Veterinary Medicine: Most Popular Articles
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.
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.
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.
Marijuana is available in many different forms. Pets may become poisoned from marijuana by smoke inhalation or ingestion of foods or products made with marijuana. Get the facts here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is a "normal" body temperature for your dog? How many teeth do dogs have as puppies and adults?
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.
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.
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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.
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.
ABout parvovirus in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Hemorrhagic GastroEnteritis (HGE) in dogs is a sudden-onset episode of vomiting and diarrhea, often very bloody in nature. Quick veterinary treatment and supportive care is often essential for recovery.
Pet parasites - all about fleas: life cycle information and how to get rid of fleas on your pet and in your home.
Just like human children, puppies and kittens lose their baby teeth. These teeth are also called
: My dog's nose is dry. Is he sick? Learning to observe what is normal and and what is not in patients
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.
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.
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.
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.
About ear mites in cats and dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Can Benadryl® 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.
A list of questions and answers from a veterinary expert about Lipomas (fatty tumors) in dogs and cats.
Several intestinal parasites that can infect dogs and cats can also infect people. Find out which canine and feline parasites are a human threat.
About Hookworms in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Seizures are one of the most common neurological problems seen in dogs. Know what to watch for when a seizure is an emergency.
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About Roundworms in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
About Roundworms in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Flies, mosquitoes, gnats and other flying, biting insects can and do bite pets. Learn how to safely use insect repellents for pets and how to reduce your pet's exposure to irritating and potentially harmful insects.
Demodex mites are microscopic normal inhabitants of dog skin. The mites are few in number and do not cause skin or health problems. In some cases though, the mites can take over, leading to a condition commonly called
Parasites come in many sizes, shapes and levels of
About kennel cough in dogs, including causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of kennel cough by vaccination.
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.
About distemper in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
This question is from a viewer asking what to expect as his dog grows older.
Can you spay a dog or cat in heat (Estrus)? Find the answer here.
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.
Your dog barks frantically, and zooms off before you can react. Then you smell it. Skunk! Learn about skunks, why and how they spray, and what to do if you get skunked.
Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi and is spread by ticks. Learn about the risk factors, signs, diagnosis and prevention of Lyme disease in dogs and people.
Dogs, whether just curious or in wrong place at the wrong time, can have medical issues that arise from startled skunks.
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.
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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.
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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.
Questions about pet odors are common. Often a bad smell indicates a problem or disease process, but not always. What should you do if you notice that your dog's feet have an odor, often described as smelling like corn chips or old popcorn? Is this something to worry about? Read this FAQ to find out more about what is commonly termed
There are many ideas about the best way to remove a tick, one of the most common tricks being to light a match, blow it out, and put the hot tip on the tick to make the tick
About Ehrlichiosis in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
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About Leptospirosis in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
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.
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.
Toenail injuries are 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.
Cat owners should know the signs of ear infections and monitor their cat for them. Learn the signs of feline ear infections and find out what your veterinarian might need to do to diagnose an ear infection for your cat.
A common question (and worry) of cat owners relates to black spots that appear with age on the nose and lips of orange tabby and calico cats.
Why are some rabies vaccines good for 1 year and some for 3? Find out in this FAQ.
Parasites come in many sizes, shapes and levels of "severity" for our pets. This collection of parasites
Pets may also find discarded cigarette or cigar butts, nicotine patches, nicotine gum, e-cigarettes, and chewing tobacco and give them a taste test. All of these products contain nicotine, which can cause illness and even death in fairly small amounts.
Having to make the decision to end a pet's life is never easy. Here are some things to consider when evaluating your pet's quality of life.
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.
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.
One little potato chip isn't going to hurt your dog or cat, but there are plenty of other human foods that can. Here are some foods to avoid, and some safe foods that can be used as treats.
Ringworm derives its name from the classic red, round
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.
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.
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.
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.
About Cheyletiella in cats and dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Kidney failure can occur in both dogs and cats. Learn about the sometimes subtle changes seen with kidney disease and when it is time to visit the vet.
About Upper Respiratory Infections in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
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
What is a normal temperature for a cat? How many teeth do they have? Learn these facts and more about Cat Normals.
The Declaw Dilemma - What is involved in a declaw surgery for cats? Learn what is involved with this controversial surgery - there are a few different surgical techniques. Learn more about alternatives to declawing.
The sago palm, a common yard and house plant, is deadly toxic to pets and people. Learn more about this plant and why it is so toxic.
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.
Guest author Marjorie Zimmerman discusses the stages of canine Degenerative Myelopathy in this piece.
Traveling with a cat isn't impossible, it just takes a little preparation and planning. Here are some tips for a smooth trip.
Poison ivy is found in wooded areas throughout North America (except Alaska and Hawaii). Do dogs and cats get poison ivy? Can they spread poison ivy to humans? Learn more here.
Lianne McLeod, Guide to Exotic Pets at About.com, has written an extensive " dermatology diary " account
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.
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.
Seizures in dogs can occur for many different reasons. Explore the various causes of canine seizures.
I tried out the DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) calming collar for dogs on my own dog, Sophie, who suffers from noise phobia and separation anxiety. Here are my findings.
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.
