There is an age old debate among pet owners about feeding pets scraps from the table. So should you be feeding your pet “people” food either in the form of scraps from the table or as prepared meals served in your pet’s bowl.

This very question was one of the things we covered in the most recent episode of the Ask a Vet podcast that you can find on the Audio page of this site.

So what’s the answer?

This month’s article is about a disease called “Pigeon Fever”. This disease is also known as pidgeon breas, dryland distemper and dryland strangles. The disease is caused by a bacterium called Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis. Most cases occur in the fall, but it can occur anytime.

In this article I would like to address the very common problem of dental disease in pets. Some form of dental disease is present in over 80 percent of my patients. It ranges from mild gingivitis to severe periodontal disease.

Dental disease is a leading cause of illness in dogs and cats either directly by causing pain or indirectly by providing a constant source of bacterial infection to the body. Infection resulting from the bacteria that gains entrance to the bloodstream is directly responsible for some types of heart and kidney disease. We all know how painful a toothache can be; imagine having disease around almost all of your teeth.

This time of the year is the most common time to see heatstroke. In the early summer as temperatures quickly rise pets are not yet acclimated to the summer heat. Risk factors include obesity, animals with respiratory disease, and age. It is common to hear about a dog that someone took out for the first Frisbee session of the year or was left in the car a little too long and is now unresponsive or convulsing.

This article will hopefully shed some light on what we know about the H1N1 virus in animals.

We now know that this virus does pass from people to some domestic animals. There was recently reported a cat in Lebanon, Oregon that died due to pneumonia caused by the H1N1 virus. The cat was 13 years old, was an indoor only cat and was living with a human who had been diagnosed with the virus. There is no evidence yet that the virus has gone from domestic animals to humans. This possibility cannot be entirely ruled out but it has not been documented. The virus has also recently been isolated in turkeys and one unconfirmed case in a dog.

Wound management is one of the most common things that we deal with in my practice, and it is an area where I find a great deal of misinformation amongst my clients. Here I will specifically address superficial wounds and abrasions that don’t extend deeper than the skin.