Internal Medicine

Cat Tests Positive For H3N2 Canine Influenza

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, […]

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Canine Influenza Update: H3N2 and H3N8

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 […]

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Raw Diets For Pets

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 […]

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Trusting Supplement Manufacturers

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 […]

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Ebola And Pets

Ebola And Pets

ARE DOGS AT RISK? First, let me put your mind at ease that the current strains of Ebola virus cannot kill your dog or cat. That said, dogs and other pets are not totally without worry from Ebola. You see the phrase “abundance of caution” in every Ebola report discussing pets. The real message behind […]

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Jerky Treats Sicken Humans And Dogs

Jerky Treats Sicken Humans And Dogs

Can you believe it? Pets are still getting sick on jerky treats, despite the widespread dissemination of information about how dangerous they are. Click here to read MyPetsDoctor.com’s original post about jerky treats. Now, not only have additional pets been injured, some humans foolishly ate the treats and were made ill. Even after seven years […]

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Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency In Dogs And Cats

Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency In Dogs And Cats

Like many mammalian organs, the pancreas is two organs in one. It has an endocrine (hormone) function, producing insulin, which allows cells to utilize glucose for energy. It also has an exocrine (secretive) function, producing enzymes that aid in the breakdown of fat and other major components of food so that they can be absorbed […]

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Canine Hyperparathyroidism

Canine Hyperparathyroidism

Canine hyperparathyroidism is one of several causes of hypercalcemia in dogs. Hypercalcemia, or elevated calcium level in the bloodstream, is defined as any laboratory reading above 11.4 mg/dl. In dogs, as in people, the four parathyroid glands are located nestled into the thyroid glands, thus their name. Para is a Latin prefix meaning “beside.” Both […]

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Water Is A Treat For Pets

Water Is A Treat For Pets

A drink of water is a treat? To your dog or cat, yes, indeed! Humans think of water as something we have to drink sometimes, but soft drinks, milk and tea are considered special to us. Just as dogs and cats don’t require variety in their diets, they don’t need various liquids to drink, either. […]

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