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.
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 […]
Asthma is a recurring respiratory disease in which there is constriction of the small airways of the lungs. This is due to excess mucus formation, inflammation of the smaller airways, and then spasm of the smaller airway muscles which leads to the constriction. The constriction then leads to coughing, difficulty breathing, difficulty exercising, and wheezing- […]