Saint Patrick's Day

Filed Under: Cats, Practice Stories

This year Saint Patrick’s Day was stormy - in fact the annual Irish parade was being postponed until Saturday. The employees at the clinic were catching up on some much needed spring cleaning and stocking. Rainy days often give you a chance to catch up on all the non-essential busy work you let slide when patients need your attention. Rainy weather outside usually means one of two things happen at the clinic: clients will bring their pets in for a bath or bring them in extremely sick.

Malignant Catarrhal Fever or Bovine Malignant Catarrh

Filed Under: Cows, Diseases

Malignant Catarrhal Fever (MCF) or Bovine Malignant Catarrh are actually two diseases caused by separate herpes viruses that are almost always fatal to cattle, deer, bison, occasionally pigs, rabbits, and certain exotic ruminants. Neither virus causes disease in their principal hosts, either the wildebeest or the sheep.

Canine Flu or Canine Influenza Virus (CIV)

Filed Under: Dogs, Diseases

Think your dog may have a bad case of Infectious Tracheobronchitis? You may not be dealing with a run-of-the-mill kennel cough. Canine Influenza 1 virus, or CIV, has become an important emerging infectious disease in dogs. The virus responsible for the condition is H3N8 influenza A virus.

Top Dog Breeds in the US for 2007

Filed Under: Dogs

The most popular dog in the US is actually the mixed-breed, sometimes known as designer dogs. Of the AKC registered breeds the following were the most popular in 2007...

Labrador retriever for the 17th consecutive year
Yorkshire terrier
German shepherd
Golden retriever
Beagle
Boxer
Dachshund
Poodle
Shih tzu
English Bulldog

The English Bulldog makes its first appearance ever on the top 10 list.

Holistic Flea Control Strategies

Filed Under: Cats, Parasites

Did you know that vacuuming can be detrimental to the fleas in your pet’s environment? Cleaning the house may actually help you destroy pests. Ohio State University has studied the effects of vacuuming on the most common flea plaguing pets, the cat flea. Their study revealed that 96 percent of adult fleas and 100 % of younger fleas (pupae and larvae stages) were destroyed after passing through a vacuum cleaner.

Bufo Toads: Poisonous to Pets

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Poisoning

Think toads are harmless? Do you think it’s alright if your dog or cat decides on a frog-leg snack? If you live in a warmer part of the world you might just want to rethink your position. Especially large or colorful frogs may be hazardous to the health of your pets. In fact, toads were responsible for the 8th most common way pets were poisoned during 2007 in the United States.

Cat Scratch Fever or Cat Scratch Disease (CSD)

Filed Under: Cats, Diseases

Cat scratch fever or disease (CSD) is a bacterial infection caused by Bartonella henselae. Bartonella are a group of gram-negative bacteria that parasitize erythrocytes (red blood cells or RBCs) of the host and are transmitted by arthropods. Most people infected with cat scratch fever have been previously bitten or scratched by a cat. Cat bites are less frequently implemented in transmission than are scratches.

Cheyletiellosis or Walking Dandruff in the Cat

Filed Under: Cats

Is your cat constantly scratching? Does he have scabby areas of hair loss? Does he have dandruff that you think may be moving? Then your cat could be suffering from cheyletiellosis.

Cheyletiellosis is a dermatologic condition caused by a mite so large that it is sometimes visible to the naked eye. The mite infecting cats is called Cheyletiella blakei. Although primarily a parasite of cats, cross-infections with dogs, rabbits, and foxes may occur.

Pets and Flea Prevention

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Parasites

Adult fleas are wingless, blood-sucking, external parasites of warm-blooded animals. The cat flea is the most common in the Southeast. It has more than fifty hosts, including domestic cats, dogs, opossums, cattle, skunks, squirrels, and the house mouse. From egg to adult, the cat flea can live up to twenty months indoors.

Distribution in the home

Habits of pets affect the distribution of fleas inside the house. Flea larvae are found primarily in carpeting near an area where a pet spends time sleeping or resting.
Suitable infestation sites:

Jiminy Crickets! (A Dehydrated Gecko)

Filed Under: Reptiles, Practice Stories

It was already late in the day and appointments at the clinic were winding down. The technician Debbie and I had just completed the evening treatments when the receptionist Rebecca burst forth through the swinging door to the treatment area: “Hey doc, will you see a dehydrated gecko?” she asked. “I have a client on the line who feels that they have a gecko emergency and would like you to see their pet this evening.”

Dr. Susan named best vet in Northeast Alabama!

Critterology.com's primary contributor, Dr. Susan Muller Esneault, has been named for best veterinarian in northeast Alabama!

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