Allergies are among the top reasons for canine and feline veterinary visits. Heredity can play a role in a pet’s predisposition to developing allergies, with certain breeds being statistically more likely to develop allergies, but all breeds of cats and dogs can develop allergies after two or more exposures to a given allergen. ...more
Watching your pet struggle with a health condition that does not seem to be improving, no matter which treatments are performed, can make you feel helpless.
Fortunately, more and more veterinarians are gaining access to a treatment that appears to speed the healing process in pets with certain chronic and acute conditions—hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Although many animal hospitals are not yet equipped to administer hyperbaric oxygen therapy to pets, the trend is spreading quickly and will likely reach a veterinary clinic near you in the future. ...more
Heartworm disease poses a major health threat to both dogs and cats, and it’s on the rise. Present throughout the United States and Canada, the disease strikes pets, if unprotected by preventive heartworm medicines, who have been bitten by a mosquito carrying contagious microfilariae. ...more
From dish soap to duct tape, many common household items can provide temporary first aid while you get your pet to the veterinarian.
The most important first aid item is your mobile phone, says Dr. Heather Loenser, senior emergency clinician at Crown Veterinary Specialists in Lebanon, NJ, ...more
Cats love to nibble on grass. Many cat owners know that.
But what some might not know is that not all greenery is safe for felines.
Both plants found outdoors in yards and indoors in pots can be harmful to cats. ...more
What made you choose your purebred or specialty-mix pet? Her big eyes? His friendly ways? Her playful attitude?
According to veterinary expert Jerold S. Bell, DVM, you’re going about it in the wrong way.
“Purchasing such a pet should not be an emotional decision, but one based on research,” says the private practice owner and clinical associate professor of genetics at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. “Do as much homework as you do when purchasing a major appliance.” ...more
Feline herpes virus is a species-specific, non-zoonotic virus that is commonly diagnosed in cats. Although not transmissible to humans, this virus is highly contagious to other cats. It is said that the majority of cats have been exposed to feline herpes virus, but not all will show symptoms. Often, symptoms occur more frequently in purebred (Persian, Himalayan, Siamese, etc.) and rescued cats (farm, stray, humane society, etc.), due to weaker immune systems and stressful situations. ...more
What is “normal” for your dog or cat? Often pet owners do not notice gradual changes in their pets until a change reaches the extreme, landing them in an emergency situation. ...more