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.
About feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
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.
A viewer who recently moved to Arizona asked about her pet cats and scorpions. What are the effects of a sting, and what should she do in the event of a scorpion sting? I can't classify this as a
Porcupines and skunks are primarily nocturnal animals that unleash nasty surprises on unsuspecting dogs. Skunk spray is mostly annoying, although may have health effects at close range. Porcupines, on the other hand, have a much more serious weapon: quills. Porcupine quills are commonly found embedded in the dog's muzzle, face, head and neck, but can be found anywhere. The trouble is, quills keep moving inward. Learn more about what you need to do if your dog is
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.
Each cat, like each human, is different. Here are some general things to watch for as a cat ages.
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.
About puppy vaginitis, including signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and care.
Questions about cherry eye are common on this site. Dog owners notice a
Elizabethan collars, or more commonly known as e-collars, are often used in veterinary medicine and sometimes referred to as a cone, lampshade, or
Arthritis in dogs is painful and the pain can be relieved with many different treatment options. Learn what options may be available for your arthritic dog.
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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.
Like humans, dogs and cats have baby (deciduous) teeth that are replaced by permanent teeth as they mature. In some cases, the animal will gain the permanent tooth but fail to lose the baby tooth, resulting in what is termed a
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Some changes are to be expected with old age, some are not. Learn to watch for, and differentiate between, normal and possible medical problems for your senior dog.
Just like their human counterparts, pets, especially dogs, can crave the delicious goodness of chocolate. While recent studies have shown that chocolate may be beneficial for our health, it is important to know that chocolate can be toxic, and sometimes even fatal, for animals.
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.
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.
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.
The type of grape 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.
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Questions about itching, scratching, fleas, allergies and hair loss in pets are among the most common questions asked of veterinarians. Here are some answers.
Your otherwise healthy dog 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.
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.
Parvovirus infection is a serious disease that affects the gastrointestinal or cardiac systems of dogs. Parvo is a highly contagious and often sudden viral disease; puppies are particularly susceptible. Learn what the common clinical signs are in this FAQ.
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.
Arthritic dogs need special care at home to make their lives easier and more comfortable. Find out what you can do for your arthritic 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.
If your pet has a clean bill of health, but showing behavioral signs of
About whipworms in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
I used the Thundershirt on my dog Sophie, who has a moderate loud noise phobia. This product is based in part on the work by Temple Grandin, noted author, Doctor of Animal Science, and professor at Colorado State University. The thought is that gentle pressure provided by this shirt calms the nervous system. Does it work? I tried it on my own dog Sophie, who suffers from loud noise phobias.
About Hookworms in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
This question comes up fairly often, do dogs go through menopause? This, and a few other questions about canine reproductive health are answered here.
Dogs and cats do not suffer the allergenic effects of poison ivy, sumac or oak like humans do, but they can transmit the oil of these plants to humans on their hair. This means that your pet can bring you poison ivy (and related) even though you haven't been in the woods. The oil responsible for the rashes and blisters that humans get is very hardy and long-lived. Here are some tips for getting rid of it on your pets.
Pets itch, scratch, bite, and lick themselves for many reasons. Some of the more common itch-inciting causes include: skin parasites, bacterial or fungal skin infections, stress or boredom, contact irritants and inhalant allergies. This FAQ examines inhalant allergies, otherwise known as atopy.
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.
Ivermectin in dogs and cats is used for many different purposes. It is also used at many different dosages depending on the reason for treatment. Learn more about the uses of ivermectin in dogs and cats.
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Not all dogs are natural swimmers. Sometimes they don't plan on being in the water, either. Some points to consider for pet life jackets.
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.
Hair loss and scratching in dogs and cats are commonly seen symptoms. There are many diseases that can cause hair loss and scratching in dogs and cats. These are some of the most common causes.
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.
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.
A Cuterebra parasite is an opportunistic parasite found under the skin of small mammals. This parasite is the larval stage of the Cuterebra fly, who uses animal hosts to complete its life cycle. Learn more about this parasite most commonly seen in summer and fall in this FAQ.
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.
Veterinary Questions and Answers About Neutering (Castration) in Dogs and Cats
Dogs with diabetes mellitus require a strictly controlled diet. Find out what, when and how to feed a dog with diabetes.
Seizures can occur in dogs and can take several different forms. Learn the different types of seizures which dogs can suffer and how to recognize a canine seizure.
About Babesia infections in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of babesiosis.
Many people ask why their dog eats grass. The reasons can vary from they like the taste to possibly an empty or upset stomach.
Levetiracetam (Keppra®) is an anti-epileptic drug used to treat seizures in pets. Learn how levetiracetam can help prevent seizures and about the potential side effects of levetiracetam in dogs and cats.
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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.
Cats are not small dogs. Cats metabolize drugs such as aspirin very differently than dogs or humans. Find out why aspirin should not be given to cats in this FAQ.
Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) in Dogs and Cats - learn about spay surgery in dogs and cats
Seizures are a common problem in both dogs and cats. Learn how veterinarians diagnose the cause of canine and feline seizures and/or epilepsy.
Common questions about Ear Infections, Ear Mites and Aural Hematomas in dogs and cats.