Veterinary Medicine Sitemap - Page 3 2016-09-26

Weather Related - keep your pet safe in all kinds of weather
Keep your pet safe in all kinds of weather. Learn about the effects of temperature (heat stroke, frost bite), seasonal toxins (antifreeze), and other seasonal considerations. This page contains general weather information, for summer or winter specific topics, please click on the

Zoonotic Diseases
Zoonotic Diseases - diseases transmissible from animals to humans.

Cat Vaccines - vaccination information specifically for cats
Cat Vaccines - vaccination information specifically for cats

Dog vaccines
Vaccine information that is specific to dogs and canine health.

Diseases and Conditions of Dogs and Cats
Learn about various diseases and conditions of dogs, cats, horses, and ruminants. Veterinary information and different treatment options available.

Behavior & Training
Learn about behavior problems and how to correct them in dogs and cats. Also included is basic training of dogs and cats to make sure they have

Pet Loss and Grief - Pets
Sites devoted to helping owners cope with grief over the loss of a pet or those facing a decision of euthanasia.

Health Insurance & Wellness Plans for Animals
Health and wellness plans, health insurance, and other animal-related insurance plans available to pet owners. Learn how to make the best choices for your pets and lifestyle.

Marijuana Poisoning in Pets
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.

6 Signs That Your Dog Is In Heat
If your female dog has not been spayed, it is good to be familiar with these common signs of estrus or also known as

Sago Palm - Poisonous to Dogs and Cats
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.

Marijuana Toxicity in Pets
Marijuana toxicity in pets for veterinary professionals. In-depth Q & A with Dr. Ahna Brutlag, veterinary toxicologist, about marijuana poisoning in dogs and cats.

6 Signs That Your Cat Is In Heat
If your female cat has not been spayed, it is good to be familiar with these common signs of estrus or also known as

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.

E-Collar "Cone" Alternatives for Dogs and Cats
Elizabethan collars, or more commonly known as e-collars, are often used in veterinary medicine and sometimes referred to as a cone, lampshade, or

Ear Mites in Cats and Dogs - Signs and Treatment
About ear mites in cats and dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Why Does My Pet Itch and Scratch?
Pruritis, or itchiness, is a very common problem in veterinary medicine. What causes itchy skin in your pets, and what can be done about it?

Vet Question: My Pet Is Not Acting Normal
Is your pet acting abnormal but isn't actually

Why Does My Orange Cat Have Black Spots on Nose and Lips?
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.

What age I take my new kitten to the vet?
Adding a new kitten to the family is always exciting. Sometimes it is a pre-planned and highly anticipated event, sometimes it is a spontaneous adoption-rescue. Either way, along with shopping for all of the new necessary items like food, dishes and litter boxes, be sure to schedule in some time for that first vet check. The earlier, the better.

What Is Cherry Eye and How Is This Condition Treated?
Questions about cherry eye are common on this site. Dog owners notice a

My cat really goes crazy over catnip, is it dangerous?
Catnip is a perennial herb belonging to the mint family Labiatae. Catnip is known in scientific nomenclature as

Tips for Reducing Feline Travel Stress
It's safe to say that most cats don't travel by car very often. The most common car trip is usually to the vet, and that event causes enough anxiety by itself. Getting stressed out by the car ride to the vet may make it difficult to tell what is

Clinical Signs of Antifreeze Toxicity in Dogs and Cats
Acute cases of antifreeze toxicity are an emergency situation, and life-threatening within hours. Please see your veterinarian immediately. Success of treatment depends on quick treatment.

Dog Skin Problems - What is a Hot Spot"?
Also known as

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.

Protect Your Dog's Feet From Burning on Hot Pavement
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.

Easter and Springtime Hazards for Dogs and Cats
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.

Xylitol: Common Sugar Substitute Can Be Deadly for Pets
Xylitol is a sugar-alcohol sweetener found in many sugar-free candies, chewing gums, baked goods and other products. In dogs, ingestion of even small amounts of xylitol can have potentially life-threatening effects.

Anipryl® - Help for Senior Dogs or Cats With Dementia?
If your pet has a clean bill of health, but showing behavioral signs of

The Life Cycle of the Flea (and Getting Rid of Them)
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.

Flea Control - Pet Care and Environmental Risks
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.

Itching, Scratching, Hair Loss in Dogs and Cats
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.

Neutering (Castration) in Dogs and Cats
Veterinary Questions and Answers About Neutering (Castration) in Dogs and Cats

Veterinary Q&A: Neutering (Castration) in Dogs and Cats
Veterinary Q & A - Neutering (Castration) in Dogs and Cats. Page 2.

The Declawing Cats Dilemma - What You Should Know
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.

Canine Osteosarcoma - Bone Cancer in Dogs
Canine Osteosarcoma - Lotsie's Story. This is the story of my adopted Greyhound Lotsie who

Canine Osteosarcoma - Lotsie's Story
Canine Osteosarcoma - Lotsie's Story. Page 2.

Ear Infections, Ear Mites and Aural Hematomas
Common questions about Ear Infections, Ear Mites and Aural Hematomas in dogs and cats.

Senior Cats - Normal Changes Seen With Age
Each cat, like each human, is different. Here are some general things to watch for as a cat ages.

Heart Disease and Heart Failure in Dogs and Cats
Heart disease and/or heart failure is a frightening diagnosis for a pet owner. Learn how to care for and what to watch for if your dog or cat has heart disease or is suffering from heart failure.

Recognizing the Signs of Feline Heart Failure
Heart disease and heart failure are commonly seen in cats. Learn to recognize the signs of feline heart disease and heart failure.

Cat Diabetes Insulin Injection Treatment Options
Cats with diabetes are frequently treated with insulin injections. However, as a diabetic cat owner, you may prefer not to give insulin injections to your cat. Are there alternatives to insulin injections for a diabetic cat?

How to Feed a Dog with Diabetes - Veterinary Medicine
Dogs with diabetes mellitus require a strictly controlled diet. Find out what, when and how to feed a dog with diabetes.

