Abscesses from Bite Wounds An abscess forms when an infected bite wound heals over on the surface, sealing the infection inside. Fever is generated as the infection incubates. Diseased tissue and the inflammatory cells liquefy into pus. The pus breaks
Acute Hemorrhagic Diarrhea Syndrome (AHDS or HGE) The term hemorrhagic gastroenteritis basically means inflammation of the stomach and intestine with bleeding. This kind of bleeding inflammation might be seen in patients with parvovirus infection, pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease or any number
Addison’s Disease (Hypoadrenocorticism) Adrenal Hormones The adrenal gland is so named because it is located just forward of the kidney (renal means kidney). The center of the gland is called the medulla and the outer area is the cortex. While
Adrenal Tumor Treatment in Cushing’s Syndrome Let’s assume an adrenal tumor has been confirmed with either blood testing, imaging, or both. Two questions must be answered next: Is the tumor benign or malignant? Should you choose surgical treatment or medical management?
Air Travel with Your Pets Summer and holiday seasons turn into USDA health certificate seasons at animal hospitals nationwide. If you are planning air travel with your pet, here are some things you need to know. Traveling Dog Travel is
Allergies Atopic Dermatitis (Airborne) Atopy Every one knows someone with hay fever. Airborne pollens, molds, dust particles, etc. are inhaled and soon the sneezing and sniffling begins. A simple way to think of atopy for pets would be simply saying
Alopecia X is a Pattern of Baldness Alopecia is the medical term for baldness. A particular type of baldness has been described in the Nordic or double-coated breeds whereby the dog develops symmetrical coat loss on the trunk as well
Anorexia, or Lack of Appetite, in Dogs and Cats Appetite loss and appetite reduction are important factors in illness assessment and they must be recognized and reported as soon as possible. Acceptance of favorite foods often determines if a pet
Aspergillosis in Dogs Fungi of the Aspergillus genus are well known to most people as the lacy, fluffy mold that grows on foods kept a bit too long. There are over 180 species of Aspergillus fungi and they generally do
Asthma in Cats Asthma is a recurring respiratory compromise featuring the constriction of the lung’s airways. First, excess mucus forms, the airway walls swell with inflammation and can actually ulcerate, and finally the airway muscles go into spasm leading to
Aural Hematoma in Dogs and Cats A hematoma is swelling created by a broken blood vessel after bleeding has occurred inside a tissue. Hematomas in the earflaps (aural hematomas) occur when head shaking breaks a blood vessel within the earflap.