Cat Bathing

Herbalism

Using plants and herbs for medicinal purposes is an ancient practice. You can cut up fresh herbs and mix them into the food, or use the liquid “tincture” form, which is the most potent and the best choice in most cases. Herbs can be used externally as dips and tonics for skin problems. They also…

Cat Vomiting

Holistic Medicine

Research has shown that health is influenced by physical, mental, and emotional factors.  Holistic medicine includes an evaluation of diet, emotions, behavior, and lifestyle, in addition to the routine physical exam.  Holistic Medicine is also called Alternative Medicine and is an approach that deals with the whole patient, not just the presenting complaint.  The veterinarian…

Choosing a Veterinarian

When deciding on a veterinarian, your initial reaction is generally your best guide. First, check references, ask for referrals and visit the practice. Find out what services are available, i.e. Boarding, Grooming, Hospitalization, 24-Hour Emergency Care. Veterinary medicine is constantly changing and new techniques are continually emerging to offer better health care for our pets.…

Feline Immuno Deficiency Virus (FIV)

FELINE IMMUNO DEFICIENCY VIRUS (FIV) (FELINE AIDS) FIV is a retrovirus related to but distant from the Feline Leukemia Virus. FIV is classified as a Lentivirus (or “slow virus”) as are the viruses that cause: • Progressive Pneumonia in Sheep • Infectious Anemia in Horses • Arthritis – Encephalitis in Goats • Acquired Immune Deficiency…

Feline Leukemia

FELINE LEUKEMIA Feline Leukemia is caused by a retrovirus and is the leading viral killer of cats today. The virus is spread by prolonged cat-to-cat contact and through bite wounds. An infected mother can transmit leukemia to her unborn kittens. The virus is shed in saliva, tears, urine, and feces but is unstable in the…

Fleas

Fleas are the most common cause of itching and skin irritation in dogs. Over 50 percent of all skin allergies in dogs are due to fleas. The allergy is actually a reaction to a protein component of the fleas’ saliva. When these “allergic dogs” are bitten by a flea, they itch themselves until their skin…