Alternatives to Insulin Injections for Diabetic Dogs?
Dogs with diabetes are most frequently treated with insulin injections. However, many dog owners would prefer not to give their dog daily injections. Are there alternatives for diabetic dogs besides insulin injections?

How to Do a Blood Glucose Curve for a Diabetic Dog or Cat
For a diabetic dog or cat, a blood glucose curve is an essential part of evaluating their progress and health. Learn how to perform a blood glucose curve at home for your dog or cat with diabetes.

Can Canine Diabetes Be Cured?
Canine diabetes mellitus is a serious disease and is frequently diagnosed in dogs. Although diabetes mellitus can be controlled for your dog, usually through periodic insulin injections, treatment for dogs with diabetes mellitus is usually lifelong and it is unlikely that your dog will ever be cured of the disease.

Can Feline Diabetes Be Cured?
Feline diabetes is a common endocrine disease in cats. However, if your cat is diagnosed with diabetes mellitus early in the course of disease, it is possible for your cat to go into remission and not require insulin injections or other medications any longer.

Vetericyn - Wound and Infection Treatment
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.

Contagious Ringworm in Pets and Spread to People
Ringworm, more correctly called dermatophytosis, is a fungal skin disease that can infect dogs, cats, people and other animals. Learn more about ringworm, how to recognize it and how to avoid it.

Dog and Cat Microchips - Learn about pet microchipping and see images of dog and cat microchips
Thanks to microchips, the small computer chip ID implants used by shelters, rescue groups and veterinarians, thousands of pets have found their way back home. Some pets wandered away and became lost or injured. In some cases, stolen. Many reunions take place months or years after the pet first went missing. Microchips work when tags fall off or collars are removed. Here is a photo gallery of what the chip looks like, how it is implanted, and how scanners work. Page 6.

Cassidy the Dog with a Prosthetic Limb from North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine
From the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine:

Cat being scanned by Avid microchip scanner © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
Cat being scanned by Avid microchip scanner © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM. Page 5.

Implanting a microchip in a dog after a neuter surgery © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
Implanting a microchip in a dog after a neuter surgery © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM. Page 7.

HomeAgain Microchip Scanner © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
HomeAgain Microchip Scanner © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM. Page 4.

Ozzie the Dog and Microchip Syringe by HomeAgain Microchips
Ozzie the Dog and Microchip Syringe by HomeAgain Microchips. Page 8.

Microchip syringe ready to implant a microchip © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
Microchip syringe ready to implant a microchip © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM. Page 3.

Microchip on a finger - credit HomeAgain Microchips
Microchip on a finger - credit HomeAgain Microchips

Dog and Cat Microchips - Learn about pet microchipping and see images of dog and cat microchips
Thanks to microchips, the small computer chip ID implants used by shelters, rescue groups and veterinarians, thousands of pets have found their way back home. Some pets wandered away and became lost or injured. In some cases, stolen. Many reunions take place months or years after the pet first went missing. Microchips work when tags fall off or collars are removed. Here is a photo gallery of what the chip looks like, how it is implanted, and how scanners work. Page 2.

Cassidy the Dog with a Prosthetic Limb from North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine
From the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine:

Cassidy the Dog with a Prosthetic Limb from North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine
From the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine:

Keppra® (Levetiracetam) for Controlling Seizures in Dogs and Cats
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.

Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac and Pets
Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac are common plants throughout the US. Reactions in humans range from none to severe. The questions of if pets can get poison ivy or if they can spread poison ivy (and related plants) to their human family are common. Here are resources and tips about poison ivy, oak and sumac and keeping pets and people safe.

Coping with Urinary Problems in Cats
Cats are well-known for their

Coping with Urinary Problems in Cats
Cats are well-known for their

Normal Temperature, Heart & Respiratory Rates in Dogs
What is a

What Parasites are Spread from Pets to People?
Several intestinal parasites that can infect dogs and cats can also infect people. Find out which canine and feline parasites are a human threat.

Enalapril (Enacard, Vasotec) in Dogs and Cats
Learn more about the usages and potential side effects of Enalapril (Enacard, Vasotec) in dogs and cats.

Tips for Preventing FIV and Managing FIV+ Cats
FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) in cats can be successfully prevented. However, if your cat is already infected with FIV, you will want to know about treatment options.

Interview: PetDiets.com Founder Rebecca Remillard
This is my second interview with a veterinary nutritionist to help pet owners learn about pet nutrition, homemade diets for pets, and veterinary nutritional consultation services. Board-certified veterinary nutritionists are veterinarians who have undergone additional training and clinical work to be credentialed by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN).

Foods Toxic to Pets - Yeast Bread Dough
Dough that has yeast in it poses a hazard to pets who consume it in large quantity. The risks are two-fold: obstruction and fermentation. Learn more about yeast dough hazards here.

Dealing With Guilt - Did I Do Everything I Could?
The feelings of

Will Dogs Stop Playing If They Are Too Hot?
Will dogs

Why Does My Dog Hyperventilate When Excited?
A viewer asks:

Panleukopenia in Cats - Signs, Diagnosis and Treatment
About panleukopenia, or feline distemper, in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Veterinary Career Topics - Being A Vet And A Mom
The veterinary profession used to be almost exclusively male; now it is often more common to find women veterinary students and veterinarians. But what about those who wish to have children? Does being a veterinarian help or hinder family life? This was a recent forum topic that generated several honest and valid comments. Read what viewers have to say in this career article.

Veterinary Career Topics - Being A Vet And A Mom
The veterinary profession used to be almost exclusively male; now it is often more common to find women veterinary students and veterinarians. But what about those who wish to have children? Does being a veterinarian help or hinder family life? This was a recent forum topic that generated several honest and valid comments. Read what viewers have to say in this career article. Page 2.

Veterinary Q & A - Holiday Emergencies
People often ask: Is my pet really sick, or can it wait? Or: I don't know what to do - I don't have enough money for an emergency vet. What should you do when you suspect that your pet is ill and your vet's office is closed? Tips to help figure out the best plan of action for the health of your pet.

