Diseases

Mast Cell Tumors in the Dog: A New Hope

Filed Under: Dogs, Diseases

Has your dog recently been diagnosed with a mast cell tumor?  Has your veterinarian given you a rather gloomy prognosis?  Take heart:  Pfizer Animal Health™ has a new chemotherapy drug coming out specifically for the treatment of mast cell tumors in the dog.  

Canine Parvovirus

Filed Under: Dogs, Diseases

Worried about the “New Parvovirus?”  Don’t be!  If your pet is adequately vaccinated for parvovirus, then they will be covered for the newer strain.  If your dog is not vaccinated for parvovirus, they can become infected with any strain of parvovirus, regardless of age.  So if your dog has not been vaccinated in the past year for parvovirus, see your veterinarian today!  Don’t delay!  It could mean the difference between the life and death for your four-legged friends.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Diseases

Is your pet suddenly lame when you have seen no indication of trauma?  Have you recently removed ticks from your pet or are you late on your tick treatment this month?  Has your dog had any abnormal bleeding or are his joints swollen or painful?  Then you may want to consider the possibility that your dog could be suffering from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF).

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or Mad Cow Disease

Filed Under: Cows, Diseases

Are you a member of the meat-eating public? Then you might want to familiarize yourself with “Mad Cow Disease,” or Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). First described in 1986 in Great Britain, this disease is a fatal, slow-onset encephalopathy, or disease of the brain, in cattle. “Why should I be concerned?” you might ask. Mad cow disease is the only known form of a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy to be transmitted from animals to humans, which makes it a lethal zoonotic disease.

The Other Influenza: Equine Flu

Filed Under: Horses, Diseases

Is your horse feeling under the weather, running a temperature and coughing? Think your horse may of caught the flu? You could be right! In fact equine influenza, an Orthomyxovirus, is the most frequently diagnosed cause of viral respiratory disease in the horse. This virus is endemic all over the world except in Iceland and in New Zealand. Influenza A viruses can infect a wide variety of species including humans, wild and domestic birds, pigs, sea mammals, dogs, cats, and even ferrets.

Influenza Type A / Swine Flu

Filed Under: Diseases, Pigs

Have you wondered why the government is so concerned about a few cases of the flu? Think there is just a lot of drama going on for ratings week? There may be more to the hype than you think. Human, avian and swine flu strains are all interrelated. The orthomyxoviruses, or influenza A viruses, of all three species can easily exchange genetic material. This genetic exchange could possibly result in a new variety of human virus, which has the potential for severe morbidity and mortality.

Swine Flu: Media Scare or Major Threat?

Filed Under: Diseases, Pigs

Think the current swine influenza scare is just a bit of media drama?  Don’t be too sure.  Pigs have the potential to serve as a genetic “mixing vessel” for influenza viruses carried by birds, pigs and humans.  Most viruses tend to be species specific but not those of the Influenza type A viruses.  These viruses can easily swap genetic code between traditional avian, pig and human infections.  It is feared that this mixing of genetic code may someday result in a flu pandemic to rival that of the 1918 Influenza epidemic.  

Cherry Eye or Prolapse of the Glands of the Third Eyelid

Filed Under: Dogs, Diseases

Have you suddenly noticed a red mass in the corner of your young dog’s eye? Are you concerned that there is a tumor in the corner of the eye when just a day ago everything looked normal? You could be dealing with a common problem in young dogs and puppies, especially in the cocker spaniel, commonly known as hyperplasia of the nictitans gland, “cherry eye”, or prolapse of the glands of the third eyelid.

Leptospirosis in Dogs

Filed Under: Dogs, Diseases

Do you have a young dog that is suddenly in renal failure? Is your dog unvaccinated? Has your part of the country been recently subjected to flooding? Maybe Leptospirosis should be on your list of disease differentials.

Periodontal Disease in the Dog and Cat

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Diet & Nutrition, Diseases, General Care

Periodontal Disease is defined as an inflammation and/or infection of the gums and bone around the teeth. Periodontal disease is the most common disease found in the dog and will affect more than 8 out of 10 dogs three years of age and older. The prevalence of periodontal disease in the dog increases with age but also decreases with increasing body weight; therefore, toy and miniature breeds are more severely affected.

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