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Flea and Tick Season 2018

Posted on June 6th, 2018

Fleas and Ticks are really revving up right now and we are seeing Lyme disease positive dogs on our annual blood parasite/Heartworm screenings. When it comes to tick prevention, topical treatment is still the best way to go. Topical treatment

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 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

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

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

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

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

CORNEAL ULCERS

Posted on June 24th, 2014

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 constructed.

The cornea is comprised

FELINE COCCIDIOSIS

Posted on June 24th, 2014

What is coccidiosis?

Coccidiosis is an infection with a one-celled organism; these organisms are classified as protozoa and are called coccidia. Coccidia are not worms; they are microscopic parasites which live within cells of the intestinal lining. Because they live

FELINE CARDIOMYOPATHY

Posted on June 24th, 2014

What is cardiomyopathy?

Literally, the term ‘cardiomyopathy’ means disease of the heart muscle. More specifically, cardiomyopathy (CM) is a disease of the heart muscle in which either the heart walls thicken greatly (hypertrophic and restrictive forms) or stretch greatly (dilated