Archives: Illness & Disease

  • 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 »

  • Warning Signs of Heat Stroke in Cats

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    Many of us look forward to summer and all the fun activities it offers, such as swimming, grilling, and camping. Kitties certainly enjoy napping in sunbeams, but summer’s heat can be very dangerous for our feline friends. Cats don’t have many options when it comes to cooling themselves off. They can only sweat through their paw pads, and panting isn’t as effective for them as it is for dogs. Heat exhaustion, and eventually heat stroke, … Read More »

  • Canine Influenza – Common Questions Answered

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    You may have heard in the news about a recent outbreak of canine influenza. Here are some commonly asked questions and answers regarding this disease… Q: What is canine influenza? A: Canine influenza (CI), or dog flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection of dogs that is caused by an influenza A virus. The canine influenza virus (CIV) is closely related to the virus that causes equine influenza and it is thought that the equine … Read More »

  • Why does my dog keep scratching?

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    Your Labrador retriever Archie has developed an all-consuming scratching habit. When he wakes up, he starts furiously digging at himself, and continues until bedtime with only brief breaks for food and potty walks. You know Archie’s coat is clean, as you brush him daily and he gets bathed regularly. However, Archie could have a bacterial, fungal, or yeast infection. He might have a nasty skin parasite, or even a food or inhalant allergy. You don’t … Read More »

  • Feline Dental Health Basics

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    You’re well acquainted with your cat Dexter’s teeth, as he likes to take an occasional swipe at the hand that feeds him, just to amuse himself. What you might not know, though, is that Dexter’s formidable fangs are susceptible to some of the same preventable dental disease humans face. Because you want Dexter to avoid these unfortunate ailments, ask your Ludington veterinarian to get Dexter on the path to good dental health. Periodontitis Periodontitis is … Read More »

  • Can Your Cat Contract Asthma?

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      Your poor cat Molly has been coughing herself silly for days, and she just doesn’t seem to have much energy. You’ve also watched Molly plant herself on the kitchen floor, hacking repeatedly like she’s expelling a hairball, but nothing comes out. Sometimes Molly even wheezes a bit. You’ve heard that sound before, as you have several friends who battle asthma. Surprisingly, cats can get asthma, too, including severe cases that require emergency hospital treatment … Read More »

  • Is Your Guinea Pig Getting Enough Calcium?

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    Like just about every animal, calcium is an essential mineral for guinea pigs. Calcium deficiency is a relatively common disorder in guineas, especially in pregnant or nursing females. In fact, calcium deficiency is most commonly reported in the weeks before or shortly after a female pig gives birth. Here, a Ludington veterinarian tells you more about this deficiency and how to counteract it. Causes If your guinea pig is stressed, or has already been pregnant, … Read More »

  • Five Ways to Help Your Cat Lose Weight

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    It’s estimated that over half of domestic cats in the United States are overweight. If your feline friend falls into this category, you need to take steps to reduce his weight, as obesity can lead to serious health problems like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and more. Follow these five tips from your Ludington veterinarian to help your cat shed the extra pounds. Visit Your Ludington Vet Before doing anything, it’s important to visit your Ludington … Read More »

  • What Not to Feed Your Rabbit

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    Your rabbit’s diet should consist primarily of hay. Of course, most rabbits will enjoy vegetables and fruits as well, and some are perfectly safe. Others, though, are not safe and should never be given to rabbits. Here, your Ludington vet tells you about some of the more common foods to avoid when feeding your rabbit. Lettuce Lettuce of any type should never be given to a rabbit, even though they very well might consume it … Read More »

  • Fixing Your Cat’s Dull Coat

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    Generally, cats are very good at grooming themselves. Grooming, though, isn’t the only factor that affects a cat’s coat. If your feline friend’s fur is looking a little dull these days, consider these factors as a possible cause. Your Ludington veterinarian outlines them below. Diet Poor nutrition is perhaps the number-one reason cats’ coats lose their luster. Your cat needs a balanced diet with the right proportions of carbs, fats, and protein. A high quality … Read More »

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