Infectious Dog Diseases and Conditions
Infectious diseases of dogs, including viral, bacterial, fungal, protozoal causative agents, symptoms, and treatment options.

Veterinary Careers - Army Veterinarian
Meet Elliott Graber DVM MPH, a veterinarian who is in the army. Graber has traveled the world taking care of many types of animals and educating people about zoonotic diseases. Dr. Graber details what his life is like as a veterinarian and active duty officer in the United States Army.

Drug Approved for Urinary Incontinence in Female Dogs
Veterinary Medicine.

Stem Cell Regenerative Therapy in Veterinary Medicine
Stem cells have been in the news in recent years because they can grow and differentiate into many types of cell types. For cells originating from human embryos, there are many ethical and legal debates about usage of these cells. Scientists are now focusing on adult stem cells; cells from adult animals that do not harm the animal to procure the cells. Treatment potential spans many types of diseases and injury. Learn more in this article on stem cell therapy in animals.

Stem Cell Regenerative Therapy in Vet Medicine - Case Studies
Stem cells have been in the news in recent years because they can grow and differentiate into many types of cell types. For cells originating from human embryos, there are many ethical and legal debates about usage of these cells. Scientists are now focusing on adult stem cells; cells from adult animals that do not harm the animal to procure the cells. Treatment potential spans many types of diseases and injury. Learn more in this article on stem cell therapy in animals. Page 2.

Vet-Stem Stem Cell Regenerative Therapist Interview
Stem cells have been in the news in recent years because they can grow and differentiate into many types of cell types. For cells originating from human embryos, there are many ethical and legal debates about usage of these cells. Scientists are now focusing on adult stem cells; cells from adult animals that do not harm the animal to procure the cells. Treatment potential spans many types of diseases and injury. Learn more in this article on stem cell therapy in animals. Page 3.

Vet-Step Therapy Clinical Results - Interview
Stem cells have been in the news in recent years because they can grow and differentiate into many types of cell types. For cells originating from human embryos, there are many ethical and legal debates about usage of these cells. Scientists are now focusing on adult stem cells; cells from adult animals that do not harm the animal to procure the cells. Treatment potential spans many types of diseases and injury. Learn more in this article on stem cell therapy in animals. Page 4.

The BARF Diet - Veterinary Questions and Answers
The BARF Diet. What is it? Is it something you should consider for your pets? Find out what our readers have to say in this

What Animal Communicators Do - The Viewer Viewpoint
As an Animal Communicator, I am asked to speak with the animals who live with other people to resolve situations for the benefit of both human and animal clients. Page 2.

What Animal Communicators Do
The Viewer Viewpoint - Rev. Nedda Wittels, M.A., M.S., describes her life as a professional Animal Communicator.

Veterinary Q & A - Refilling a Pet's Medication and a Vet Visit
I need to refill my pet's medication. He has the same ear infection that he had 6 months ago. Why does my vet require that my pet be seen again? Page 2.

Veterinary Questions and Answers Archive - Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Questions and Answers Archive - Flea control, pet parasites, arthritis, excess water drinking, bad breath, cat urinary problems, and more. Page 2.

Veterinary Questions and Answers Archive
Veterinary Questions and Answers Archive - Veterinary Medicine

Information About Finding Veterinary Internships
Veterinarians who wish to gain experience or become certified in a specific field of medicine can complete an internship or a residency in their area of interest. Page 2.

Veterinary Internships and Residencies
Veterinary Internships and Residencies

Feline Behavior Problems and Using Feline Facial Pheromone Diffusers
Feliway is a synthetic copy of cats' naturally occurring facial pheromones that calms them and discourages both male and female cats from spraying and scratching.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

Third Week of October is National Vet Tech Week
This history and purpose of National Veterinary Technician week, and some ideas on how to celebrate the veterinary technician in your life.

Feline Behavior Problems: Traveling and Strangers
Cats become members of the family. Why then do so many cats end up being relinquished to shelters? The answer: behavior problems. Many of these problems are due to a communication breakdown between the cat and the guardian. So many behavior problems could be corrected or avoided altogether if we understood a little more about how cats communicate. Page 5.

Veterinary Q & A - Bones And Raw Food or Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods: The BARF Diet
Veterinary Q & A - Bones And Raw Food or Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods: The BARF Diet. What is it? Is it something you should consider for your pets? Find out what our readers have to say in this

Bones and Raw Food or the BARF Diet
It is commonly known as the BARF Diet.

Helping Children Deal with the Loss of a Pet
Dealing with the loss of a pet is never easy. When children are involved, special considerations must be made to help them understand what is going on and how to deal with pet loss and grief. This article will address planning for euthanasia, how to recognize signs of grief in children, and ways to start healing after loss.

Children Dealing with Loss of a Pet - Related Reading
Dealing with the loss of a pet is never easy. When children are involved, special considerations must be made to help them understand what is going on and how to deal with pet loss and grief. This article will address planning for euthanasia, how to recognize signs of grief in children, and ways to start healing after loss. Page 2.

How Does Chondroitinase Help with Spinal Injuries?
Part 2 of an interview with Dr. Hilary Hu at Iowa State University Veterinary Hospital, discussing chondroitinase, a promising new treatment for pets with various types of spinal cord injuries.

Feline Behavior: Fight Pheromones with Pheromones
Cats become members of the family. Why then do so many cats end up being relinquished to shelters? The answer: behavior problems. Many of these problems are due to a communication breakdown between the cat and the guardian. So many behavior problems could be corrected or avoided altogether if we understood a little more about how cats communicate. Page 3.

Veterinary Q & A - Why Does My Vet Do That?
Veterinary Q & A - Why Does My Vet Do That?

Feline Behavior Spotlight - Straight Talk About Feline Behavior Problems and Feliway
Feline Behavior Spotlight - Straight Talk About Feline Behavior Problems and Feliway. Page 2.

Degenerative Myelopathy - Is It Stalking Your Dog?
Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive disease involving the spinal cord. It is thought to be an inflammatory, autoimmune disease, variable in its presentation and course, in which the immune system attacks the dog’s central nervous system. Submitted by guest author Marjorie Zimmerman.

