By Dr. Ellen Friedman A relatively new disease that we see, hemobartonella felis, or “hemobart,” can cause severe illness in your kitty. This tiny bacterial parasite of red blood cells in cats is seen all over the world. It was discovered in 1942, and is transmitted by infected fleas. When the flea bites your cat and [...]
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Dr. Douglas Brum, General Practice & Preventative Medicine UNDERSTANDING THE FLEA For millions of pets and people, the tiny flea is a remorseless enemy. The flea is a small, brown, wingless insect that uses specialized mouthparts to pierce the skin and siphon blood. When a flea bites your cat, it injects a small amount of saliva into [...]
Overview Acute moist dermatitis, also known as a hot spot, is a localized, moist, reddened bacterial infection of the skin often caused by self trauma. A hot spot starts because something irritates the skin. The body’s response is to itch, which further inflames the skin and increase itchiness. This creates a cycle of itching, scratching [...]