Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Safe Treatment for Tear Stains, Top Ten Signs of Diabetes, and more ...

Epilepsy Task Force
Dr. Nancy Kay/Spot Speaks

Epilepsy is the most common neurological disease affecting dogs and yet nobody really understands what's causing it and how to treat it. I know a number of people who had great results treating it with alternative approach, using Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. That's probably because this modality looks at things quite differently than conventional medicine does.

However, a global task force, including veterinary and human neurologists, neuroscientists, neropharmacologists and neuropathologists has been put together in the effort to get to the bottom of this disease. That is a good thing. You can really treat a problem well if you fully understand it.

A new, safe answer to tear-staining in pets
Dr. Marty Becker/Dr. Marty Becker blog

A lot of people are concerned about tear stains on their beautiful, light-haired dogs. How much of a problem are they? Unless there is an underlying medical cause tor excessive tearing, you might be really just looking at a cosmetic problem. Is it wise to use an antibiotics-containing product to deal with a cosmetic problem? I wouldn't.

If there is a medical problem, it should be treated. But what to do if your dog is healthy just suffering from the unsightly stains? (Your dog is not suffering from those at all, of course, just their looks)

Here is a new idea to get rid of these bothersome stains without risking creating dangerously drug-resistant bacteria as well as messing with your dog's digestive system - probiotics. Apparently, Iams makes a probiotic specifically intended for this purpose, Prostora. Whether it needs to be this particular product or other probiotics would work too, there is certainly no harm in trying this treatment.

Quiz: Is it Poisonous for a Dog, a Cat, Neither or Both?
Entirely Pets Blog

Do you know what things are toxic to your dog? This quiz is a fun, interactive way to test yourself and brush up on your knowledge. For me, I have failed some of the questions regarding cats - simply because we never had and don't plan on having cats.

And some of the items I feel shouldn't really be there, such as mushrooms. Even though it is better to think that they are poisonous across the board; it's just safer that way. But in reality, mushrooms are either poisonous or not. In fact, some are being explored or used for medicinal purposes not only for people but for dogs also. But it's still fun to take the quiz, particularly for those of you who share your households with both species.

Top Ten Signs Your Pet Has Diabetes

Diabetes in pets is a growing epidemic. One still has to wonder why and whether the high levels of carbohydrates we feed have something to do with it.

Whatever the cause may be, it is important to know and recognize the signs your dog might have diabetes. Even though they might have other causes, excessive thirst along with increased urination are common symptoms that can point to diabetes. So can increased hunger, particularly together with weight loss. Other signs include vomiting, weakness or fatigue, depression,  coat changes and cloudy eyes.