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Veterinary Medicine: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
How Long is the Heat Cycle in Cats?
Unlike dogs, cats do not cycle only two times a year (on average), they go into heat often if not spayed. Also unlike their canine counterparts, cats are induced ovulators -- they do not ovulate unless they are mated. Find out more in this FAQ on feline estrus.
Why You Shouldn't Give Your Dog Aspirin
When a dog is in pain, owners are eager to give medication to ease that pain, but giving human medications such as aspirin or Tyelenol® to pets can cause more problems than it cures. Learn why in this article.
Why a Dry Nose Doesn't Always Mean Your Dog is...
: My dog's nose is dry. Is he sick? Learning to observe what is normal and and what is not in patients
Why Is My Dog Licking His Paws?
Dogs licking their paws is a common complaint. Is this a medical problem or a behavioral one? How can I stop this often annoying activity? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this FAQ.
Does a Hen Need a Rooster to Lay Eggs?
Keeping chickens for eggs and as pets is popular in both rural and in urban areas. I have kept chickens and geese as pets for 17 years and never tire of watching them root around the yard. I have been asked many times if hens will lay eggs without a rooster around. Do they? How often do they lay eggs? This FAQ addresses these questions and looks at some other interesting chicken egg facts.
How to Remove a Tick from Yourself or Your Pet...
There are many ideas about the best way to remove a tick, one of the most common tricks being to light
How to Control Fleas on Your Pet and in Your...
Fleas have a complex, 4 stage life cycle. Control of fleas on your pet and in your home must address all stages of this life cycle to stop the problem of flea infestation. This article will cover several different methods that are effective at controlling fleas when used properly.
5 Key Ways to Tell if Your Dog is Healthy
What is a "normal" body temperature for your dog? How many teeth do dogs have as puppies and adults?
What Are Hot Spots on Dogs, and How Do You Cool...
A hot spot is a localized area of skin inflammation and infection. These inflamed areas are itchy, painful, and can occur within hours. Read this FAQ to learn how to cool them down.
Head Lice: Will it Transfer From Humans to Pets?
Dealing with head lice is something most school officials and some parents are familiar with. Is the family dog at risk if the kids have lice? Did the kids catch lice from the cat? A lice parasite infection is termed pediculosis, no matter what species of animal is affected by lice. Read this FAQ to find out more about lice; a class of ectoparasites that affect many animals, including humans.
Lipomas 101: What You Need to Know about Your...
Veterinary Q & A - Lipomas (fatty tumors) in Dogs and Cats
Are My Dog's Water Drinking Habits Normal?
No matter what age your pet is, a noticeable increase in water intake (drinking) or urination often means there is an underlying medical problem. Also, a change in urinary habits, such as urinating in the house or where the pet sleeps, increased urge to urinate, or very dilute urine needs to be evaluated as soon as possible. One exception for loss of house training would be a senior pet with dementia, but other more common medical conditions must be ruled out first.
Everything Dog Owners Need to Know about...
About Hookworms in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
If Your Dog Has Bloody Diarrhea, It Could Be...
Hemorrhagic GastroEnteritis (HGE) in dogs is a sudden-onset episode of vomiting and diarrhea, often very bloody in nature. The exact cause is unknown, but there are many theories: diet, a bacterial infection or bacterial toxin, virus, reaction to an intestinal parasite, etc. Stress may play a role in the development of HGE. This disease may affect any breed, gender, and age. Quick veterinary treatment and supportive care is often essential for recovery.
What to Expect as Your Dog Gets Older
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When Is the Best Time to Spay a Dog or Cat?
: Can You Spay A Dog or Cat In Heat (Estrus)? A viewer asked: "Can a female dog in heat be spayed?" :
Can You Safely Give Benadryl to a Pet?
Benadryl® is a commonly used drug in human medicine. Can it also be used for allergic reactions in pets? This is a common question for many pet owners. This FAQ offers general information about Benadryl® also known as Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride. As with any pet-specific information, the only correct answer is to check with your veterinarian.
