Mange in Pets: Demodectic vs. Sarcoptic

There are two common types of mange seen in companion animals. The most frequent type of mange diagnosed is demodectic mange. These mites are found normally in hair follicles on a pet’s skin in low numbers. However, because of genetic deficiencies in younger pets or immunosuppressive diseases in older pets, these mites may multiply on the skin leading to clinical disease. Symptoms of demodex include patchy areas of hair loss, […]

Feline Distemper: Easily Preventable

Feline distemper is a potentially serious and fatal intestinal virus most commonly found in unvaccinated kittens less than one year of age. This virus, more accurately known as panleukopenia, is closely related to parvovirus found in dogs. Symptoms of feline distemper include anorexia, vomiting and/or bloody offensive diarrhea. Rapid weight loss and dehydration is also seen in affected cats. Transmission of this virus is usually through the fecal/oral route, and […]

What Does Blood in Your Pet’s Stool Mean?

When an animal guardian finds blood in their pet’s stool, this can have many causes. Intestinal parasites, including roundworms, hookworms and whipworms all may cause intestinal inflammation and potentially blood in the stool. Dietary indiscretion, foreign body ingestion and food hypersensitivity or allergies also may be involved. Allergies to beef, chicken, wheat, corn and soy are fairly common in both dogs and cats. Metabolic diseases of the liver and pancreas […]

Kennel Cough in Pets

Kennel cough is a common infectious disease seen in dogs and less frequently in cats. Kennel cough complex is most commonly due to a combination of bacteria and viruses, which may include bordatella, mycoplasma, parainfluenza and other viruses. Symptoms may initially include ocular and nasal discharge, as well as sneezing, but usually results in a hacking or choking cough in many affected animals. Kennel cough is most typically seen in […]

Causes of Seizures in Pets

There are many potential causes of seizures in pets. Amongst the many causes include trauma, toxin and pesticide exposure, including allergic reactions to topical or oral flea or tick pesticides. Allergic reactions to vaccination can also result in seizures in some sensitive pets. Certain metabolic diseases of the kidney, pancreas and liver can lead to seizures in certain cases. Viral infections and tumors are also on the differential list when […]

Are Microchips For Pets Safe?

Microchips are identifying integrated circuits placed under the skin of a pet, usually in the shoulder blade area. The chip uses Radio Frequency Identification technology.  Animal shelters, animal control officers, and veterinarians routinely look for microchips to return lost pets quickly to their owners. Microchips can be implanted by a veterinarian or a shelter, and then registered with a registry, which often provides 24-hour services if a pet is lost. […]

Can Pets Get Cavities?

Everyone is familiar with the fact that people may often get dental cavities, but animal guardians may not realize that pets also may suffer from dental cavities, although it is certainly less common in pets than in people. Cavities may appear as erosions in the enamel of the teeth that may lead to pain and discomfort and dental decay. While cavities may be diagnosed on direct visual exam, it is […]