring a long and healthy life for the feline.  Unfortunately in rare cases, vaccination can lead to the formation of a soft tissue growth, referred to as Vaccine Associated Sarcoma.  While the appearance of such tumors remains relatively uncommon, certain vaccines such as the rabies Read More

Von Willerbrand’s Disease

If you have ever owned a Doberman Pinscher, Scottish Terrier or a German Pointer, you may have heard of a hereditary blood disorder referred to Von Willerbrand’s Disease.  Named after the protein responsible for blood clotting in canines, dogs suffering from this genetic disorder tend to have longer clotting times in mild cases.  In server Read More

Wellness Exams

Periodic wellness exams are important to protect your pet from certain diseases.  Wellness examinations are performed by your veterinarian and will generally consist of a thorough physical examination, as well as blood and urine tests that can give indicators of specific disease processes that may or may not be present in your pet.  Most animals Read More

What are Fleas?

Fleas are a blood-feeding parasite that can infest your pet.  Although fleas technically do not infest people, they can bite causing irritation.  Fleas are a common medical issue veterinarians treat. Pets can suffer greatly from an infestation. Intense itching and even a severe allergic reaction can result.  Pets that are allergic to fleas have severe itching, resulting in continual scratching.  Read More