Archive for 'Internal Medicine'

9 Lives And Other Smucker Cat Foods Recalled

This has the potential to be big. Pet food companies the size of 9 Lives’ parent, J. M. Smucker (yes, the jelly people), don’t make mistakes with their food very often. Fortunately, they caught this one early, so cats are at little risk, as long as their owners get new food soon. For starters, let’s […]

Universal Blood Test

As much as we would like to have a test that could be run on a single drop of blood, answer every medical question that could possibly arise, and cost less than ten dollars, we’re not there yet. Or, anywhere close. The most common panel of screening lab tests for general, overall health status includes: […]

The End Of FIP?

Could it be over? In 1994 we lost our precious Sally to what her pathologists believed was FIP, Feline Infectious Peritonitis. Sally was only twelve when she fell ill after a dental prophylaxis (teeth cleaning). She had survived with flying colors. Three days later, she was gone. Feline Infectious Peritonitis is a disease caused by […]



Hematocrit. Microhematocrit. Packed cell volume (PCV). All of these terms mean the same thing: What percentage of a patient’s blood is red blood cells (RBCs)? The pet at hand today is Plato, a cancer patient on chemotherapy who has a mass in one of his lungs. He has been bleeding, his respiratory rate has increased, […]

Anti-vaxxer Movement And Pets

Hoover Susan McCormick

Veterinarians are concerned that the “anti-vaxxer” movement in the United States could result in more pets becoming ill. “Anti-vaxxers” are parents of children and/or pets who believe that the benfits of vaccines do not outweigh the risks of possible complications. Epidemiologists broadly agree that the minority trend causing people to not want to vaccinate their […]

Cat Tests Positive For H3N2 Canine Influenza

As of our last Canine Influenza update, no cats had been diagnosed with laboratory-confirmed infection by the Asian form of Canine Influenza-A virus, H3N2. Since then a kitty from a shelter in New York City became ill, was tested for H3N2 and was confirmed to be positive. Another cat in the household was also ill, […]

Canine Influenza Update: H3N2 and H3N8


Canine Influenza (CI), also known as dog flu, has been in the United States for years. It was first documented in 2004 during an outbreak at a greyhound racing track in Florida. Click here to read about the disease.  Click here to read about the vaccine against the disease. There is, however, a new wrinkle […]

Raw Diets For Pets


Raw diets for pets are in the news.  Again. We understand that there are pet owners who are sold on the idea of raw diets for their pets and we don’t expect to dissuade everyone from their conviction to the concept. However, it is important to understand the risks so that the decision one makes […]

Trusting Supplement Manufacturers

The big medical news this week is the action by the State of New York’s Attorney General’s office to shut down the sales of store-branded products of certain nutritional supplements. The Attorney General’s actions resulted from testing that, allegedly, shows the supplements either did not contain claimed active ingredients or were tainted with impurities ranging […]