Veterinary Medicine Sitemap - Page 4 2016-09-26

Dog Teeth Loosened by Tug O' War
A viewer noticed that two of her dog's teeth became loose after a vigorous game of tug-o-war. Will the teeth tighten back up?

Cheyletiella in Cats and Dogs (Diagnosis and Treatment)
About Cheyletiella in cats and dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Lumps and Bumps - Common Types, What to Watch For
Here is a collection of

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.

Pet Safety Tip About Cats and Clothes Dryers
Cats are known for wanting to seek out warm and cozy places to curl up in. Unknown to many people, the clothes dryer is one of those places, often ending up in injury or death.

Cancer in Dogs - Signs and General Information
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.

Chocolate Toxicity in Dogs and Cats
How much chocolate is too much varies on the size of the dog, how much was eaten, and what kind of chocolate. Learn more about the variables here.

Mating Behavior - Will Littermates Mate?
This question has come up for both dogs and cats. Viewers want to know if once littermates reach puberty, will they ... mate? Or will they

What Are Veterinary Tech Credentials RVT, LVT and CVT?
People who work as Veterinary Technicians learn animal handling skills and medical knowledge by attending veterinary technical school or learning on-the-job. Learn more about this career here.

Understanding Veterinary Euthanasia
Having to make the decision to end a pet's life is never easy. It is a subject that many people do not want to talk about until they have to, but then it becomes a decision made under emotional stress. When faced with this difficult decision, not knowing about the procedure can create worry and fear. The purpose of this article is to explore what happens when an animal is

8 Care Tips - After a Pet's Dental or Surgical Procedure
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.

Snow Nose - Canine Disease Description
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.

Case Report of Raisin Ingestion by Black Lab
Raisins and grapes are very toxic to dogs and possibly cats. At this point in time, the toxic factor of raisins and grapes has not been identified. Caution is advised; some animals may be more sensitive than others.

Flea and Tick Control – How to Control Fleas, Ticks, and Mosquitoes
Make Fleas, Ticks, and Mosquitoes Feel Unwelcome

Animal Bites, Scratches and Injuries to Humans
The purpose of this Quick Tip is to alert pet owners of the potential danger of animal bites and scratches. Animal bites and injuries must be discussed with and treated by a human physician, as soon as possible if the injuries are severe.

Accidentally put Dog Flea Repellent on Cat
This recent forum post highlights the importance of following labels when using chemicals and medications. From the forum - kckroq asks:

Veterinary Q & A - Benadryl for Bug Bites
A viewer-submitted story about using Benadryl (antihistamine) as recommended by her veterinarian for her dog's allergic reaction.

Treating Canine and Feline Food Allergies
Food allergy in dogs and cats can cause skin disease, itching and scratching. Treatment for food allergy in dogs and cats requires feeding protein and carbohydrate sources to which your dog or cat is not allergic.

Stinky Dog: Why Does My Dog Still Stink After A Bath?
A viewer asks:. Veterinary Medicine.

Diazepam (Valium®) in Dogs and Cats
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.

Treating Canine Seizures and Epilepsy
Canine seizures or epilepsy can be treated in many different ways. Learn about the medications used to treat seizures or epilepsy in dogs.

Types of Cardiomyopathies Seen With Cat Heart Disease
Cardiomyopathies are common heart diseases in cats. While the majority of feline cardiomyopathies are hypertrophic, they may also be dilated, restrictive or unclassified.

Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (Causes)
In cats, HCM or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a serious heart disease. Find out what causes feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Frostbite in Dogs and Cats
Pets do feel the effects of cold weather and can suffer from frostbite. Learn what to look for and how to prevent frostbite.

Winter Dangers - Keeping Pets Safe During Cold Weather
For pets out in the cold, winter weather can quickly become deadly. Learn ways to keep your pet healthy and safe during the winter months.

Causes and Types of Heart Disease in Dogs
Heart disease in dogs is common. Canine heart disease can have many different causes.

Senior Dogs and Cats - Share your stories and photos of your longtime or recently adopted senior dogs and cats
Senior pets have a special place in my heart. While they may take extra time and extra care to accommodate for the changes seen in old age, they still give their all to their human family members. The stories of seniors up for adoption are usually heartbreaking - an owner dies or is too ill or elderly to care for the pet, the family moves, and so on. Adopting a senior pet is a selfless act of caring, in my opinion. Let's celebrate seniors. Share your stories and photos here.

Managing Heart Disease and Heart Failure in Dogs and Cats
Heart disease and heart failure in dogs and cats can be quite serious. Learn about the different medications commonly used to treat heart disease and congestive heart failure for dogs and cats.

Testing for FIV and Caring for Cats With a Positive FIV Test
Cats should be tested for feline immunodeficiency virus, or FIV. Cats that are positive for FIV virus usually live normal lives. Some may need special care. Here's what you need to know.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) Signs
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a contagious viral disease of cats. Find out if your cat is at risk for feline immunodeficiency virus.

Keeping Dog Quiet During Heartworm Treatment
From the VetMed forum. Brandy writes:

Canine Broken Toe
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My Cat Is Eating Soil
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Swimming Makes My Dog Smell Musty
LRUMERY asks:

Chocolate Toxicity
Chocolate toxicity is one of the number one concerns of pet lovers, even though there are other foods and household items that are much more toxic. Here

Pro Bono Veterinary Care
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Cluster Seizures in a German Shepherd
DANDIRT asks:. Veterinary Medicine.

Career Change - Registered Nurse to Vet Technician
Career change is one of the most popular topics in the Pre-Vet & Career forum. Have you made a successful career change, or considering making one? Stop in and

Palladia - New Anti-Cancer Drug for Dogs
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Help - My Dog Keeps Snorting!
Drew0311 asks:

Hollow Nails in Dogs
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Brewers Yeast and Garlic for Fleas
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Should My Dog Be Debarked?
From the VetMed Forum: A veterinary Forum Guest asked about a vocal cordectomy (debarking surgery) for their dog.

Senior Dog Having "Accidents"
Changes Seen As Pets Grow Older A VetMed forum guest asks:

Smelly Feet - My Dog's Feet Smell Like Corn Chips
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

5 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets
Nothing ruins a good time like a visit to the emergency vet. Check out these tips to keep your pets safe on Halloween.

Halloween Safety Tips for Pets - Keep your dog and cat safe on Halloween
There are many pet hazards related to Halloween. Some are well-known (the dangers of chocolate overindulgence), and some aren't. Be aware and prevent a scare.

Pet Care Tips: Halloween and Fall Safety for Dogs and Cats
Fall is the time when the focus turns indoors. Is your home pet-proofed? Halloween is the first holiday of the winter holiday season, and with that brings additional holiday hazards. Here are some tips and ideas for keeping your pets safe through the fall and winter months.

Recipe: Turkey & Yam Diet for Dogs and Cats
This diet is not meant to be a full-time diet, rather a treat or short-term diet, used in rotation with diets that are balanced with complete vitamins and minerals that a dog's diet requires.

