Pet Care for Senior Dogs and Cats

In: Cat Health, Daycare, Dog & Cat Health

Once a year, conscientious pet owners visit their veterinarian for wellness visits and vaccinations. During the examination the doctor will ask about problems or concerns that may be affecting your pet.  When dogs and cats are young, these problems may be few but as the pets begin to grow older, owners may start to recognize symptoms and behavior trends that affect the overall picture of health. Pets go into middle age at around six to seven years of age and are ...

Impact of collaborative care on canine congestive heart failure patient survival

In: Cat Health, Dog & Cat Health, Dog Health

Over the past few decades, veterinary medicine has responded to the shift of the pet being treated more and more as a member of the family. Specialty veterinary medicine, as well as 24/7 emergency care for companion animals, has become widely available in many areas as people continue to request a level of medical care for their pets that they would for themselves. Dogs and cats typically hide early signs of heart disease until the disease has progressed significantly and is harder to treat. Thus, ...

Wellness Yearly Visit” series – Your Pet’s EYE CARE

In: Cat Health, Dog & Cat Health, Dog Health

There are a number of conditions with the eyes that can affect the well-being and safety of your dog or cat.  Any pet is susceptible to eye problems but those with flatter faces such as Pugs, Boxers, Persians, and Himalayans are more at risk. Many dogs have a condition called KCS or “dry eye”.  This is a chronic and very serious condition as it can lead to blindness if left untreated. You may see a lot of yellow or sticky discharge on the eyeball ...

Healthy Pet Plans

In: Cat Health, Dog & Cat Health, Dog Health

A recent survey of pet owners shows that they are seeking veterinary care less often.  The rising cost of veterinary health care is a factor in many owners’ decision to wait longer to visit their veterinarian.  Preventive care can save, prolong, and improve our pets’ lives through disease prevention and early illness detection.  The current trend in the veterinary industry is to offer plans in which preventative care is bundled together at a discounted price. Olney Sandy-Spring Veterinary Hospital has designed ...

Heart Murmurs in Dogs and Cats

In: Cat Health, Dog & Cat Health, Dog Health

What is a heart murmur?  A heart murmur is an abnormal noise in your pet’s heart heard with a stethoscope.  The noise is a swishing sound in the midst of the normal lub-dub of the heartbeat.  It is often concerning for people to be informed that their pet may have heart disease.  The primary care veterinarian will typically refer the patient to a cardiologist upon suspicion of heart disease for a few reasons.  As with people, pets with cardiac disease in ...

Dr. Bachelor’s Lucky Putty Chicken Dinner for Cats

In: Cat Health

Ready for your cat in: under 30 minutes Makes 4 servings   INGREDIENTS 8 oz cooked chicken 1/2 cup cooked rice 1/2 cup frozen broccoli, cooked/steamed 1/4 cup steamed carrots, chopped chicken broth   DIRECTIONS Put all the ingredients into a food processor except the broth. Process ingredients on high, then slowly pour in the broth until the stuff takes-on a pasty consistency. Will keep in the fridge for up to a week.   COOK’S NOTES: One batch serves 1-4 cats, depending on how big they are.

Heart Murmurs in Dogs and Cats

In: Cat Health

What is a heart murmur? A heart murmur is an abnormal noise in your pet’s heart heard with a stethoscope.  The noise is a swishing sound in the midst of the normal lub-dub of the heartbeat.  It is often unnerving for people to learn that their pet may have heart disease.  The primary care veterinarian will typically refer the patient to a cardiologist upon suspicion of heart disease for a few reasons.  As with people, pets with cardiac disease show ...

My cat has Asthma?

In: Cat Health

Yes, it is possible for your favorite feline pal to have the same problem that many humans endure; asthma! This disease is defined as an airway disorder characterized by episodes of airway narrowing (bronchoconstriction) and airway contraction (bronchospasm). In most cases these episodes are stimulated by a particular “irritant.” Feline Asthma occurs in approximately 1% of cats and the Siamese and Himalayan breeds seem to be more predisposed. Clinical signs in cats are often subtle, but consistent and similar to ...

