Category: General Health

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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Immune-Mediated Encephalitis and Meningitis in Dogs

The causes of many immune-mediated (autoimmune) encephalitis and/or meningitis diseases remain largely unknown. Adding to the confusion, researchers and clinicians tend to rename the diseases each time they have more specific answers based on breed affected or how a disease presents. Literally, scientific journals will list several previous names for the one disease. My goals…

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Allergen-Specific Immunotherapy for Dogs and Cats

Immunotherapy has been the buzzword these days especially with the recent breakthroughs in human cancer therapy. In actuality, the concept and some applications of immunotherapy have been around for a couple hundred years like vaccines, as the definition indicates: “A type of biological therapy that uses substances to stimulate or suppress the immune system to…

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Trap-Neuter-Return Programs of Feral Cats

The basic premise of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs is to trap feral cats, check their health, neuter/spay, vaccinate, evaluate potential for domestication or release back into wild colonies. A slight nip off the tip of the ear distinguishes these cats from others. If the cat is not well enough to be released, he receives further medical…

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