Category Internal Medicine

COVID-19 and Pets

Maxx_WillieLR2014

Dogs get coronavirus.Cats get coronavirus.Cows get coronavirus.As do horses, goats and sheep. BUT, as far as we know today, only humans get COVID-19, also known as “new coronavirus” and “SARS-CoV-2.” As of today, we don’t even know whether other primates…

Canine Influenza Outbreak Expands

Even though Florida is getting the most press in the latest canine influenza (CI) outbreak, it may have started in Perry, Georgia. (As of July 3, 2017, at least 82 cases have been laboratory confirmed.)  Every dog who tested positive…

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…

Microhematocrit

FridaKittenMPD

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…

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.…