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Lily Toxicity in Cats

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Easter Lily Dreamstime / Fedor KondratenkoAt 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.

What makes lilies poisonous is still unknown, but it is known that lilies are very toxic to cats and the toxin is soluble in water. Read More...

Why (and what) is my senior dog "leaking"?

Monday April 14, 2014

Old Blonde Retriever by chriswsn on FlickrMany dog owners have been startled to find a wet spot on the floor or bed after a pet gets up after a nap. The dog is usually feeling fine otherwise and may not seem to notice the leakage.

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

Photo: Old Blonde Retriever by chriswsn on Flickr

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Cat Fights Part 3 - Help at Home and Beyond

Friday April 11, 2014

Bacon the Cat / Theresa DePorter, BS, DVM, DECAWBM, DACVBVeterinary 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

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Photo: Bacon the Cat / Theresa DePorter, BS, DVM, DECAWBM, DACVB

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Cat Fights Part 2 - Reducing Cat Housemate Aggression

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Cat Confrontation - Gandee Vasan/Iconica/Getty ImagesIf 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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Photo: Cat Confrontation - Gandee Vasan/Iconica/Getty Images

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Cat Fights: Understanding Feline Aggression

Monday April 7, 2014

Brand New Images/Digital Vision/Getty ImagesCats 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


Photo: Brand New Images/Digital Vision/Getty Images

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Feline Herpesvirus 1 - A Cause of Upper Respiratory Infections in Cats

Friday April 4, 2014

Free Kitten by Lauren Nelson on FlickrThe "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.

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Photo: Free Kitten by Lauren Nelson on Flickr

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Upper Respiratory Infections in Cats

Wednesday April 2, 2014

Cat Nose by RatRanch on Flickr 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.

Learn about the risk factors, clinical signs, treatment and prevention tips for feline upper respiratory diseases in this article by , About.com Contributing Writer.

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Photo: Cat Nose by RatRanch on Flickr

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Learn About: FIV in Cats

Monday March 31, 2014

Sweetie Pie an FIV positive senior cat by Purrs & Paws of A.R.A.S. on FlickrFeline 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.

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Medications to Control Seizures

Friday March 28, 2014

Pill Vials by Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVMPhenobarbital is the medication that is most commonly used to treat seizures and epilepsy in dogs and cats. It may be used alone or with other therapies, such as Potassium Bromide (KBr).

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

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Diagnosing Seizures and Epilepsy

Wednesday March 26, 2014

Dog and Cat / Noel Zia Lee on Flickr

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


Photo: Dog and Cat / Noel Zia Lee on Flickr

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