Conjunctivitis in Cats

Conjunctivitis in Cats

Conjunctivitis means the inside tissue of the eye called the conjunctiva is inflamed. In people, the conjunctiva is the white part. Conjunctivitis is common in cats and can be a result of infection or injury. However, some conjunctival infections caused by viruses also have a bacterial infection at the same time. The two bacteria species […]

Learn About Diets and Grain-Free Diets Associated with Heart Disease in Dogs and Cats

Grain-Free Diets Associated with Heart Disease in Dogs and cats

Taurine is plentiful in most animal tissues.  Being carnivores, domestic, feral and wild cats that hunt for their food derive adequate taurine from their diet.  However, some commercial cat foods at that time contained insufficient amounts of taurine causing dilated cardiomyopathy and other health issues.  This discovery resulted in pet food companies adding more taurine […]

A New Drug For Chronic Pain – Amantadine

Amantadine

As our pets live longer, we see signs of aging, including pain from things like arthritis, back issues and more. Finding medications to safely and effectively keep your pet comfortable is a very important part of helping your againg animal companion. Below is a newer drug that is being used in veterinary medicine. Amantadine comes […]

Liver Enzyme Elevation in Dogs – What Does It Mean?

Liver Enzyme Elevation in Dogs big

If your veterinarian has ever told you that your dog’s liver enzymes are elevated, this should help you understand what this means? Animal blood tests are an important part of monitoring your dog’s internal organs as well as his/her immune system, so your veterinarian may routinely recommend checking them. In addition, prior to any anesthesia […]

Whipworm Infection in Dogs and Cats

eggs from whipworm infection

This worm is one of the top intestinal parasites with which our canine friends must contend, the other worms being: roundworms, tapeworms and hookworms. The whipworm that affects dogs (Trichuris vulpis) is substantially smaller than the other worms (a mere 30-50 mm in length, about two inches maximum) and is rarely seen as it lives in the […]

Addison’s Disease (Hypoadrenocorticism)

addisons disease in pets

Adrenal Hormones Corticosteroids are the hormones that enable us to adapt physiologically to stress. The glucocorticoids (such as cortisol and related synthetics, prednisone, dexamethasone and numerous others) act on the mechanics of sugar, fat, and protein metabolism. They gear the metabolism towards the preparation of burning, rather than storing, fuels so as to be ready for a fight […]

Acute Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis or HGE in Dogs

Acute Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis in dogs

The term hemorrhagic gastroenteritis refers to inflammation of the stomach and intestine with bleeding. This kind of bleeding inflammation might be seen in patients with other issues including parvovirus,  pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease and more. However, when the term HGE is used, it usually refers to a more specific dog syndrome. HGE is a potentially life-threatening intestinal condition […]