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Cats, Cat Carriers, and Related Angst

Wendy Smith Wilson, DVM

Photo courtesy Photo by Dr. Teri Ann Oursler

Cats give new meaning to the experience of traveling with pets. There's none of this convenient business of opening the car door and having Rover hop in. Oh, noooooooo. No indeed. Not only that, but you have to figure out what works for each individual, so what works for the cat you had when you were a kid may not be the trick for the tiny tiger racing away from you at high speed.


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Common Eye Conditions in Cats and Dogs

Your pet’s eyes are windows to their soul! This means that keeping them clear, bright, and healthy has to be a priority.  Pets’ eyes are just as susceptible as our own to allergies, scratches, and infections, so it’s important that you, as a pet owner, know what to keep an “eye” out for (pun intended).

What does a pair of perfectly healthy feline or canine eyes look like? Take a look at their peepers in a brightly lit room. You should see equal-sized pupils looking back at you and the eyes should be shining clear. Gently pull down their lower lid to see a healthy pink lining.


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Cats with FIV

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (or FIV, as it is more commonly known) is a scary name for a scary disease.  A disease that affects only cats, and can be transmitted between our feline family members if proper precautions aren’t taken.  This is an important read for any cat parent, but especially if your kitty spends any or most of their time outdoors.  We’re here to shed some light—and the truth—on FIV.

Feline immunodeficiency virus is a lentivirus (or “slow virus”) that affects the immune system of infected cats.  It is a staged virus:


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Caring For Senior Pets

Last month we discussed the importance of preventive care for dogs and cats.  This month we would like to touch on a subject that is near and dear to Dr. Gorbea’s heart; the care of senior patients.  Older dogs and cats still require the preventive care outlined in our last blog, but their age can lead to physical and mental changes that may need additional attention from their veterinarian.


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Canine Influenza in Michigan

Canine Influenza Outbreak Update!

The Michigan Veterinary Medical Association has received information that at least three cases of canine influenza virus have been confirmed in Michigan. Canine influenza virus is one of several pathogens that can cause infectious respiratory disease in dogs. Any pet owner who suspects that their dog may be sick should see their veterinarian. Signs of illness include cough, fever, lack of appetite, and lethargy.

Here are some tips on minimizing your dog’s risk of exposure:


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