Upper Respiratory Infections

Upper Respiratory Infections

A cat’s upper respiratory tract—the nose, throat and sinus area—is susceptible to infections caused by a variety of viruses and bacteria. What Causes Upper Respiratory Infections in Cats? By far, viruses are the most common causes of upper respiratory infections...
Tracheal Collapse

Tracheal Collapse

Tracheal collapse is a chronic, progressive, irreversible disease of the trachea, or windpipe, and lower airways (mainstem bronchi collapse). The trachea is a flexible tube and, similar to a vacuum cleaner hose. It has small rings of cartilage that help keep the...
Dyspnea: Breathing Problems in Dogs and Cats

Dyspnea: Breathing Problems in Dogs and Cats

After summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro earlier this year, I’m much more empathetic to patients that have breathing problems due to oxygen starvation. It’s a miserable – almost inhumane – the feeling of struggling to breathe. Difficulty breathing is not the same as a...
Your Cat May Have Dislocated Eye Lenses

Your Cat May Have Dislocated Eye Lenses

Lens Luxation in Cats Lens luxation is the total dislocation of the lens from its normal location. It occurs when the lens capsule separates 360° from the zonules (the fiber-like processes that extend from the ciliary body to the capsule of the lens of the eye) that...
Conjunctivitis Hurting Your Pet?

Conjunctivitis Hurting Your Pet?

  Conjunctivitis in dogs and cats develops when blood vessels in the whites of the eyes and inside of the eye lid become congested with blood. Conjunctivitis often results from chronic damage to the cornea from infection, lack of tears, or foreign bodies...