The Symptoms of Heartworm Disease in Pets

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Heartworm disease has been increasingly reported in recent years in dogs and cats. Transmission occurs through the bites of infected mosquitoes. In some pets, particularly cats, there may be no clinical symptoms observed. In many pets, particularly dogs, increasing respiratory difficulty, including coughing and shortness of breath is often observed. Nonspecific symptoms of lethargy, vomiting… [Read more]

Can Pets Get West Nile Virus?

Most pets show no signs of infection with West Nile virus

It is possible for dogs and/or cats to become infected with West Nile virus by being bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus. A relatively small number of West Nile virus infected dogs and cats have been reported to the Center for Disease Control. In fact, experimentally infected dogs show no symptoms after infection with… [Read more]

Feline Hyperesthesia

The cause of feline hyperesthesia is most commonly not known

Otherwise known as rolling skin disease, feline hyperesthesia is believed to be a rare type of seizure disorder in cats. Feline hyperesthesia often occurs as sudden episodes, which may occur frequently throughout the day, or sporadically on a weekly, monthly or less frequent basis. Symptoms often begin with vocalization and dilated pupils, as well as… [Read more]

Pet Reactions to Topical Flea Products

The most common reactions to topical flea medications experienced by pets are itching and/or irritation at the sight of application

While topical flea products on companion animals have truly revolutionized the war against fleas, the expanded use of these pesticides has also resulted in occasional reactions as well.  Examples of these very effective products include Frontline, Advantage, Revolution and Certifect. Probably the most common reactions experienced by pets are itching and/or irritation at the site of… [Read more]

Pets and Snake Bites

Snake encounters can be quite common in dogs and cats during the warmer months

During the warmer months, encounters with snakes can be quite common in dogs and cats. A snake bite is always considered an emergency, even if it is from a non-venomous snake. Symptoms of potential snake bites in pets include single or multiple painful puncture wounds, localized or generalized swelling, bruising and/or bleeding at the site of the snake bites,… [Read more]

Inappropriate Elimination in Cats: Causes and Treatments

A cat that stops using the litterbox should have a full medical workup

One of the most common and frustrating problems facing feline veterinarians is when cats stop using the litterbox to urinate and/or defecate. In fact, inappropriate elimination is one of the most common reasons that feline guardians may give up their cats to adoption or even euthanize their pets in certain circumstances. The problem is even more… [Read more]

Your Dog Missed A Dose Of Heartworm Medicine…Now What?

Most monthly heartworm medications offer coverage for heartworm prevention beyond the typical 30 days.

A common question clients often ask is what they should do if they missed a dose of heartworm medicine: Should they have their pet tested first before giving another pill?  The answer to this question is no.  Fortunately, most monthly heartworm medications do offer coverage for heartworm prevention beyond the typical 30 days. The product Sentinel,… [Read more]

Transdermal Medications for Pets

Transdermal medications are absorbed through the skin

With increasing numbers of oral medications prescribed to our pets, animal guardians are often faced with the difficult task of getting their pets to take all of the prescribed medications. This is especially problematic with smaller dogs and fractious cats. In these cases, animal guardians often end up wearing much of the medications, or spilling them in… [Read more]

Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections in Pets

Recurrent urinary tract infections are common in dogs

Recurrent urinary tract infections are common in dogs and less so in cats, but can be frustrating causes of urinary tract symptoms in our companion animals. Symptoms may include painful or difficult urination, increased frequency of urination, inappropriate urination, as well as bloody urination. The most common cause of recurrent urinary tract infections in pets… [Read more]