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Xylitol Poisoning

Posted on January 12th, 2015
WHAT IS XYLITOL? Xylitol is a white, crystalline sugar alcohol that is used as a sugar substitute sweetener in many products. In the United States, the use of xylitol has grown rapidly over the last few years. It is increasingly found in sugar-free gum, candy, and foods. It is also available in granulated form for baki…
food allergy

Food Allergy

Posted on October 16th, 2014
Food allergy is a common problem in our dog and cat populations. Seventy-five percent of the immune system in dogs and cats is contained in the GI system. Redness and itching of the skin caused by food allergy are very similar to those of atopy(environmental allergy) and are frequently distributed over the same regio…
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Seasonal Allergies

Posted on September 15th, 2014
Seasonal allergies(Atopy) in our pet population here in northern Michigan is a common problem.  Although we most commonly see our canine patients for dermatologic allergy symptoms, we do occasionally see our feline patients with respiratory or dermatologic allergy. The most common signs of seasonal allergy…
Feline Leukemia Virus Diseases

FELINE LEUKEMIA VIRUS DISEASES

Posted on June 24th, 2014
Feline leukemia virus infection was, until recently, the most common fatal disease of cats. Because we can now protect cats with a leukemia virus vaccine, we are seeing fewer cases of the disease. However, it still remains a major cause of death in cats. ‘Leukemia’ means cancer of the white blood cells. This was t…
FELINE FATTY LIVER SYNDROME

FELINE FATTY LIVER SYNDROME

Posted on June 24th, 2014
What is the Fatty Liver Syndrome, and how does a cat get it? The feline Fatty Liver Syndrome (FLS) is also known as feline hepatic lipidosis. This disease is peculiar to cats and is one of the most common liver diseases seen in cats. The typical cat with the FLS has recently gone through a period of anorexia (not eating). T…
FELINE DISTEMPER PANLEUKOPENIA

FELINE (DISTEMPER) PANLEUKOPENIA

Posted on June 24th, 2014
What is distemper? Distemper is an old term that has been used for a feline disease, based on a somewhat similar disease in dogs. However, it is more properly known as Feline Panleukopenia. The word panleukopenia means a decrease in the number of all of the white blood cells. The feline disease, Panleukopenia, is a dis…

FELINE DIARRHEA

Posted on June 24th, 2014
Diarrhea is not a disease; rather, it is a symptom of many different diseases. Many mild cases of diarrhea can be resolved quickly with simple treatments. Rarely, diarrhea is the result of a fatal illness, such as cancer. Even diarrhea caused by mild illnesses may result in death if treatment is not begun early enough…

DIABETES MELLITUS IN CATS

Posted on June 24th, 2014
Diabetes mellitus, commonly called sugar diabetes or just diabetes, is a disease caused by failure of the pancreas to produce adequate amounts of insulin. What does insulin do in my cats body? Insulin has been called the cells gatekeeper. It attaches to the surface of cells and permits glucose (blood sugar) to enter…

FELINE DENTAL DISEASE

Posted on June 24th, 2014
Dental disease is a common and often overlooked problem in cats. While cavities are the most common dental disease of humans, cats are more frequently affected by tartar buildup on the teeth. Tartar accumulation leads to irritation of the gums around the base of the teeth, ultimately leading to exposure of the roots…

FELINE CYSTITIS

Posted on June 24th, 2014
What is cystitis? The term ‘cystitis’ literally means inflammation of the urinary bladder. Although this term is rather general, there is a common form of cystitis that occurs in male and female cats. This disease is also known as Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) or Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD). It…