What to Know About Pancreatitis in Dogs and How to Treat It

Dog sitting on couch.

The pancreas is an organ that creates digestive enzymes and is responsible for the production of insulin.  A healthy pancreas is vital for breaking down the sugars, fats, and starches in your pet’s diet, as well as maintaining the body’s blood glucose (sugar) levels. Acute pancreatitis is what we call the sudden inflammation of the pancreas. When this happens, the pancreas is flooded with digestive enzymes that normally remain inactive until they reach the small intestine. This can result in:


How to Better Treat Your Dog’s Dry Skin

Dog itching itself.

At Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital, we believe that keeping your canine companion comfortable in his or her own skin is integral to overall pet health. If your dog is excessively scratching, licking, or chewing a spot on the body; or has dandruff, bare patches, or inflammation, it could mean that your dog’s itch is more than skin deep, and it warrants a closer look. 


Help, My Dog Has a Limp!

Dog with a limp

The old adage “you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone” definitely applies to mobility. Without a doubt, it’s natural to take for granted the privilege of going wherever you want to go. Until, that is, you can’t. 

When they aren’t snuggling, dogs spend their whole lives up and on their feet. As a result, they are at risk of strain. If your dog has a limp and you’re not sure why or what happened, it’s a good idea to put on the old sleuth hat. Getting to the bottom of an illness or injury is what it’s all about, and we’re here to assist you. 


A Look at the World’s Smallest Dog Breeds

Cincinnati, OH small dog on lap of owner.

Small dogs are such a joy to have as a companion. These tiny furry family members bring constant joy, love, and entertainment into our lives. If you are looking for a tiny pet that’s full of personality and love, the team at Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital has put together a list of the world’s smallest dog breeds to help you decide which breed would be best suited for your family:  


All About the Cat Hiss

A cat hisses.

Cats make all sorts of unusual sounds, from purrs to ‘clicks’ to long meows. Most pet owners don’t like to hear their cat hiss because they associate it with aggression. But there are good reasons for hissing that benefit our feline companions and warn other pets to back off. Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital is here to explain the hiss, what it means, and how to approach a hissing cat.


Say No To Food Fights: Stop Food Aggression In Dogs Before It’s Too Late

An aggressive dog shows his teeth.

Of all the things dogs feel territorial about, food tops the list. While it is normal to behave in a protective fashion, it can become a serious issue if other animals or people in the house are perceived as threatening. Plus, if they become extra-possessive of their food, it’s only natural that they’ll begin to guard other things as well. Food aggression in dogs can be resolved through training, but it’s also worth a try to prevent it from developing in the first place. 


The Dreaded Hack: Uncovering the Truth About Hairballs

A woman runs a comb through a cat's hair.

Hairballs are an unfortunate part of life for many cats and their owners. Most cats will experience at least one in their lifetime and anyone who witnesses a hacking fit by their cat can generally guess what comes next. 

That’s right, a nasty wad of hair and stomach fluids! While there are a lot of things to be said about the gross factor, it’s important to understand what these occurrences are and whether or not they are related to something serious. The team at Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital is here to investigate the myselty of hairballs in cats and their prevention.


A Pet Owner’s Guide to Zoonotic Diseases

A man in a surgical mask puts a surgical mask on his dog.

A zoonotic disease, or zoonosis, is a disease that can be transmitted from pets to humans. There are over one hundred zoonotic diseases on Earth, the majority of which are found outside of North America. Zoonotic diseases are a concern for everyone, but pet owners in particular are at increased risk.

Keeping our pet patients and their families healthy is our top priority at Evandale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital. We’ve got the lowdown on zoonotic diseases, and the steps you can take to protect yourself and your pets.