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Posted on 04-11-2012

Berkeley veterinarian focuses on "silent killers".jpgWhen your pet gets sick or is not quite acting himself, you probably visit the veterinarian for a diagnosis and treatment. However, some illnesses have few or no definable symptoms at all, many of which can cause harm to your pet's long term health, or even become potentially fatal. Here at University Veterinary Hospital, Berkeley veterinarian, Dr. Mattu, is trained to identify these "silent killers," many of which are manageable or curable with early detection.

One of the most common silent killers is parasites. A parasite is an organism that survives by leaching important nutrients from a host. Parasites are often found in the gastrointestinal tract and heart, and are easily killed or prevented with intestinal worm or heart worm medications.

Other "silent killers" include Addison's Disease, Cushing's Disease, thyroid disease and pet diabetes. All of these diseases are potentially fatal, but also completely manageable using the advancements in veterinary medicine. However, in order to detect an underlying health problem before it gets out of hand, you must bring your pet to our animal hospital for regular physical examinations and check-ups.

Seasonal Changes Also Trigger Pet Skin Allergies 

Our animal hospital is also experienced in diagnosing and treating pet skin allergies. Like humans, pets can develop aversions to allergens in foods and environmental components. The most common allergies are triggered by diet and seasonal inhalants, such as mold, pollen and weeds. However, pets may also develop allergies to certain shampoos, fragrances or household cleaners. Often, the skin will develop rashes, bumps or unusual textures, which may itch, hurt or cause excessive shedding.

Our pet dermatology services involve detecting the source of a pet's allergies by process of elimination. In some cases, formal allergy testing is needed, after which time our veterinarian will recommend reducing or eliminating your pet's exposure to the source. If reduced exposure is not possible, your pet may need medications to help regulate symptoms.

Do easily identify behavior changes in your pet as signs they're not feeling well?

Sandeep said:

Thank you so much for helping with Smokie Jo when we had to say Good bye to her, the whole team there rellay feels like one big family , thank you too for that nice card and flowers The Maggiolo Family

2012-07-23 10:44:38

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