Pet Education

Shakey-Shake, My Dog Got Into Snail Bait!

metaldehyde based snail/slug baits

By Elizabeth Craig, DVM Emergency + Critical Care Dog and cat tremor-inducing toxin due to exposure to metaldehyde based snail/slug baits.  Hooray! The rains have finally come to southern California but the damp environment is bringing out slugs and snails. Here at ASG, we have seen a few pets come in after accidentally eating commercial […]


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When Animals Attack: Traumatic wounds.

Traumatic Wounds: Haloumi-Cut-01

By Andreas Andreou, DVM Emergency + Critical Care There are many different scenarios of dog fights and animal attacks. Even friendly dogs can suddenly become aggressive or fall victim to an attacking animal. A good example is at the dog park. Many dogs of different sizes and varying obedience levels are mixed together in a […]


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My Pet’s what is infected? Canine Diskospondylitis

ASG Canine Diskospondylitis

By Megan Stout Steele, DVM Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology) Diskospondylitis is an infection of the intervertebral disk and its continuous vertebral body endplates. Who gets diskospondylitis This disease is typically seen in medium to giant breed older male dogs, however it can be seen in any dog and has also been reported in cats. The thoracolumbar […]


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Splenic Hemangiosarcoma: An aggressive, highly invasive variety of cancer in dogs.

Hemangiosarcoma in Dogs

By Mishka Gonsalves DVM and Michael Huber, DVM, MS, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons Hemangiosarcoma is a cancer of the blood vessels, which most commonly forms a mass on the spleen. Other locations can include the liver, diaphragm and heart. This aggressive cancer typically presents itself as an emergency when the mass ruptures and the patient starts to […]


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Cushing’s Disease in Dogs: An Overview of this Difficult to Diagnose Syndrome.

Cushing's Disease

By Emilie Chaplow, VMD Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine The persistent panting, drinking, and weight gain that may be more than just a nuisance. Cushing’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism) is an endocrine disease caused by an excess production of adrenal steroids, most commonly cortisol. This can be secondary to excessive stimulation from the pituitary gland, or directly […]


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