Cruciate Disease

  1. Cruciate disease (ruptured cruciate ligaments) are one of the most common orthopaedic injuries we see in dogs. Unlike humans where cruciate injuries tend to be of traumatic origin, dogs tend to have a different cause.

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is the condition typically associated with “red eyes”. It occurs when the conjunctiva (the pink flesh under the eyelids) becomes inflamed.

There are many causes for conjunctivitis, including viral, bacterial and allergic diseases.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is one of the more common heart conditions we see affecting cats.

It is characterised by a thickening of the heart muscle, and can lead to signs of congestive heart failure or aortic thromboembolisms.

Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure is what occurs when the heart stops functioning effectively. It may be the result of conditions such as endocardiosis, aortic stenosis, or dilated cardiomyopathy.

This is the basic effect of the heart not pumping as it should.

Colitis

Colitis is inflammation of the large intestine.

There are multiple caused of colitis, including bacterial, viral, allergic and immune mediated causes.

Although it can be quite severe and uncomfortable, we can normally manage it quite well once we understand the underlying problem.

Cholangiohepatitis

Cholangiohepatitis is caused when bacteria track up the bile duct, creating an infection in the bile duct, gall bladder and liver.

It can be hard to diagnose, with most pets just showing signs of being “not quite right”, but with good diagnostics and treatment we can easily cure this condition in most cases.

Chocolate Toxicity

Chocolate toxicity is something we see every year, especially around Christmas and Easter.

Different types of chocolate have different levels of toxicity. As a general rule, the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is to pets.

If your dog has eaten some chocolate and you need to know whether to call the vet or not, you can use the toxicity calculator found here: http://www.petmd.com/dog/chocolate-toxicity

Cataracts

Cataracts are a common cause of blindness in dogs and cats.

They may occur secondary to genetic causes, following trauma or inflammation in the eye, or as a result of diabetes.

Without treatment, affected pets are blind.

Fortunately we can now offer cataract surgery at the Eaton Vet Clinic.

Endocardiosis

Endocardiosis is a condition commonly affecting dogs such as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

In this condition, they heart valves “shrivel” and become leaky. Initially this causes a heart murmur, which your vet may be able to hear when conducting a check-up.

Our advice for monitoring and treating these conditions has changed recently, with the advice now being to perform a cardiac ultrasound when the condition is found, and for medication to be commenced as soon as any secondary changes are noted to the heart.

Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Dilated Cardiomyopathy is a heart condition which most commonly affects large breed dogs such as dobermans and rottweilers.

It is characterised by the heart muscle “stretching”, causing the heart to become enlarged and the pumping less efficient.