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…

Spotlight: Hyperthyroidism in Cats

Sleeping catAt Carriage Hills Animal Hospital, we diagnose and treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions in our patients. Some, however, we see more frequently than others. Hyperthyroidism in cats is a very common condition that we deal with, and one that we feel all cat owners should know about.

Hyper What?

The thyroid is a part of the endocrine system, the body system that is responsible for hormone production and regulation. The thyroid is a gland that lies in the neck region of our pets (and us as well). It produces thyroid hormone, which is largely responsible for the proper functioning of metabolism. Continue…

Vomiting Cats: Not Just Hairballs

iStock_000003578356_MediumCats are known for throwing up. Pop culture often makes fun of pukey kitties, and most cat owners accept that their cat is going to throw up more often than they’d like. Believe it or not, though, vomiting cats are never really normal.

The Hairball Myth

Cats definitely throw up a lot, and many times there is hair in the vomit. But hair does not cause vomiting. Cats have evolved to groom their lush coats and eat little creatures with hair. Cats who vomit are displaying a symptom of something that is not working correctly in their digestive system. Continue…