8 Common Signs of Dementia in Senior Dogs
Have you noticed odd behaviors in your senior dog that you can't explain? Do dogs get Alzheimer's? Here is a list of the most common signs seen with senior dementia in dogs. As with all behavior changes, please see your veterinarian first to rule out a medical problem, as many diseases can have the same signs.
Ever Wonder What Gives Calico Cats Their Colors?
Many people are surprised to hear that the vast majority of calico cats are female. Why is this? Is it possible for a calico cat to ever be male? Learn about the genetics of coat color in this feline FAQ.
What You Should Know About Feline Acne
Chin acne is a common skin condition in cats. It may be seen as barely noticeable comedomes (blackheads), to severely inflamed and draining pustules. Some cats are not seemingly bothered, and some are very itchy and painful. Learn more about this condition and how it is treated in this FAQ.
Post-Surgical Lumps in Cats: What's Normal?
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8 Common Signs of Dementia in Cats
Do cats get Alzheimer's? Is it normal behavior for a senior cat, or is there a problem? Here is a list of the most common signs seen with senior dementia in cats. As with all behavior changes, please see your veterinarian first to rule out a medical problem first, as many diseases can have the same signs.
Why Your Stinky Dog Might Not Just Need a Bath
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Fight the Fleas: Tips for Ridding Your Home and...
Fleas are bothersome to humans as well as pets. They may also carry diseases. To fully tackle a flea problem, it is important to know the flea life cycle and treat not only the pet but also the pet's environment. Learn some interesting facts about fleas and the recommended methods for controlling and eradicating fleas in your home in this article. Page 2.
How to Identify and Treat Parvovirus in Dogs
ABout parvovirus in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Lily Toxicity in Cats
Lilies are bold, beautiful, fragrant and... poisonous. Especially for cats. Lilies are popular choices for holiday bouquets and are the favorites of many gardeners. What makes lilies poisonous is unknown, but it is known that the toxin is deadly. Cats suffer kidney failure after ingesting even tiny amounts of this plant and flower. Learn more about this family of flowering plants, and if you have cats in your household, it may just be better to admire this beauty from afar.
What You Should Know About Roundworms in Dogs
About Roundworms in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Can My Spayed Pet Still Be in Heat?
: My pet was spayed, but now looks as if she is in heat. How can this be? This FAQ is taken from the
How to Identify, Treat and Prevent Ehrlichiosis...
About Ehrlichiosis in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
What Every Dog Owner Needs to Know about Lyme...
Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi and is spread by ticks. Lyme disease is transmitted by the deer tick (blacklegged tick) and a small group of other closely related ticks. The deer tick is small and may bite animals and people without being detected. Learn about the risk factors, signs, diagnosis and prevention of Lyme disease in dogs and people.
Consider These Important Factors Before Putting...
: How Will I know When It Is "Time" To Put A Pet To Sleep? Having to make the decision to end a pet's
Everything You Need to Know about Parvovirus...
Parvovirus infection is a serious disease that affects the gasstrointestinal or cardiac systems of dogs. Parvo is a highly contagious and often sudden viral disease; puppies are particularly susceptible. Learn about the clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Parvo in this article.
Did You Know Dogs and Cats Take Valium, Too?
Diazepam (Valium®) is used for several purposes in dogs and cats. Read about the usages and the potential side effects of diazepam for dogs and cats.
How to Identify, Treat and Prevent Roundworms...
About Roundworms in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Lumps and Bumps in Pets
It is unsettling to find a lump on your pet. Any and all lumps should be checked out by your veterinarian,
When Will Your Puppy or Kitten Lose Its Baby...
: When Do Puppies and Kittens Lose Their Baby Teeth? Just like human children, puppies and kittens lose
Safe Mosquito and Fly Repellent for Dogs and Cats
Bugs bug dogs and cats just like they do people. Furry haircoats help some, but flies, mosquitoes, gnats and other flying, biting insects can and do bite pets; sometimes spreading disease (heartworm, West Nile Virus) and causing rashes. Learn how to safely use insect repellents for pets and how to reduce your pet's exposure to irritating and potentially harmful insects.
