Health

  • Spay Day brings awareness to pet overpopulation problem

    Spay Day brings awareness to pet overpopulation problem

    An estimated 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year -- a number that could be reduced if people spayed and neutered their pet animals.

  • Trap-Neuter-Return: Part III

    Trap-Neuter-Return: Part III

    Given the time, effort, and resources that go into TNR, one has to wonder whether it is worth it. The answer is an unequivocal yes: Study after study shows that TNR is humane and effective at managing colonies, unlike the outdated trap-kill technique. TNR provides benefits at three levels: the feral cats’ lives are better, […]

  • Trap-Neuter-Return: Part II

    Trap-Neuter-Return: Part II

    A group of innovative animal protectionists developed a process called Trap-Neuter-Return, most commonly referred to as TNR among those in the field, to provide a better solution to the incessant killing that was the non-working “solution” for feral cats. TNR consists of three steps: 1. Trap: the individuals involved humanely trap all of the cats […]

  • Cat nutrition

    Cat nutrition

    Cat food has come a long way, baby. The choices used to be limited to kibble or canned. Now cat owners can find foods that are labeled “natural,” “organic” or “human-grade.” They can feed commercial raw diets that have undergone AAFCO feeding trials and find recipes for homemade foods that are complete and balanced for […]

  • Cats and Stomach Cancer

    Cats and Stomach Cancer

    This article courtesy of PetMD.com. Leiomyosarcoma of Stomach, Small and Large intestine in Cats Leiomyosarcoma is an uncommon cancerous tumor, which, in this case, arises from the smooth muscles of the stomach and intestines. This extremely dangerous and painful disease affects mostly older cats (more than six years old), though all breeds are equally predisposed […]

  • Cats and Conjunctivitis

    Cats and Conjunctivitis

    This article courtesy of PetMD.com. Conjunctivitis in Cats Conjunctivitis refers to the inflammation of the moist tissues in a cat’s eye, which are the portions of the eye located near the globe and up to the edge of the cornea — the front part of the eye. It can cause the cat’s eye to discharge […]

  • Cats and Distemper

    Cats and Distemper

    This article courtesy of PetMD.com. Feline Panleukopenia Virus in Cats Feline Panleukopenia virus (FPV), also commonly referred to as feline distemper, is a highly contagious and life-threatening viral disease in the cat population. This virus affects the rapidly dividing blood cells in the body, primarily the cells in the intestinal tract, bone marrow, and in […]

  • Cats and Lymphoma

    Cats and Lymphoma

    This article courtesy of PetMD.com. Cancer of the Lymphocytes in Cats Lymphoma is a type of cancer that originates in the lymphocyte cells. A type of white blood cell, lymphocytes play an important and integral role in the body’s defenses in the immune system. There are two forms of lymphocytes: B and T cells. Lymphoma […]

  • Cats and rabies

    Cats and rabies

    This article courtesy of PetMD.com. Rabies is an inflammatory infection that specifically affects the gray matter of the cat’s brain and its central nervous system (CNS). The primary way the rabies virus is transmitted to cats in the United States is through a bite from a disease carrier: foxes, raccoons, skunks, and bats. Infectious virus […]

  • Cats and Mouth Cancer

    Cats and Mouth Cancer

    This article courtesy of PetMD.com. Gingival Fibrosarcoma in Cats As cats age, they sometimes develop growths in their mouths. One type of growth is a fibrosarcoma, a cancerous growth derived from fibrous connective tissue. Fibrosarcomas are relatively low in malignancy, growing slowly and generally not spreading to other organs, though they do aggressively invade other […]

  • Cats and Skin Cancer

    Cats and Skin Cancer

    This article courtesy of PetMD.com. Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Cats The epidermis, or skin, consists of several layers. The outer layer is made up of scale like cells called the squamous epithelium. This layer of tissue covers the surface of much of the body, and lines the cavities of the body. A squamous cell […]

  • Cats and Leukemia Virus Infection (FeLV)

    Cats and Leukemia Virus Infection (FeLV)

    This article courtesy of PetMD.com. Feline Leukemia Virus Infection (FeLV) in Cats Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a disease that impairs the cat’s immune system and causes certain types of cancer. This virus is responsible for a majority of deaths in household cats, affecting all breeds. Males are more likely to contract the infection than […]

  • Cats and Ringworm

    Cats and Ringworm

    This article courtesy of PetMD.com. Dermatophytosis in Cats Dermatophytosis is the medical term for a parasitic fungal infection affecting the skin, hair, and/or nails (claws). The most commonly isolated fungal organisms are Microsporum canis (more commonly referred to as ringworm), Trichophyton mentagrophytes, and Microsporum gypseum. This disease occurs in dogs, cats, and other mammals. In […]

  • Cats: Positive Confirmations of H1N1 Influenza Virus in March 2011

    Cats: Positive Confirmations of H1N1 Influenza Virus in March 2011

    by Dr. Patrick Mahaney The clinical evidence that H1N1 influenza virus infects both people and animals should make all pet owners take notice. Recently, I published Reemergence of H1N1 Influenza Virus in Wisconsin Cats Raises Important Public Health Concerns after human caretakers spread their illness to household feline friends. Influenza viruses have proven capable of […]

  • Spaying or neutering your cat: Why it makes sense

    Spaying or neutering your cat: Why it makes sense

    Spaying or neutering your cat is a simple medical procedure that removes the animal's reproductive organs. Here's why the procedure is important for all cats.

  • Keeping your pets safe: Hidden danger of household toxins

    Keeping your pets safe: Hidden danger of household toxins

    This article courtesy of Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. Most of us know that exposure to household toxins like asbestos can lead to mesothelioma in humans; animals are just as susceptible to common hazards. Understanding that there are hidden dangers lurking around their house, pet owners can keep their furry friends safe, healthy, and ultimately protected. Most […]

  • The Chilly Veterinary Waiting Room And The Politics Of Who Pays For Pet Care

    The Chilly Veterinary Waiting Room And The Politics Of Who Pays For Pet Care

    This article courtesy of Patty Khuly, VMD, MBA, PetMD.com. The waiting room in any animal hospital can feel like a cold, lonely place when you’re waiting with a sick pet. It’s worse still when it’s a) so early in the a.m. the doctors have yet to arrive; b) it’s an unknown hospital and you have […]

  • New spay/neuter California license plates to make a dent in pet homelessness

    New spay/neuter California license plates to make a dent in pet homelessness

    Attention California drivers! Order your new spay/neuter license plate today and be part of the movement to end pet homelessness. That’s right, Californians. Your state has pledged to help put a dent in the staggering dog and cat euthanasia numbers by releasing a one-of-a-kind license plate. The new spay/neuter license plates – featuring original artwork […]

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