Articles, Case Studies, and News from Advanced Veterinary Specialists
Keep up-to-date with all-things pet-related in Santa Barbara, with articles and information written by AVS Doctors and Veterinary Technicians. From pet-friendly advice to specialty case studies, we’ve got everything you need to know right here.
Q: My local veterinarian said that my dog/cat has cancer. Now what? A: Ask what it will take to find out for sure, and are they able to do it? Q: When should I get a second opinion? A: If your primary vet is not able to do the tests that would determine if your pet has cancer, or if you want to know more about the possible cancer, before your pet undergoes more tests.
Elevated body temperature caused by environmental factors is called heatstroke, hyperthermia, or heat prostration. A dog’s normal body temperature is between 100-102 F. Body temperature higher than 105 is life-threatening. Environmental factors that lead to heatstroke include hot summer weather, especially when associated with humid conditions and poor ventilation. A closed car with a pet […]
FIV is one of the most common infectious diseases of cats. It is a disease that is often misunderstood and can, unfortunately, motivate owners to elect for euthanasia upon diagnosis. It is important to understand the meaning of a diagnosis, recognition of symptoms, and prognosis of the disease. Many feline companions can live healthy lives […]
Herpes virus in cats (Feline herpes virus) causes upper respiratory signs that can be severe in young kittens or debilitated cats. It is the most common cause for recurrent conjunctivitis in adult cats. Clinical signs can include runny eyes and nose. Initial signs can be so severe that cats stop eating and drinking and require […]