Category Archives: Internal Medicine

Common Causes of Pneumonia in Pets

An x-ray showing pneumonia in a dog's lung

The sudden death from pneumonia of ESPN reporter Edward Aschoff, was widely reported. The shocking loss of this apparently healthy young man has left everyone on edge about pneumonia, including pet owners’ concern about cold weather as a cause. During the winter months, pet owners are often concerned their pet might contract pneumonia after getting


Pancreatitis in Cats: Causes, Signs, and Treatment

Cat on an exam table

June is Adopt-a-Cat Month. For the entire month, I’m devoting my blog posts to issues important to feline families. Today’s blog post will focus on a poorly understood disease: feline pancreatitis. Pancreatitis defined Any disorder ending in –itis refers to inflammation. For example, tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils. So pancreatitis means inflammation of the


Diabetes: Pets and People

A cat curled up in a cat bed

November is American Diabetes Month. To highlight how veterinarians care for pets with diabetes, I thought I would tell the story of one of my patients, a fluffy, grey and white cat named Stone. Stone is a youngster, just under two years of age. He came to see me because his owner had noticed weight loss