Coccidia Lives in the Intestines of Cats and Dogs and Causes Watery Diarrhea

What on Earth are Coccidia? Coccidia are single-celled organisms that infect the intestine. They are microscopic parasites detectable on routine fecal tests in the same way that worms are, but coccidia are not worms and are not susceptible to deworming medications. They are also not visible to the naked eye. Coccidia infection causes a watery diarrhea […]

Infectious Anemia in Cats

(Also called feline hemotropic mycoplasmosis, infection by Hemobartonella felis, infection by Mycoplasma haemofelis, by Mycoplasma haemominutum, or by Mycoplasma turicensis) Parasitic organisms survive by attaching themselves to a host and using the host’s body to thrive, generally at the host’s expense. Parasites find themselves protected from the harsh temperature and moisture changes of the external world when they […]

Distemper (Panleukopenia) in Cats

Feline distemper, more technically known as feline panleukopenia, is a very contagious, life-threatening infectious disease of cats. It commonly swoops through a group of cats, especially kittens, leaving a trail of death behind it. Fortunately, vaccination is highly effective and the “feline distemper vaccine” (which also covers upper respiratory infectious agents) is considered to be the […]