Common Causes of Allergies in Dogs and Cats
Allergies in dogs and cats are a common cause of skin problems. Fleas, substances in the environment, and foods are the most common causes of allergies in dogs and cats.

Treating Dogs and Cats With Allergies Caused by Atopy
Atopy is a frequent cause of allergies in dogs and cats. Learn about the treatment of allergies caused by atopy in dogs and cats.

Signs and Treatment Ectropion in Dogs and Cats
About ectropion in dogs and cats, including information on the signs and treatment for this common eye disorder.

Cat Disease - Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Signs
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM, is a commonly diagnosed heart disease in cats. Learn to recognize the signs of feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and find out how HCM is diagnosed in the cat.

Dog and Cat Flea Allergy Treatment
Flea allergies in dogs and cats are common causes of skin disease. Treatment of flea allergies in dogs and cats requires controlling the flea infestation.

Signs of Heartworm Disease in Dogs
Canine heartworm disease is a potential cause of heart failure as well as damage to the lungs in dogs. Learn about heartworms and the signs of heartworm disease in infected dogs.

Types of Phone Numbers to Have for Pet Emergencies
Most people have their vet's phone number close at hand, if not memorized. What about other types of animal emergencies? Having emergency phone numbers stored in your phone could make all of the difference if you find an animal injured on a dark road at night.

Seizures and Epilepsy in Dogs and Cats - Defining the Terms
Seizures occur in both dogs and cats. In this overview, learn the stages of a seizure and types of seizures seen in dogs and cats.

Veterinary Career and Schooling Information
Learn about various careers working with animals - veterinarians, veterinary technicians, alternate careers (i.e. zookeeping) and how to find the training you need to achieve the career you want.

5 Tips For Fighting Fleas
It is easy to feel defeated when fighting fleas. A muli-pronged approach is necessary to rid your home and pets of these pests. Here are 5 tips to get started.

Status Epilepticus in Dogs and Cats
Status epilepticus is defined as a persistent state of seizure. Learn how status epilepticus can affect dogs and cats and what you should do if your dog or cat has a seizure that will not stop.

Icky Things Pets Eat (And Whether to Call a Vet)
Just when you think you are taking the best care of your pets as possible, they find something icky to chew on! Why do dogs (and cats) eat the things they do? Read on...

Rabies - Definition and How It Spreads
Rabies is a zoonotic disease, a disease that is transmissible from animals to humans. Rabies is a virus known to affect all mammals, including humans. Most commonly, rabies is found in carnivores (meat-eating animals) and insect-eating bats. Learn what the signs are and how to protect yourself and pets from this fatal disease.

Rabies - about this disease, and alert information
Rabies - about this disease, and alert information. Page 2.

10 Facts About Rabies
As much as we wish it to be so, this fatal viral disease is not a thing of the past. Every few minutes, someone in the world dies from rabies. Learn 10 facts about rabies here.

Zinc Toxicosis in Dogs and Cats From Eating Pennies
The actual mechanism of toxicity is unknown at this time, but if an animal is known to have ingested (or vomited up) a coin or zinc-containing metal, prompt veterinary attention is essential to prevent zinc poisoning.

Case reports and articles by Veterinary Toxicologist Ahna Brutlag DVM and Justine A. Lee DVM DACVECC
Case reports and articles by About.com Veterinary Medicine Guest Authors Ahna Brutlag DVM and Justine A. Lee DVM DACVECC.

Losing A Pet - Stages and Management of Grief
Veterinary schools and counseling professionals now offer a wide variety of resources for those experiencing the pain of losing a dearly loved pet. This article highlights the stages of grief and some of the various resources available.

Caring for Your Arthritic Dog
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.

Arthritis in Dogs - Signs and Causes
Arthritis is common in dogs. Canine arthritis can be quite painful. Being able to recognize the signs of arthritis in your dog is important.

Preventing Arthritis in Dogs and Cats
Arthritis in dogs and cats may not be completely preventable. However, the most important thing that can be done to prevent arthritis in dogs and cats is to maintain an ideal body weight.

Pet Loss Support Hotlines
A list of free loss and grief support hotlines and additional resources available to those grieving the loss of a pet.

The Dangers of Your Pet Ingesting Glue
Veterinary Pet Insurance has seen an increase in claims related to pet ingestion of polyurethane glues (Brand names Gorilla Glue and Elmer's Nano Glue). Learn about the possible danger of this glue to pets.

Roundworms in Dogs, Cats, People and Other Animals
Roundworms, also known as ascarids, are intestinal parasites that can infect dogs, cats, people and numerous other species of animals.

Vitamin D Toxicity in a Dog - Barley Beats the Odds
Pets getting into human medications in the home is one of the top causes of poisonings. This is a case report of Barley the Labrador who experienced a life-threatening toxicity of a vitamin D ointment.

Canine and Feline Diabetes and the Somogyi Effect
For dogs and cats with diabetes, overdosage of insulin can lead to a phenomenon known as Somogyi effect. Learn how and why blood glucose levels can actually end up too high in diabetic dogs and cats overdosed with insulin.

Rat Poison Primer - Types and Toxicities
Rat poisons are common and deadly baits for pets. Prompt treatment is essential. Learn about the different types of toxins and how to prevent poisoning.

What Is Leptospirosis and How Dangerous Is It to Humans
Leptospirosis is a contagious disease that can infect both dogs and people. Find out what leptospirosis is and how to protect both your dog and your family against this disease.

What is Fly Strike, also known as Myiasis?
Flies larvae need to eat. They appear quite fast (8-12 hours), and will eat away tissue on your pet if the right conditions are present. Learn how to prevent this undesirable condition in your pet.

Home Care For Diarrhea in Dogs
Your dog seems fine and has a good appetite, but having a case of diarrhea. What to watch for, how to manage this at home, and when to call the vet.

Diabetes Mellitus in the Dog - Causes and Signs
Diabetes mellitus can affect dogs and causes an increase in the blood sugar level that usually needs to be managed with insulin. Learn more about the causes and symptoms of canine diabetes mellitus.

Dog and Cat Allergies (Common Signs)
Allergies are a common problems in dogs and cats. Allergies in dogs and cats can cause skin and ear problems as well as other signs.

Pregnancy & Reproduction, and Neutering
Links to information on breeding, pregnancy, birth, and care - for dogs, cats, goats, horses.

Dog and Cat Vaccinations - Questions and Answers about Vaccinations for Dogs and Cats
Learn about common vaccinations for dogs and cats, including

Veterinary Anatomy - learn about anatomy of dogs, cats and other topics in veterinary anatomy
Veterinary Anatomy - learn about anatomy of dogs, cats and other topics in veterinary anatomy

Pregnancy & Birth in Goats
Pregnancy & Birth in Goats. Learn about the reproduction cycle and kids (young goats).

Equine Pregnancy and Reproduction
Pregnancy and birth links for horses.