The Pros and Cons of Fighting Fleas with...
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a fine flour-like powder, the microscopic remains of fossilized diatoms, a type of algae. Diatom cell walls are made of silica, a component of glass. DE has been used for years as an insecticide to control mites, fleas and other insects; find out how it works here.
Protect Your Pets From Getting Sunburned
People are realizing dangers of sun exposure. Now this sun care attention is turning to our pets. White animals and those that have a summer hair cut or with naturally thin (or nonexistent!) hair coats are particularly sensitive to the sun, and may suffer the same ills as humans: sunburn and skin cancers. This Quick Tip offers ideas and cautions for protecting your pet on those sunny days.
5 Normal Signs of Aging in Cats
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What is Canine Distemper?
About distemper in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Your Quick Guide to Pancreatitis in Dogs and Cats
It may be tempting to give extra treats to pets, but caution is advised -- Pancreatitis and other stomach/gut upsets can occur, leading to a trip to the vet in some cases. Pancreatitis can also occur without a known history of fatty food ingestion. Learn about the risk factors of over-indulgence for pets and pancreatitis in general.
Everything Dog Owners Should Know About...
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10 Common Dog Eye Diseases and Why You...
Common eye diseases of dogs, including Cherry Eye, Eyelash Problems, Entropion. If your dog is pawing at, rubbing or shows signs of pain or irritation around the eyes, seek veterinary help as soon as possible, as eye conditions can change quickly.
Puppy Vaginitis
About puppy vaginitis, including signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and care.
What Does It Mean When Your Dog's Tail Goes Limp?
Your otherwise healthy dog comes in from the backyard, a swim or a day playing with dog friends and you are shocked to find that he can't lift his tail all of the way. What happened? Is this an emergency? Read this FAQ to find out more about this fairly common tail occurrence of large breed dogs.
What Should I Do with My Dog
Torn Toenail First Aid. Toenail injuries are fairly common in dogs and cats, and may occur while playing, exercising or while the nails are being trimmed. Learn how to take care of an injured toenail in a dog or cat: safely stop bleeding, trim the torn nail, and proper aftercare precautions.
Is Ivermectin Safe for My Pet?
Ivermectin is used in dogs and cats to treat a variety of parasitic diseases. It is also a popular heartworm prevention medicine. Learn about the safety and side effects of ivermectin for dogs and cats.
My cat is going bald on her hind legs. Should I...
Veterinary Q & A - Itching, Scratching, and Hair Loss. Why is my cat going bald? What is the cause, and what is the treatment? Find out possible causes in this FAQ.
How to Identify, Treat and Prevent Leptospirosi...
About Leptospirosis in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Gabapentin in Dogs and Cats
Gabapentin can be used in dogs and cats to relieve pain and treat seizures. Learn about the uses of gabapentin in dogs and cats and how it can be used to treat seizures and/or pain.
What is a histiocytoma?
: What is a histiocytoma? As readers of the Dermatology Diary learned in the entry for week 3, a histiocytoma
How Do I Know if My Pet Has Ear Mites?
About ear mites in cats and dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Learn All about the Life Cycle of Fleas
Fleas. They make pets' lives miserable, and humans begin to itch just at the thought of them. Vets are often asked what pill, drop, dip, collar, or shampoo works the best to get rid of these persistent parasites. The answer is that there is no single method or insecticide that will completely eradicate (or at least control) a flea problem. The flea life cycle is fairly complex, and understanding the various stages will make it easier to get rid of them.
15 Creepy Crawlies You Don't Want Anywhere Near...
Parasites come in many sizes, shapes and levels of "severity" for our pets. This collection of parasites
Seizures in Dogs
Seizures are one of the most common neurological problems seen in dogs. A seizure happens when the cerebral cortex, part of the brain, functions abnormally. There are many different diseases that can cause seizures in dogs and cats. Sometimes, as in the case of idiopathic epilepsy, the cause of seizure activity is unknown.
