Undereating and anorexia are common problems in our feline patients. Poor nutrient intake is, at best, detrimental and interferes with healing and normal organ function. At worst, it is life-threatening. Inappetence and anorexia can be caused by nausea (which may be of neurologic origin or caused by dehydration or GI inflammation). Other factors causing decreased… continue reading.
Recently a client sent me this email…. “We saved a Norfolk terrier from the Pound. He is about one-year-old and was emaciated and sick when we received him. His kennel cough developed into pneumonia, and after a four-day hospital stay, he recovered. He is now healthy, happy, and a wonderful part of our family. There… continue reading.
In light of the recent outbreak of CoVid-19 in humans, I want to talk about the feline version of the CoronaVirus. There are several feline CoronaViruses (FCoV) but they vary widely in their virulence (severity) and clinical signs. FCoV of low virulence usually attack the intestinal cells causing diarrhea and they are usually self limiting,… continue reading.
My Chihuahua cross recently lost his appetite. He is 2 yearsold and used to eat everything as fast aspossible. Lately he hasn’t been eating his food with the same enthusiasm. Should I be worried? I see many dogs with appetite loss. It’s good to remember that dogs, cats, and other pets are creatures of habit. If they… continue reading.
I am regularly asked two questions: “Is my pet in pain?” and “How severe is the pain?” These are very good questions. Assessing a pet’s pain level is very important but tends to be subjective and sometimes difficult to quantify. To help identify pain we need to touch and examine our pets as well as… continue reading.