Plants That Are Poisonous to Cats

Have you wondered about what plants are poisonous to cats? Plants can add a certain ambiance to your home, and some are even great for cats to chew on or hide in. But quite a few are toxic to cats and can be deadly. Here is a list of some common houseplants that are . . . → Read More: Plants That Are Poisonous to Cats

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) in Cats

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When the heart can’t deliver enough blood to the body and fluid consequently backs up into a cat’s lungs, it’s called congestive heart failure. There are many causes of congestive heart failure in cats. Most commonly it results from a condition that causes the walls of the heart to thicken . . . → Read More: Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) in Cats

Calming Your Dog During A Thunderstorm

I once had a dog named Lightning that was so afraid of thunder he would dart behind our couch for cover. Ironic, I know. Dogs are often afraid of the booming noise and will sometimes be so nervous that they shake. As a dog owner you should do as much as you can to . . . → Read More: Calming Your Dog During A Thunderstorm

Helpful Tips for Living With a Pet Who Is Deaf or Hearing-Impaired

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One of the sweetest things about my profession as a veterinarian is the opportunity to see the love shared between people and pets. What’s even more special is seeing the accommodations people make for pets with disabilities.

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Cardiac Exam Procedure in Pets

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A cardiac exam evaluates the function of the cardiovascular system. The exam is performed by your veterinarian to determine the health of your pet’s heart. The exam is especially important for older animals, pets with a history of heart problems, or breeds that are at increased risk for developing heart . . . → Read More: Cardiac Exam Procedure in Pets

Asthma in Cats

For cats with asthma, just as with humans, the airways in the lungs become restricted and inflamed. If a cat coughs, wheezes, has a hard time breathing, or breathes with his mouth open, he might have asthma. Veterinarians don’t always know what causes it (allergies are suspected) and there is no clear cure, but . . . → Read More: Asthma in Cats

My Pet Has Red and Irritated Eyes. What's Going On?

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This easy-to-spy problem is common in both cats and dogs and can be caused by an injury, an irritation or even a disease. Regardless of the cause, your pet’s eye may look roughly the same: Some or all of the structures surrounding the eye will be red and/or visibly swollen, . . . → Read More: My Pet Has Red and Irritated Eyes. What’s Going On?

Abscesses and Bite Wounds in Cats and Dogs

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Pets have a way of getting into trouble with one another. And when the seemingly inevitable altercations ensue, fangs and fur can fly. Unfortunately, a great many of these cases end in abscesses. A bite-wound abscess forms when the body can’t remove infection, inflammation, and damaged cells fast enough after . . . → Read More: Abscesses and Bite Wounds in Cats and Dogs

I Found Lumps and Bumps on My Pet. How Serious Is It?

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We’ve been there: Your pet seems fine, and then all of a sudden, a new lumpy, bumpy mass pops up on his body, seemingly overnight. Sometimes these lumps and bumps can be caused by wounds, but other times they can be warts or other types of growths. Whatever the reason . . . → Read More: I Found Lumps and Bumps on My Pet. How Serious Is It?

Urinary Blockage in Cats: A Real Emergency

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A urinary blockage occurs when there is an obstruction in the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. When this happens it is difficult or impossible for a cat to empty the bladder, making it a . . . → Read More: Urinary Blockage in Cats: A Real Emergency