Dementia in Senior Dogs

Like people, some older dogs develop cognitive behavior issues, which include difficulties with spatial orientation (a sense of direction while moving around); memory issues, learning, housetraining; and difficulty in recognizing and reacting to human family members. Pet owners have long been frustrated by age-related behavior changes, including house-training problems, apparent memory loss, disorientation, confusion, staring, […]

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 […]

Rhinitis in Dogs and Cats

Rhinitis is the inflammation of the mucous membrane in the nose. (If the lining of the sinuses is inflamed, it’s called sinusitis. If both the nose and sinuses are affected, it is rhino-sinusitis.) Rhinitis can occur by itself or as part of an upper respiratory illness/infection. Rhinitis can be mild, with just a bit of […]

Demodectic Mange in Cats

Demodex mites are normal residents of the skin in virtually all mammal species. For the most part, they live in the hair follicles, don’t cause issues and are not able to spread to another host, much less cross to another species. The cat’s main mite is called Demodex cati. There are two other demodex mites that the cat […]