Degenerative Myelopathy in Dogs FAQ
Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive disease involving the spinal cord. It is thought to be an inflammatory, autoimmune disease, variable in its presentation and course, in which the immune system attacks the dog’s central nervous system. This attack leads to a loss of insulation around the nerve fibers (myelin) and of nerve fibers (axons). Page 2.

Degenerative Myelopathy in Canines
Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive disease involving the spinal cord. It is thought to be an inflammatory, autoimmune disease, variable in its presentation and course, in which the immune system attacks the dog’s central nervous system. This attack leads to a loss of insulation around the nerve fibers (myelin) and of nerve fibers (axons). Page 3.

Viewer Viewpoint - Degenerative Myelopathy - Is It Stalking Your Dog?
Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive disease involving the spinal cord. It is thought to be an inflammatory, autoimmune disease, variable in its presentation and course, in which the immune system attacks the dog’s central nervous system. This attack leads to a loss of insulation around the nerve fibers (myelin) and of nerve fibers (axons). Page 4.

Degenerative Myelopathy - Is It Stalking Your Dog?
Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive disease involving the spinal cord. It is thought to be an inflammatory, autoimmune disease, variable in its presentation and course, in which the immune system attacks the dog’s central nervous system. This attack leads to a loss of insulation around the nerve fibers (myelin) and of nerve fibers (axons). Page 5.

Cats & Guardians - Common Communication Breakdowns
Cats become members of the family. Why then do so many cats end up being relinquished to shelters? The answer: behavior problems. Many of these problems are due to a communication breakdown between the cat and the guardian. So many behavior problems could be corrected or avoided altogether if we understood a little more about how cats communicate. Page 2.

Titer Tests - A Little Knowledge Can Be Dangerous
How does the immune system

Veterinary Vaccinations: The Fallacy of Titer Tests
How does the immune system

The Stages of Degenerative Myelopathy in Pets
Guest author Marjorie Zimmerman discusses the stages of canine Degenerative Myelopathy in this piece.

The Stages of Degenerative Myelopathy - Page 2 of 3
Guest author Marjorie Zimmerman discusses the stages of canine Degenerative Myelopathy in this companion piece to. Page 2.

The Viewer Viewpoint - The Stages of Degenerative Myelopathy
Guest author Marjorie Zimmerman discusses the stages of canine Degenerative Myelopathy in this companion piece to

Feline Behavior: Common Communication Breakdowns
Cats become members of the family. Why then do so many cats end up being relinquished to shelters? The answer: behavior problems. Many of these problems are due to a communication breakdown between the cat and the guardian. So many behavior problems could be corrected or avoided altogether if we understood a little more about how cats communicate.

Cat Behavior: Scratching, Aggression, New Environments
Cats become members of the family. Why then do so many cats end up being relinquished to shelters? The answer: behavior problems. Many of these problems are due to a communication breakdown between the cat and the guardian. So many behavior problems could be corrected or avoided altogether if we understood a little more about how cats communicate. Page 4.

Paws to Protect - Winter Foot Care Tips
Winter boots are essential wear for humans to provide traction and protection on snow and ice. Learn how to minimize injury and discomfort for your pet's paws and be aware of other winter dangers.

Cats and Car Trips - Tips to Make Traveling Easier
Traveling with a cat isn't impossible, it just takes a little preparation and planning. Here are some tips for a smooth trip.

Senior Cats - When It Is Time to See the Vet?
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 cat.

7 Things to do NOW to be ready for fireworks
As those of you who live with a noise-phobic dog (or cat) know, firework season is difficult. Here are 5 things to get in place now to ease into the noisy season.

Gift Ideas for Veterinarians and Staff
The holidays are approaching, and if you are wondering how to say

Canine Thundershirt Review- Veterinary Medicine
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.

First Aid for Injured or Torn Toenails
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.

Kit4Cat Review - Hydrophobic Litter Box Sand for Urine Collection and Analysis
Kit4Cat is a way to easily collect cat urine for analysis. Unlike other non-absorbent materials, sand is a natural litter box material, and most cats will use it readily. Urine is easily suctioned up with the enclosed pipette. This method of urine collection is less invasive than a cystocentesis (collecting urine via a needle into the bladder), and according to the manufacturer, the sand will not interfere with test results. (Note: this method of collection is not appropriate for all tests.)

What You Can Do to Control Fleas
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 3.

(KBr) for Treating Seizures in Dogs and Cats
Learn about how potassium bromide is used in canine and feline epilepsy, its advantages and disadvantages and potential side effects.

Signs of Heart Disease From DCM in Dogs
Dogs with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) can suffer from all of the signs of heart failure. Learn about the signs of heart disease in dogs caused by DCM.

What is the pancreas, and why is it needed?
Most everyone has heard the anatomical term

Where is the thyroid gland and what does it do?
Diseases of the thyroid gland are common in dogs and cats (humans, too). Dogs with thyroid disease are more commonly hypothyroid (underactive gland) and cats with thyroid disease are more commonly hyperthyroid (overactive gland). This article discusses thyroid anatomy, common conditions and treatment options for dogs and cats with thyroid disease.

How to Tell if Your Pet is Overweight
A large population of pets in the US are overweight. In some cases, obesity is caused by hormonal problems or genetics. Most often however, contributing factors include increasingly sedentary lifestyles, too many snacks and calorie-rich food. Animals who are overweight are more likely to suffer from heart and joint problems, loss of energy, diabetes and some types of cancer among other things. Knowing how to assess your pet's body condition is the first step in maintaining a healthy weight.

What Makes Chocolate Toxic To Dogs?
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.

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Slow Down - You Eat Too Fast
Does your dog gulp down food? Learn why this may be a health hazard and what you can do to make sure your dog eats at a healthy pace.

Top 5 Signs of Urinary Tract Troubles in Cats and Dogs
Is is urine marking or a medical problem? Learn how to tell the difference, and why immediate care may be necessary for a cat or dog experiencing urinary problems.

