Onion and garlic intoxication

Many pet owners consider their pets a part of the family and like to include and share their holiday dinners with them. It is important to know that some foods that are very healthy to humans actually bare risk to pets. Onion and garlic are the best example. Onions and garlic in any form may cause anemia in dogs.  Whether … Read More

Cat scratching habits

Unfortunately it turned out that your favorite couch is also your cat’s favorite couch… to claw on….Most of  cat lovers got to experience this unpleasant  behaviour of the feline members. Some people find this behaviour unbearable, therefore this is one of the most common reasons for surrendering cats to animals shelters. Clawing by scratching animate objects is a part of … Read More

Winterize your pet

Just as your car may need a little special attention as cold weather approaches, so does your pet.  Here are some tips on how to keep your pet safe and healthy during the cold season. One of the most common reasons for rushing into vets offices in the winter time is antifreeze poisoning. The antifreeze we use in our vehicles … Read More

Intestinal foreign body and obstruction

Dogs and cats, especially the young ones are naturally curious and playful hence tend to chew and swallow various objects. The foreign object may lodge in any part of the gastrointestinal system- the esophagus, the stomach or the intestine. Dogs have been known to swallow bones, balls,corncobs, toys, sticks, stones, pins, needles, wood splinters, cloth, rawhide, leather, strings, fruit pits, … Read More

Approach to tumors in pets

Tumors are very common in animals, especially in the senior animal population. According to researches, cancer is the cause of almost 50% of death in pets over 10 years of age. It is important to understand that not every tumor is cancerous. Tumor definition is any abnormal growth of cells. Tumors, or as frequently called by vets- masses, can be … Read More

Feline Leukemia Virus

Cancer has always been one of the most challenging areas in both human and veterinary medicine. One of the most common types of cancers in cats is Feline Leukemia, which is actually a result of a viral infection. Luckily with the right management this cancer may be prevented. Feline Leukemia Virus (AKA FELV) is a virus of the Retro-virus family. … Read More

Obesity in pets

In our modern life style, food is no longer serving as a basic survival need but has actually become a part of life’s pleasures. This fact is also true for pets, many pets owners are using food to spoil their pets,  hence obesity among pets is extremely common. Obesity is the most frequent nutritional problem encountered in veterinary medicine, and … Read More

Fatty Liver in cats

There is nothing cuter then a big chubby cat, and cats in nature are very prone to gain weight, especially the cats that are kept indoors hence tend to be less active. Among other risks of obesity one of the most common and immediate risks for  fat cats is development of a condition called “Fatty liver” or in its medical … Read More

Pet’s Diarrhea

One of the most common reasons for taking a pet to the vet is Diarrhea. Diarrhea is characterized by changes in the stool consistency- runny stool, and the stool’s color. Diarrhea can be caused by a disease of the small intestine, large intestine or other organs outside of the intestinal tract, the liver for an example. There are few differences … Read More

Cats urination outside of the litter box.

This week I am dedicating the column to the miserable cat owners that are suffering from their cat’s urination outside of the litter box (usually on your favourite couch or in your bed….). As an owner of a cat that has this horrible habit I know how frustrating and annoying this phenomenon can be. There are different types of cats … Read More