Categories for Feline medicine

Two Brockton Animal Hospital Cases “Travel” to Italy

November 2, 2015

On November 4th two Brockton Animal Hospital patients will “travel” to Florence, Italy. They won’t actually be flying to Europe but the International Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ISLMS) is holding their annual medical conference. For the first time in their history there will be a veterinary tract as part of this human medical conference. Dr. Hirschberg will be presenting on the topic of light therapy and its benefit in the treatment of kidney disease in dogs and cats. “Terra”, a 13 year old Chow mix canine and “Ginger” an 11 year old Domestic Short Hair cat both suffer... View Article

Many Common Pet Diseases Are Stress Impacted

October 1, 2015

Several times annually we receive reports from the pet insurance companies listing the most common diseases reported for felines and canines. Even though we deal with many of these conditions daily they are rarely easy to cure. For example one of the most common diseases in cats is feline lower urinary tract disease. Although dogs suffer from this condition far less frequently, for them, their struggle with gastro intestinal diseases such as vomiting and diarrhea can be just as elusive. Coincidentally both of these disease conditions have one thing in common. There can be a myriad of causes for lower... View Article

Cat Scratch Disease, Cat Scratch Fever, Bartonellosis Call it Whatever, but You Need to be Informed

June 29, 2015

For those who have brought a family feline into the Brockton Animal Hospital at any time in recent years I am sure you remember the blood sample that was taken during the first or second visit. There were two tests performed on this sample, one for Feline Leukemia and Feline “AIDS” Virus, the other for Cat Scratch Disease, also remembered by many as Cat Scratch Fever (yes a song title from a while back). Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency is a concern for cats only. But Cat Scratch Disease (Bartonella Henselae), while being of mild concern for the feline carrier,... View Article

Winter Slams the Northeast………Be Alert to Pet Dangers (Part I)

February 6, 2015

As we all know, winter has hit the eastern US like a runaway freight train. Nearly two feet of snow within less than a week has forced many of us to focus nearly all of our attention on just getting to and from work. Shoveling, getting fuel, commuting for hours, and having food in our house (especially for the pets) becomes the major goal for each day. With little easing up in the near future we need to take a breath and consider the multitude of potential dangers that exist in the lives of our pets during these times. In... View Article

Kidney (Renal) Disease in Cats……..A Quiet Threat but Progress is Being Made

October 28, 2014

Renal Disease Perhaps the most common latent disease that cats unknowingly suffer from is kidney (Renal) disease. Though most of us think that our feline friends are immune to this condition until middle aged or older, such is not the case. Frequently, in our practice, we diagnose cats as young as three of four with some form of kidney disease. Periodically there have been toxins found in foods that have caused Acute Kidney Injury, a disease which if not treated early enough may result in Chronic Renal Disease. This is but one of many causes of this potentially fatal disease... View Article

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