Categories for Common Medical Problems

EEE…… West Nile Virus…..Can my dog or cat get it?

August 31, 2012

West Nile Virus; Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE); mosquito spraying in this town or that one……..You can’t watch, listen or read the news without hearing about these vector (mosquito or other insects) borne diseases.  When it comes to our dogs and cats do we need to worry? The term “worry” might be a bit strong but the word respectful may serve much better. With reports of West Nile Virus (WNV) and EEE on the rise it is important to understand the truth about our pets and these diseases.  Can dogs and cats get WNV or EEE?  The answer technically is yes... View Article

Scratch, Scratch , Bite, Bite Boy do I Itch!

August 13, 2012

As the summer heat and humidity wind down our cats and dogs begin one of their favorite activities……..they scratch.  Or they bite at themselves or rub their back on the rug, furniture and whatever else they can find to scratch that itch.  Is it fleas…or allergies?  Actually it could be both. As summer segues into fall natural vegetation transitions from the plants of summer into the weeds of fall.  Ragweed, pigweed, molds and fungus are but a few of the plant materials that encroach on our existence.  But if it is “hay fever” why does my dog bite himself?  Or... View Article

My Pet Has Loose Stools (Diarrhea) Do I Worry?

July 30, 2012

Sooner or later all of us with pets will have to clean up an unfortunate mess.  According to pet health insurance company statistics, digestive  problems such as vomiting and diarrhea are two of the  most common reasons that pet owners present cats and dogs to the veterinarian.  While an occasional episode is not usually life threatening, vomiting as well as diarrhea that persists is often the sign of more serious illness. While vomiting often occurs in conjunction with diarrhea these symptoms may both occur independent of each other.  Intestinal parasites or worms can cause gastrointestinal inflammation resulting in loose stools... View Article

Is it an Ear Infection or Just Inflammation

July 27, 2012

Daily in our veterinary practice clients bring in cats as well as dogs stating that their pet has an infected ear.  Often the most common symptom is scratching at the ear or shaking the head.  Family members will often comment that there is an odor or discharge around the pet’s head.  Frequently the family suspects that the pet has ear mites.  Though ear mites are a parasite that can cause discomfort for your pet resulting in scratching and/or shaking they are not usually the cause. Inflammation or irritation of the ear is referred to as otitis.  The otitis is further... View Article

Should I Really Brush My Pet’s Teeth?

June 26, 2012

This is a common response of many pet owners upon first hearing this suggestion. As the relationship between oral health and systemic disease becomes clearer we as the caretaker of our pets have this added responsibility.  In the realm of steps we can take to prolong and improve our pets’ lives,  tooth brushing is  one of the most important strides we can take.  Although using a brush is better than using your finger, the application of any antibacterial or enzymatic spray or gel is of the utmost importance in order to reduce the bacterial population of the oral cavity.  By... View Article

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