How Long Does the Heat Cycle Last in the Dog?
Non-spayed female dogs will go into

Are Calico Cats Always Female?
Many people are surprised to hear that the vast majority of calico cats are female. Why is this? Can a calico cat to ever be male? Learn about the genetics of coat color in this feline FAQ.

Can You Give a 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.

Removing Ticks From Pets and Humans
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

Best Methods to Control Fleas on My Pet and in My House
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.

My dog's nose is dry. Is he sick?
Learning to observe what is normal and and what is not in patients that can't talk is the first step to observant pet care. A

When Do Puppies and Kittens Lose Their Baby Teeth?
Just like human children, puppies and kittens lose their baby teeth. These teeth are also called

Dental Care for Pets (Dogs and Cats)
Pet dental care is important for overall health. Learn about dental disease in dogs and cats, what is involved in a dental cleaning, and how to keep your pet's mouth and teeth healthy with this Veterinary Q and A.

Idiopathic Vestibular Disease in Dogs and Cats
You notice that your senior dog (or cat) is suddenly off-balance, walking around in circles. While there are many possibilities, here is a look at a common diagnosis: Idiopathic Vestibular Syndrome.

What Is Kennel Cough, and How Can I Protect My Dog?
Most people have heard of Bordatella, or

5 Tips to Help Your Senior Pet Stay Active and Avoid Injury
Senior dogs and cats may move a little slower, but moving is still important. So is preventing falls and injuries. Here are some tips to keep your senior moving around safely.

What Causes a Bad Odor Around Eyes in Dogs?
Dogs that have excessive tearing (called epiphora) and drainage around the eyes may have a foul odor from the discharge as it collects on the hair and skin.

Tips for Exercising with Dogs and Cats
Eating right - healthy appropriate diet and smaller frequent meals - is half of the solution. Exercise and being more active are equally important. Here are some tips to get your pets moving and exercising safely.

Do Dogs and Cats Get A Poison Ivy Rash?
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.

Veterinary Q & A - Bugs & Benadryl
Veterinary Q & A - Bugs & Benadryl. Page 2.

Dog & Cat Spay: Can My Pet Be Spayed if She Is in Heat?
Can you spay a dog or cat in heat (Estrus)? Find the answer here.

Lyme Disease in Dogs: Signs, Diagnosis, and Treatment
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.

Pregnancy and Estrus (Heat) Periods of Dogs
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.

Puppy Vaginitis - Signs, Diagnosis, Treatment
About puppy vaginitis, including signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and care.

Dermatitis in Dogs and Cats: Yeast and Bacterial Infections
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.

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.

Gabapentin: Pain Relief and Seizure Treatment for Pets
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.

Furosemide (Lasix®) for Dogs and Cats
Furosemide (Lasix®) is used in dogs and cats to treat congestive heart failure and other diseases. Learn what furosemide is used for and possible risks.

Safety and Side Effects of Ivermectin in Dogs and Cats
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.

Ear Infections in Cats - Signs and Diagnosis
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.

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.

Lyme Disease in Cats - Signs, Diagnosis, and Treatment
About Lyme Disease in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

What Is Ringworm, and How Do Pets Get It?
Ringworm derives its name from the classic red, round

Why Do Pet Dogs and Cats 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.

Arthritis in Cats - Causes and Signs
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.

Treatment Options for Arthritis in Dogs
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.

Recognizing the Signs of Canine Heart Failure
The signs of heart disease in dogs are a result of heart failure. Learn to recognize the signs of canine heart disease and heart failure.

Possible Causes of Seizures in Dogs
Seizures in dogs can occur for many different reasons. Explore the various causes of canine seizures.

Phenobarbital for Seizures in Dogs and Cats
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.

Veterinary Q & A - Salivary Gland Cyst (Sialocele)
Veterinary Q & A - Salivary Gland Cyst (Sialocele)

Crazy for Catnip - Facts and Information
Catnip is a plant that is part of the mint family and known by cat lovers as a common

Tips on How to Soothe a Hot Spot on a Dog
Provide relief to your pet if you are unable to get to a veterinarian right away and he has a hot spot. Several home remedies are suggested.

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.

Canine Parvovirus (CPV) - Five Things to Know
The incidence of this disease in adult vaccinated dogs is now thankfully very rare. But parvo still kills puppies and non-vaccinated dogs. Here are a few key points about this disease.

Signs 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.

Benazepril in Dogs and Cats - Uses and Risks
Also known as Fortekor® or Lotensin®, it is used in pets to treat various conditions. Learn more about the potential uses and possible side effects

Using Ivermectin in Dogs and Cats
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.

IVDD: Treating Herniated Spinal Discs in Dogs
Guest Author Dr. Beatrix Nanai, a veterinary neurosurgeon, discusses intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) diagnosis and treatment in dogs.

When It's 'Time' to Euthanize a Pet (Put To Sleep)
Here are some questions to consider when evaluating the quality of life for your pet. A general rule of thumb is when

Hookworms in Cats - Signs, Diagnosis, Treatment
About Hookworms in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Feline Leukemia Virus Symptoms and Treatment
About feline leukemia virus (FeLV) in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Treating Acute Renal Failure in Dogs and Cats
Acute renal failure in dogs and cats is also known as kidney failure and it is a serious, life-threatening condition. Prompt veterinary care is essential.

Causes of Kidney Failure in Dogs and Cats
Kidney failure in dogs and cats can have many different causes and be sudden or chronic in nature. Learn more about kidney failure in pets here.

Causes of Hair Loss and Scratching in Dogs and Cats
Hair loss and scratching in dogs and cats are commonly seen signs. There are many diseases that can cause hair loss and scratching in dogs and cats. These are some of the most common causes.

Heart Murmurs in Dogs - What They Mean
Heart murmurs are frequently heard in dogs and may indicate the presence of heart disease. Learn what they may mean and how heart murmurs are managed in dogs.

Seizures in Dogs: Types and Clinical Signs
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.

Using Zonisamide for Treating Seizures in Dogs and Cats
Zonisamide is one of the medications used to treat seizures in dogs and (less often) in cats. Learn about how zonisamide is used in dogs and cats and what the side effects of zonisamide may be in treating seizures for dogs and cats.

