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Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

 FIV is one of the most common infectious diseases of cats. It is a disease that is often misunderstood and can, unfortunately, motivate owners to elect for euthanasia upon diagnosis. It is important to understand the meaning of a diagnosis, recognition of...

Cancer: Frequently Aksed Questions

Cancer: Frequently Aksed Questions

 Q: My local veterinarian said that my dog/cat has cancer. Now what?A: Ask what it will take to find out for sure, and are they able to do it?Q: When should I get a second opinion?A: If your primary vet is not able to do the tests that would determine...

Pericardial Effusion

Pericardial Effusion

 The Normal PericardiumThe pericardium is the fibrous envelope of tissue surrounding the heart. In health, the pericardium contains a small amount of fluid and the heart. Normally, a small volume of pericardial fluid allows the heart to move easily within the sac...

Pet Disaster Preparedness

Pet Disaster Preparedness

 Pet owners must prepare for disasters for themselves, but also for their loved pets. Before a disaster arrives, you should also take time to review the important details of your pet’s medical history, including vaccination and rabies status. Also, please review...

Tetanus

Tetanus

 Tetanus infection is rarely a problem in dogs. A bacterium called Clostridium tetani is responsible for this disease.   Or rather, the toxin produced by the bacteria. Presence of bacteria alone will not cause clinical signs of...

The Limping Dog

The Limping Dog

Limping in dogs, or lameness, is a very common occurrence in our canine companions. There are many different causes of limping; some are very simple, such as a sticker in the paw or a mildly pulled muscle, and some causes can be much more serious, such as a torn...

Heat Stroke – Keep your pets cool in the heat!

Heat Stroke – Keep your pets cool in the heat!

When the weather gets hot, our pets may have trouble adjusting to the rising temperature and need special treatment.  Heat stroke occurs when an animal’s body temperature rises above normal, which causes damage to blood proteins and internal organs and death can...

Pet Seizures

Pet Seizures

What does a seizure look like?Seizures can range in appearance from ‘focal’ which include signs such as facial twitching to ‘generalized’ which often involve severe muscle contractions and loss of consciousness. During this time they may salivate, vocalize, urinate,...