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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

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

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

Corneal Ulcers Petoskey

CORNEAL ULCERS

Posted on May 28th, 2014

What is a corneal ulcer?
The cornea is the clear, shiny membrane, which makes up the surface of the eyeball. It is much like a clear window. To understand a corneal ulcer, you must first understand how the cornea is

Canine Allergies Petoskey Michigan

CANINE ALLERGIES

Posted on May 28th, 2014

What are allergies, and how do they affect dogs?

One of the most common conditions affecting dogs is allergy. In the allergic state, the dog’s immune system ‘overreacts’ to foreign substances (allergens or antigens) to which it is exposed. These

Canine heartworm Northern Michigan

CANINE HEARTWORM DISEASE

Posted on May 27th, 2014

What causes heartworm disease?
Heartworm disease (dirofilariasis) is a serious and potentially fatal disease in dogs. It is caused by a worm called Dirofilaria immitis.
Heartworms are found in the heart and large adjacent vessels of infected dogs. The female