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Compare generic medication discount programs from major retail pharmacies like Walmart and Target. Atopy in dogs and cats. General Information Description Signs Anamnesis Causes Diagnosis Blood / Urine tests Other lab. tests Imaging Other diagnostic tools Follow up Clinical Signs Treatment Other links Atopy in dogs and cats Description Atopy describes an allergic skin reaction; it is a form of hypersensitivity to substances (allergens) that cause allergic responses.

Atopy in dogs and cats

Additional information definition Predisposition in the development of cutaneous hypersensitivity to environmental allergens. Pathophysiology Susceptible animals may become sensitized to multiple pollens (grass, tree, and weed), mold spores, house dust mites, and animal or human epithelial allergens. Systems Affected - Skin/Exocrine--due to self-inflicted damage caused by pruritus. - Ears--due to predisposition to otitis externa caused by chronic inflammation of the skin. - Reproductive, gastrointestinal disorders, and internal ocular disorders have been attributed to atopy with much less certainty. Linked information / topic details Signs Species General. Compare dog insurance - Pet Insurance Review.

Feline Seizure Disorders. Next | Previous | Index by Chelsea Sonius Fall 2010 Background Seizures are one of the most common neurological disorders in cats.

Feline Seizure Disorders

A recent study has suggested a prevalence rate of 2.1% of the entire feline population. (1) Cats of all ages and breeds can be affected by seizures; however, many of the underlying causes of feline seizures are more common amongst the aging feline population. The clinical appearance, onset, severity of seizure disorders and underlying causes are variable amongst feline patients. Your Pet Insurance Guide: Basics of Pet Insurance. Photos of Poisonous Plants and Flowers for Dogs - 1st in Flowers! Pregnancy Determination in the Bitch. Jeanette L.

Pregnancy Determination in the Bitch

Floss College of Veterinary Medicine Females of most domestic species are sexually receptive (in heat or estrus) every 17 to 21 days. Failure to return to estrus after a successful breeding is often the earliest indication of pregnancy in these animals. In the bitch, the average interval between periods of estrus is seven months, regardless of whether she becomes pregnant. Therefore, non-return to estrus is not a reliable indicator of pregnancy in the canine. Abdominal palpation Palpation of the abdomen is included in any routine physical examination of the dog.

The non-pregnant uterus may be difficult to identify. Embryonic vesicles can be felt as early as 20 days after ovulation. Because the uterus becomes uniformly enlarged, pregnancy is more difficult to determine by palpation. Breeding behavior will differ between bitches and mating may take place from several days before to several days after ovulation. Radiography Ultrasonography Summary References Concannon, P.

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Animals R magic. Dry Dog Food Calorie Count. By Naomi Millburn Accommodating your pooch’s daily nutritional requirements calls for much more than simply buying him the first bag of kibble you see at your local grocery store.

Dry Dog Food Calorie Count

Picking out a suitable commercial food for your pet requires a lot of considerations, whether they relate to his taste buds or caloric needs. When you choose a commercial dry food formula for your dog, make sure you’re aware of its caloric content. Thinkstock Dry Food and Your Dog Dry commercial dog food is a strong dietary staple for most canines. Calories in Dry Dog Food Single cups of dry food typically are higher in calories than single cups of their wet counterparts, according to veterinarian and author Jocelynn Jacobs.

Calorie Determination Knowing the calorie counts for every dry dog food you see at the supermarket or pet supplies store isn’t always a straightforward process. Caloric Demands Throughout the Canine World Dogs run the gamut in caloric demands. The Importance of Veterinary Oncology. Kristine M.

The Importance of Veterinary Oncology

Conner OncoLink Last Modified: November 1, 2001 This article discusses OncoLink's commitment to veterinary oncology, drawing on the expertise of Penn's Dr. Duda as well as Stephen Withrow, DVM, Founder and Associate Director of the Flint Animal Hospital at Colorado State University. The "cancer problem" that many people think of as a human phenomenon also affects the animals that live among us. Roughly half of U.S. households are home to companion animals. While veterinarians have been treating and studying cancer for some time, it was just a decade ago that veterinary oncology was approved as a board-certified discipline under the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Treatment goals may differ, but cancer in companion animals and humans is essentially the same disease. Veterinary oncology deserves our attention, primarily for the following reasons: To their owners, companion animals are real family members.

"At worst, it's neutral," stresses Dr. Cat Training by Marilyn Krieger. Giving Your Cat a Pill or Capsule: Play Entire Video.