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…

Cancer and Your Pet

Dog covering noseOur pets are living longer than ever thanks to advances in medicine and better overall standards for care.

Unfortunately, the longer a pet lives the more likely it is to be affected by cancer. In fact, 1 in 4 pets will die of cancer. However, together as a team, you and the Carriage Hills staff can decrease your pet’s odds of developing cancer and increase the chances of survival, should your pet ever receive the diagnosis.

Here are a few things to know when it comes to cancer and your pet…

Cancer Prevention for Pets

You have power in your pet’s healthcare.

  • Remember to keep your pet’s routine wellness appointments so that your pet’s doctor can perform a thorough examination, perform recommended lab work, and discuss any concerns you may have.

  • Keep an eye out for general signs of a problem including weight loss, behavioral changes, or changes in appetite. Continue…