Doggy Reproduction: Learn All about Canine...
How long is a dog pregnant for? Do female dogs experience menopause? What health benefits can be gained from spaying (ovariohysterectomy) surgery? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this FAQ.
Nicotine Poisoning in Pets
It has been known for quite some time that second-hand cigarette smoke is dangerous to pets and people. Pets may also find discarded cigarette or cigar butts, nicotine patches, nicotine gum and chewing tobacco and give them a taste test. Especially curious puppies. All of these tobacco products contain nicotine, which can cause illness and even death in fairly small amounts. This quick tips is to alert people of this danger and a reminder to dispose of these products safely away from pets.
What's the Best Wormer for Killing Your Pet's...
Tapeworms are a very common parasite of dogs and cats. Most commonly transmitted by fleas, this parasite is also transmissible to humans who accidentally eat an infected flea (i.e. infants and children). Treatment for tapeworm infection in pets is easy if the correct drug is used.
Epulis - A Common Growth in Dog Mouths
Epulis is a common tumor in dogs' mouths, occurring along the gum line. Surgical removal is best, and easiest, when the lump is small. While these tumors may recur locally, they do not spread to other areas of the body.
Is it OK to feed my dog corn on the cob?
Most people are aware of the dangers of feeding pets a diet of table scraps that are high in fat (trimmings, gravy, etc.), especially pets who do not consume table scraps on a regular basis. This FAQ addresses feeding pets corn on the cob, which may seem like a healthy alternative, but real dangers exist and this food item is not recommended for pets.
Senior Dog Health
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Everything You Need to Know About Flea Control
Pet parasites - all about fleas: life cycle information and how to get rid of fleas on your pet and in your home.
Furosemide (Lasix®) in Dogs and Cats
Furosemide (Lasix®) is used in dogs and cats to treat congestive heart failure and other causes of fluid build-up in the lungs and elsewhere. Learn more about how and when furosemide is used to treat dogs and cats.
Seizures in Cats - Types, Causes, and Treatment
Seizures are one of the most common neurological problems seen in cats and dogs. A seizure happens when the cerebral cortex, part of the brain, functions abnormally. There are many different diseases that can cause seizures in dogs and cats. Sometimes, as in the case of idiopathic epilepsy, the cause of seizure activity is unknown.
About Cheyletiella in cats and dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Cherry Eye: What is Cherry Eye and How Is This...
: Cherry Eye: What is Cherry Eye and How Is This Condition Treated? Questions about cherry eye are common
Quick Facts About Porcupines, Quills and Pets
Porcupines and skunks are primarily nocturnal animals that unleash nasty surprises on unsuspecting dogs
My pet is sick, and I can't afford to go to the...
My pet is sick and I can't afford to go to the vet - Ideas and (possible options) for sick pets in financially tough times
Phenobarbital for Treating Seizures and...
Phenobarbital is commonly used to treat seizures and epilepsy in dogs and cats. Learn how phenobarbital works in dogs and cats. Find out the benefits and possible side effects of using phenobarbital for your dog or cat.
What's the difference between a one and three...
There have been lots of discussions (and confusion) about cat and dog vaccinations. The standard of care for decades was to vaccinate dogs and cats annually for several common diseases. Now the recommendation from most veterinarians is every three years, with careful selection of the vaccines needed for each specific pet. The one exception is the rabies vaccine. It is the only vaccine required by law in the US. Why are some good for 1 year and some for 3? Find out in this FAQ.
Treating Arthritis in Cats
Arthritis in cats can be treated using several different treatment options. Arthritis in cats in a painful disease and successful treatment methods must relieve the pain caused by feline arthritis.
Understanding "Snow Nose" and How it Affects Dogs
Most dogs love playing in the snow, including rooting around in the white stuff with their nose. Snow nose isn't something that happens only in wintery climates, though. Learn about snow nose, also called winter nose, in this FAQ.
Cat parasites - fleas, ticks, worms, mites and...
