Breed-related disease: Egyptian Mau

The Egyptian Mau is an African wild cat that is thought to be the cat originally domesticated by the Egyptians over 4,000 years ago. Cats depicted in ancient Egyptian artwork resemble the spotted Egyptian Mau and show that they were used for duck hunting as well as being worshipped by a cat cult. Feline genome…

Breed-related disease: Chow Chow

The Chow Chow, among the world’s most singular and possibly oldest breeds, is depicted in artifacts of China’s Han Dynasty (c. 206 b.c.), but evidence suggests Chows go back much further and are progenitors of other spitz-type breeds—from the burly Norwegian Elkhound to the dainty Pomeranian. Chows have played many roles during their long history.…

Case study: Coinfection with Tritrichomonas foetus and Giardia duodenalis in Two Cats with Chronic Diarrhea

Case study: Coinfection with Tritrichomonas foetus and Giardia duodenalis in Two Cats with Chronic Diarrhea   Robert Lo, Ph.D, D.V.M   A mixed infection of Tritrichomonas foetus and Giardia duodenalis was confirmed in two 6-year-old Maine Coon cats. One of the cats had a history of chronic liquid diarrhea and several treatment failures. Both cats…

Toxoplasmosis In Cats: A Review

Toxoplasmosis In Cats: A Review.   Maigan Espinili Maruquin   Structure and Replication Fig. 01 Structure of Toxoplasma gondii (https://www.123rf.com/photo_81668845_stock-vector-toxoplasma-gondii-structure-.html)   The family Felidae is the only animal species that hosts infective oocysts of Toxoplasma gondii and passes through their feces, however, this parasite infects most species of birds and mammals (Elmore, Jones et al.…

Heartworm in Cats

Heartworm in Cats   Andy Pachikerl, Ph.D   Introduction of Feline Heartworm   Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets worldwide and it is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that dwells in the heart, lungs, and associated blood vessels of affected pets. This in turn cause severe lung disease, heart failure…

Breed-related disease: The Rottweiler

John K. Rosembert The Rottweiler is a breed of domestic dog regarded as medium-to-large, or large. The dogs were known in German as Rottweiler Metzgerhund, meaning Rottweil butchers’ dogs, because they are descends from dogs used by the Romans to drive the herds that fed the army as it marched through Europe. Along the way,…

Breed-related disease: American Bobtail

John K. Rosembert The American Bobtail is an uncommon breed of domestic cat which was developed in the late 1960s, which descends from a short-tailed kitten acquired by a couple John and Brenda Sanders during a vacation to Arizona. It is a medium to large, semi-cobby cat. Their sturdy bone structure and well-developed musculature, along…

Breed-related disease: Dachshund

The dachshund originated in Germany as a hunting dog. Though its origins can be traced as far back as the 15th century, the breed’s development really began in 17th century Germany. Called dachshunds, which translates as “badger dogs,” these short hounds did just that—they hunted badgers. Their short legs, loose skin, big chests, determination, and…

Breed-related disease: Ragdolls

In the family of cat breeds, Ragdolls are among the younger siblings. The cats were first developed by breeder Ann Baker who wanted to develop a beautiful cat with a loving, gentle personality, and she started with domestic longhairs of unknown ancestry. Josephine, the foundation cat, was white with Siamese-type markings, and in her genes…