Oh no! Not the carpet!

In: Cat Behavior, Cat Health

Have you ever found a wet spot or seen your furry friend urinate right in front of you? Well, this is a common problem for both dogs and cats. There are many possible causes for this conduct: it could be either a medical or behavioral issue. To determine the root of the problem, the first step is taking your canine or feline friend to the veterinarian. Your veterinarian will examine your pet and will likely suggest some diagnostic tests which could ...

“Ouch!” Alternative Treatments for Pain

In: Cat Health

Many of our animal companionssuffer from chronic pain.  Bonespurs, arthritis, hip dysplasia and muscle/tendon injuries can make them miserable.Traditionally, pain has been managed withNSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatorydrugs) such as rimadyl, etogesic, metacam, deramaxx or a slew of others.  These medications have a long list of side effects:  lossof appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, anemia, liver damage, adverselyaffects the kidney function, stomach and intestinal ulcers, intestinal bleeding and changes in behavior; depression and/or restlessness.  Given the list of potential side effects, we offer safer alternative treatments first.  We use ...

FLUTD: A Common Feline Emergency

In: Cat Health

Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) is a syndrome with multiple conditions that can affect the urinary bladder and urethra of cats. There are two categories of FLUTD: obstructive and nonobstructive. Although the condition has many different causes, affected cats usually exhibit similar clinical signs. These include straining to urinate, urinating frequently, producing small amounts of urine, urinating in abnormal locations, blood in the urine, and vocalizing during urination due to pain and discomfort. Nonobstructive FLUTD can progress to the obstructive form, ...

The Changing Face of Feline Urinary Disease

In: Cat Health

Twenty years ago, over 90% of the crystals found in the Lower Urinary Tract (Bladder and Urethra) of “straining” cats were struvite (Magnesium Phosphate). The frequent occurrence of problems created by these stones prompted most manufacturers of cat food to modify their diet formulas, aiming at preventing and dissolving these uroliths. This change proved to be very helpful to the general cat population, evidenced by the significant decrease in the incidence of struvites. Now ...

Cat Fights May Lead to Feline Leukemia!

In: Cat Health

Feline leukemia is a disease of cats caused by a virus known as the feline leukemia virus (FeLV). This deadly disease is transmitted by direct contact with infected body fluids (such as saliva, blood, semen and urine) from an infected cat to an uninfected cat. The most common way this disease is transmitted is via bite wounds. The more often your cat is in a fight with other cats, the more likely it will be exposed to FeLV. This is ...

Indoor Cat or Outdoor Cat?

In: Animal Welfare, Cat Health, Dogs & Cats (Misc.)

The decision whether to let your cat go outdoors may be made for you. If you live in a high-rise, or if there’s no safe place to let the cat out, then you must keep the cat in. Or your cat may be old, blind, or a slow runner, and so should remain inside. But if you live where a cat can safely go out, you have to decide. There are a lot of considerations. Inside is still the safest place ...

Feline Hyperthyroidism

In: Cat Health

The thyroid gland is located in the neck and plays a very important role in regulating the body’s rate of metabolism. Hyperthyroidism is a common disorder in cats older than eight years of age. The disease is caused by an enlargement of the gland, which leads to an overproduction of thyroid hormone. Many organs are affected by this disease, including the heart, kidneys, liver, and eyes (retinas). The most consistent finding with this disorder is weight loss secondary to the increased ...

Feline Immunodecifiency Virus

In: Cat Health

With all the focus on AIDS in people, there are more and more questions surrounding the very similar AIDS virus in cats. However, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus differs from Feline Leukemia Virus with which it is commonly confused. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is a lentevirus that causes disease by suppressing the immune system. The virus can be detected in the bloodstream by a test run in the hospital. However, in a healthy cat with no other clinical signs, it is recommended that a blood ...

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