Toxoplasma, are cats the real hazard?

As a veterinarian I encounter many cat lovers and owners concerned and puzzled about a disease potentially transmitted by cats, called Toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by the parasite called Toxoplasma Gondii. This parasite has a bad reputation as being a cause of abortions, hence many cats are being given away or even abandoned  when there is a pregnant … Read More

Taking care of puppies and kittens

This article is the third and last in the series of articles on breeding pets. Today I will describe in brief, how to care for puppies and kittens. The most common reasons for newborn puppies/kittens loss are low body temperature and lack of energy. Newborns are not able to regulate their body temperature. It is important to make sure the … Read More

Labor in pets

This is the second article in the series of articles about breeding pets. In the last article I described the estrus cycle and pregnancy in bitches and queens. This week’s article focuses on the actual labor and the post partum care of the new mother. Next article will describe the care for the puppies/kittens. Pregnancy in pets lasts in average … Read More

Pregnancy in pets

This week I am dedicating the column to pets owners who are interested in breeding their female pets. This topic is very wide, hence I will address this topic with a series of three articles. This week’s article will focus on the pregnancy aspect -breeding and caring for the pregnant mother. Next article will describe the delivery and post partum … Read More

Antifreeze poisoning

The winter is coming and many people are getting ready for it, including by winterizing their car with an Antifreeze solution. This week I would like to speak about Antifreeze and it’s potential hazards to our pets. Antifreeze is also known as Ethylene Glycol. It is a syrupy liquid that is usually brightly colored, neon green or pink. Antifreeze is … Read More

Pancreatitis in animals

The holiday’s season is upon us and we all like to indulge with great food. And come on, who can resist those big begging eyes of your beloved pet. So you share your food with it, which is all right, but you do want to make a smart decision on which food is safe and which isn’t. Turkey with gravy … Read More

Old age Arthritis in dogs

Have you noticed some changes in your dog lately? Is it less active? Does it have a problem rising from lying position? Is it favoring one leg? Is it more stiff lately? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, your dog might be suffering from Arthritis. Arthritis is a group of disorders associated with the bones and … Read More

Diabetes in animals

This week I decided to review a topic, which is very well known as a human medical problem but is actually very common in animals as well – Diabetes mellitus. Diabetes mellitus is a condition manifested by high blood sugar due to insufficient production of Insulin (type 1 Diabetes) or because Insulin resistency, where the body secretes sufficient amount of Insulin … Read More

Ear infections in dogs.

This week I’ve decided to dedicate the article to one of the most irritating conditions dogs owners have to deal with- ear infections. I am deliberately writing infections in plural because this condition tends to be chronic and bother both the dog and the owner off and on over a period of years. The ear is divided to three parts. … Read More

Dental disease in pets

Many pet owners are concerned and disturbed by their pet’s breath. Oral hygiene has both medical and cosmetic significance. This week I will talk about what can you do to keep your pet teeth clean and improve its oral and general health. We brush our teeth at least twice a day in order to keep them healthy.  Dogs and cats have … Read More