Parasites come in many sizes, shapes and levels of "severity" for our pets. This collection of parasites
Retained Baby Teeth - Why does puppy has two...
: Retained Baby Teeth - Why does puppy has two sets of "fangs"? Like humans, dogs and cats have baby
Why does my orange tabby have black spots on...
: Why does my orange tabby have black spots on his nose and lips? A common question (and worry) of cat
Veterinary Q & A: Spay Operation in Dogs and Cats
Veterinary Q & A - Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) in Dogs and Cats - learn about spay surgery in dogs and cats
Feline Infectious Peritonitis in Cats
About feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Causes and Symptoms of Arthritis in Cats
Arthritis in cats is a frequent cause of pain, especially in older cats. It is important to be able to recognize the signs of arthritis in your cat so that you know whether treatment is necessary. Left untreated, the pain caused by feline arthritis can cause a decline in your cat's health and quality of life.
Why does my dog (or cat) eat grass?
Many people ask why their dog eats grass. The reasons can vary from they like the taste to possibly an empty or upset stomach.
Veterinary Q & A: Seizures in Pets
Seizures are often scary to witness. What should you do if you suspect that your pet has had a seizure? What are the treatment options and prognosis? When are seizures an emergency? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this FAQ article.
Symptoms and Diagnosis of Ear Infections in Cats
Ear infections in cats are common. Cat owners should know the symptoms of ear infections and monitor their cat for them. Learn the symptoms of feline ear infections and find out what your veterinarian might need to do to diagnose an ear infection for your cat.
Why (and what) is my senior dog "leaking"?
Many 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. Learn more about this common senior canine finding.
Kennel Cough in Dogs
About kennel cough in dogs, including causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of kennel cough by vaccination.
Dermatitis in Dogs and Cats Caused by Bacterial...
Yeast and bacterial infections can contribute to dermatitis in dogs and cats. Treatment of yeast and bacterial infections in dogs and cats involves anti-fungal medications and antibiotics, respectively.
Whipworms in Dogs and Cats
About whipworms in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
'Frito Feet' - Why Do Dog Paws Smell Like Corn...
: 'Frito Feet' - Why Do Dog Paws Smell Like Corn Chips, Nuts, or Popcorn? Questions about pet odors are
Cats and Aspirin
Cats are not small dogs. Cats metabolize drugs such as aspirin very differently than dogs or humans. It is important to never give medications to your cat unless directed by your veterinarian; accidental toxicity and death are possible when medications such as aspirin or acetaminophen are given to cats. Find out why aspirin should not be given to cats in this FAQ.
What to do if your dog or cat is having a seizure
Watching your dog or cat have a seizure is a frightening experience. Learn how to take care of your dog or cat if he does have a seizure.
Menopause and Dogs
This question comes up fairly often, do dogs go through menopause? This, and a few other questions about canine reproductive health are answered here.
DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) Calming Collar...
I recently tried out the DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) calming collar for dogs on my own dog, Sophie. I adopted Sophie in 2002. She was approximately 6 months old at the time. She loves people and is generally a calm dog. Except when there are loud noises. Then she is trembling, panting, whining and trying to hide. We also deal with mild separation anxiety, despite my best efforts to curb that behavior. I wasn't sure DAP would work, but gave it a two week trial. Here are my findings.
Dog Neuter - Was my dog really neutered?
You take your male dog in to be neutered, and after he is back home, it appears that the testicles are still there. Or are they? Learn the answer to this common question, why it may happen, and if you should be concerned.
Understanding Euthanasia
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What is ringworm, and how do pets get it?
: What is ringworm, and how do pets get it? Ringworm derives its name from the classic red, round "worm
Skunked! Why skunks spray, what they spray, and...
Your dog barks frantically, or maybe zooms off in another direction. Then you smell it. Skunk! I think that this has happened to each dog I have lived with at some point in their life. Some escape with just a spritz, other dogs come back dripping in skunk juice. Not good. Learn about skunks, why and how they spray, and what to do if you get skunked.
