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...

Anemia in Cats

What does it mean to be anemic? Anemia is a medical term referring to a reduced number of circulating red blood cells (RBC’s), hemoglobin (Hb), or both. It is not a specific disease but rather it is the result of some other disease process or condition....

Anaplasmosis in Dogs

My dog was diagnosed with anaplasmosis? What is it? Anaplasmosis is a tickborne disease caused by the infectious bacterial organism Anaplasma phagocytophilum. It is transmitted through bites of the deer tick (also known as the black-legged tick) and western...

Anal Gland Tumors

These notes are provided to help you understand the diagnosis or possible diagnosis of cancer in your pet. For general information on cancer in pets ask for our handout “What is Cancer”. Your veterinarian may suggest certain tests to help confirm or...

Amyloidosis in Cats

I have a Siamese cat and was just reading about health problems this breed can encounter.  One disease that was mentioned was amyloidosis.  What is this disease and how likely is it that my cat might get this disease? Amyloidosis occurs when proteins called “amyloid”...