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  • An Aortic Thromboembolism (ATE) is an extremely painful, common, life threatening complication of cats with heart disease. It occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms (usually in the heart) which then passes down the aorta (the main artery which leaves the heart and lies along the spine before splitting into 2 to go down each leg).

  • In the wild, a bird will endeavour to uphold a strong appearance when sick - these are prey species and a sick bird is often the first to be preyed upon. By the time a bird actually shows an…

  • Many birds naturally eat plants as part of their diet. Some birds will chew on and possibly consume plants in the course of curiosity and play. Birds left unsupervised out of their cage may…

  • The term “blocked cat” refers to a condition in which the cat’s urethra (the tube which carries urine from the bladder to the outside) becomes blocked so that the cat cannot pass urine. The condition is more common in male cats than females.

  • Seizures and epilepsy are less commonly encountered in cats than dogs. They are, however, the most common sign of disease affecting the front part of the brain in the cat.Some important terms:…

  • It is sometimes said that because cats are fussy eaters they are less easily poisoned than dogs. However, with their curiosity and fastidious grooming, intoxication is not that uncommon. Some…

  • Chocolate contains an alkaloid called Theobromine. This drug is used as a diuretic, heart stimulant, vasodilator, and also smooth muscle relaxant but it can be poisonous in excess and some…

  • We all know that emergency situations require immediate help. The problem is, can we recognise the developing emergency? Some are obvious - the dog runs across the road and is hit by a car.…

  • Emergencies come in all forms: Road traffic accidents, bites, burns, heatstroke, poisoning and unconsciousness are but a few. Canine emergencies are dealt with in a separate handout. In this…

  • Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) is more descriptive than the original term bloat although this term is still commonly used when the condition occurs in farm animals. GDV indicates the…