Monthly Archives: March 2017

Helping Your Cat With Osteoarthritis

A diagnosis of osteoarthritis (OA) in your cat can feel devastating and even overwhelming. After all, we know that OA is a progressive, degenerative disease that will worsen over time. By most estimates, 90% of cats over age 10 are … Continue reading

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Cholangitis/Cholangiohepatitis Syndrome in Cats

What is cholangitis? Cholangitis is a term referring to inflammation of the bile duct. Cholangiohepatitis means inflammation of the bile ducts, gall bladder and surrounding liver tissue. The liver produces bile, which is required for efficient digestion of food. Bile … Continue reading

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Asthma and Bronchitis in Cats

My cat started having coughing spells. I thought she was trying to cough up a hairball. My veterinarian has diagnosed feline asthma and bronchitis. I didn’t know cats could have such a thing. Feline asthma affects a fair number of … Continue reading

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Kidney Disease – Glomerulonephritis in Cats

What is glomerulonephritis? Glomerulonephritis, also known as glomerular nephritis (GN), is a specific type of renal (kidney) disease characterized by inflammation of the glomeruli, which are the tiny structures in the kidneys that act as filters for the blood. Glomerulonephritis … Continue reading

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Cystitis and Lower Urinary Tract Disease in Cats

What is cystitis? Cystitis is a general term referring to inflammation in the urinary bladder. The term cystitis does not imply a specific underlying cause. In cats, diseases of the lower urinary tract (bladder and urethra) are often grouped under … Continue reading

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Adipose (Lipoma) Tumors

These notes are provided to help you understand the diagnosis or possible diagnosis of cancer in your pet. For general information on cancer in pets ask for our handout “What is Cancer”. Your veterinarian may suggest certain tests to help … Continue reading

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Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs

What is congestive heart failure? Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is a term that refers to the heart’s inability to pump adequate blood to the body. There are many causes of CHF in dogs. The two most common causes are mitral … Continue reading

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Chronic Degenerative Valve Disease in Dogs

How does the normal heart work? The heart is the organ responsible for pumping blood to and from all tissues of the body.  The heart is divided into right and left sides.  The right side of the heart pumps oxygen-deficient … Continue reading

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Degenerative Disc Disease in Dogs

What is a disc, and what is its purpose? The spinal cord is one of the most important and sensitive organ systems in the body. If it is damaged, the nerve cells do not regenerate but are replaced with fibrous … Continue reading

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Cruciate Ligament Rupture in Dogs

What and where are the cruciate ligaments? The word cruciate means “to cross over” or “form a cross.” The cruciate ligaments are two bands of fibrous tissue located within each knee joint. They join the femur and tibia (the bones … Continue reading

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