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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…

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Feline Heartworm Disease Myths Busted

At the Central Veterinary Conference in Washington, D.C., in May, 2013, Kristin MacDonald, D.V.M., PhD, DACVIM (cardiology), co-author of Feline Cardiology (Wiley-Blackwell), addressed 11 fallacies practitioners encounter in an effort to ensure more cats are protected with heartworm preventives year-round.  DVMNewsmagazine has…

Cranial Cruciate Injury

According to James K. Roush, D.V.M., MS and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, “cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) rupture is the most common cause of hindlimb lameness in dogs.” Untreated cranial cruciate ligament injury quickly results in osteoarthritis…

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Atopic Dermatitis Update

Dr. Alice Jeromin, a pharmacist and veterinary dermatologist in private practice in Cleveland, OH, has written an excellent update on the latest for treatment of Atopy (also called Atopic Dermatitis) patients. If you have not already read the basics on…

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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…

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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…

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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).…