Atrial Fibrillation in Cats

Prior to having anesthesia, my cat’s veterinarian gave her an ECG due to her advanced age. The ECG showed an abnormal heart rhythm that my veterinarian called “atrial fibrillation”, and we did not proceed with anesthesia. What is atrial fibrillation? The heart is a...

Ataxia in Dogs

My dog suddenly became unsteady on her feet, almost as though she was drunk. I took her to her veterinarian, and he diagnosed something called “ataxia.”  I am not sure I understand the possible reasons this has happened. The word “ataxia” comes from two...

Atrial Fibrillation in Cats

Prior to having anesthesia, my cat’s veterinarian gave her an ECG due to her advanced age. The ECG showed an abnormal heart rhythm that my veterinarian called “atrial fibrillation”, and we did not proceed with anesthesia. What is atrial fibrillation? The heart is a...

Asthma and Bronchitis in Cats

My cat started having coughing spells. I thought she was trying to cough up a hairball. My veterinarian has diagnosed feline asthma and bronchitis. I didn’t know cats could have such a thing. Feline asthma affects a fair number of cats and is often associated with...

Aspergillosis in Cats

What is aspergillosis? Aspergillosis is an infection, growth, or allergic response caused by the Aspergillus fungus. This fungus grows on dead leaves, stored grain, compost piles, or other decaying vegetation. “Cause serious illnesses in people or pets with a...

Anthrax in Dogs

I’ve heard about anthrax in people. Should I be concerned for my dog? Unfortunately, anthrax has been threatened as a method of bio-terrorism and dogs can be infected, as can most mammals. Birds are normally resistant to the disease. Different animals have...