Endocarditis is a potentially fatal condition, but how does it relate to dental disease?

Elbow Dysplasia

This is my dog, Marvin. He was first diagnosed with elbow dysplasia just after I got him as a 12 month old rescue dog. This is how we have managed his condition.

Ectopic Ureter

A developmental condition we occasionally see in puppies and kittens, ectopic ureters occur when one or both ureters (the tube from the kidneys to the bladder) don’t insert into the correct place in the bladder. This can lead to a range of problems, and normally needs surgery to manage.


Anyone considering breeding their bitch needs to be aware of this condition. It is life-threatening, and needs to be recognised early and treated as a true emergency.

Ear Mites

Often found in young puppies and kittens, these mites can inhabit the ear canals of almost any mammal. Fortunately, they are quite easy to diagnose and treat.

Diaphragmatic Hernia

This is a common complication from severe trauma, particularly to the abdomen. When a dog or cat is hit by a car, this is a condition we always need to consider as it can be life-threatening.

Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus, or sugar diabetes, is a common condition affecting both cats and dogs. We do see quite different types of diabetes in each species, and we need to be aware of the possible complications of the disease.

Diabetes Insipidus

Not to be confused with diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus occurs when the kidneys stop concentrating the urine of affected animals. This can be caused by the failure to produce, or the failure to respond to a hormone called anti-diuretic hormone.


Demodecosis occurs when a little mite, demodex, occurs in unusually high numbers in the hair follicles of affected animals. Fortunately, it is now very easy to treat.