Internal Medicine

Human AIDS Vaccine From A Cat Disease

Human AIDS Vaccine From A Cat Disease

Will cats provide the answer to a vaccine for HIV/AIDS? Janet Yamamoto, PhD, professor of retroviral immunology at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, discovered FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) in 1986 when she was a researcher at the University of California, Davis. Her study was published in The Journal of Virology September, 2013. […]

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Acromegaly In Cats

Acromegaly In Cats

Acromegaly may be the cause of your diabetic cat having poorly-regulated blood sugar. Acromegaly is defined as an excess production of growth hormone. Growth hormone (GH) is one of many steroid hormones produced by the body. GH is synthesized in the pituitary gland, inside the brain. Acromegaly occurs when a functional, non-cancerous (benign) tumor in […]

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Coprophagy

Coprophagy

The eating of stool is called coprophagy. Gross to think that he might have kissed you after eating that, isn’t it? “Pica” is defined in Dorland’s Medical Dictionary as “a craving for unnatural articles of food; a depraved appetite as seen in hysteria, pregnancy and malnourished children.” Therefore, according to this medical definition, the old […]

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Dangerous Dog Jerky

Dangerous Dog Jerky

Dog jerky treats with Chinese** ingredients have been problematic for several years. And, yet, there is a recent resurgence of news reports, thanks to a renewed push by FDA to warn pet owners about the dangers of these treats. Bottom line: Treats are, well, treats. They are not essential for a healthy diet or good […]

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Hill’s Pet Nutrition Prescription Diet Metabolic

Hill’s Pet Nutrition Prescription Diet Metabolic

Healthy Weight Protocol (HWP) is a scientific measurement of pets, as compared to mentally comparing the size of your obese dog with other obese dogs. Pet owners (and veterinarians) see so many obese pets that, in our minds, the standard has been changed. A “right-sized” pet appears too thin to us. Obesity is thought of […]

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Feline Infectious Peritonitis Update

Feline Infectious Peritonitis Update

Feline Infectious Peritonitis, FIP, is a disease of cats causing a variety of illnesses. For new information on FIP, including treatment, click here. FIP is caused by a coronavirus, so-called because under an electron microscope it looks like a crown or “corona.” In its original form, enteric coronavirus, it has only the ability to cause […]

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Eclampsia In Dogs And Cats

Eclampsia In Dogs And Cats

Eclampsia, also called puerperal* tetany, is defined as low blood calcium levels detected just before or up to 4 weeks after giving birth to puppies and/or during lactation (giving milk, feeding puppies). Eclampsia occurs in cats, but much less often than in dogs. Signs can be terrifying to pet owners, as feeding mothers can exhibit […]

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Probiotics For Pets

Probiotics For Pets

Dr. Marcella D. Ridgway, VMD, MS and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (DACVIM)has written an excellent article in the February, 2013, issue of Clinician’s Brief, a leading, peer-reviewed journal on veterinary medicine.  (I was going to summarize it, but found I couldn’t possibly deliver the topic as well as Dr. […]

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Cocoa Mulch Toxicity In Dogs

Cocoa Mulch Toxicity In Dogs

Cocoa mulch. It looks good. It smells really good. And it tastes good, too. To your dog. And, it could be deadly. We have previously discussed the dangers of caffeine toxicity to your pet (click here to read that post). Common and dangerous sources of caffeine are dark chocolate, coffee and tea (and the grounds […]

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