Archives: Illness & Disease

  • Preventing Lyme Disease in Dogs

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    May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month! Lyme disease is a serious disease that can afflict both people and pets. As you may know, the disease is spread through ticks, which are unfortunately spreading throughout North America. Left untreated, Lyme disease can cause some very serious—and potentially life-threatening—issues, such as kidney failure and heart trouble. A veterinarian offers some prevention tips below. Landscaping Ticks love to lurk in long grasses, leaf litter, and piles of debris, … Read More »

  • Does Your Cat Have a Cold?

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    Did you know that our feline friends can get their own version of colds or flus? In many cases, cats just feel a bit stuffy and tired for a few days, and then recover on their own. However, kitty colds can develop into upper respiratory infections, or URIs. These can be extremely dangerous! Senior cats and kittens are especially at risk, because of their weaker immune systems. A vet discusses cat colds below. Warning Signs … Read More »

  • Key Vaccinations for Dogs

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    One very important part of dog ownership is making sure your dog stays up to date on his vaccinations. This is actually required by law in many places, and with good reason. Vaccinations help build your pup’s immune system, protecting him from dangerous and deadly diseases. They also help curb the spread of infectious disease. Because some diseases—such as rabies—can be transmitted to people, human safety is also a factor. In this article, a vet … Read More »

  • Cats and Toxoplasmosis

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    Have you ever heard that handling litterboxes is dangerous for pregnant women? It’s true that everyone, especially pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems, should take precautions against toxoplasmosis, which can be transmitted by cats. A local vet discusses toxoplasmosis below. What Is Toxoplasmosis? First, it’s important to understand that not all cats have toxoplasmosis. Cats can contract it by eating rodents, birds, or other small animals infected by the parasite Toxoplasma. The parasite … Read More »

  • Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Cats

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    As you may have noticed, cats are very, very good at getting comfortable. However, while Fluffy can certainly manage to sleep in some very awkward positions, she isn’t quite as good at cooling herself off. In fact, hot weather can be very dangerous to our feline buddies! Fluffy has a fur coat on, and really doesn’t have any effective ways to cool herself down if she overheats. Read on as a local vet lists some … Read More »

  • How to Tell if Your Cat is Sick

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    If you have a kitty, you’ve probably noticed that our feline friends can be a bit mysterious. Cats are particularly secretive when they aren’t feeling well. There’s a good reason for this: in the wild, displaying any symptoms of illness can attract dangerous predators. Therefore, kitties learned long ago to conceal any hints of weakness. This secrecy can be quite problematic for pet owners, however: you may not realize your furry friend is ill until … Read More »

  • Five Signs of a Sick Cat

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    Cats aren’t known for showing off their pain and discomfort—they tend to keep it to themselves, so it can be hard to tell when your cat has a problem. Below, a Lawrenceville veterinarian tells you about a few key signs to clue you in. Eating and Drinking Disorders and diseases can sometimes cause a cat to eat and drink less, or more. Diabetes, for example, will likely cause your cat to chow down more than … Read More »

  • Common Feline Medical Maladies

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    You’ve just adopted Ginger, a friendly little orange tabby cat who actually chose you at your local animal shelter. Because you want to keep sweet Ginger healthy, you’ve done some research on the most common feline medical conditions that can put her under the weather. Since Ginger also has a new patient appointment with your Lawrenceville veterinarian, he can also answer your cat health questions.   Diarrhea Diarrhea’s symptoms pretty much explain themselves. If Ginger … Read More »