Internal Medicine

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 caused by a tumor of the pituitary gland in the brain, the more descriptive term […]

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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 of the condition, bloody diarrhea. Often the phone caller says, “My dog is passing pure […]

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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 to be outdoors. The key word here is “allowed.” Which doesn’t mean that she won’t […]

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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 hand, are second only to reptiles for producing horrible infections when they bite. Cat bite […]

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Dog And Cat Serious Illness–How Far Do We Go?

How far do we go? That question came up this week in caring for Zelda, a kitty in the prime of life at age 7½, who presented with the primary complaint of loss of appetite. Our first indication that something was terribly wrong came when we weighed Zelda and compared her weight to her last […]

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Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is in the same family, Retroviridae, as Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV).  Therefore, they share certain characteristics, such as the ability to suppress a cat’s immune system and to initiate and allow the growth and spread of cancer.  The virus was discovered in 1986. FIV is known as the virus of unfriendly […]

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Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)

Feline Leukemia Virus. Few words are scarier to a cat lover than those. And, with good reason, even though a positive Feline Leukemia Virus test is not always a death sentence. Let’s look at both the disease and testing in detail. Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is a retrovirus, meaning that it uses an enzyme called […]

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Convenia Injection Chosen Over Oral Antibiotics

Convenia, the long-acting antibiotic injection that maintains antibiotic levels in a dog or cat’s bloodstream for up to two weeks is the hot topic this week. Let’s look at another case in which Convenia worked out well. Fritzi is a Shih Tzu who weighs 20 pounds and has a urinary tract infection. A urinalysis revealed […]

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