The Viewer Viewpoint - The Stages of Degenerati...
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E-collar "cone" alternatives for dogs and cats
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Lip Ulcers: What could cause my dog's lips to...
VetMed Forum member NATEWEH asks what would cause his dog's lips to have sores and ulcers. Antibacterial mouth rinses and new dog dishes have been tried, but to no avail. For many types of skin lesions, a scrape or biopsy is often required to accurately diagnose what is going on. This FAQ discusses a group of diseases that can cause lip lesions.
Easter Troubles for Dogs and Cats
Ah, spring. It is nice to have a little color after a long winter. Easter and springtime decorations (and edibles) liven the scenery, but also pose a potential hazard to pets. Who knew that plastic Easter grass could be dangerous? Spring is a great time to take an inventory of potential pet hazards. It's better than the alternative of spending time at the veterinary hospital. Here is are a few Quick Tips on what to watch for this spring.
Urinary Problems in Dogs
Urinary problems in dogs are common. Signs can range from barely noticeable to unable to urinate (this is an emergency). Some urinary problems are the result of other diseases, such as diabetes with increased urination as the most common first sign. Other problems may be the result of stones or tumors in the bladder; causing abnormal urination habits, blood in the urine and urinary tract infections. If your pet has changes in urinary habits, please see your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Top 8 Care Tips - after your pet's dental or...
Most veterinarians send home printed handouts after an anesthetic procedure detailing the pet's post-procedure care. This is helpful because in the busy discharge time of most clinics, coupled with excitement at seeing their pet, many owners don't hear all of the details or think of questions until after they are home. This article discusses general post-procedure care. Please call your veterinarian with specific questions about your pet's recovery.
Hot Feet: Protect Your Dog's Feet from Getting...
Hot pavement and metal surfaces are hard for dogs to avoid in summer. Learn how to recognize symptoms of burned pads and follow tips to minimize risk.
What causes a bad odor around eyes?
: What causes a bad odor around eyes? This question was in response to the stinky pet articles. A viewer
Kidney and Urinary Disease in Dogs and Cats
Kidney failure, also referred to as renal failure or renal insufficiency, can occur in both dogs and cats. In a healthy animal, the kidneys filter waste products that are produced by the body. In kidney failure, these waste products are not filtered properly and start to build up in the blood stream. This is when clinical signs of kidney failure are often noticed. Learn about the sometimes subtle changes seen with kidney disease to know when a visit to the vet is warranted.
Anipryl® - Help for Senior Dogs?
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Anti-Convulsant Medications
Phenobarbital is the medication that is most commonly used to treat seizures and epilepsy in dogs and cats. There are other medications for canine and feline seizures too. Learn more about traditional and newer seizure control medications.
What can we do about our sock-eating dog?
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Parvovirus: Disinfecting the Environment of Parvo
One of the most common questions and concerns about parvovirus is how long it lasts and how to disinfect the environment. This is especially important if a new puppy will be brought into a possibly contaminated area. Read this FAQ to learn about disinfecting against parvovirus.
Signs of Cancer in Dogs
Cancer is an unfortunately common disease of dogs. For dogs over 10 years of age, approximately 50% of deaths are cancer-related. Like humans, there are many types of cancers and many clinical signs seen. The causes of these cancers are largely unknown, making prevention difficult. Being aware of possible signs of cancer in pets will help provide early detection and care.
What are the signs seen with a urinary tract...
: What are the signs seen with a urinary tract infection? Urinary problems are commonly seen in dogs
Signs of Heart Disease in the Dog
The symptoms of heart disease in dogs are a result of heart failure. Learn to recognize the signs of canine heart disease and heart failure.
Canine Seizures - Causes of Seizures in Dogs
Seizures in dogs can occur for many different reasons. Explore the various causes of canine seizures.
Why is treatment for tapeworms different than...
A friend of mine purchased some tapeworm medicine to deworm her cat. She noted that only one dose was needed, unlike the dewormer medication used for other types of worms (roundworms, hookworms, etc.). Was the tapeworm medicine a different dose? Why is only one dose needed? Learn more about tapeworm treatment in this FAQ.
