Archives: Illness & Disease

  • Cataracts

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    The lens of the eye focuses light on the the back of the eye (retina). The retina is where vision occurs. If the lens in the eye becomes opaque or … Read More »

  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (aka KCS or “Dry Eye”)

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    Tears are needed to keep the cornea lubricated and remove any material or microorganisms that can cause infection. Tears are a mixture of water, mucus, and fatty liquids. Any condition … Read More »

  • Luxating Patella

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    Patella is another word for the kneecap. Luxating means out of place or dislocated. A luxating patella is a kneecap that doesn’t stay where it’s supposed to. The medial luxating … Read More »

  • Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)

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    FLUTD is not a single disease, it’s a term used to describe several urinary disorders. The most common of these is feline idiopathic cystitis. This basically means there is inflammation … Read More »

  • Mange Mites

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    There are two types of mites that cause skin disease in dogs. It is important to determine which mite is present to determine treatment and prognosis. This is done by … Read More »

  • Hip Dysplasia

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    Hip Dysplasia is a deformity of the hip that occurs during growth. The hip joint is a “ball and socket” joint. The head of the femur (ball) and concave area … Read More »

  • Cushing’s Disease

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    The adrenal glands sit at the top of the kidneys.Cushing’s disease is a condition in which the adrenal glands overproduce certain hormones.This is also called hyperadrenocorticism. The adrenal glands produce … Read More »

  • Canine Distemper

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    Distemper is a highly contagious viral disease of dogs and other animals such as raccoons, skunks, and ferrets. It is seen worldwide, but is more common in areas where vaccine … Read More »

  • Ticks

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    Ticks are often considered insects, but they are actually arachnids- like spiders, scorpions, and mites. They have four life stages, including: egg, 6 legged nymph, 8 legged nymph, and adult. … Read More »

  • Rabies

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    Rabies is a viral disease that can affect all warm blooded animals, including cats, dogs, and people. It occurs in every continent except Australia and Antarctica. There are a few … Read More »

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