At this time of year, Easter Lilies are everywhere. These lilies, and their botanical relatives, including Stargazer lily, Day lily, Asian lily and Tiger lily, are popular choices for holiday bouquets and are the favorites of many gardeners.
This is different than other types of soiling accidents; the dog isn't aware that the leakage is happening. Have you noticed this with your dog?
Learn more: Urinary incontinence in senior dogs
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Veterinary behaviorist Theresa DePorter, BS, DVM, DECAWBM, DACVB continues the discussion on reducing feline aggression in the household with more tips to make cats feel comfortable and secure, hopefully reducing inter-cat stress and aggression. Also in this interview, learn about the clinical trial that Dr. DePorter is working on to assess management and resolution of aggression between familiar housemate cats with a new pheromone formulation.
Learn More: Cat Aggression Interview Part 3
Photo: Bacon the Cat / Theresa DePorter, BS, DVM, DECAWBM, DACVB
If your cats are just not getting along - due to age, gender, or personality differences - or worse, if your cat has been injured by a new cat housemate, is there any hope? What can be done to help smooth things out?
Veterinary behaviorist Theresa DePorter DVM DECAWBM DACVB offers insight and tips in this installment of of the Reducing Cat Aggression interview.
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Cats are tricky. Solitary in nature, some cats do enjoy feline companionship. It is hard to predict just how a new feline addition will be accepted into an established household. In some circumstances, a stressful event may alienate previously friendly cats.
In this interview series with veterinary behaviorist Theresa DePorter DVM DECAWBM DACVB, learn how to identify cat stress, the signs of inter-cat aggression, and tips on keeping everyone happy -- cats and humans alike.
Part 1: Understanding Feline Aggression
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The "FVR" in "FVRCP" combination (three-in-one) vaccines stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, which is caused by feline herpesvirus 1. Herpesvirus 1 is a very common cause of upper respiratory infections in cats, either alone or in combination with other viruses or bacteria.
Learn more about Feline Herpesvirus 1 infection in cats.
Related Reading on Cat Viral Infections:
- Upper Respiratory Infections in Cats
- FIV - Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
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Upper respiratory infections are very common in cats, especially kittens. The term upper respiratory infection actually describes a complex variety of diseases that can occur alone or in combination. While common and usually mild, some cases may develop into more serious cases of pneumonia.
- Feline Physiology and Anatomy - What's "Normal" For A Cat
- FIV in Cats - Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
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Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a virus that can cause a multitude of health problems in cats due to reduced immune system function. It can stay "dormant" or cause an acquired immunodeficiency syndrome sometimes called feline AIDS.
While FIV can cause a multitude of health problems because of reduced immune system function, many cats can live a normal, happy life. Care must be taken to prevent bite wounds and keep your cat indoors to keep him or her as healthy as possible.
Do you live with an FIV-positive cat?
Please share your experiences with us.
Photo: Sweetie Pie an FIV positive senior cat by Kris Klein for Animal Rescue and Adoption Society; Purrs & Paws of A.R.A.S. on Flickr.
In some cases, the animal is unable to tolerate a particular drug, and some pets may need two or three different medications to control seizures.
Learn more about the various drugs used to control seizures in dogs and cats.
Photo: Pill Vials by Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
Seizures in dogs and cats can be caused by many different illnesses and toxins. As a result, if your dog or cat has a seizure, your veterinarian will need to perform some diagnostic tests before a proper course of treatment can be determined.
One of the very first things your veterinarian will do is to perform a thorough physical examination for your pet, looking for obvious abnormalities. Next up: bloodwork and urinalysis.
Learn More: Diagnosing Seizures and Epilepsy
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