Feline Hyperthyroidism: Thyroid Disorders in Cats

Filed Under: Cats, Diseases

Feline hyperthyroidism is a disease characterized by weight loss, increased appetite, higher energy levels and possible irritability. It is the most common endocrine disorder in cats.

Equine Sarcoids: Skin Tumors in Horses, Mules, and Donkeys

Filed Under: Horses, Diseases

The most frequently occurring neoplasm in the horse is the sarcoid. In fact, sarcoids may account for up to 30% of all tumors in horses. These tumors may be locally aggressive and are non-metastatic, fibroblastic skin tumors of horses, mules, and donkeys.

Fibrosarcomas: Cancerous Tumors in Cats and Dogs

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Diseases

Fibrosarcomas are malignant tumors of fibroblasts. Fibroblasts are cells within the dermis of the skin that produce the collagen in connective tissue. These tumors are locally invasive, often recur locally, and have a tendency to spread to other parts of the body (metastasize). Metastasis often occurs weeks to months following surgical removal. Fibrosarcomas are hard to control through surgery even when ancillary therapy like chemo or radiation is employed.

Feline Roundworms or Toxocara Cati

Filed Under: Cats, Parasites

The feline roundworm or Toxocara cati is the most common parasite seen throughout the U.S. in cats. Roundworms are a spaghetti-type worm typically found in the intestines of infected felines. Roundworms are especially common in young kittens and their nursing mothers.

The Horse Slaughter Debate in the United States

Filed Under: Horses

The current dilemma facing horse owners is how to deal with unwanted horses. The practice of slaughtering horses for human or pet consumption has become increasingly controversial. Unfortunately there are unwanted animals due to medical conditions, personality traits, or changes in the owner’s situation so that they are not financially or physically able to care for these horses. The problem is finding responsible people, groups, or organizations willing to care for them.

Rabies in Cattle

Filed Under: Cows, Diseases

Does your cow appear to be choking? Think twice before extending your arm down the animal’s throat bare handed to look for a foreign body. One of the most common ways for ranchers, farmers, and veterinarians to be exposed to rabies is through exposure to a supposedly choked cow.

The #1 Reason Pets are Brought to Shelters (and How to Prevent It!)

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Behavioral & Training

A nationwide study of animal control facilities performed in 2000 reported that 40% of dogs and 28% of cats were surrendered due to one or more behavior problems. Today, that number is thought to be much higher. The most common behavioral problem cited was inappropriate elimination. Owners are often reluctant to admit when there is a behavioral problem that results in the relinquishment of the pet because they believe acknowledging the problem will decrease the chance of the pet being adopted and increase the possibility of euthanasia.

Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in the Hedgehog

Filed Under: Pocket Pets, Diseases, Hedgehog

Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is caused by an Aphthovirus that affects many species of animals, especially those that are cloven-footed. FMD is endemic in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, India, and Southeast Asia.

Avocado Poisoning in Horses

Filed Under: Horses, Diet & Nutrition, Poisoning

Raising avocados may be detrimental to the health of your horse. Avocado leaves, fruit, bark, and seeds all contain persin and an unidentified cardiac toxin. In lactating mares, persin produces a non-infectious mastitis (inflammation of the mammary glands), epithelial necrosis (skin cell death over the mammary glands) and agalactia (decrease in milk production). Occasionally gastritis and colic may occur.

Adverse Vaccine Reactions

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Pocket Pets, General Care

Vaccines are designed to induce immunity and prevent disease development in the vaccinated party. They have made some diseases rare and others almost nonexistent. Through the use of vaccines we have saved an untold number of lives, both human and animal. Unfortunately, no vaccine is totally effective or completely free of adverse reactions.

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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