Slow Kill vs Immiticide® for Treating Heartworm in Dogs
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.

Canine Heartworm Disease Treatment Options
Treatment of heartworm disease in dogs is possible but is not without risk. Learn about the options available for treating a dog with heartworm disease and the risks involved.

Ear Infections and Otitis in Dogs - Signs / Diagnosis
Ear infections are very common in dogs. Learn to recognize the signs of canine ear infections and otitis and how the problem is diagnosed.

Canine Ear Infection (Otitis) Treatment
Otitis and ear infections in dogs can have many different causes and, in order to be successful, treatment of the ear disease must be based on the cause. Learn about the treatment options for canine otitis and ear infections.

Canine Hot Spots (Signs, Causes, Treatment)
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.

Kidney and Urinary Disease in Dogs and Cats
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.

Stinky Dogs - Why does my dog stink?
Have you ever wondered how to get rid of that bad

My Senior Dog Is Drinking Lots of Water. Is It Just Old Age?
No matter what age your pet is, a noticeable increase in water intake (drinking) or urination often means there is an underlying medical problem.

Is Benadryl® safe to give to my pet?
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.

Is this post abdominal (spay) surgery lump "normal"?
A question that is commonly asked after a routine spay surgery is:

How Will I Know When It's "Time" to Put a Pet to Sleep?
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.

Roundworms in Dogs - Signs, Diagnosis, Treatment
About Roundworms in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Roundworms in Cats (Signs, Diagnosis, Treatment)
About Roundworms in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

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.

Anticonvulsant Seizure Medications for Dogs and Cats
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.

Heart Disease in Dogs - Signs, Diagnosis and Treatment
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.

Heart Disease in Dogs - Signs, Diagnosis and Treatment
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.

Vaccines for Dogs
About vaccination in dogs, including which vaccines are commonly given to dogs as part of their preventative medicine program.

Babesia in Dogs - Signs, Diagnosis, and Treatment
About Babesia infections in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of babesiosis.

Itching and Scratching in Dogs and Cats - Common Causes
Questions about itching, scratching, fleas, allergies and hair loss in pets are among the most common questions asked of veterinarians. Here are some answers.

Itching and Scratching in Dogs and Cats - Common Causes
Questions about itching, scratching, fleas, allergies and hair loss in pets are among the most common questions asked of veterinarians. Here are some answers.

A Day in the Life of a Veterinarian
Learn what a

The Truth About Cats And Dogs - Pet Statistics
Pet statistics, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) 2001-2002 National Pet Owners Survey.

Cold Weather Safety Checklist for Dogs and Cats
Make a list and check it twice to keep your pets safe when cold weather strikes. Learn what to do to keep your pet safe and comfortable this winter season.

Cold Weather Checklist for pets
Make a list and check it twice to keep your pets safe when cold weather strikes. Winter can be hard on pets, just as it is for their human counterparts. Outdoor pets in cold climates need additional food to have energy to stay warm in addiction to fresh water and appropriate housing. Learn what to do to keep your pet safe and comfortable this winter season. Page 2.

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.

Seizures in Pets
Seizures in Pets - how to recognize, what to do, and how to control. Page 2.

Poisonings in Pets - What to Watch For
Poisonings in Pets: Learn the signs of poisoning, what to do, and what substances are poisonous to pets.

Spaying (Ovariohysterectomy) Surgery in Dogs and Cats
Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) in Dogs and Cats - learn about spay surgery in dogs and cats

Spaying (Ovariohysterectomy) in Dogs and Cats
Veterinary Q & A - Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) in Dogs and Cats. Page 2.

Understanding Euthanasia
Understanding Euthanasia - Veterinary Medicine. Page 2.

Zoonotic Diseases (Transmissible From Animals to Humans)
Learn about many zoonotic diseases - those diseases transmitted from animals to humans

Cherry Eye - What Is The Best Option?
Cherry eye is a common term for a prolapse of the third eyelid (nictitating membrane) of dogs. This produces a very red lump in the inside corner of the eye. It

Canine Cutaneous Histiocytoma
Canine Cutaneous Histiocytomas are typically a

Good Food For Cat With Struvite Crystals?
CRE8VE asks:

Tail Docking In An Adult Dog
BOBCATSHOPPER asks:

How do you cope with killing your dog?
Losing a pet to old age, illness or injury is never easy, even when the pet is

Senior dog health - when it is time to see the vet
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.

Feline Urinary Problem: Cat Peeing on Bathroom Rug
An indoor cat who is urinating in places other than the litterbox may be having a medical problem, a behavioral issue, or a combination of both. Learn more here.

BalanceIT.com Interview - Home-Cooked Pet Food Recipes
The massive pet food recalls of 2007 and more recently the pet food recalls of October 2009 have created new interest in the subject of pet food. Is it safe? How can we be sure? Many people decided to feed raw foods. Others decided to feed their pets home-cooked meals. I will be interviewing a few veterinary nutritionists to help answer this question. In this interview, veterinarian Sally Perea, DVM, MS, DACVN from Balance IT.

Is It a Problem That My Cat Ate a String?
String, yarn and other. Veterinary Medicine.

Ehrlichiosis in Dogs (Signs, Diagnosis, Treatment)
About Ehrlichiosis in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Upper Respiratory Infections in Cats (URI)
About Upper Respiratory Infections in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Feliway Behavior Modification for Cats - Review
A FAQ on the use of Feliway® in cats for behavior modification.

DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) Calming Collar for Dogs
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.

Cat Urinating in Strange Places
This viewer asks why her young male cat has started urinating in the bathtub. Be familiar with possible signs of this disease, as it can be life-threatening.

Why should my cryptorchid pet be neutered?
Cryptorchidism is when one or both testicles fail to descend into the scrotum. This condition is a fairly common problem; seen in dogs, cats and other animals. This is a well-documented genetic trait -- animals with this condition should not be bred. Find out why in this FAQ.

