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One title leapt off the page as I was looking over the listing of sessions available at the recent American Veterinary Medical Association Convention - Feline Immunodeficiency Virus: Does it Really Cause Disease? Credit: Thinkstock I have long counseled owners that Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is not an immediate death sentence, but short of the cat succumbing to an unrelated illness or injury, I've always thought that the disease would eventually be fatal. Has something changed in our understanding of FIV? Intrigued, I marked that session as a "must see." RELATED: How to Get Your Cat to Take Medicine The talk was given by Dr. Sue VandeWoude, Professor and Associate Dean for...

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Why Does My Puppy Itch?

So my editor boss-guy gave me a list of topic suggestions when we first planned out Purely Puppy. One of the topics was "diseases and conditions that affect puppies in their first year." Well, since that's a little broad, we'll talk about something that I get asked just about every time I do a new puppy exam: "My puppy is itchy. Does he have fleas?" Credit: Getty Creative Literally, when I walk into the exam room, a little clock starts ticking in my head. It's almost like a game. "When will the itchy puppy question come up?" I ask myself. RELATED: 7 Common Ailments in Senior Dogs Here's the thing, I think all puppies itch. Sometimes it's actually significant; sometimes I think they are...

NEW DELHI - Stray canines roaming the Indian capital may soon find themselves attending police training school with civic authorities planning to turn the animals into security dogs, reports said Saturday. Credit: Associated Press New Delhi residents have long informally adopted some strays as watchdogs for their homes and shops and fed them, but this marks the first formal plan to turn them into municipal security dogs. City authorities said they would enlist police animal trainers to work with the strays and press the canines into service as guard dogs alongside a newly formed "May I Help You?" city security force which aims to assist the public and bolster safety. "If these dogs are...

Puppy appointments are one of the great perks of being a veterinarian. It's hard to be in a bad mood when faced with an adorable bundle of exuberance, which makes puppies suffering from a disease called strangles, or juvenile cellulitis, especially pitiful. They are neither adorable nor exuberant. Credit: Getty Creative Puppy strangles is an odd disease. First of all, it tends to only affect puppies younger than four months of age, and for all the world it looks like it should be caused by a bacterial infection. Affected puppies develop some combination of the following symptoms: - facial swelling - papules (small, solid, raised masses) around the face and ears - pustules (small pockets...

If you could predict the odor strength of a cat's urine based on its breed and hair length would it influence your choice? Credit: Thinkstock New research in the latest journal Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition suggests that you may have that information before choosing your next cat. Dutch researchers found that cat breeds with shorter hair had greater quantities of the chemical that causes that "catty odor" urine smell than breeds with longer hair. Why? What Causes Cat Urine to Smell? Cat owners all know that distinctive urine cat odor. It is most intense with the urine of intact males and much less in neutered males and unaltered and altered females. The chemical responsible for...

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