Urinary Incontinence in Dogs

Urinary incontinence is the involuntary passing of urine. It is very common, particularly in older, spayed female dogs. True urinary incontinence means that the dog urinates when he or she is asleep and unable to do anything about it. This condition may be linked to bladder problems, bladder stones or some other disease that will cause more frequent urination. If your dog is having incontinence problems, it is best to take him or her to the veterinarian and have a… Continue reading

Keeping your Pet Healthy

We all know that our pets age faster than we do. Many times people ask me how old their pet is in “people” years. The old rule of thumb 1 dog year equals 7 human years and 1 cat year equals 5 human years is not always correct but it does give you a pretty good idea. Regardless of your pet’s age, it is important to understand the things that will keep him healthy. Dogs and cats cannot tell you… Continue reading

Feline Stomatitis

Feline Stomatitis is a common and painful problem for many cats. Stomatitis is an inflammation of the oral cavity involving the gums, and gingiva. It is most common in purebred cats such as Himalayans and Persians. Cats with stomatitis often have bad breath (halitosis). They also have red and inflamed gums (gingiva). The inflammation can spread from the areas near the teeth to the back of the throat. Eating and swallowing become difficult and painful for many of these cats.… Continue reading

Perianal Fistula

Perianal fistula is an inflammatory disease that results in fistulous tracts that form around the anus and sometimes inside the rectum. 85 % of all cases occur in German Shepherd Dogs, but other large breed dogs such as the Irish Setter, Collie and Bulldog are also affected. This condition is seen more frequently in un neutered males. The cause of perianal fistulae is unknown although it is thought to be caused by immune disease or infection. In German Shepherd Dogs,… Continue reading

Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency ( EPI)

Most people are familiar with the pancreas as the organ that produces insulin which regulates blood sugar in animals and people. However, a part of the pancreas also has a function in digestion. This part is called the Exocrine Pancreas. The Exocrine pancreas produces enzymes that break down fats, proteins and carbohydrates. When these pancreatic cells are not functioning well, then the dog or cat can not digest its food. This results in weight loss, diarrhea, increased appetite, large, greasy… Continue reading

Feline Upper Respiratory Infections

Although cats do not get colds, they do suffer from upper respiratory infections. These kind of infections are seen mostly commonly in shelter cats, barn cats and outdoor stray cats. Although any cat can contract these diseases, kittens are at higher risk as their immune systems are not yet developed to fight off disease. Purebred cats such as Persians have a greater problem with chronic upper respiratory tract infections due to their pushed in faces and the fact that due… Continue reading

Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (Senility in Dogs)

Pet owners frequently complain of age related problems with their older pets. Common complaints are house training issues, memory loss, confusion, disorientation, panting, drooling, wandering, night pacing and other sleep disturbances , obsessive licking and other conditions. These behaviours usually start gradually and many times owners do not notice them until they are quite severe. How common is this syndrome? Approximately 30 % of all 11 year old dogs have this condition and 100% of all 16 year old dogs… Continue reading

Aggression in Cats–Part 2

Treating aggression in cats involves identifying the cause of aggression and tailoring a treatment plan to the type. For inter cat aggression, re-directed and territorial aggression, try to prevent cats that do not like each other from interacting. Have all cats spayed or neutered as this helps prevent fighting. If the cats are all sharing a smaller space you may have to use some things to calm the cats. Conventional treatments would involve using pharmaceuticals like clomipramine to calm the… Continue reading

Aggression in Cats–Part 1

Aggression in cats is the second most commonly seen behavioural problem of cats. Cat aggression can be very serious because cats have so many weapons, (teeth and 4 sets of claws) and these can inflict serious injuries to humans, dogs or other cats. Cat bites are painful and easily become infected. Cats can also carry the bacteria that causes cat scratch fever in their claws. Cats attacking other cats can cause abscesses that require veterinary attention. Aggression can be either… Continue reading

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