Archives for April 2012

Canine Distemper

Canine distemper is a virus that causes serious illness.  There is no known cure and the virus affects dogs and certain species of wildlife, such as raccoons, wolves, foxes, and skunks.  The virus is spread through the air and by direct contact with an infected animal.  The … [Read more...]

Heart Disease in Cats: Symptoms

  Cats frequently have heart disease without clinical signs for months to years. Cats are private and elusive creatures by nature choosing solitude often.  Unsurprisingly, cats are not let on that they are sick until they are often at the point of severe illness.  … [Read more...]

Addison’s Disease in the Dog: Atypical

Primary Addison’s disease in the dog is characterized by decreased or complete loss of production of both glucocorticoid and mineralocorticoid hormones of the adrenal glands.  Atypical Addison’s disease in the dog, however, is cause by decreased production of only … [Read more...]

Addison’s Disease in the Dog: Treatment

Many dogs are not diagnosed with Addison’s disease until they present to the veterinarian in an Addisonian crisis. At this advanced stage of disease, a number of life-saving measures must be taken, including administration of large amounts of intravenous fluids containing … [Read more...]

Addison’s Disease in the Dog: Overview

Dogs with Addison’s disease may be affected with any one of three types of the condition: primary addison’s disease (discussed here), atypical Addison’s disease, and secondary Addison’s disease. It is better named “hypoadrenocorticism”, as it is a condition characterized by … [Read more...]

Zoonotic Diseases: What Can I Catch from My Dog or Cat?

Diseases that affect both humans and other animals are called “zoonotic diseases” or “zoonoses” (pronounced zoh-oh-no-sees). This article is a brief overview of some key zoonotic diseases, focusing on risks to humans. In all cases, the summaries and recommendations apply to … [Read more...]

Zoonotic Diseases in Dogs and Cats: Ringworm

Zoonotic diseases are those that can be transmitted to people from dogs or cats. It is important to treat these diseases when they are noticed to prevent illness in pet owners. Ringworm is a fungal infection, its misleading name being carried over from the old and … [Read more...]

Cancer in Dogs and Cats: Staging with Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine or scintigraphy is a less common form of diagnostic testing used to screen cancer in dogs and cats. The primary reason is the cost and general availability of these tests.  It involves the use of expensive equipment, along with special requirements regarding … [Read more...]

Cancer in Dogs and Cats: Staging with CT scan and MRI

It is essential to know where cancer exists before knowing how best to treat the disease.  The process of determining where that cancer exists in the patient is called staging of cancer and involves various diagnostic tools to evaluate the patient.  Computerized tomography … [Read more...]

Cancer in Dogs and Cats: Staging with X-Rays and Ultrasound

Staging of cancer is a process of determining where that cancer exists in the patient.  It involves various diagnostic tools to evaluate the patient.  Some procedures are more effective at screening particular areas of the body than others.  Each of these techniques of … [Read more...]