Enzo is a 9-year old male Rottweiler. I started treating him when he was only 3 and his saga began. He developed Leptospirosis, a severe community-acquired kidney infection that causes acute kidney failure. With treatment, Enzo survived this infection. Unfortunately, the kidney damage was so severe that a full recovery was not possible and he has had chronic kidney disease since that time. It is a small miracle that Enzo is still with us today as it is almost unheard of for a dog to survive this length of time with kidney failure.
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Foxtails can pose a serious health hazard for your pets. After this season’s rains, they are worse than ever before. Watch this interview with Dr. Josh Jackson on how to keep your pet safe while still enjoying the outdoors.
By Brenda Phillips, DVM, DACVIM, (Medical Oncology)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in January, has given conditional approval for the first new animal drug to treat canine lymphoma. Also called lymphosarcoma, lymphoma is a type of cancer in dogs. Lymphoma can affect virtually any organ in the body, but it most commonly starts in organs that function as part of the immune system, such as the lymph nodes, spleen, and bone marrow.
Veterinary Specialty Hospital and SymbioCellTech are conducting a new clinical trial using canine stem cells to treat pet dogs with diabetes. SymbioCellTech has developed a novel method for the treatment of canine insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus using canine stem cells. After extensive pre-clinical research, this treatment is now being offered at VSH as an FDA-approved pilot study. The goals of this novel therapy are to:
Veterinary Specialty Hospital Holiday Pet Food Drive an Overwhelming Success! A tremendous thank you goes to everyone who helped make Veterinary Specialty Hospital’s 5th annual holiday pet food drive such an overwhelming success! We had a goal to collect 5,000 pounds of cat and dog food. Due to the generosity of the entire San Diego community, 11,293 pounds of food was donated! This is over 5 ½ tons of pet food that will go to needy families throughout San Diego County to help keep pets and their families together. In addition, we received $5,725 in cash donations for the purchase of additional pet food – this won’t buy just a few more pounds of pet food. It translates to tons more pet food which will help beyond the holiday season.
Donations keep pets fed and in the care of their owners this holiday season
Starting December 1, Veterinary Specialty Hospital, (VSH), kicks off its annual holiday pet food drive to help keep families and their pets together. Although this is the season for holiday cheer, many families throughout San Diego have a difficult time feeding their human family members, let alone their furry companions. In partnership with the San Diego Food Bank, all dog and cat pet food items will be donated and distributed within the community to benefit San Diego families and their four-legged friends.
As we gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, many of us also want to include our dogs and cats in the festivities. Unfortunately, what’s delicious and safe for us to eat, is often dangerous for our pets. From a simple stomachache to more severe complications that can lead to surgery or even death, please follow some simple tips to keep your pets safe this Thanksgiving. If you must include your pet in the celebrations, boil them some turkey meat in plain water.
Dalilah broke her back foot and from the moment I called until we left with her, I was kept informed of everything they were doing for her and everyone from the front desk people to the techs to the doctors were amazing.