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1. The feline leukemia virus is a retrovirus that causes immune suppression and cancer in cats. 2. It is estimated that 3% of cats in the United States are infected with the virus. 3. Infection
Here is a short reminder list of those food and beverage items that can prove toxic or detrimental to our four-legged companions: Alcohol -- Brain damage, coma, death Avocado -- Vomiting, diarr
I saw a Bull Mastiff several days ago suffering from terrible skin allergies. The only thing that hadn't been tried on this dog was a good food allergy trial. The owner had switched food a number of t
Did you know that fleas can't stand apple-cider vinegar? That said, a spray containing 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water can be created and used as an adjunct to your other means of flea
Ever heard of "Bobcat fever"? Bobcat fever is caused by the blood parasite Cytauxzoon felis, which infects bobcats and ticks that feed on them. Unfortunately, when these same ticks feed on domestic
Pet owners struggling with the high cost of veterinary care now have a new resource to turn to, thanks to the American Veterinary Medical Association. A new Web page created by the AVMA touches on to
VPI recently released the list of the most common medical conditions afflicting dogs and cats in the U.S. Here they are: Top Ten Medical Conditions Seen in Dogs 1, Skin allergies 2. Ear infecti
A video made its rounds on Facebook last week. It was called "I Died Today", and for those of us who love pets, it was a tear-jerker. And it brought up a question that all of us who have older or te
The next time you're thinking about taking a trip and need to make accommodations for your pet, consider hiring a pet sitter if you cannot locate a clean, well-managed boarding facility (be sure to to
We all know how tough it can be to control fleas on our pets. Even with the advent of great new flea products to use on (or in) pets, we still need to practice good premise control to achieve a flea-f
If you own a pet with dry eye (KCS) or another chronic disease involving the eyes, you know how expensive that eye medication can be. Well, here's some news you can use. Dr. David Maggs, a noted veter
CareCredit is a large company that offers credit lines to pet owners who may need financial assistance with their pets' veterinary bills. Many veterinary clinics offer CareCredit to their clients; som
Increasing the fiber in your dog's diet can be helpful for a number of conditions, including constipation, fiber-responsive colitis, chronic anal sac issues, and obesity. That said, there are several
I've always been a big proponent of giving hairball laxative paste to cats (i.e. Laxatone; Petromalt) on a routine basis. The main reason for me recommending this is that all cats get hairballs to som
As most of you know, I'm not a big proponent of pet health insurance. Instead of paying those monthly premiums, I prefer directing that money into a savings account that is designated specifically for
If your veterinarian wants to hospitalize your pet overnight, be sure to ask if there will be somebody at the hospital throughout the night to monitor your pet's condition. If not, there is no nee
I'm sure you are aware that in human medicine, low dose aspirin therapy has been shown to decrease the incidence of certain types of cancer, including those that can affect the GI tract. Aspirin does
Does your dog like to swim in stock tanks, small lakes, or other semi-stagnant water sources? If so, he could be at risk of blue-green algae toxicity. It's not so much of a problem this time of year,
There's been a lot of online discussion lately as to whether or not a pet should be spayed or neutered. Well, when it comes to pet longevity, there really isn't anything to discuss. A 2013 compreh
Here is a mental chalkboard that many veterinarians use when presented with an itchy dog or cat. ? Sudden onset? Think fleas or other skin parasites. ? Gradual onset? Think pollen allergy or seco
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