Feline Herpes Virus & Eosinophilic Keratitis

Feline herpes virus is the most common cause of corneal and conjunctival disease in cats.  It can be a most frustrating disease to manage for the patient, the owner, and the doctor. This virus cannot be spread from a cat to other species, including humans. Almost every cat most (greater than 90%) has been exposed to herpes, but not every cat develops symptoms. Clinical Signs of Feline Herpes Virus  The clinical signs of feline herpes…

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Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS, Dry Eye) in Dogs & Cats

Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) or dry eye describes the changes in the cornea which result from the lack of tear production.  The cornea is the clear portion in the front of the eye. Like all living tissue, the cornea requires a supply of oxygen and food for energy.  As the cornea has no blood vessels, oxygen and food is supplied through the three layered ‘tear film’.  The outer most layer of the tear film is an…

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Echocardiography for Dogs & Cats

Echocardiography is the art of using ultrasound to view the structure and function of the heart in real time. Ultrasound is a highly informative, non-invasive and safe diagnostic test in both human and veterinary medicine. This technique uses high frequency sound waves emitted from a hand-held probe to produce an ultrasound beam. This ultrasound beam is reflected from the tissues in the chest and heart and returns to the ultrasound probe to construct an image…

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