What Causes Mad Cow Disease and How Is It Transmitted?
BSE, or Mad Cow Disease was discovered in the mid 1980's in the United Kingdom and the first US case was reported on 12/23/03 in Washington state. The purpose of this FAQ is to educate about the disease causative agent, how the disease is transmitted, and potential human concerns. For in-depth human health and current political issues concerning BSE, please visit with your local health care provider or refer to local/national/Internet news sources.

Pet Life Jackets: Just Another Accessory or a Necessity?
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.

What Are The Signs Of Heat Stroke In Pets?
Dogs and cats cool off by panting and have little choice when it comes to keeping cool in summer heat. Know the signs of heatstroke. Time is of the essence when treating this condition.

Dogs Left In Cars - Risk of Heat Stroke on Warm Days
The windows are cracked open, the dog will be fine, right? Inside temperatures of a car can soar to 120F in just a few minutes, instead of

Entropion in Dogs and Cats - Treatment
About entropion in dogs and cats, including information on the symptoms and treatment of entropion.

Treating Infectious Canine Hepatitis in Dogs
About Infectious Canine Hepatitis in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Managing Chronic Canine and Feline Kidney Failure
Chronic canine and feline kidney failure requires ongoing management. Learn about available options for managing chronic canine and feline renal failure.

Diagnosing Hair Loss and Scratching in Dogs and Cats
Hair loss and scratching in dogs and cats are frequent causes of veterinary visits. There are several diagnostic tests your veterinarian will want to perform to help diagnose the cause of skin problems.

Heart Murmurs in Cats - Description, Causes, and Handling
Heart murmurs are occasionally heard in cats and do indicate the presence of heart disease. However, the severity cannot be evaluated by the sound itself.

How to Recognize Whether Your Cat Is Having a Seizure
Seizures are not as common in cats as they are in dogs. However, they can occur and can be focal or generalized. Learn how to recognize the appearance of a cat seizure.

Diagnosing Seizures and Epilepsy 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.

Pimobendan (Vetmedin®) in Dogs and Cats
Pimobendan (Vetmedin®)is used in dogs and in cats to treat various types of heart disease. Learn more about how pimobendan can help dogs and cats with heart disease.

Causes of Ear Infections (Feline Otitis) in Cats
Ear infections in cats are common. Though ear mites are the most common cause of infections, there are many other potential causes.

Treatment Options for Ear Infections in Cats
Ear infections in cats are irritating and sometimes painful. Treatment must be based on the cause of the infection. Learn about the options for treating feline ear infections.

Can My Family Become Infested with Lice From Our Pet?
Often, the family pet gets blamed for the spread of lice to the family. How much of a threat is my dog or cat in regards to spreading lice?

Parvovirus (Parvo) Infection Signs and Symptoms in Dogs
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.

How to Build a First Aid Kit for Your Pet
A pet first aid kit is the first step in being prepared should an animal emergency happen. Just what to put in the pet first aid kit is a common question. While there are many pre-made kits that may be purchased for pets, building your own kit (or adding to a pre-made one) may be the best way to have a kit customized for your pet's lifestyle and needs.

Treating Extramedullary Plasmatcytomas in Dogs
Learn about the diagnosis and treatment of extramedullary plasmacytomas for dogs, including risk factors, signs, and symptoms.

Can My Vaccinated Dogs Spread Parvo to Another Dog?
A viewer asks this question about Parvo: I recently traveled with my two dogs that are vaccinated. I stayed with a friend who had a ten-month old dog that was not vaccinated. After we were there for two days, her dog got sick and died from Parvo. Could my dogs carry the virus from stopovers at roadside rest areas and given it to her dog? This was a very sad situations and I need to know if it was because of my visit.

Canine / Feline Kidney Failure Testing and Diagnosis
Canine and feline kidney failure can be diagnosed and monitored using several different laboratory tests. Learn what your veterinarian is looking at when ordering these tests.

Preventing Kidney Failure in Dogs and Cats
Kidney failure in dogs and cats is a common problem. However, there are some simple precautions that can help prevent kidney failure in dogs and cats.

Why Does My Pet Scoot and What Can I Do About It?
Both dogs and cats have anal sacs that may become impacted or infected and this causes itching, scooting and pain. Learn the signs of anal sac problems and how to keep your pet comfortable and scoot-free.

"Frito Feet" - Why Do Dog Paws Smell Like Corn Chips?
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? Read this FAQ to find out more about what is commonly termed

Can You Give a Cat Aspirin?
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.

Causes of Ear Infections and Otitis in Dogs
Ear infections and otitis in dogs are common and there are many different potential causes. Learn more about what may cause problems for dog's ears.

Escherichia coli (E. coli) Infection in Dogs, Cats and People
Escherichia coli (E. coli) infection is a zoonosis that can infect dogs, cats and people. Simple precautions can help protect your pets and your family from this zoonotic disease.

Do Microchips Cause Cancer in Pets?
The pet microchips and cancer question has surfaced and re-surfaced over the years, causing worry for those who have had their pets microchipped. Is there a risk? Are microchips worth it? Let's look at the pros and cons.

All About the Opportunistic Cuterebra Parasite
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.

How to Use Flea Control Products
This FAQ is from a recent forum question. The viewer is frustrated because while she is using flea products regularly on her pet, she is still finding fleas. Why? Read this FAQ to find out more about the flea life cycle and various methods of flea control.

What are heartworms, and can I catch them from my dog?
Most pet owners have heard of heartworms. But what do heartworms look like and how are they transmitted from animal to animal? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this FAQ.

Treatment for Tapeworm vs. Other Worms
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.

Are Christmas Trees Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?
Questions about cats and Christmas trees (dogs, too) are common - what if the pet chews on the tree or drinks the water? Learn the answers to these questions and more here.

Are Grapes and Raisins Poisonous to Pets?
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.

Holiday Plants That Are Poisonous to Pets
Bright ornamental plants are a great way to dress up the house during the holidays and a dreary winter. Pet owners should be aware however, that many of these common plants are poisonous to pets.

Signs of 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.

Cherry Eye: Prolapse of Third Eyelid Gland
About cherry eye, or prolapse of the gland of the third eyelid. Causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and possible complications are discussed.

