Archives for January 2011

When Buying Pet Medications Online: What are you Paying For?

Internet-savvy, cost conscious pet owners are looking to online options for their pets' medication needs. Of concern, however, is the prevalence of illegally functioning pharmacies who are selling expired, poorly stored, or incompletely labeled pet medications. In order to … [Read more...]

Eye Disease in Dogs: Cherry Eye

Prolapse of the gland of the third eyelid in dogs is often called “Cherry Eye”. The third eyelid, or nictitating membrane, is a flap of tissue which is located behind the lower eyelid in the inner corner of the eye socket. The nictitating membrane slides up and over … [Read more...]

Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats

Chronic kidney disease is one of the most common geriatric conditions to occur in cats.  This condition can often times be treated if recognized in its early stages.  As chronic kidney disease progresses the prognosis worsens and the treatment options become limited.  It is … [Read more...]

Kidney Disease in Dogs Caused by Leptosporosis

Leptosporosis is a spirochete bacteria which has several different subsets, called serovars, which cause kidney disease in dogs, as well as people. The hosts for Leptosporosis include many different wild and domestic animals including rodents and cattle. Dogs are considered … [Read more...]

Testing Dogs for Lyme Disease

Dogs with Lyme disease will develop a protein-losing kidney disease and/or arthritis.  It is very important that before a dog is tested for Lyme disease it is evaluated for protein-losing kidney disease and arthritis.  This is because a positive Lyme test does not tell us … [Read more...]

Cat Viral Infectious Diseases that are Commonly Vaccinated For

There are various types of cat diseases that are infectious in nature.   This article describes common types of viral infectious diseases that exist in cats for which they are routinely vaccinated. Examples of viruses that cause cat diseases and are commonly vaccinated … [Read more...]

Dog Cancers: Osteosarcoma

Osteosarcoma (malignant bone tumor) is one of the most common types of tumors in dogs.  It most commonly affects large breed dogs and the bones of the legs, also termed the extremities.  It is a very aggressive form of cancer, but many dogs can be helped greatly with … [Read more...]

Cat Viral Infectious Diseases that are NOT Commonly Vaccinated For

Examples of infectious agents that cause diseases in cats and vaccines exist, but are not commonly vaccinated for. These include: Feline Coronavirus:  There are two types of coronaviruses that affect cats.  Testing for the presence of coronaviruses does not differentiate … [Read more...]

Kidney Disease in Cats: Symptoms

Signs of illness that reflect cat disease symptoms of kidney (renal) disease are common in older cats and often go undetected. It is important for people to watch their cats for signs of disease that might suggest kidney disease.  Cats tend to hide signs of illness making … [Read more...]