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Ear Infections in Cats and Dogs

Animals affected

Cats and dogs of any age.

Overview

Ear infections are common and painful problems for pets. In cats and dogs, ear infections typically are opportunistic and not contagious. They often occur when the ear’s immune system is disrupted by allergies, moisture, poor air circulation, or diseases such as feline AIDS. Under these conditions, bacteria and yeast that normally live harmlessly in the ear are able to proliferate to the point of infection.

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Urinary Tract Infections (Bladder Infections) in Cats and Dogs

Animals Affected

Cats and dogs of both genders.

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Urinating Inside the House: Dogs

Urinating in the house, also known as house soiling, is a common problem.   In dogs, house soiling often is triggered by a medical condition.

Common Causes

More common causes are listed first.   Less common causes are listed later.

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Squinting, Tearing, or Discharge from the Eyes in Cats and Dogs

Common Causes

More common causes are listed first.   Less common causes are listed later.

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Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

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Fleas in Cats and Dogs

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Fleas can infest dogs, cats, rodents, and other mammals. People can be bitten by fleas as well.

Overview

Fleas are a parasitic pest of dogs, cats, and other animals. They are blood sucking insects. Minor flea infestations can lead to severe skin and health problems in dogs and cats. Major infestations can be life-threatening.

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Vomiting in Cats and Dogs

Vomiting is very common in both cats and dogs. Mild, isolated incidents of vomiting usually does not represent a major concern. Protracted, severe, or chronic vomiting may be caused by serious illness. As well, severe vomiting can be dangerous in its own right.

Common Causes

More common causes are listed first. Less common causes are listed later. There are thousands of causes for vomiting, but they can be loosely grouped as follows.

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Obesity in Dogs

Animals Affected

Dogs

Overview

Obesity is a syndrome in which the amount of excess body fat an individual carries is great enough to cause harm to health and well-being.  Obesity is a debilitating syndrome that is linked to a number of serious health consequences for dogs.

A number of factors play a role in the development of obesity in dogs.  However, the root cause of obesity is the consumption of more calories than the body needs.

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Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

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Fluoroquinolones are powerful antibiotics that are commonly prescribed for pets.  They are used to treat infections of the skin, bladder, ears, kidneys, lungs (pneumonia), and prostate. Fluoroquinolones are prescribed many other types of infections as well.

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Amoxicillin, Clavamox®, and other Penicillins

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Penicillin was the first clinically applied antibiotic in medicine, and compounds related to it are in wide use today.  Amoxicillin and Clavamox® (also known as amoxicillin-clavulanate or Augmentin®) are frequently prescribed for home use in cats and dogs. The two medicines are related.  Clavamox® is more potent than amoxicillin.

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