Yearly Archives: 2020

23 10, 2020

Minimizing Stress In Cats

2020-10-23T14:55:16-07:00October 23rd, 2020|Behavioral, Cats, Current News, Tips|

Cats are interesting creatures when it comes to their social lives. They are highly prone to stress, especially in households with more than one cat. This stress can cause chronic disease, especially of the urinary tract. It is so important that have a page dedicated to this problem called Urinary Tract Disease in Cats. When this disease is caused by excess stress it is called Idiopathic Cystitis. There is even speculation that excess stress causes a "Pandora Syndrome" in cats with aspects that are similar to humans. In cats the excess stress can exacerbate skin conditions like psychogenic alopecia (a

22 10, 2020

Diabetes Mellitus (Sugar Diabetes)

2020-10-22T13:48:42-07:00October 22nd, 2020|Avian, Cats, Dogs, Guinea Pig|

This page describing diabetes mellitus (DM) is very thorough and will require some study if you want to understand it fully. We have a summary page on DM if that suits your needs better than this detailed page. Sugar diabetes, more correctly know as diabetes mellitus (DM), is a complex disease that is difficult to control, particularly in cats. Proper treatment requires a commitment on your part, usually for the life of your pet. It is well worth the effort in most cases because response to treatment is usually quite rewarding. A pet being treated for DM with insulin injections

10 10, 2020

Ear Infections

2020-10-10T11:00:53-07:00October 10th, 2020|Cats, Dogs|

A common problem in dogs and cats is ear infections. When it occurs in the ear canal it is called otitis externa. As a general observation the canine species tends to have more of a problem with otitis externa than the feline species. Dogs and cats have sensitive ears, and the amount of discomfort and pain they must endure when their ears are infected are not appreciated by most owners. There are many factors working in combination that determine whether or not a pet gets an ear infection. Without addressing the primary  factors in the first place, and without addressing

10 10, 2020

Ear Cleaning

2020-10-10T10:59:50-07:00October 10th, 2020|Cats, Dogs|

One of the most important things you can do to keep your pet's ears clean and healthy is to clean them periodically, especially if they have been prone to infection. This page will show you the proper technique using a medium sized dog as an example. The technique for a cat is similar, the only major difference is in restraint. No matter which species you are restraining, pick a room that is quiet and free of small children. Please let one of our nurses give you an actual demonstration of this technique to develop your confidence. Before we institute any

10 10, 2020

Dog and Cat Allergic Dermatitis

2020-10-10T09:36:21-07:00October 10th, 2020|Cats, Dogs, Skin Conditions|

Allergies are a common cause of skin conditions in dogs and cats, along with other species. This type of allergy goes by several names; the most common are atopy, allergic skin disease, or allergic inhalant dermatitis (AID). The main difference between us and dog and cats is that allergies in pets tend to cause skin conditions and ear problems, as opposed to the  runny eyes, runny noses, and sneezing we encounter in people. Symptoms typically include scratching and itching, although many other skin conditions can cause itching. This itching is called pruritus. Allergies can be hard to control and are

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