Diseases

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.

Testicular Tumors in the Dog

Filed Under: Dogs, Diseases

Have you noticed recently that one of your dog’s testicles looks larger than the other or does a portion of the testicle appear swollen? Is your dog middle-aged or older? If so, your dog may be suffering from a testicular tumor.

Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus, or BVDV

Filed Under: Cows, Diseases

Did you know that “Bovine Viral Diarrhea” is actually an all-inclusive term for a clinical disease manifestation that potentially involves one or two distinct viruses? Two distinct biotypes of the virus, two viral states of infection and five distinct clinical forms of acute disease are seen with the Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV). This complex is also known as “Bovine Virus Diarrhea”, “Mucosal Disease”, or “Bovine Pestivirus Disease Complex”.

Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma in the Cat

Filed Under: Cats, Diseases

Does your cat have white-haired areas on the tips of his ears or nose?

White-haired cats, or those that have white-haired areas on their face or ears, are predisposed for the development of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). In fact, white cats are are 13 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma than are cats of any different color.

Canine Osteosarcoma

Filed Under: Dogs, Diseases

Does your dog have a swelling of the leg that is painful when touched?   Is your dog suddenly lame?  Can’t remember a traumatic incidence your pet has been subjected to recently?   Is your dog over 50 pounds in weight?  If the answer to most of these questions is yes, you should take your pet to his veterinarian.   Large and giant breeds of dogs are particularly susceptible to osteosarcoma which is a highly aggressive and malignant tumor or cancer of the bone.  Radiographs will clearly demonstrate if you have to be concerned about this type of tumor.

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease

Filed Under: Cows, Diseases

The weather is so beautiful that you decide to take a hike along a stream or small river and you come across a deceased white-tailed deer in or around the water.  Unfortunately, it is not an uncommon scenario.  Epizootic hemorrhagic disease or EHD is a viral disease of white-tailed and mule deer that is spread by biting gnats.  Domestic ruminants such as cattle and sheep are typically asymptomatic carriers of the virus but occasionally cattle will exhibit clinical disease.  
 

Feline Trichomoniasis

Filed Under: Cats, Diseases

If your cat has been suffering from chronic large bowel diarrhea and nothing seems to be working, don’t overlook trichomoniasis as a possible cause.  Feline trichomoniasis is an infection caused by the protozoal parasite Tritrichomonas foetus.  The infection is hard to diagnose and even harder to treat. 
 

Botulism in Horses

Filed Under: Horses, Diseases

Is your horse showing clinical signs of weakness?  Does your horse appear to have difficulty controlling movements of its tongue or show any other signs of dysphagia (difficulty eating)?  These may be the early warning signs that you horse is suffering from a toxin produced by a type of bacteria known as Clostridium botulinum
 

Chronic Wasting Disease of Elk and Deer

Filed Under: Diseases

First reported in the late 1960’s in captive mule deer found in Colorado, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has now been found in cervids (hoofed ruminant mammals whose males of the species have horns) in much of the northwestern United States and several Canadian provinces.  Surveillance studies in hunter-harvested animals from 1996-1999 found that CWD infected approximately 5% of the mule deer, 2% of the white-tailed deer, and <1% of the elk in the Colorado and Wyoming areas of the United States.  The geographical area and number of animals infected continues to grow. 

Ferret Influenza, or Ferret Flu

Filed Under: Pocket Pets, Diseases, Ferrets

Have you been feeling under the weather lately? Running a temperature, feeling achy and coughing? You may be suffering from the flu. If it is indeed the flu, you might not want to socialize with your ferret buddies. Ferrets are extremely sensitive to the influenza viruses, both types A and B, as well as the swine flu or H1N1 variety.

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