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Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM

Updated Articles and Resources

By Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Case Report: Albuterol Toxicity in a Boxer Created: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      Guest author Ahna Brutlag DVM, Assistant Director of Veterinary Services at the Pet Poison Helpline, shares this case of a common poisoning hazard for pets; human medications. In this case report, ...
    • What is a histiocytoma? Created: Thursday, October 12, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      The appearance of a raised, hairless and bright red "angry" looking skin lump on a young dog is characteristic of a histiocytoma. Is it cancerous? Is this something to be worried about? Read this F...
    • What's Your Diagnosis - Swollen Dog Nose Created: Thursday, November 04, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      This dog has a very swollen nose of unknown origin. Due to the 'sudden' nature of the swollen appearance, an allergic reaction was the first suspect.
    • Stressed Out Cats Created: Tuesday, November 06, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Despite the laid-back outward appearance (i.e. frequent cat naps) of many cats, having a "stressed out" cat is not something most owners worry about. That said, cats can become stressed by many thi...
    • What are the signs seen with a urinary tract infection? Created: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Urinary problems are commonly seen in dogs and cats. Symptoms can range from "obviously sick" to very few signs seen, depending on the length and severity of infection. Being familiar with possible...
    • My cat is going bald on her hind legs. Should I be concerned? Created: Friday, April 15, 2005 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Veterinary Q & A - Itching, Scratching, and Hair Loss. Why is my cat going bald? What is the cause, and what is the treatment? Find out possible causes in this FAQ.
    • 'Frito Feet' - Why Do Dog Paws Smell Like Corn Chips, Nuts, or Popcorn? Created: Friday, January 21, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Questions about pet odors are common. Often a bad smell indicates a problem or disease process, but not always. What should you do if you notice that your dog's feet have a odor, often described as...
    • Why does my dog (or cat) eat grass? Created: Friday, April 22, 2005 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Many people ask why their dog eats grass. The reasons can vary from they like the taste to possibly an empty or upset stomach.
    • Ear Mites Created: Monday, March 22, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      About ear mites in cats and dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
    • My Pet Had An Ear Infection And Now The Ear Flap Is Swollen Created: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      A VetMed Viewer asks about home remedies for her dog's ear, despite being on medications for infection, the ear keeps "filling up with blood and sticking straight out."
    • Most Common Causes of Allergies in Dogs and Cats Created: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Allergies in dogs and cats are a common cause of skin problems. Fleas, substances in the environment, and foods are the most common causes of allergies in dogs and cats.
    • Seizures in Cats - Types of Feline Seizures Created: Thursday, February 24, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Seizures are not as common in cats as they are in dogs. However, they can occur and can be focal or generalized. Learn how to recognize the appearance of a cat seizure.
    • Is anesthesia necessary to do a dental cleaning on my pet? Created: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Learn what is involved with a veterinary dental and why general anesthesia is usually necessary in this FAQ.
    • Poisonous Holiday Plants Created: Tuesday, December 18, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Bright ornamental plants are a great way to dress up the house during the holidays and a dreary winter. Pet owners should be aware however, that many of these common plants are poisonous to pets.
    • Ear Infections, Ear Mites and Aural Hematomas Created: Saturday, November 29, 2003 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Common questions about Ear Infections, Ear Mites and Aural Hematomas in dogs and cats.
    • Lost Pets: Proper ID is Key to Preventing Lost Pets Created: Monday, July 28, 2008 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      Lost pets often end up at shelters where they may or may not be found by their owner "in time." Collar ID tags and microchips can only do so much if the information isn't current. Here is the story of a lost dog we found at a local fireworks celebration, and how tags and 24PetWatch helped reunite this terrified dog with his relieved owners.
    • Lily Toxicity in Cats Created: Thursday, April 17, 2014 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Lilies are bold, beautiful, fragrant and... poisonous to cats. What makes lilies poisonous is unknown, but it is known that the toxin is deadly.
    • Easter and Springtime Hazards for Dogs and Cats Created: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Spring is a great time to take an inventory of potential pet hazards. It's better than the alternative of spending time at the veterinary hospital. Here is are a few Quick Tips on what to watch for this spring.
    • Furry Fundraising - how to raise funds for pet and vet care bills Created: Monday, October 05, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      The economy is depressing, no doubt about it. But there are good things happening, too. People have pulled together to increase awareness and funds for shelters, rescues and animals everywhere. This has been accomplished largely through grass roots efforts on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. However, what if you are just one person, rescuing one animal? Here is a collection of resources to help raise money for vet care and food bills.
    • Are Christmas Trees Poisonous To Cats and Dogs? Created: Tuesday, December 09, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Questions about cats and Christmas trees (dogs, too) are common - what if the pet chews on the tree or drinks the water? Learn the answers to these questions and more here.
    • Feline AIDS: Testing for FIV and Caring for Cats with a Positive AIDS Test Created: Monday, December 27, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Cats should be tested for feline AIDS (feline immunodeficiency virus or FIV). Cats that are positive for the feline AIDS virus usually live normal lives. Some may need special care.
    • How to Feed a Cat with Diabetes Created: Wednesday, July 06, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Cats with diabetes mellitus require a strictly controlled diet. Find out what, when and how to feed a cat with diabetes." itemprop="description">>
    • Diagnosing Seizures and Epilepsy in Dogs and Cats Created: Thursday, February 24, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Seizures are a common problem in both dogs and cats. Learn how veterinarians diagnose the cause of canine and feline seizures and/or epilepsy." itemprop="description" Monday, March 21, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Learn about how potassium bromide is used in canine and feline epilepsy, its advantages and disadvantages and potential side effects." itemprop="description">"description" Tuesday, August 05, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Hot pavement and metal surfaces are hard for dogs to avoid in summer. Learn how to recognize symptoms of burned pads and follow tips to minimize risk.
    • Swollen paw: call the vet or wait and see? Created: Friday, April 22, 2005 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      Soft tissue swelling in an animal's paw may mean a few things: insect bite or sting, infection and abscession, or blunt tissue damage. First question to ask: is the paw painful? Learn more in this FAQ.
    • Can My Family Become Infested with Lice From Our Pet? Created: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      Often, the family pet gets blamed for the spread of lice to the family. How much of a threat is my dog or cat in regards to spreading lice?
    • Treatment and Prognosis of Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs Created: Monday, May 02, 2011 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      Canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a heart disease that affects large breed dogs most often. Learn about treatment options and prognosis.
    • Causes of Ear Infections in Cats Created: Tuesday, August 02, 2011 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      Ear infections in cats are common. Though ear mites are the most common cause of infections, there are many other potential causes.
    • Canine and Feline Flea Allergy Treatment Created: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      Flea allergies in dogs and cats are common causes of skin disease. Treatment of flea allergies in dogs and cats requires controlling the flea infestation.
    • Vaccine Doses - why is it "one size fits all"? Created: Saturday, January 30, 2010 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      This is a great question and explains why vaccines are different than injectable drugs or oral medications that are typically dosed by weight.
    • Why does my pet itch? Created: Friday, April 15, 2005 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      Pruritis, or itchiness, is a very common problem in veterinary medicine. What causes itchy skin in your pets, and what can be done about it?

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