Veterinary and Animal Health Care Classifieds & Resume Help
Find a job as a veterinarian, veterinary technician or other animal care worker. This is also the place for employers to post job opportunities. Information about resume writing and updating is also included.

Horse Breeds
Links to information about various breeds of horses.

Exotic and Pocket Pets - General Veterinary Health Information
Veterinary nformation about

Llama & Goat Adoption and Rescue
Organizations dedicated to helping goats and llamas that have been abused, neglected, and in need of a home. Find out how you can help, in person or online.

Links to cat breeds, breeders, and breeders clubs.
Links to cat breeds, breeders, and breeders clubs.

Dog Breeds
Links to dog breeds, breeders, and breeders clubs.

Horse Breeds
Links to horse breeds, both common and rare. Learn breed history, physical characteristics, and view photos.

Exotic Pets
Learn how to adopt and help exotic pets in need, including snakes, reptiles, rabbits, ferrets, rats, hamsters and more.

ASPCA Toxicologists Respond to Swiffer Wet Jet Rumor
Veterinary Toxicologists regard allegations of liver failure and death from household cleaner as unfounded.

Orange Tabby Cat Has Black Spots on Lips
A common question (and worry) of cat owners relates to black spots that just seem to

Yard and Garden Pet Poisons - Summer Dangers
Familiarizing yourself with common yard and garden hazards and taking some preventative measures now can help you to keep your pets safe all summer long.

Summer Pet Safety Tips for keeping your pet cool and comfortable in summertime heat
While many people enjoy the cool comfort of the air conditioning at work, what about the pets? This article offers some quick tips to make sure your pets are as comfortable as possible during the

Diseases & Conditions - Cats
Veterinary diseases and conditions of cats; organized by body system. Learn about diseases of the muscles, heart, eyes, immune, gastrointestinal, and conditions such as parasite infection, pregnancy, and more.

Preventing Ear Infections in Cats
Preventing an ear infection for your cat may not be totally possible, but there are some things you can do to help make ear infections less likely. Learn some tips for keeping your cat free of ear infections.

How to Prevent Canine Ear Infections
Ear infections are irritating and sometimes painful for your dog so prevention is preferable, if possible. Learn some tips to help you keep your dog free of ear infections.

Ear Infections in Cats: Potential Complications
Ear infections in cats can lead to many different types of complications. Learn about some of the complications that your cat might experience as a result of an ear infection.

How to Clean Your Dog or Cat's Ears
Cleaning your dog or cat's ears should be part of your regular grooming routine for your pet. Learn how to properly clean your dog or cat's ears.

Hookworm Infections in Dogs, Cats and People
Hookworms are parasites that infect cats and dogs as well as people. Learn about hookworm infections in the feline, canine and human. Find out how to avoid hookworm infections.

What Do I Do if My Pet or I Get Sprayed by a Skunk?
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.

Using D.A.P. To Help Calm Dogs With Behavior Problems
Canine Behavior Spotlight: Behavior Problems and D.A.P - (Dog Appeasing Pheromone)

Adaptil - Dog Appeasing Pheromone - Spray to Calm Dogs
Adaptil, or Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP) spray, is a natural and non-toxic aid to calm dogs stressed by loud noises and other stressful situations.

Firework Toxicity - Fireworks Contain Several Poisons
Firework noise is a problem for many pets. A question not often asked is: What happens if a pet eats a firework? Turns out, this is a potentially serious problem, too.

Cat Heat Cycle - How long does the heat cycle last in the cat?
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.

Six Things to Know About Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac
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 6 things you should know about poison ivy, oak and sumac and pets.

Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show
Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show. Page 11.

Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show
Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show. Page 10.

Selecting Effective Flea and Tick Control
Farnam Pet Products helps you select the best product to fight fleas, ticks, and other pet parasites -- on your pet and in your home.

What Makes Chocolate Toxic to Pets and Signs of Toxicity
Chocolate is a popular treat all year round. Care must be taken when animals are around, though. Chocolate can be toxic, and sometimes even fatal, for animals. Dogs are most commonly affected, due to their ability to find it and the common 'sweet tooth' they seem to have. It is important to remember that cats and other species are susceptible to the toxic effects of chocolate, too.

Summertime Pet Safety Hazards and Care
Summer pet safety, keep your pets safe from seasonal hazards

Herpes Virus 1 Infections in Cats
About Herpesvirus 1 in cats, including information about Herpesvirus 1, diseases associated with Herpesvirus 1, risk factors, and vaccination against Herpesvirus 1.

Chocolate Toxicity In Your Pet - Treatment
Chocolate is toxic for dogs and other pets. How toxic depends on the size of your pet, the type of chocolate, and the quantity consumed.

Jaundice (Icterus)
Definition of Jaundice including signs of jaundice, and possible causes in dogs and cats.

Collie Breed Ivermectin Heartworm Prevention Medicine
Ivermectin is commonly used as a heartworm prevention medicine in dogs. However, some breeds of dog such as Collies and similar breeds can have a gene mutation known as MDR1. How safe is ivermectin for collies and similar breeds of dogs?

Canine Flu H3N8 Vaccine - What You Need to Know
The canine H3N8 flu is a relatively new influenza virus in dogs. The Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) jumped from horses to dogs in 2004; it first discovered in Greyhounds in Florida. A vaccine for this respiratory disease was conditionally approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in June 2009. Learn the facts about this vaccine and if it is necessary for your dog.

Corneal Ulcers in Dogs and Cats - Overview
Corneal ulcers are a common problem in dogs and cats. This painful condition has numerous causes. Learn more here.

Protect Your Pet Against Fly Strike (Myiasis)
Mid to late summer is the most common time of year to see Fly Strike (Myasis). This unpleasant problem is caused when flies lay their eggs on diseased tissue or drainage of living animals and maggots are born. Maggots are the larve (immature form) of flies, and can cause very serious health problems for the host animal.

Campylobacteriosis in Dogs, Cats and People
Campylobacteriosis is a zoonotic disease that can be passed to dogs, cats and people. Learn more about Campylobacter and how to protect your family and your family pets.

Rabies in Pets - Dealing with Dogs and Cats Exposed to Rabies
Rabies is a zoonotic disease that can be passed from pets to people. For that reason, strict guidelines exist for dogs and cats that have been exposed to rabies.

What Is A Veterinary Specialist?
There are currently over 20 veterinary specialties recognized by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), from anesthesiology to zoo medicine.

Tapeworms in Dogs, Cats, People, and Other Animals
Tapeworms are intestinal parasites that can infect dogs, cats, people and many other animals. Learn about the life cycle of the tapeworm, how infection can occur and how to avoid tapeworm infections.

Auto Immune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA) Facts
AIHA, or Auto Immune Hemolytic Anemia, is a disease where the body's own immune system fails to recognize red blood cells as

Revolution (Selamectin) - Drug Profile
About Revolution and its intended uses, as well as information on administration and precautions when using Revolution.

