By Dr. Bill Donohue
In the United States, the pet population has grown to well over 150 million dogs and cats yearly according to recent surveys. The true number of pets with cancer is really unknown as many cats and dogs do not receive routine veterinary care. Dogs and cats are living longer and healthier lives now due to better nutrition, health care and owner awareness of medical issues potentially leading to numbers being diagnosed with cancer. A recent study found that 45% of dogs that live to 10 years of age or older will die of cancer. An estimate of 32 to 47 percent of dogs and cats will die of cancer. At the same time, less than 10% of dogs and cats will die of heart...
Mental Health America of Porter County is joining our community in celebrating National Mentoring Month. We recognize that spending quality time with the youth in our community can foster an environment where these young people can grow up to become caring and responsible adults. Mentoring has many important benefits to both the mentor and mentee. According to the Indiana Youth Institute, “All children have the potential to succeed in life and contribute to society.”
We recently caught up with Jonathan Nalli in our studio, and he kindly filled us in as to how their move went and what the future looks like for Porter preparing its way as a regional health source to Northwest Indiana.
"My belief is that in recent history, the actual move was probably the greatest culmination of resources on a county-wide effort, state-wide effort with the assistance of INDOT. So we were extremely pleased with it and thankful not only to our associates, but Prompt and Superior ambulances, Porter County hazmat teams, the police forces, the EMS forces, INDOT, everybody. Really it was an incredible event that the teamwork brought, as smooth as it was delivered.
By Dr. Mary Ann Sheller
Pyometra (pyo: pus metra:uterus) is a serious infection of the uterus that occurs in unspayed female dogs. Most cases happen in middle or older aged dogs. The uterus fills with infected material, sometimes enlarging to 20 times its normal size.
Dogs which develop pyometra may not show symptoms in the early stages. Some will have a bloody or purulent vaginal discharge, others may not. Many will be very thirsty and have to urinate frequently. Some will be extremely sick…no appetite, sluggish, very depressed.
ATTENTION FRIENDS! There has been a voluntarily recall of CHICKEN JERKY (product comes from China)
Nestle Purina Petcare Co. officials announced on Wednesday that they're pulling WAGGIN' TRAIN & CANYON CREEK RANCH brand dog treats until further notice!
Portage High School head girls basketball coach and physical education teacher Chris Seibert has made a big decision that has nothing to do with his starting lineup, his defensive schemes or what plays he wants to run on offense. Seibert made a conscious decision to change his eating habits and overall health. Since Aug.12, Seibert has lost 107 pounds.
Last May Seibert ruptured his Achilles tendon playing basketball, which motivated him to change his health, eating habits and weight.
By Kimberly Juhlin, DVM, CVA
How do you know if your pet needs to be seen by a veterinarian right away?
The first thing to know and be familiar with is what a normal, healthy pet looks like. They have bright, clear eyes with no sign of redness or discharge; clean ears, free of buildup or odor; a mouth with moist, pink gums, free of infection; teeth that have little or no tartar; no swollen, bleeding gums, nor excess bad breath; their breathing should be even and easy, without wheezing, coughing, or discharge from the nose; they should have a shiny coat, with unblemished skin,...
Written by Dr. Randi Olson
The holidays are a wonderful time to spend with family and friends. However, this time of the year can also be busy and at times stressful. Keeping a few safety precautions in mind can help our four-legged friends stay out of trouble at this time of year.