Category Internal Medicine

Don’t Give Up Too Soon

Every pet owner is different, and each of us has a different level of tolerance for our pets’ illnesses and infirmities.                     I take great pride that, in addition to extensive…

Body Condition Score In Pets

Body Condition Score (BCS) is a 5-level or 9-level means of assessing whether one’s pet is too thin, too heavy or just right. Our hospital subscribes to the system using five divisions of body condition, as does Hill’s Pet Nutrition,…

Sneezing Or Snorting?

Is your dog sneezing? Are you sure he’s not snorting? Do you know how to tell the difference? A sneeze is a violent, involuntary response to an irritant, usually located in the upper respiratory tract, especially the nasal passages. Dust,…

Rabies In Dogs And Cats

Rabies. Perhaps the most-feared word in infectious diseases. Rabies is found on every land mass on the planet except for a few islands. While the average American’s risk of contracting rabies is extremely small, the danger lies in the fact…

Non-Core Vaccines For Cats

On Monday we discussed core vaccines for cats.  Today we are discussing non-core feline vaccines. The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Vaccine can cause problems in diagnosis of natural disease. While FIV, like FeLV, is a uniformly fatal, untreatable disease, transmission is…

Cat Vaccination Schedule

Cat vaccination schedules are among the most controversial feline topics currently being discussed.                 Almost everyone is in agreement about kitten vaccination schedules, as presented in the chart below: Kitten Age Vaccination Administered…