Archive for April, 2016

Aging Changes in your Dog’s Eyes

Monday, April 25th, 2016
nuclear sclerosis

We illuminated Boston’s eye to show her mild lenticular sclerosis.

Have you noticed that your older dog’s eyes look cloudy? Perhaps you think he has developed cataracts. Well chances are that he does not have cataracts at all!  Older dogs commonly have aging changes in the lenses of their eye.

This condition is called lenticular sclerosis, or nuclear sclerosis. We see it in our patients’ eyes every day. The most relevant point for you, as a dog owner is that a dog’s vision is rarely affected by lenticular sclerosis.

The ocular lens plays an important role in the vision changes of an aging dog’s eyes.  When you look into your dog’s eyes you can see the pupil as a round black hole, surrounded by colored Iris. The lens is suspended within that pupillary circle.  In a normal eye the lens is a clear oval shaped structure that should be invisible to an observer of the eye. The purpose of the lens is to refract (change direction of) light coming through the eye. This provides a more focused image on the retina at the back of the eye.  Light scatters in a functional way as it moves through the lens. (more…)

Heartworm Disease and Prevention

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
preventing heartworm

Dr. Leslie administering a monthly heartworm medication.

We want you to have easy access to more information about heartworm disease and the advantages of prevention over treatment.

In this post we dispel misconceptions about heartworm, write about what you can do to prevent heartworm, and briefly describe the protocol if the disease occurs. Additionally we’ll give you some links to online resources if you would like to research this further.

As always, our primary message is that we are available to talk with you about any questions or concerns you have about your pet’s health and well-being.

Heartworm Disease and Prevention

Heartworm is a very serious disease in pets and can be life threatening. The prevalence of heartworm in the last decade has increased dramatically in the Chicago area, even though it is an extremely preventable disease. The American Heartworm Society provides maps of the incidence of heartworm in the United States – as well as past years for comparison. (more…)