Subcutaneous (SQ) Fluid Administration for Pets Tip
Giving fluids under the skin (SQ fluids) is something that many pet owners learn to do at home. Fluids are usually given when their pet is suffering from an illness such as chronic kidney failure or general failing health due to age or disease. Here are some tips to make fluid giving more pleasant for your pet and for you.

Infectious Canine Cyclic Thrombocytopenia in Dogs
About Infectious Canine Cyclic Thrombocytopenia in dogs, including signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Conjunctivitis in Dogs and Cats - Definition and Causes
A definition of conjunctivitis, along with potential causes of conjunctivitis in dogs and cats.

Seizures and Epilepsy in Dogs and Cats
Seizures and epilepsy are a common diagnosis in both dogs and cats. Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about epilepsy and other seizure disorders in dogs and cats.

How to Prepare for a Veterinary Career
Whether you are still in school or considering a career change, here are some tips on how to prepare for a career in veterinary medicine -- as a veterinarian, technician, or assistant.

Heartworm in Dogs - Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment
About heartworm disease including information on the life cycle of heartworms, transmission of heartworm and risk factors, and the importance of preventing heartworm disease. Diagnosis and treatment of heartworm disease are also discussed.

Pet Vaccinations: What Is A Recombinant Vaccine?
This newer class of vaccines is a safer way to protect your pets from disease. Here is how they differ from traditional vaccinations.

Heartworm in Dogs & Cats: Signs, Treatment & Prevention
Learn about heartworm Disease in dogs and cats - the parasite life cycle, treatment options, clinical signs, and how to prevent this deadly parasite. Share your experiences with heartworm in dogs and cats.

Heartworm Disease - Veterinary Medicine
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Diagnosing Canine and Feline Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes mellitus is common in both dogs and cats. Learn about the different diagnostic tests that are used to diagnose canine and feline diabetes mellitus.

How Is a Declaw Surgery Performed?
The decision to declaw your cat, especially a cat older than 6 months, should not be taken lightly. Being informed and discussing the pros and cons with your veterinarian is helpful for the decision-making process.

Punishing Dog Aggression - Cesar Millan Controversy
In recent weeks, there has been a lot of talk on Twitter about Cesar Millan, otherwise known as The Dog Whisperer, and his dominance-based training methods for

Summer Pet Safety Tips
Summertime and the living is easy. Or is it? Learn about the dangers of summer heat, thunderstorm and fireworks phobias, water safety and more in this summertime safety tip archive.

Summer Pet Safety Tips
Summertime and the living is easy. Or is it? Learn about the dangers of summer heat, thunderstorm and fireworks phobias, water safety and more in this summertime safety tip archive.

DEET Toxicity in a Cat - Case Report
DEET is an effective bug repellent for humans, but not recommended for use on pets. At this time (2014), there are no DEET products labeled for use in pets. This toxicology case report details the clinical signs and treatment for a cat sprayed with DEET to protect from insect bites.

Canine and Feline Auricular (Ear) Hematomas
An ear hematoma is an uncomfortable situation for a dog or cat. Learn about the potential causes and the treatment options for canine and feline auricular hematomas.

Parvo in Dogs - Is Parvovirus Shed in Vomit?
A viewer asked if parvo can be spread via vomit (as well as feces) after losing a puppy to parvo. Learn about parvovirus incubation, transmission and survivability in this Parvo FAQ.

Household Poisons: Common Household Pet Poisons
The average home contains many possible poisons for pets and children. Properly storing and locking up hazardous items is the first step to preventing accidental poisonings. It is also important to realize the ability of many pets to chew through child locking caps and

Quiz: Top 5 Human Drugs - Toxic to Pets Or Not?
Sometimes the pets consume the medications on their own, and sometimes owners unknowingly give their pets human medications that are toxic to dogs and cats. Are they toxic? Find out.

Heartworms in Cats
Heartworms can infect cats as well as dogs. In cats, heartworm disease tends to show up as respiratory disease rather than heart disease. Feline heartworm disease can be fatal for infected cats.

How to Tell if a Dog Was Neutered or Not
You take your male dog in to be neutered, and after he is back home, it appears that the testicles are still there. Or are they? Learn the answer to this common question, why it may happen, and if you should be concerned.

Laparoscopy Offers Diagnostic and Treatment Options In Veterinary Medicine
Many of the diagnostic and treatment options available to humans are also available for animals. Dr. Alvaro Larin, DVM ACVS, discusses the use of laparoscopy in pets for diagnosing and treating a variety of conditions.

Giardia in Pets and People
Giardia is a one-celled protozoan parasite that lives in the intestinal tract of many animals. When this parasite produces a diarrheal diease in animals, it is called Giardiasis. Learn about this parasite, how it is transmitted, signs of disease, and how it is diagnosed and treated in this FAQ.

How Is a Bile Acid Test Performed? What Does It Mean?
How is a Bile Acid test performed, and what does it mean?

Is It OK to Vaccinate a Pet If Pregnant or Nursing?
Is it OK to vaccinate your pet if she is pregnant or may be pregnant? What about if she is nursing? Read this FAQ to find out the safest basic guidelines.

Is Anesthesia Necessary to Clean My Pet's Teeth?
Learn what is involved with a veterinary dental and why general anesthesia is usually necessary in this FAQ.

Patent Ductus Arteriosus - Congenital Heart Disease of Dogs
Heart disease in dogs can have many causes. Patent ductus arteriosus is the most common congenital heart disease in the canine.

Toxicology Report: Albuterol Inhaler Poisoning in a Dog
Guest author Ahna Brutlag DVM, Assistant Director of Veterinary Services at the Pet Poison Helpline, shares this case of a common poisoning hazard for pets; human medications. In this case report, learn about Rooney the curious Boxer and the dangers of albuterol inhalers for pets.

Granulomatous Meningoencephalomyelitis (GME) in Dogs
The acronym GME stands for Granulomatous MeningoEncephalomyelitis, a disease of the brain and spinal cord. Read this FAQ to learn about common symptoms and prognosis for this disease.

Surgical Photo Gallery of Lipoma Removal in a Dog
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.

The skin is incised over the lipoma
The skin is incised over the lipoma during a lipoma removal surgery on a dog's neck.

Bluntly dissecting around the lipoma with fingers
Bluntly dissecting around the lipoma with fingers

Bluntly dissecting around the lipoma with scissors
Bluntly dissecting around the lipoma with scissors

Externalizing the lipoma from the underlying tissue
Externalizing the lipoma from the underlying tissue

Removing the lipoma from the dog's neck
Removing the lipoma from the dog's neck

Post lipoma cavity closure is important
Post lipoma cavity closure is important

Lipoma post-removal on surgical tray © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM
Lipoma post-removal on surgical tray © Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM

Lipoma removal site closed with surgical staples
Lipoma removal site closed with surgical staples

Heart Disease in Dogs - Causes of Mitral Valve Heart Disease
Heart disease is common in dogs. Valvular heart disease is the most common cause of heart disease and is especially common in small breed dogs. The mitral valve is the valve of the heart that is most often affected. Learn more about mitral valve disease in dogs.

How to Raise Funds for Pet and Vet Care Bills
The economy is depressing, no doubt about it. But there are good things happening, too. People have pulled together to increase awareness and funds for shelters, rescues and animals everywhere. This has been accomplished largely through grass roots efforts on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. However, what if you are just one person, rescuing one animal? Here is a collection of resources to help raise money for vet care and food bills.

Furry Fundraising - how to raise funds for pet and vet care bills
The economy is depressing, no doubt about it. But there are good things happening, too. People have pulled together to increase awareness and funds for shelters, rescues and animals everywhere. This has been accomplished largely through grass roots efforts on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. However, what if you are just one person, rescuing one animal? Here is a collection of resources to help raise money for vet care and food bills. Page 2.

What, When and How to Feed a Cat With Diabetes
Cats with diabetes mellitus require a strictly controlled diet. Find out what, when and how to feed a cat with diabetes.

Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy - Treatment and Prognosis
Canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a heart disease that affects large breed dogs most often. Learn about treatment options and prognosis.

Vaccine Doses - Why Is It Same for All Sizes of Pets?
This is a great question and explains why vaccines are different than injectable drugs or oral medications that are typically dosed by weight.

Terri Marks DVM - Mastiffs and French Bulldogs at Westminster 2008 - present
I first met Terri Marks DVM in 2008 - my first Westminster show. She came to the rescue after the video 'props' (toothpaste and toothbrush) were mysteriously missing from the video producer's bag. Dr. Marks saved the day with dog toothbrush and toothpaste and her Mastiff Bo, who was a great sport and star in the How To Brush Your Dog's Teeth video on about.com. We have met every year since then, first with Mastiffs and now with French Bulldogs. Here are the interviews with Dr. Marks and stories about her dogs over the years.

Rabies Disease and Prevention for Pets and People
Rabies is a viral disease of animals and people and is fatal in most cases. This virus is spread via saliva through bite wounds. Learn how to protect your pets and family from this lethal disease.

Pet Health Insurance Company Interviews - Insurance companies answer the same 10 questions for easy comparison
Pet Health Insurance Company Interviews - Insurance companies answer the same 10 questions for viewers to learn about pet insurance and compare various company offerings and exclusions.

Pancreatitis - Learn about signs, treatment and prevention of pancreatitis in dogs and cats
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.

Pet Health Insurance Company Interviews - Insurance companies answer the same 10 questions for easy comparison
Pet Health Insurance Company Interviews - Insurance companies answer the same 10 questions for viewers to learn about pet insurance and compare various company offerings and exclusions.

Dog Food Reviews - Tell us about your favorite dog foods and treats
Knowing what is the

Pet Care Costs - Tips to Save Money on Pet Care and Vet Bills
Pets not only require our time and attention, they require our money, too. Food, vaccinations, and veterinary medical care all add up. In today's tough economy, people are rethinking their personal expenses and cutting the budget where they can. Here are some tips to keep your pet in good health while saving money.

Top Winter Pet Safety Tips - Keep your dog and cat safe from winter and cold weather health hazards with these winter pet safety tips
Cold weather poses special risks for pets, such as running out of water (frozen over) and increased pain from arthritis. Winter dangers aren't just about the cold temperatures. Learn about other potential hazards seen in winter such as antifreeze and deicer toxicity, and get tips on how to be pet-prepared for winter storms and power outages.

Gifts for Pets – Gifts for Pet Lovers and Pets
Holiday gift ideas for pets and pet lovers; with attention to safety, functionality, and each pet's particular preferences. Find something for your pet or pet lover on your holiday list here.

H1N1 and Animals - latest news about H1N1 veterinarians and animals
Stories about the H1N1 virus are in the news daily, and can be overwhelming. This news archive is focused on animal cases of H1N1. According to the CDC, the swine version (influenza type A H1N1) was first isolated from a pig in 1930. To date, The H1N1 cases documented in turkeys, ferrets and a cat have caught the H1N1 virus from humans, not the other way around. Stay informed, but do not panic. Common sense prevention - washing hands and isolating sick individuals is important to reduce spread.

Westminster Dog Show - archive of coverage of the Westminster Dog Show in New York City
The first Westminster Dog Show was held in 1877 and has a rich history. This show is America's second-longest continuously held sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby. The show is held on the second Monday and Tuesday of February. This page is an archive of my coverage of this event, starting in 2008. Feature stories include therapy dogs, assistance dogs, search and rescue dogs, and veterinary professionals who own/breed/show dogs at the Westminster Dog Show.

Skin Disease, Hair Loss and Scratching - Information about allergies, parasites, infections and hair loss in dogs and cats
Itching, scratching, fleas, allergies and hair loss are among the most common questions to veterinarians. Hair loss and scratching are very common signs that represent a multitude of possible health or parasite problems. Often the scratching, chewing and licking lead to secondary problems. Your veterinarian will need to do an examination and likely some testing to determine the root cause and begin treatment. Here are some resources about these common skin problems in dogs and cats.

Chocolate - what makes chocolate toxic to pets and how much is too much chocolate for dogs and cats
Chocolate toxicity is one of the number one concerns of pet lovers, even though there are other foods and household items that are much more toxic. Here are the top chocolate questions and answers relating to pets eating chocolate.

Help - I Just Put Dog Flea Control on my Cat
Accidentally putting dog flea control on a cat happens. In this interview, veterinary toxicologist Dr. Ahna Brutlag shares her expertise on this common question.

Pet Memorials - Ways To Remember and Honor Your Pet's Life
There are many ways to memorialize a cherished pet. A common way is to have a pet cremated. Dealing with the ashes is sometimes difficult. Here are some ideas to help.

AAHA Helping Pets Fund - Improving the lives of pets and people through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund
The American Animal Hospital Association, or AAHA, is a non-profit veterinary organization that that accredits companion animal veterinary hospitals in the US and Canada. The AAHA Helping Pets Fund helps people provide necessary veterinary care for their pets. To learn more about this fund program, I interviewed Tamara Fox, the AAHA Helping Pets Fund Administrator. Learn more about this fund, and how you can donate to help animals in need or seek assistance for your own pets.

The Less Adoptables: Jasmine - Tamed
Catching a feral cat is tough. Watching a feral cat get sicker and sicker is even harder. Page 2.

The Less Adoptables: Jasmine - Wobbly and Falling
Medication started, but now a new problem is noticed. Page 3.

The Less Adoptables: Jasmine - To the Vet
Well enough to escape again, Jasmine reappeared two days later and was quickly taken to the vet. Page 4.

The Less Adoptables: Jasmine - Careful Care
Tiny and sick, Jasmine decided that life in the home, on a lap or shoulder, was a pretty good place to be. Page 5.

The Less Adoptables: Jasmine - Found
Jasmine was part of a feral (wild) colony of cats.

The Less Adoptables: Jasmine - Purring Family Member
Jasmine becomes a member of the family. Page 6.

The Less Adoptables: Jasmine - A New Problem Found
One more problem found, due to early kittenhood health problems. Page 7.

The Less Adoptables: Jasmine - Permanent Foster
Jasmine is grown up now, and a caretaker for new comer kittens as Liz continues to work for 100% spay and neuter of the feral colony. Page 8.

West Paw Design: Zogoflex Dog Toys - Tux, Hurley and Huck
I have three dogs, with varied interests in chewing and playing with toys. While I love the

The Dog Cancer Survival Guide
Guide review of the Dog Cancer Survival Guide by Demian Dressler DVM and Susan Ettinger DVM ACVIM (Oncology).

Perfect Puppy in 7 Days by Dr. Sophia Yin
Veterinarian Sophia Yin offers very comprehensive one-on-one puppy training in this book, giving your puppy a head start on training good socialization tips to last a lifetime. Learn how puppies develop, from Day 0 to adulthood. Filled with 400 photographs on puppy care and behavior, canine behavioral and training concepts are easy to understand and remember.

Review: Through A Dog's Ear - iCalmDog Music Player for Dogs
I had seen the photos. Yet I still misjudged just how small the iCalmDog player really is. I admit that I was skeptical. Something so small could only produce a tinny, jangling sound, right? Not expecting much, I pushed the

Salmonella Infections in Dogs, Cats and People
Salmonella is a zoonotic disease that can infect dogs, cats and people. Simple precautions can help you protect your pets and your family from becoming infected with Salmonella.

Toxoplasmosis - A Zoonotic Disease Involving Cats and People
Toxoplasmosis is a disease that can infect cats and people. It is especially dangerous for pregnant women. Learn about toxoplasmosis and how to protect yourself from this disease.

Protect Your Family and Your Pets from Ticks and Tick-Borne Zoonoses
Ticks can pass a number of diseases to animals and people. Learn how to protect your family and your dogs and cats from tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Safe Dog Walking Etiquette
Letting dogs run up to greet other dogs and people could be more than you bargained for. Here are some tips for safe dog walking.

Heartworm Incidence Prevention and Treatment - Q & A with the American Heartworm Society
Information gathered about heartworms, prevention and treatment has grown considerably over the last 20 years. In this interview, Dr. Wallace Graham, 2011 president of the American Heartworm Society, brings us up to date on the latest heartworm incidence reports, treatment guidelines and prevention of heartworm in dogs and cats.

Salmonellosis - Infection with Salmonella Bacteria
Salmonella is a genus of bacteria that is normally found in the intestines of both cold- and warm-blooded animals and in the environment. Learn how this bacteria causes disease in humans and animals, what the symptoms are, and how to prevent infection and spread of this disease.

Can My Family Get Pinworms from Our Pet?
Pinworms are a common parasite in people, particularly in children. Often, the family pet gets blamed for the disease. But is your dog or cat really the culprit? Can dogs and cats pass pinworms to people?

Do those "doggie breath mints" at the pet food store really work?
If your pet has bad breath, will those

What is USG or Urine Specific Gravity?
What does USG stand for, and what does it mean on a urinalysis?

What does BSE stand for, and why is it called "Mad Cow" disease?
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 terminology in cattle. For human health and current political issues concerning BSE, please visit with your local health care provider or refer to local/national/Internet news sources.

Vet School Diaries - True Life Veterinary School
Vet School Diaries - True Life Veterinary School

Who wants to be a Veterinaire? Veterinary Trivia game: incorrect
Who wants to be a Veterinaire? Veterinary Trivia game: try again

Veterinary Knowledge Quiz Archive
Veterinary Trivia game - stay sharp with these fun veterinary quizzes!

Canine Veterinary Diseases and Conditions - By Body System
Canine Veterinary Diseases and Conditions - Organized by Body System.

Feline Veterinary Diseases and Conditions - A to Z
Feline Veterinary Diseases and Conditions - A to Z

Veterinary Q & A - Should I Call The Vet?
Veterinary Q & A - Should I Call The Vet?

Veterinary Q & A - Should I Call The Vet? Part II
Veterinary Q & A - Should I Call The Vet? Part II. Page 2.

Veterinary Q & A - Should I Call The Vet? Part III
Veterinary Q & A - Should I Call The Vet? Part III. Page 3.

Limping and Lameness in Dogs and Cats
Common scenarios involving lameness and injury in dogs and cats presented to help viewer determine when to call the veterinarian.

Emergency! Be Prepared - Veterinary Medicine
Emergency! Be Prepared - Veterinary Medicine. Protect your pet from the hazards of winter.

Greyhound Health and Wellness Program at The Ohio State University - My Interview with Founder C. Guillermo Couto, DVM Diplomate ACVIM
I was fortunate to visit and spend some time at the Greyhound Health and Wellness Program at The Ohio State University. I met with the veterinary staff and interviewed program founder C. Guillermo Couto, DVM Diplomate ACVIM, to learn more about the work they do there for Greyhound health and the services they offer veterinarians and Greyhound owners worldwide. Here is my interview with Dr. Couto and some photos from this visit.

Dealing With Terminal Illness and Grief
Sometimes, after receiving a terminal diagnosis for a pet, the

Feliway® Use in Cats - Test Subject Report!
The conclusion piece to the Veterinary Q & A on Feliway® use in cats. In this article, I discuss my findings after using this product for a month on my own cats.

Service dog in action - Zorro the Belgian Malinois and his handler trainer Sara
For this Belgian Malinois dog, life in the show ring is secondary to his real job; that of being a service dog for his handler and trainer. Sara, who has a congenital hip deformity known as coxa vara, has trained Zorro since he was a puppy. He is trained to provide physical support, stability, and physical assistance, as well as retrieve dropped items. Meet Sara and Zorro, an amazing duo who work and live together 24/7.

Veterinary Technicians - A wide range of job responsibilities and emotions
The life of a vet tech is often demanding; long hours, lots of lifting and lots of cleaning up of smelly substances. Not to mention the chance of getting bit or scratched while assisting the doctor with a variety of pets. Is it worth it? Does the love of animals override the demands? Is the salary adequate for the demands and responsibilities of the job? Read some opinions from viewers.

Fleas and Ticks - Tips and Facts
Statistically, fleas and ticks are bound to infest your favorite feline or best friend. Protect yourself and your pet with flea and tick, and mosquito products available over-the-counter.

Pet Grooming Safety - Heat Stroke from Groomer Cage Dryer
Heat stroke is a danger in summer months, especially for pets left in parked cars. Another risk factor for heat stroke may not be so obvious: how your pet's hair is dried.

Heartgard - Drug Profile for Heartgard - Ivermectin
About Heartgard and its intended uses, as well as information on administration and precautions when using Heartgard.

Vaccines for Cats - Which Vaccinations are Commonly Given to Cats?
About vaccination in cats, including which vaccines are commonly given to cats as part of their preventative medicine program.

