Understanding Feline Leukemia

understand and learn how to help protect your pet against feline leukemia virusCats, like any other creature, are susceptible to a variety of infectious diseases that can have serious consequences on health and well-being. One such infectious disease that cat lovers need to have an understanding of is feline leukemia. This viral infection is truly one to avoid when possible, and at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital we are here to arm you with the knowledge you need to do so.

The Pathophysiology Behind Feline Leukemia

While the leukemia that affects our human loved-ones is the result of a cancerous process, feline leukemia is actually caused by an infectious virus. Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a retrovirus, similar to HIV in people. It results in a serious infection that may appear even several years after exposure to the virus. Continue…

My Pet Has Cancer … Now What?

CHAH_iStock_000048864992_LargeWe would all like for cancer to just disappear off the face of the Earth, but statistics show that it is being diagnosed now more than ever, for both pets and people. Almost half of disease-related pet deaths every year can be blamed on cancer, and 1 in 4 dogs will have some type of tumor in his or her lifetime.

Cancer is scary, but many cancers can be cured and many more can be successfully managed. When your pet has cancer, it isn’t always a death sentence. Keep reading to learn what to expect when your pet is diagnosed with cancer. Continue…