Surgery for Megacolon

Feline megacolon and advanced constipation can be life-threatening. Caught early on, constipation and megacolon may respond favorably to medical treatment and dietary management, but,...

Genetic Clue for Variable Response to Clopidogrel

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a common disease in cats that can cause clots that may result in a potentially life-threatening blockage of blood supply...
Feline Panleukopenia

Feline Panleukopenia

Feline panleukopenia, sometimes referred to as feline distemper or FPV, is a feline parvovirus. Like other parvoviruses, this virus attacks rapidly dividing cells, such...

FFV in Pumas Rising

A study in the January 2020 Virus Evolution showed a remarkably high number of puma infected with feline foamy virus (FFV) in California, Colorado,...
Zoonotic Disease

Emerging Zoonotic Disease

Feline mycobacteriosis, specifically those infections involving Mycobacterium species belonging to the Mycobacterium tuberculosis-complex group, is an emerging zoonotic disease (one that can be spread...

U.S. Rabies Cases Are On the Rise

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed an 11% increase in documented cases of animal rabies in the United States...

L-lysine for Feline Herpes Virus

Q. Recently my kitten was diagnosed with a corneal ulcer. After initial treatment and follow-up with an ophthalmologist, she was given a clean bill...

FIV Unlikely to Cause Blindness

Sebastian, a big orange longhair, was adopted in 2009. He tested positive for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), but had no symptoms. In 2017, he started to have eye symptoms and eventually appeared to be blind. He was eating, drinking, socializing, and had regular urination and defecation. Three months ago, he began bleeding from his nose and eventually from his eye and crusting.

IBD Is Chronic GI

Its a common misconception that vomiting is normal in cats. Cats should not routinely vomit more than once per week. The possible causes include everything from gastrointestinal (GI) parasites to dietary indiscretion to foreign bodies. In middle-aged to older cats, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a frequent culprit.

Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is often the stage of disease at which a cardiac problem is first diagnosed. When a cat has CHF, the heart no longer functions as an efficient pump, unable to bring enough oxygen and nutrients to the body cells and move waste products such as carbon dioxide out. Fluid buildup can occur, usually in the lungs (pulmonary edema) and in the chest cavity around the lungs (pleural effusion). …

Cats Are Resistant to Lyme Disease

Recently, my dog was diagnosed with Lyme disease. When I asked my vet about checking my cats, he said that cats did not get Lyme because of how they groom themselves. I have read several accounts of pet parents looking for help because their cat contracted Lyme. Can you please clear up this quandary and list symptoms?

Can Heart Disease Reverse Itself?

Our cat was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at 2 years of age, which was a shock to us, given the fact that he seems perfectly healthy. Our veterinarian did not prescribe medication and told us to monitor him closely.