Treatment Options for Arthritis in Dogs
Arthritis in dogs is painful and the pain can be relieved with many different treatment options. Normally, incorporating more than one canine arthritis medicine and/or treatment option is the best way to treat arthritis in dogs.
Top 8 Foods That Are Toxic to Pets (and Some...
One little potato chip isn't going to hurt your dog or cat, but there are plenty of other human foods that can. With the help of Ahna Brutlag DVM and Justine A. Lee DVM DACVEC, veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline, here are some treats to avoid, all year round. Also, a list of safe foods that can be used as treats.
Senior Cat Health
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Itching, Scratching, and Hair Loss
Itching, scratching, and hair loss are very common problems for many pets, both dogs and cats. Fleas, allergies, parasites and immune problems are often to blame. A thorough veterinary examination is in order to find the problem and the inciting cause. Here are some answers to common itchy skin and hair loss questions.
How to Feed a Dog with Diabetes
Dogs with diabetes mellitus require a strictly controlled diet. Find out what, when and how to feed a dog with diabetes.
Ear Infections, Ear Mites and Aural Hematomas
Common questions about Ear Infections, Ear Mites and Aural Hematomas in dogs and cats.
Cat Normals
What is a "normal" heart rate for your cat? How long are cats pregnant for? Does a body temperature of
Vetericyn® - Broad Spectrum Antimicrobial
Vetericyn® is a non-toxic, non-irritating treatment for use on all animals. It is a broad-spectrucm antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agent and does not harm healthy tissue. Learn more about the use of Vetericyn® for wounds and topical infections.
Scorpions and Pets
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Canine Parvovirus (CPV)
Canine parvovirus (also called parvo) is a very contagious and potentially fatal viral disease seen in dogs. Most commonly, parvovirus causes gastroenteritis, or inflammation of the stomach and intestines. Canine parvovirus is contagious and can survive for several months (some experts say as long as 2 years) in the environment, and is also resistant to many disinfectants. Vaccination is necessary to protect dogs, especially puppies.
Treating Herniated Spinal Disks in Small Breed...
Guest Author Dr. Beatrix Nanai, a veterinary neurosurgeon in Miami, Florida discusses spinal disc disease diagnosis and treatment. This is a common health problem in small breed dogs. Learn more about diagnosis and surgical treatment for this condition.
Stressed Out Cats
Cats may become stressed by many things. Just what stresses cats out is not always obvious, and stress
Veterinary Q & A - Salivary Gland Cyst...
Veterinary Q & A - Salivary Gland Cyst (Sialocele)
Upper Respiratory Infections in Cats
About Upper Respiratory Infections in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Cats and Car Trips
Traveling with a cat isn't impossible, it just takes a little preparation and planning. Here are some tips for a smooth trip.
Enalapril (Enacard®, Vasotec®) in...
Enalapril (Enacard®, Vasotec®), an ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitor, is used to treat dogs and cats with heart disease, kidney disease and high blood pressure. Learn more about the usages and potential side effects of enalapril in dogs and cats.
Veterinary Q & A - Neutering (Castration) in...
Veterinary Q & A - Neutering (Castration) in Dogs and Cats
5 Things To Know About Canine Parvo
The parvo virus first appeared clinically in 1978, and there was a widespread epidemic in dogs of all ages because it was a new virus and no dogs had been exposed to it before. A vaccine was created. The incidence of this disease in adult vaccinated dogs is now thankfully extremely rare. But parvo still kills puppies and non-vaccinated dogs. Here are a few key points about this disease.
Vaccines for Dogs
About vaccination in dogs, including which vaccines are commonly given to dogs as part of their preventative medicine program.
How Much Chocolate is Toxic to Dogs and Cats?
: How Much Chocolate is Toxic to Dogs and Cats? All About Chocolate Toxicity > What makes chocolate toxic
Can My Family Get Pinworms from Our Pet?
