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Addison’s Disease

Addison’s disease is a disorder of the adrenal glands in which adrenal hormone production is insufficient. The condition may result from damage to the glands by infection, cancer or drugs, or the cause may not be known. Pituitary gland disease may also cause adrenal insufficiency. Insufficient adrenal hormones can upset the body’s conservation of sodium [...]

Addison’s Disease

Antifreeze Poisoning

Antifreeze toxicity is, unfortunately, one of the most common poisonings of dogs, cats, and many other animals who like the taste of it, including birds.  It is often left in uncovered containers or puddles from drained radiators, and any pet on the loose may soon find it.  It doesn’t take much for an animal to [...]

Antifreeze Poisoning

Blindness

The loss of vision is a significant event for both humans and animals. As humans, we are emotionally and psychologically affected by the loss of this important sense. Animals tend to accept and adapt to the loss much more easily. Both dogs and cats are much better at using their senses of smell and hearing [...]

Blindness

Cataracts

The term “cataract” refers to any opacity in the lens of the eye that has the potential to block vision. Cataracts can be incomplete and occupy only a small portion of the lens, or can be mature, involve the entire lens, and be blinding. Most cataracts are breed or age-related or secondary to diabetes mellitus [...]

Cataracts

Cherry Eye

“Cherry Eye” is the common term for the condition in which the gland of the third eyelid suddenly protrudes from the eye or becomes prolapsed. The third eyelid, or nictitans, is a triangular-shaped structure lying beneath the lower eyelid. It is composed of cartilage for support and a gland that is important in tear production. [...]

Cherry Eye

Cushing’s Disease

Cushing’s disease is a disorder of the adrenal glands in which excessive adrenal hormones are produced.  The cause of hyperadrenalsim may be abnormal pituitary gland function, tumors of the adrenal gland, “cortisone” therapy or unexplained over activity of the adrenal gland. Hyperadrenalism is a slowly progressing disease, and the early signs are often not noticed.  [...]

Cushing’s Disease

Feline Leukemia Virus

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is one fo the most common and destructive of all cat viruses.  It is highly contagious and is spread primarily by saliva during cat fights, grooming or mating.  The virus is also spread by blood, urine and feces.  Kittens may become infected while still in the womb, when the mother bites off [...]

Feline Leukemia Virus

Fights

Animal fights can be started and over in an instant. But in that time, serious damage can occur. Cuts, puncture wounds, and crushing damage are all injuries to consider in a dog or cat fight. Wounds should be explored and cleaned and antibiotics are usually dispensed.

Fights

Heat (Feline)

Estrus (“heat”) is the mating period of female animals.  When estrus occurs, animals are said to be “in heat” or “in season”.  Cats normally have their first estrous cycle between 5 and 10 months of age, with the average age around 6 months. The female cat has 2-4 estrous periods every year, each lasting 15-22 [...]

Heat (Feline)

Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis

HGE is an inflammation (infection) of the stomach and small intestine, characterized by a sudden onset of vomiting and diarrhea.  Often both the diarrhea and vomiting are bloody.  The diarrhea is frequently described as looking like raspberry jam.  Dogs initially appear bright and alert but become very depressed and lethargic as symptoms continue.  Damage to [...]

Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis