Toxoplasmosis is caused by an organism called Toxoplasma gondii. It is a protozoan parasite that can cause problems in infants if their mothers are infected prior to birth.
It can be difficult to tell in older pets or those with chronic disease whether their quality of life is failing or poor and what pain, if any, they feel. Animals in pain can be stoic, feeling significant pain on the inside but showing few outwards signs of it.
Inherited eye disease, eye infections and eye trauma are all problems we see in dogs and cats on a regular basis. Eye problems are often uncomfortable or painful, and some can progress to permanent damage or loss of vision, so properly diagnosing eye problems is essential.
Kennel cough, medically known as infectious tracheobronchitis, is caused by several different bacteria, viruses and mycoplasmas. Sometimes, they are all present in what we call the canine infectious respiratory disease complex.
The cornea is a tough translucent structure about one millimeter thick. It protects the front of the eye while simultaneously allowing light to pass through to the retina.
Corneal ulcers are painful because of the sensitive nerve endings in the eye. Ulcers also cause the iris to spasm, adding to the pain. Topical atropine medication is put into the eye to relax the iris muscle and greatly reduce the pain. Occasionally, oral-pain medication is used to control the
In March, the Los Angeles County Department of Veterinary Public Health reported that H3N2 canine influenza was identified in dogs in Los Angeles (LA) County. Most of the dogs were imported from Asia and were seen by a
Glaucoma is a disease in which the normal fluid in the eye does not drain properly. This causes pressure buildup, significant pain and possible loss of vision if not diagnosed and treated early in the course of the disease.
Animals have a unique structure around the eye. It’s called the nictitating membrane, more informally known as the third eyelid. This gland can sometimes get inflamed and protrude from under the nictitating membrane, hence the term cherry eye.
Although the concentration of the toxin is low and doesn’t pose a threat to people swimming in the water—prohibited in the parks at any rate—it can be dangerous to humans
The eyes are sensitive organs, and dogs that have this problem have eyes that are in constant discomfort.
Brachiocephalic dogs are the ones with faces that are pushed in as compared to the “normal” dog with an extended nose. Well-known breeds include bulldogs of all types, Boston terriers, pugs, Pekingese, shih tzu and Lhasa apso.
We’re starting to get intermittently warm days that promise to become more frequent as summer comes in, so now is a good time to remind everyone that dogs do not tolerate heat well.
Get to know more about the three boy kittens in the second entry of the three-part Foster Kitten diary series exploring a veterinarian's kitten rescue experience.
This is the final installment in Dr. Kennedy's kitty diary. Here, you'll learn some good ways to train your new friend from kittenhood. As for adult cats--the saying about old dogs may or may not be true, and that goes for cats as well. Nothing to lose!
White isn’t really a color—it’s the expression of a gene that masks, or covers, the underlying color. So, every white cat really has a true color that has been completely masked or covered by the white spotting gene (WSG).
Cats are beautifully designed by nature to be sleek, resourceful, athletic, predatory survivors. Cats are the ultimate predators and can survive just fine with or without human beings.
Raising orphaned kittens is a very rewarding experience, but when they have enteritis, we do have to stay on top of the hygiene issues.
The beauty of the cat carrier is that we can use it to help our cat feel safe in it all the time, so that’s what we’re doing with our foster kitties.
If a cat is “occasionally” allowed out, they tend to become very motivated to get out on a daily basis, constantly trying to slip out between your feet when you’re going in and out the door.
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