The Controversy Over Antibiotics For Cats With Inflammatory Bowel Disease

In inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), an allergic reaction in the walls of the intestines causes inflammation that interferes with the normal function of the gastro-intestinal system.  Treatment centers around removing the cause of the allergic reaction and suppressing the immune system.  In addition, some veterinarians like to add a broad spectrum antibiotic to the treatment […]

Treatments For Inflammatory Bowel Disease In Cats

Inflammatory bowel disease is cats is a frustrating problem characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and anorexia.  Since other problems such as parasites, pancreatitis or cancer may cause the same clinical signs, a biopsy of the intestinal wall provides the definitive diagnosis.  Patients with inflammatory bowel disease are reacting to something in their intestinal tract.  […]

Diet Recommendations For Cats With Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease can make the cat miserable and challenge their veterinarian to find a treatment protocol that works.  Cats with this disease suffer an inflammatory reaction in the walls of their intestines that causes vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss.  These cats seem painful when I palpate their abdomens.  The inflammation occurs when the cat develops antibodies […]

Tribute To A Wonderful Dove

 Last week, my husband and I lost our beautiful dove.  Poor Job developed liver cancer.  He lost the use of his left leg when the tumor grew so large it put pressure on the sciatic blocking the nerve impulses.  He limped around his cage and found it difficult to perch.  Instead of sitting on both feet like […]

Dog Allergies – Environmental Control

One of the most overlooked aspects of allergy treatment for dogs is removing allergens from the animal’s environment.  We spend so much time treating the dog that we sometimes forget to treat the environment in a way that will minimize allergens.  The following is a list of recommendations I make to my clients who live with allergic […]