Distemper in Dogs - Signs, Diagnosis, and Treatment
About distemper in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Eyelash Disorders in Dogs and Cats - Signs, Risk Factors
About eyelash disorders in dogs, including ectopic cilia, distichiasis, trichiasis. Risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment are discussed.

Lily Toxicity in Cats
Lilies are bold, beautiful, fragrant and... poisonous to cats. What makes lilies poisonous is unknown, but it is known that the toxin is deadly.

Battery Toxicity and Accidental Ingestion in Pets
We know to keep batteries out of reach of pets, but what about the TV remote, cell phone, toys, or other small chewable items that require batteries? Learn about the types of batteries and what to do if you suspect your pet ate one.

Tick Twister - Easy Tool for Safely Removing Ticks
The 'best way' to remove ticks is with as minimal as possible handling of the tick. A lit match is definitely not the best way, and can induce more damage. The Tick Twister provides an easy way to remove ticks that is low cost, safe, and utilizing a technique to reduce the spread of infectious agents via ticks.

Toxic Foods: Onion Toxicity in Dogs and Cats
Dogs may eat onions when raiding the trash, cats may ingest onions hidden in other foods, like baby food. Either way, onions are toxic to pets. Learn the dangers here.

8 Foods That Are Toxic to 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.

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (Symptoms and Treatment)
About feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Feline Pregnancy - What Are The Signs of Feline Estrus How Long Are Cats Pregnant For?
Female cats can start their estrus (heat) cycles as young as four months of age. Signs of estrus can be confusing to pet owners, and cats may become pregnant without the owner being aware that the cat was in heat. Learn all about feline reproduction as well as the benefits of spaying and neutering pet cats.

Treatment options for hyperthyroidism in cats
Owners of hyperthyroid cats generally have three options to choose from for treatment: daily oral medication, surgery, or radioactive iodine. The final choice isn't always a clear cut one and depends on many factors, including; lifestyle, other health issues, financial concerns, and availability. Learn the pros and cons of each treatment in this article.

Why does my pet itch and scratch so much?
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.

What is a histiocytoma?
The appearance of a raised, hairless and bright red

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.

What Could Cause Ulcers on My Dog's Lips?
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.

Protect Your Pet Against Cheat Grass and Foxtail
As these plants dry out and the barbed seed pods begin to scatter, this can mean trouble for pets who get them caught in paws, eyes nostrils and embedded in fur and skin.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) Signs and Treatment
About Feline Immunodeficiency Virus - FIV in cats - including transmission, risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of FIV. Also included is information on caring for a cat with FIV and managing a multi cat household after a diagnosis of FIV.

Information about Feline Calicivirus
About calicivirus in cats, including information about calicivirus, diseases associated with calicivirus, risk factors, and vaccination against calicivirus.

Treating Feline Hyperthyroidism with Hill's Y/D Diet
Veterinarians have a new way to manage feline hyperthyroidism: food. By reducing the amount of dietary iodine, the diseased thyroid cannot 'overproduce' thyroid hormones. Learn more here.

Veterinary Questions: Smelly Leaking Puppy
Fresh from the e-mailbox. A viewer asks:

Cat Licking a Swollen Paw (Possible Causes)
As with any injury, there are so many variables involved -- age, weight, species/breed of animal, and the type of impact or injury that caused the lameness. This article will not offer a way to self-diagnose what is wrong if your pet is lame. Rather, the purpose of this article is to help pet owners identify when an injury is an emergency or if it can wait a bit for observation at home.

Bad Breath and Drooling in Cats - Is It a Bad Tooth?
For a cat still active for his age but showing signs of drooling and sporting an unkempt hair coat, a thorough oral exam is necessary. While diseased gums and or teeth are always a possibility, other conditions must be ruled out.

Reverse Sneezing in Dogs - What Is a "Reverse Sneeze"?
Reverse sneezing is a fairly common respiratory event seen in dogs (rarely cats) that, while harmless, can be quite frightening for dog owners to witness. Find out what happens during reverse sneezing and what some possible causes are in this FAQ.

What are the signs seen with a urinary tract infection?
Urinary problems are commonly seen in dogs and cats. Symptoms can range from

My Dog's Teeth Are Worn Down. Should I Be Concerned?
This FAQ looks at a common problem, especially for dogs: worn down teeth. What causes teeth to wear, and what should you do about worn down teeth in your pet?

Onset of Symptoms After Cat Swallows String
This FAQ answers a question from a viewer who is aware of the dangers of string ingestion, but is wondering when signs will show up if string is in the gastrointestinal tract.

Heart Disease in Cats - Signs, Treatment and More
Heart disease in cats is common, but often asymptomatic. Learn to recognize the signs of heart problems in cats, various causes, diagnostic and treatment options, and how to manage your heart patient pet at home.

Taking Care of Our Pets in Tough Economic Times
News of tough economic times is everywhere, every day. People are spending less on themselves and on their pets. What have you sacrificed in terms of pet food or pet care? See how others are coping, and learn some money-saving tips to use at the food store and the veterinary office.

Flea Life Cycles and How to Get Rid of Fleas
Pet parasites - all about fleas: life cycle information and how to get rid of fleas on your pet and in your home.

Veterinary Parasites: Worms, Fleas, Ticks, Mites & More
Parasites come in a variety of forms and live on the skin an din the body. Learn about the parasites that commonly affect dogs, cats and sometimes ... humans, too.

Cherry eye - prolapse of the gland of the third eyelid in the dog - resources and information about cherry eye
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Heartworm Disease in Dogs and Cats - Treatment & Prevention
Heartworm disease is caused by a parasite that lives in the blood vessels of the lung and in the heart. Heartworm disease is spread by mosquitoes and has been seen in several species, but dogs are very susceptible. Cats can be severely affected, even by a single heartworm. In some cases, heartworm disease may be fatal and difficult to treat, but heartworm disease is preventable with monthly medication.

Complications of Chronic Canine Ear Infection or Otitis
Otitis and ear infections in the dog are often chronic and can lead to many different types of complications. Learn about some of the complications that occur in a dog with otitis and/or ear infection.