Saving Pets is a Business - Why Shelters Are Failing Animals
Mike Arms, president of Helen Woodward Animal Center, spoke at Blogpaws West, a conference for animal and pet bloggers. He is an accountant by training, animal champion by choice. He is a compelling speaker who's message is tough to hear. The message is simple, a fresh perspective. To truly help animals in shelters, we need to start thinking of sheltering as a business and market as such; bringing value to each life and get away from the

Senior Pets - November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month
I am particularly fond of senior pets and pet adoptions. Thanks to Petfinder, the popular pet adoption site, November is the time to celebrate both. Here are my top 5 reasons that senior pets deserve a

Animal Rescue - Interview with Beth Brookhouser Director of the Monterey SPCA Animal Rescue
Learn what animal shelters and humane organizations do to help abused, neglected and injured animals. This article is the first in a six part series on what the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) does for all types of animals in Monterey County California. Find out how you can be the

Animal Abuse and Neglect - Tips for identifying an animal has been abused or neglected
This interview is the third in a series of six interviews with Beth Brookhouser, Director of Community Outreach for the SPCA for Monterey County SPCA in California. By learning how to recognize signs of animal abuse and neglect, people can be the

Help Abused Animals - Tips on how to report neglected and abused animals
This is part five of my interview with Beth Brookhouser, Director of Community Outreach for the SPCA for Monterey County SPCA in California. In this segment, learn what do do if you suspect animal abuse or neglect, and how to report possible cases in your community.

Sophie the Velcro Dog - Dealing With Separation Anxiety - Part III
This is the story of the shelter adoption of my dog, Sophie, Part III. Four months after adopting Sophie, we are still dealing with mild separation anxiety. Read about this common behavioral problem, and what I did to help reduce this clingy behavior in Sophie.

Veterinary Care Costs - Viewer Comments
Viewer submitted comments and opinions about the cost of veterinary care and pet ownership.

Veterinary Q & A: Help - I need a diagnosis
Using the internet for veterinary information to help make good pet care choices.

Hot Spot Prevention Tips - Stop the cycle of itchiness
Hot spots, also known as pyotraumatic dermatitis, are areas of skin inflammation due to self-trauma from chewing, licking and biting. This causes damage to the skin, leading to infection (dermatitis), which in turn causes pain, sensitivity and more itching. Some dogs are more prone to hot spots than others. In addition to treating the problem at hand, the cycle must be broken to prevent ongoing problems and recurrences.

Dogs and Cats with Diabetes - How to Monitor the Health of Pets with Diabetes
Canine and feline diabetes are both serious diseases in the dog and cat respectively. If your pet has diabetes, he will need to be monitored closely. Learn the basics of how dogs and cats with diabetes are monitored, including the testing that is used to evaluate health and progress.

Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) in Dogs - Screening and Diagnosis of Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a common heart disease in large breed dogs. Learn what techniques are used to diagnose dogs that are sick because of DCM and how healthy dogs can be screened for heart disease caused by dilated cardiomyopathy.

Canine Heart Disease - Treatment of Heart Disease Caused by Valvular Degeneration in Dogs
Heart disease in dogs caused by degeneration of the mitral and/or tricuspid valves is a common diagnosis. Learn about the medications and techniques commonly used to treat valvular heart disease in dogs.

Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy - Treatment and Prognosis for HCM in Cats
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common heart disease diagnosed in cats. Learn how feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is treated and the prognosis for cats with HCM.

Epilepsy and Seizures in Dogs and Cats - Refractory Canine and Feline Epilepsy and Seizures
Seizures and epilepsy in dogs and cats are sometimes not responsive to treatment. Learn about some of the reasons your dog or cat may have refractory epilepsy and seizures that continue with medication.

Valvular Heart Disease in Dogs - The Basics of Canine Degenerative Valve Disease
The most common cause of heart disease in dogs, especially small breed dogs, is valvular heart disease. Learn how disease of the mitral and tricuspid valves of the canine heart can cause heart disease and heart failure for affected dogs.

Canine and Feline Seizures - Differentiating Seizures in Dogs and Cats From Other Health Problems
Canine and feline seizures are a common neurological occurrence. However, there are a few other diseases that can appear similar to a seizure in a dog or cat. Learn what conditions to look for and how to tell them apart from a seizure in your dog or cat.

Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Cats - Causes and Signs of Feline Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Dilated cardiomyopathy is one of the types of cardiomyopathies that can cause heart disease in cats. Learn about the causes and signs of feline dilated cardiomyopathy.

Dog Days of Summer - Does Coat Color Make A Difference?
A viewer asks:

Anemia - Definition of Anemia
Definition of Anemia including possible causes in dogs and cats.

Prosthetic Limbs for Dogs and Cats - learn about osseointegrated implants to help dogs and cats walk with prosthetic limbs
I blogged about Oscar, a two-year old cat in the UK who lost both hind limbs in an accident with a field combine. Veterinary surgeons implanted metal rods in the remaining leg bones to affix artificial feet so that Oscar can walk and lead a relatively normal life. After that post, I was contacted by Dave Green, Director of Communications for the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University to learn about their work with artificial limbs for animals. Here is their story.

Treating Canine Diabetes Mellitus - Basics of Treating a Dog with Diabetes
Canine diabetes mellitus is one of the most commonly diagnosed endocrine diseases in the dog. Learn about the basics of treating a dog for diabetes.

Medical Conditions That Can't Wait
While we endeavor to take the very best care of our pets, sometimes it is confusing to know if they are sick or not, if is it an emergency, or if we can wait and watch to see if they will improve. This list is by no means the absolute list to know if you should take your pet to the vet or not (always call your vet if you have any question about your pet's health

Saying Goodbye - Resources to learn more about euthanasia, how to know when it is "time" and pet loss and grief.
The

Saying Goodbye - Resources to learn more about euthanasia, how to know when it is "time" and pet loss and grief.
The

Glossary Term: Pyometra
Pyometra is a potentially life-threatening infection of the uterus in unspayed dogs and cats. Learn more about this condition and how to treat and prevent it in this glossary entry.

Glossary Term: Pyelonephritis
Pyelonephritis is a serious disease of the urinary system. Symptoms can range from

Seroma - Veterinary Glossary Terminology - Seroma
A seroma is a collection of fluid under the skin, usually formed after a surgery or injury.

Glossary Term: Sphincter
This is an anatomical term that is common to animals and to humans. There are several different types of sphincters in the body, from head to tail. Find out more about this anatomical term in this glossary entry.

Glossary Term: FLUTD - Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease
FLUTD was previously known as FUS (Feline Urologic Syndrome). This condition is common in cats, and may be seen as straining to urinate, urinating in odd (non litterbox) places or bloody urine. This condition may be life-threatening, and it is always wise to see your veterinarian immediately before any urethral blockage occurs.

