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 […]

Toxoplasmosis in Cats

(from VeterinaryPartner by Wendy Brooks, DVM, DABVP) Toxoplasmosis and Human Pregnancy What is Toxoplasmosis? Toxoplasmosis is the disease syndrome caused by a protozoan organism called Toxoplasma gondii. It affects most animals – most notably sheep, cats, and humans – but even insects, fish, and earthworms may be carriers. Because of the risk to an unborn […]

Pilling a Cat

Wendy Brooks, DVM, DABVP Date Published: 01/01/2001 Date Reviewed/Revised: 08/28/2018 This is Sammie, our model for today. He has volunteered to take an amoxicillin tablet for our demonstration. Our technician Mo will be assisting and she will use a “kitty burrito.” These directions are for a right handed person, so reverse them if you are left handed. The […]

Food Allergy Trials in Dogs

Donna Raditic, DVM Date Published: 02/13/2007 Date Reviewed/Revised: 06/15/2016 Food Allergy Trial Objectives What are some of the signs of a food allergy? How does your veterinarian select a diet for a food allergy trial? What diets are currently available for a food allergy trial? What pitfalls can occur during a food allergy trial? What […]