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Rickettsial Infection in Cats
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17th January 2017
Rickettsial infection is a term that refers to several types of infection that cats can develop when they are bitten by either ticks or fleas. The infections are caused by what is known as proteobacteria which both fleas and ticks transmit to cats when they feed off their blood. There are many types of rickettsial bacteria and as such,....Read Full Article

Feline Hereditary Neuroaxonal Dystrophy in Cats
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17th January 2017
Feline hereditary neuroaxonal dystrophy or FHND in cats describes a group of inherited disorders known as abiotrophies which are known to affect various regions of a cat's brain. When cats suffer from the condition, the tissues in the brain are negatively impacted and sadly, often the reasons remain unknown. Some breeds are more pr....Read Full Article

Cerebellar Cortical Abiotrophy in Cats
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17th January 2017
Fortunately, cerebellar cortical abiotrophy or CAA is known to be a rare condition that can affect cats and other animals. It is a degenerative neurological disorder and when it does occur, the disease appears to affect some breeds more than others. The exact cause of cerebellar cortical abiotrophy in cats, sadly remains unknown and mo....Read Full Article

Polycythemia in Dogs
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15th January 2017
Polycythemia is a serious blood disorder that can affect dogs by impacting the levels of red blood cells found in the bloodstream. The disorder sees a dramatic increase in red blood cells (RBCs) which can then negatively affect a dog’s entire system. There are three types of polycythemia which are classed as being relative, trans....Read Full Article

Can Vaccinations be Harmful to Cats?
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14th January 2017
All of us are urged to vaccinate our cats, to prevent them getting some serious and often fatal diseases.  But every so often, one hears of dangers with respect to vaccines – usually minor side effects, but even sometimes even more serious reactions.  So can the usual cat vaccinations ever be harmful?  What are the....Read Full Article

Cerebellar Abiotrophy in Dogs
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13th January 2017
Research has established that cerebellar abiotrophy in dogs is an inherited disorder that's caused by an autosomal recessive gene. The disorder negatively impacts a dog's brain causing cerebellar degeneration which then leads to them developing ataxia. Studies have also established that cerebellar abiotrophy causes irreversible....Read Full Article

Neuroaxanol Dystrophy in Dogs
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13th January 2017
Neuroaxonal dystrophy in dogs is a disorder that appears to affect certain breeds more than others. It is a neurodegenerative disease that negatively impacts a dog's brain causing swelling which then leads to cell degeneration within the brain. Sadly, research has established that a dog's sensory system is negatively impacted w....Read Full Article

Five ways you may be petting your cat wrong
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12th January 2017
One of the main differences between cats and dogs is that cats are very finicky about pretty much everything, and if they do not like something, they will not be shy to let you know-or ignore you entirely! This applies to everything from food to beds to where cats go to the toilet to who they like-and how they like to be pett....Read Full Article

Coagulopathy in Cats (Liver Related)
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12th January 2017
Coagulopathy is a condition that negatively impacts a cat's liver and it can be caused by many things. The liver is a vital organ and its role is to synthesize certain essential proteins among other things. Should a cat's liver not be able to function correctly and this results in clotting problems, it is a serious situation th....Read Full Article

Immune-mediated Thrombocytopenia in Cats
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12th January 2017
Immune-mediated thrombocytopenia or IMT, is a health disorder that sees a cat's own immune system attacking and destroying its own blood platelets. When this happens, a cat's blood cannot clot as it should which can then lead to severe internal and/or external bleeding. The condition can lead to cats developing a serious condit....Read Full Article

Seven fascinating facts about your dog’s saliva
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11th January 2017
It is always interesting to learn a new fact about your dog, their behaviour, temperament or physical makeup, and the more obscure such facts are the more fascinating this can be! One element of dogs that few of us pay any mind to however, is their saliva-but your dog’s spit or slobber is actually pretty interesting (as well as p....Read Full Article

Cats and their blood groups
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11th January 2017
Just like humans (and dogs) cats have distinct blood groups, although there are only three different types in cats, as opposed to four major groups in humans and several others for dogs, and this can have an impact on what happens if your cat ever needed a blood transfusion. Blood groups are determined by a range of hereditary factors,....Read Full Article

Cat Coat Types
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9th January 2017
Until comparatively recently, cats only had two types of coats, short haired and long haired.  This is still generally true of ordinary pet cats or moggies, which are usually described as Domestic Shorthaired Cats or Domestic Longhaired Cats.  But in the last 50 years or so the number of cat breeds has proliferated, and so ha....Read Full Article

Seven issues that can affect your dog’s claws
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9th January 2017
The claws of the dog may be one of the smallest parts of their bodies, but they are very important to help your dog to balance, grip things, scratch, and generally get by! They also have a relatively hard life, as unlike the retractable claws of cats, they are always in contact with the ground and so take a lot of beating! Ev....Read Full Article

Cow Hocks in Cats
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9th January 2017
Sound conformation in cats is important whether they are show cats or pets because if there is a problem with their skeletal structure, it can seriously and negatively impact their general health and well-being more especially as they get older and reach their senior years. A cat that is "cow hocked" sees their hind legs turn....Read Full Article

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) in Cats
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6th January 2017
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus or FIV is a complicated type of retrovirus and it seriously and negatively impacts a cat's own immune system. The majority of cats infected by the virus go on to lead full and normal lives, but they are constantly prone to other infections as well as certain forms of feline cancer if they have FIV.....Read Full Article

Chronic Coughing in Cats
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5th January 2017
When cats develop a persistent cough, it is usually because they are suffering from an underlying health issue. This could either be a cardiovascular system disorder or a respiratory disease. When it is the latter, the actual act of coughing is the best way for a cat to prevent any build-up in their respiratory tract. With this said, c....Read Full Article

GM-1 and GM-2 Gangliosidosis in Cats
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4th January 2017
Gangliosidosis is a hereditary disorder that is also known as lysosomal storage disease. Cats with the disorder don't have an essential enzyme that they need to metabolise specific fats known as lipids and as such, these fats build up in cells that make up a cat's body which in turn means they cannot function as they should cau....Read Full Article

Five Common Diseases of Elderly Cats
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3rd January 2017
Like people, cats change as they get older.  Cats are usually considered to be elderly, or 'geriatric',  from about the age of 12.  There are a number of diseases that are fairly common in these older cats, and they can even occur in some cats a little younger.  Many owners think there is nothing that can be....Read Full Article

Five factors to consider in the care of a mature dog
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3rd January 2017
Just as happens with every other animal including humans, dogs go through a wide range of subtle and not so subtle changes as they get older, as part of the linear aging process from puppy to adult to mature to old age. Keeping up with these changes, knowing how to recognise them and adapting your dog’s care and lifesty....Read Full Article



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