Glossary Term: Cherry Eye
Cherry eye is a very descriptive term for this eye condition. Like a bright red cherry, this lesion can be a frustrating one to correct. Thankfully, it is not usually painful for the patient. Find out more in this Veterinary Glossary entry.

Glossary Term: Dehiscence
In veterinary circles, the word

Glossary Term: Dewclaw
Learn about this anatomical term of largely unknown origin in this glossary entry. Also, about the different types of dewclaws found on dogs and cats.

Glossary Term: Lacrimation
If you look at your pet and see lacrimation, should you be concerned? What is

Glossary Term: Melamine
Melamine is known to many people as a type of dinnerware, the hard plastic material used to make colorful plates and trays for picnics and camping. Now, with recent headlines detailing the pet food recall, the public has learned another thing about melamine -- it is toxic when eaten.

Glossary Term: Otitis Externa
Many vets can diagnose this condition with one quick whiff of the nose upon entering the exam room. What is otitis externa, and how can you help your pet if s/he suffers from this condition?

Glossary Term: Pathognomonic
A bullseye rash (erythema migrans) lesion is considered to be pathognomonic for Lyme disease. What does this difficult word mean? Find out in this glossary entry.

Glossary Term: Petechia
If your pet has a petechia, is it serious? Should you call your vet and it is considered an emergency? Find out the meaning of this Latin-Italian word in this new glossary entry.

Glossary Term: False Pregnancy or Pseudopregnancy
Pseudopregnancy is the medical term for a condition more commonly known as false pregnancy. This condition occurs a few weeks after the canine estrus cycle. It is rare in cats.

Glossary Term: Necropsy
Necropsy is a familiar-sounding word. Do you think you know the meaning? Read this entry to find out! This
Glossary Term: Blepharospasm
If you notice blepharospasm in your dog or cat, should you try a bland diet and wait until tomorrow? Should you be worried about convulsions? Does your pet need a warmer place to sleep? Or none of the above? Read this glossary entry to find out the meaning of this medical term.

Glossary Term: Pedunculated (Polyp or Tumor)
What does

What does BARF stand for, in terms of veterinary nutrition?
The BARF diet has its share of strong supporters, detractors and people who think that the whole idea is just too much work for today's busy lifestyles. Learn what this method of feeding is all about in this glossary entry.

Vet Visits - My pet is terrified of the vet. What are some tips to help my pet?
Many times pet owners put off going to the vet because their pet gets very stressed, or in some cases, aggressive, when faced with going to the vet. The carrier, the car ride and the veterinary office environment create serious stress for some pets. If the visit involves the difficult decision about putting a pet to sleep (euthanasia), many pet owners want to avoid the unfamiliar or stressful time at the veterinary office. Here are some tips to help reduce veterinary office stress.

Glossary Term: Dental Plaque
Dental health is important for both the oral and overall health of your pet. Knowing what your veterinarian is describing during a dental examination will help you identify potential problems with your pet's teeth and help provide optimal dental care for your pet.

What should I do if I suspect a poisoning in my pet?
Poisons can be eaten, absorbed through the skin, and inhaled. Poisonings can mimic many things. Some poisons act immediately, some take days to appear, which can make diagnosis difficult. If you suspect that your pet has been poisoned, time is of the essence! Please call your veterinarian immediately to avoid further injury/damage to your pet. These tips will help your veterinarian help your pet as quick as possible.

Pet Socialization and Behavior Tips For Veterinary Office Visits
Here are some basic behavior tips to work with your new puppy or kitten to help ensure that your pet is able to be examined fully and with as little stress as possible for visits to the vet, groomer, kennel and any public outing.

Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show
Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show. Page 13.

Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show
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Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show
Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show. Page 14.

Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show
Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show. Page 12.

Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show
Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show. Page 15.

Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show
Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show. Page 17.

Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show
Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show. Page 16.

Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show
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Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show
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Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show
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Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show
Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show. Page 5.

Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show
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Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show
Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show. Page 8.

Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show
Westminster 2011 - Veterinary Professionals and Service Dogs at the 135th Westminster Dog Show. Page 6.

Cat Furminator Photo Gallery - My testing of the Cat Furminator Tool on my two cats
This is a companion piece to my cat FURminator review. I wanted to show the tool

Cat Furminator Photo Gallery - My testing of the Cat Furminator Tool on my two cats
This is a companion piece to my cat FURminator review. I wanted to show the tool

Cat Furminator Photo Gallery - My testing of the Cat Furminator Tool on my two cats
This is a companion piece to my cat FURminator review. I wanted to show the tool

Cat Furminator Photo Gallery - My testing of the Cat Furminator Tool on my two cats
This is a companion piece to my cat FURminator review. I wanted to show the tool

Cat Furminator Photo Gallery - My testing of the Cat Furminator Tool on my two cats
This is a companion piece to my cat FURminator review. I wanted to show the tool

Cat Furminator Photo Gallery - My testing of the Cat Furminator Tool on my two cats
This is a companion piece to my cat FURminator review. I wanted to show the tool

Cat Furminator Photo Gallery - My testing of the Cat Furminator Tool on my two cats
This is a companion piece to my cat FURminator review. I wanted to show the tool

Westminster Spotlight - Bo the Mastiff
Westminster Dog Show 2008 - Spotlight. As part of the veterinary medicine coverage of the 2008 Westminster Kennel Club show, dogs and handlers that have a

Westminster 2008 Spotlight - Emme
Westminster Dog Show 2008 - Spotlight. As part of the veterinary medicine coverage of the 2008 Westminster Kennel Club show, dogs and handlers that have a

Westminster 2008 Spotlight - Emme
Westminster Dog Show 2008 - Spotlight. As part of the veterinary medicine coverage of the 2008 Westminster Kennel Club show, dogs and handlers that have a

Westminster Dog Show 2008 - Photos of the places, people and dogs
Westminster Dog Show 2008 - Photos of the places, people and dogs. Learn about the dogs and their handlers from a veterinary perspective; traveling with dogs, pet therapy, training and health of dogs involved in the professional dog show circuit. Page 23.

Wolfie - second day after surgery © Ron Patrone
Wolfie - second day after surgery © Ron Patrone. Page 2.

Wolfie - 4 weeks later © Ron Patrone
Wolfie - 4 weeks later © Ron Patrone. Page 4.

Wolfie's neck healing up © Ron Patrone
Wolfie's neck healing up © Ron Patrone. Page 3.

Wolfie - looking good © Ron Patrone
Wolfie - looking good © Ron Patrone. Page 5.

Franny's Cats - The Franny household of cats starts a weight management program
Cats Guide Franny Syufy Joins Oliver and starts her cats on a a weight management program. This is a joint project to inform and encourage other pet lovers, especially cat owners, on how to keep their pets fit and trim. Page 3.

Franny's Cats - The Franny household of cats starts a weight management program
Cats Guide Franny Syufy Joins Oliver and starts her cats on a a weight management program. This is a joint project to inform and encourage other pet lovers, especially cat owners, on how to keep their pets fit and trim. Page 2.

Sophie says - time for a nap - after an easy grooming session
Sophie says