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Tracheal Collapse in Dogs

WHAT? Air travels from the back of the mouth to the chest via a windpipe called the trachea.  The trachea normally has a rigid circular form (imagine a garden hose.)  It is made of C-shaped cartilages that are stacked on top of each other.  The ends of the C-shaped rings are connected by a thin [...]

Ah-choo! Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in Cats

WHAT? Feline upper respiratory infections (URI) are highly contagious infections with one or more viruses and/or bacteria.  The organisms most commonly involved are feline herpesvirus 1 (FHV-1), feline calicivirus (FCV), Bordetella bronchiseptica, Chlamydophila felis and Mycoplasma. HOW? URI may develop from a single organism or it may be a mixed infection.  Mixed infections often begin [...]

Update on Canine Influenza  - Some More “Flu” for Thought

WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW Remember that in March of this year, Chicago-area veterinarians were noticing a significant increase in the amount of dogs presenting for respiratory disease.  Most dogs presented with coughing, runny nose and eyes and poor energy but a few presented with pneumonia.  Specimens from infected dogs were sent to Cornell University Veterinary [...]

Happy Anniversary ....To Us!

It’s amazing to think that just 2 short years ago we were a fledgling veterinary hospital taking the plunge into DTLA waters.  Fast forward to July 2015 and you will find a bustling 4 doctor practice in the Historic Core at 333 S Spring St.  It really does feel like home here.  We see our [...]

A Sardine a Day Keeps the Doctor Away - Fishy Fatty Acids

  Essential fatty acids are important for many reasons but primarily they aid in the formation of compounds called eicosanoids.  Eicosanoids play vital roles in inflammation, fever, regulation of blood pressure, blood clotting, immune system modulation, control of reproductive processes, tissue growth and regulation of the sleep/wake cycle – whew!  Essentially essential fatty acids help [...]