Category Archives: Internal Medicine

Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats and Subcutaneous Fluids

A cat sits on an exam table

June is Adopt a Cat Month, and I hope lots of cats will be getting fur-ever homes this month. In honor of our paw-some feline friends, I am going to devote all blogposts this month to feline topics. Today’s blogpost is about chronic kidney disease, one of the top diseases affecting our feline friends. Approximately


Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome in Dogs

A pug puppy cocks its head

The word brachycephalic is a mouthful, but if we break it up, we can make sense of it. Brachy means short and cephalic means head. Brachycephalic dogs are those adorable squish-faced dogs like the bulldogs of France, England and the United States, as well as pugs and mastiffs. Although you may not have known what


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