Category: General Health

MDR1 Gene Mutation in Dogs and Cats

The MDR1 Gene Mutation is fairly easy to understand. However, many of the descriptive scientific labels may seem quite complex, so we shall simplify them here. Polypeptide – Linear polymer of many amino-acids bonded together in a chain, forming part of (or the whole of) a protein molecule. Glycoprotein – Any proteins that have carbohydrate…

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The Debates Swirling Around Microchipping of Animals

Microchipping of companion animals is a topic that reflects several heightened issues the United States and the rest of the world are wrestling with these days, including regulation, guardian’s rights and the animal’s health. Implanted microchips emit radio frequencies upon scanning the area that convey an identification number. If the frequencies between the scanner and…

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Common Intestinal Worms in Dogs and Cats

    The following is a quick reference guide for pet caregivers about intestinal worms found in dogs and cats. At the end, I have provided my thoughts on treatment options. Roundworms – Intestinal Parasite How it is contracted Most dogs and cats can be exposed to and many are afflicted with roundworms at some…

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Vestibular Dysfunctions in Dogs and Cats

Head tilt? Walking in circles? Your companion dog or cat is likely trying to regain his sense of balance or his spatial orientation is off. The cause is more than likely a vestibular dysfunction. Most often it is an inner ear infection, but several other diseases and conditions can cause vestibular problems. Classification The two…

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Smooshy (Flat) Faced Dogs and Cats

Pugs are so darn cute and have charming personalities to match! This adorable, scrunched-up visage actually exacerbates the Brachycephalic (short head) Obstruction Airway Syndrome. One would think that air would travel faster to the lungs because of the shorter distance, but the parts getting the air to the lungs are compressed and distorted, which enables…

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Purebred Vs. Mixed Breed Dog Health

In June 2013, the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association published a study called “Prevalence of inherited disorders among mixed-breed and purebred dogs: 27,254 cases (1995–2010)” that was compiled by The University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UC Davis). The researchers searched all of UC Davis’ medical records for confirmed diagnoses of inheritable diseases…

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The Plague Is Still Around

Simply saying “the bubonic plague” brings visions of squalor, dirt, millions of rats scurrying about, and people falling over and dying in the middle of the street during the mid-14th century. Indeed, Europe’s population was decimated and approximately 50 million people died during that time.  Nowadays, we think the horror is over and shudder at…

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