Golden Retriever Diseases

When thinking about dog breeds, and which might make good pets, considering the diseases that they may be predisposed to should be a consideration. Golden retrievers as a breed are genetically predisposed to a number of diseases; more than many breeds. This article will list … [Read more...]

Treatment of Cats with Diabetes

After your veterinarian has diagnosed your cat with diabetes you will need to think about treatment options.  The goal of treatment of cats with diabetes is to reduce the blood glucose to levels that are closer to normal.  In doing this your cat will feel better, regain … [Read more...]

Feline Leukemia Testing

Susceptibility to feline leukemia virus (FeLV) infection is highest in young kittens.  Although the risk of infection is reported in cats of all ages, the rate of infection declines steadily as cats age.  The first vaccine for FeLV was produced in 1985, but there appeared to … [Read more...]

Leukemia Virus in Cats

Leukemia virus in cats (FeLV) is a retrovirus that was first discovered in 1964 in a cat with leukemia.  The virus is associated with a number of different types of illnesses in addition to cancer, including anemia and immunodeficiency.  Although it is called the feline … [Read more...]

Constipation in Cats

Constipation in cats occurs occasionally and is characterized by large, dry feces that are difficult for the cat to pass. Sedentary, overweight cats with diets low in fiber are particularly prone (predisposed) to constipation. Any condition resulting in dehydration can dry … [Read more...]

Hot Spots in Dogs

Hot spots, also known as acute moist dermatitis or moist pyoderma, are a common skin problem seen in dogs. Hot spots in dogs appear when a dog chews, licks or scratches at an area of skin. The hair is quickly removed and a red, moist, often painful area of skin appears. Hot … [Read more...]

Surgical treatment of mast cell tumors in dogs

Surgical Treatment of Grade I and II Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs Surgery is the treatment of choice for mast cell tumors in dogs.  Most dogs with single grade I mast cell tumors (>90%) and grade II mast cell tumors (approximately 75%) have long survival times after complete … [Read more...]

Signs of Diabetes in Cats

Cats can develop diabetes similar to people. The signs of diabetes in cats can be similar to those in people.  Diabetes is a condition of insufficient amount of insulin being produced by the body.  This causes the blood sugar level to become too high which is unhealthy.  … [Read more...]

Arthritis in Dogs and Cats: Diagnosis

The most important tools for diagnosing arthritis in dogs and cats (including osteoarthritis, or OA)are a detailed client history and a thorough physical examination by your veterinarian. It is helpful to know when clinical signs (symptoms) first developed, how quickly they … [Read more...]

Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

It is helpful to think of a joint not just as a mechanical location, but as an active organ system. Your pet’s joints contain living tissues which require nutrients, modify in response to demands, attempt repair of injury, and fall victim to infection or chronic … [Read more...]