Is it true that dogs can suffer from a ruptured intervertebral disc?

The intervertebral discs are structures located between the bodies of the vertebrae and act as shock absorbers. They are composed of a rim of tough, fibrous connective tissue covering surrounding a gel-like center. A Hansen Type I rupture occurs when the fibrous capsule breaks, allowing the inner nucleus to push out through the opening and …

Continue reading Is it true that dogs can suffer from a ruptured intervertebral disc?

My mother’s Maine Coon cat has cardiomyopathy, what is that?

“Cardio” obviously pertains to the heart, “myo” pertains to muscle and “pathy” signifies pathology or abnormality. Therefore, cardiomyopathy is pathology or abnormality of the heart muscle. We describe two kinds of cardiomyopathy; hypertrophic and dilated. Both types occur because of genetic mutations in one or more of the various proteins that comprise the heart muscle. …

Continue reading My mother’s Maine Coon cat has cardiomyopathy, what is that?

My horse grabs his stall door with his front teeth, arches his neck then pulls back and seems to suck in air. Why is he doing this and is it a problem?

This behavior is known as “cribbing”. There is evidence that cribbing releases chemicals in the brain known as endorphins. Some horses learn to arch their neck and swallow air without needing to grasp an object with their teeth, but this is rare. Some horses will also get into a habit of chewing wood. Cribbing can …

Continue reading My horse grabs his stall door with his front teeth, arches his neck then pulls back and seems to suck in air. Why is he doing this and is it a problem?