Category Internal Medicine

Anal Sac Disease In Dogs And Cats

Anal sacs are reservoirs for scent material produced by microscopic anal glands. Every dog and cat has two, and they are located at 5 o’clock and 7 o’clock from the center of the anus, inside the external anal sphincter muscle.…

Dog And Cat Autoimmune Diseases

A reader with a pet named Rosie has asked a question about Rosie’s illness, an autoimmune condition. Let’s start with the basics of what autoimmune conditions are. The immune system is charged with the task of keeping us healthy by…

Canine Cushing’s Disease

Cushing’s Syndrome is usually discussed under the heading of dermatologic (skin) diseases, but it’s much more than that. Named after Dr. Cushing who was the leading neurosurgeon of the early 20th century, and who first described the disease as being…

Hemorrhagic GastroEnteritis In Dogs

Hemorrhagic GastroEnteritis. Even the name sounds scary. Indeed, the syndrome is a dangerous one. HGE, as it is commonly called, is a condition most commonly seen in dogs. Its clinical signs include loss of appetite, vomiting, fever, and the hallmark…

Vaccinations For Indoor Cats

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that is the question for today. More and more cat owners elect to keep their cats indoors, which MyPetsDoctor.com heartily advocates. In fact, we practice what we preach, and our Martha is never allowed…

Cat Bite Abscesses

You’ve heard it said that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s. Even without microbiological tests I would question that statement simply on the basis of some of the things I’ve seen dogs lick! Cats’ mouths, on the other…