Pinworms are a common parasite in people, particularly in children. Often, the family pet gets blamed for the disease. But is your dog or cat really the culprit? Can dogs and cats pass pinworms to people?
Treatment of Heartworm Disease in Dogs - Slow...
Heartworm treatment in dogs is risky with any method. Learn about the relative risks of the slow kill method with monthly ivermectin-containing heartworm preventive medications versus using melarsomine (Immiticide®) to treat canine heartworm disease.
Foods Toxic to Pets - Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts are toxic to some dogs. Like raisins and grapes (also toxic), the toxin and mechanism of action are not known at this time. Another similarity is that sensitivity to macadamia nuts appears to vary between dogs as does the amount of nuts that cause a toxic reaction. Learn about this common food toxicity, the signs seen and what to do if your dog ingests macadamia nuts in this FAQ.
Is it OK to vaccinate my pet if she is pregnant...
Is it OK to vaccinate your pet if she is pregnant or may be pregnant? What about if she is nursing? Will the kittens or puppies be harmed? The answers to these questions can vary, and it is not always as simple as yes or no. Read this FAQ to find out the safest basic guidelines.
Symptoms of Kidney Failure in Dogs and Cats
Kidney failure in dogs and cats is commonly seen. Kidney failure is especially common in older dogs and cats but can occur in dogs and cats of any age. It is important that pet owners know the symptoms of kidney failure in dogs and cats so that veterinary care can be sought if the symptoms occur.
Babesia Infections in Dogs
About Babesia infections in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of babesiosis.
Surgical Photo Gallery of Lipoma Removal in a Dog
Lipomas are fatty tumors found commonly in dogs. They appear in middle-aged and senior dogs, usually on the belly or upper legs, but can appear anywhere. Most lipomas are just watched and not surgically removed, but if they are large, impede movement or function, or suspected of being malignant, they are removed surgically. This is a surgical step-by-step of a lipoma removal. Note: photos are graphic and not for the squeamish.
Heart Disease in Dogs
Heart disease in dogs is common. Dogs with heart disease and heart failure may cough, tire easily, and have a loss of appetite. Learn to recognize the signs of heart problems in dogs, various causes, diagnostic and treatment options, and how to manage your heart patient dog at home.
Are grapes and raisins poisonous to pets?
Originally thought to be an urban legend, it is now known that raisins and grapes are indeed toxic to dogs. The type of grape and the type of dog doesn't seem to matter, and the toxic amount may be a small serving to several ounces. Read this FAQ to learn what is known about this mystery toxin and to safeguard your pets from accidental poisoning.
Levetiracetam (Keppra®) in Dogs and Cats
Levetiracetam (Keppra®) is an anti-epileptic drug that can be used to treat seizures in dogs and cats. Read about how levetiracetam can help prevent seizures in dogs and cats and about the potential side effects of levetiracetam in dogs and cats as well.
Veterinary Q & A Archive
Veterinary Questions and Answers Archive - Veterinary Medicine
Swollen paw: call the vet or wait and see?
Soft tissue swelling in an animal's paw may mean a few things: insect bite or sting, infection and abscession, or blunt tissue damage. First question to ask: is the paw painful? Learn more in this FAQ.
Lyme Disease in Cats
About Lyme Disease in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
How To Give Your Dog or Cat a Flea Bath
How to get the most out of a flea bath, the start of a good flea control program. Not every itchy dog (or cat) has fleas, though. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian if your pet is itching or has inflamed skin before initiating treatment or special shampoos. A shampoo is a good starting point for flea control, but must be used with other forms of flea control to be effective in the long term.
Tick Tips - What to do with that tick that you...
Ticks are notorious vectors for a variety of potentially very serious diseases; the most common one being Lyme disease. Learn what to do with that tick once it is safely removed from your pet or from you.
Ear Hematoma - Had An Ear Infection And Now The...
: Ear Hematoma - Had An Ear Infection And Now The Ear Is Swollen Ear infections are common in dogs and

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