Clostridium Difficile continued

C. Difficile Becoming More Common in the US – Continued Therapy Dogs Visiting healthcare facilities has been shown to be a risk factor for C. difficile shedding in dogs. However, it is unclear whether therapy pets that visit hospitals and nursing homes have an increased risk of developing C. difficile diarrhea. Healthy animals do NOT need to be tested […]

Clostridium Difficile Becoming More Common in North America

J. Scott Weese, DVM, DACVIM Date Published: 03/11/2014 What Is Clostridium difficile? Clostridium difficile is a species of bacteria that can be found in the intestinal tract of humans and many animal species, including pets, farm animals and wildlife. Clostridium difficile is an important cause of disease in people and animals. These bacteria do two very important things: […]

24/7 Emergency Care or Specialty Referral

Veterinary medicine lags behind human medicine by 15-20 years in terms of treatments, diagnostic tools, medications and specialists. Some pet owners aren’t aware that there are veterinary internists, cardiologists, radiologists, neurologists, surgeons, oncologists, behaviorists, criticalists and more. A good general practitioner is similar to a human GP (general practitioner) but to a certain extent, has […]

Ehrlichia Infection in Dogs

What are Ehrlichia? Ehrlichia, named for the Dr. Ehrlich who first described them, are a type of bacteria that infect and live within the white blood cells of their hosts. Different types of Ehrlichia live in different types of white blood cells. Hosts can be human, pet, or wild animals. Ehrlichiaare spread from host to host by tick bites and […]

Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC) in Dogs and Cats

Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is an extreme complication of numerous already life-threatening conditions leading to the deregulation of the body’s natural mechanisms of blood clotting and blood clot dissolving. In other words, a very sick patient begins both bleeding and clotting abnormally at the same time, leading to disaster and frequently to death. DIC is […]

Hyperesthesia in Cats

The word hyperesthesia means an increase in sensitivity. If you have a cat with this syndrome you probably know exactly what is meant by this. These cats act as though they have pain from simply being touched; most commonly in the region of the lower back. These cats have skin that twitches at the slightest […]

Degenerative Myelopathy And Progressive Paralysis of Dog’s Hindquarters

Degenerative myelopathy (also known as DM, German shepherd degenerative myelopathy, or chronic degenerative radiculomyelopathy) is a slowly progressive disease that affects the spinal cord and a dog’s ability to walk. DM results in lost coordination of the hind legs, which progresses to weakness and then to paralysis of the hindquarters. What happens is that the […]