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Cat Bartonella and Cat Scratch Disease

…promptly.Symptoms and Diagnosis In a normal, healthy person cat scratch disease is usually relatively mild. The scratched or bitten site develops small, red bumps (papules), and the patient will later develop swollen, painful lymph nodes, muscle aches, fatigue, and slight fever. Symptoms may appear as late as two months after contact with cats. In patients with weakened immune systems the infection can spread and create serious complications,…

Valley Fever - Coccidioidomycosis

…can show as pneumonia on radiographs. Dogs may sound like they are suffering from bronchitis when their swollen lymph nodes press on their windpipe leading to irritation and coughing. Disseminated Valley Fever may show symptoms of lameness or swelling of limbs, bones and joints. Back or neck pain, soft swelling under the skin, swollen lymph nodes, skin ulcerations or draining tracts with fluid are other signs. Dogs suffering from Valley Fever may…

Dog Cancer

…exhibition of lameness which tends to become progressively worse. Upon inspection, swelling and tenderness may be evident where the tumor is located. Other symptoms such as weight loss, trouble with breathing, and swollen lymph nodes often only show up in the more advanced stages of this disease. Another type of cancer which generally causes a different set of symptoms is mastocytoma. In dogs, this type of tumor most frequently occurs in the…

Dog Tick

…arthritis in a dog. An animal suffering from this illness may have swollen joints, limp, and suffer from a stiff back. Rocky Mountain spotted fever can also cause joint disease in dogs, as well as depression, rashes, and skin hemorrhages. The symptoms of Ehrlichiosis tend to be quite subtle and can include bleeding tendencies, difficulty with breathing, and swollen lymph nodes. Tick paralysis is a condition characterized by a loss of mobility…

Ehrlichia Infection

…by the tick. Ehrlichia reproduce during this period and attach to the membranes of white blood cells. This causes a reduction in platelet count and your pet will be lethargic, disinterested in food, and may have swollen lymph nodes. During the subclinical phase your pet will not appear to have any symptoms. The Ehrlichia has made its way to the spleen where it lies dormant. This phase can actually last several months and even years and the only…

Dog Lyme Disease

…clinical symptoms from Lyme disease in dogs occur between 2 to 5 months after the tick bite. The most common symptoms found in dogs include: lameness, lethargy, loss of appetite, swelling of the joints, fever, and swollen lymph nodes. Other symptoms of Lyme disease, such as , have been observed, but this is very rare. If a dog is suspected to have Lyme disease, it needs to be diagnosed as soon as possible. A simple blood test done by a…

Dog Brucellosis

…frequently contracted by handling still-born pups without proper protection and disinfection. Human-to-human transmission is also possible, but extremely rare.Symptoms and Diagnosis In both sexes, the disease causes swollen lymph nodes, lethargy, and inflammations of the spleen or liver. In males there may be inflammation of the genitalia, abnormal sperms, and decrease in fertility. In females there may be spontaneous abortion late in pregnancy…

Lyme Disease

…and joints. Puppies are at a higher risk of contracting this disorder. Although symptoms may be multi-systemic, many pets show no symptoms. Symptoms of Lyme Disease may include high fever (102°F), loss of appetite, swollen lymph nodes, and lameness. Reluctance to move or a shifting from one leg to another are other signs. Perhaps less than five percent of canines in an endemic area exhibit clinical signs. This disease may be multi-systemic. Signs…

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus - FIV

…of the infection are vague and often missed by the owners. They can include general symptoms such as loss of appetite, fatigue, and weight loss. As the infection progresses an animal may have a fever, and have swollen lymph nodes. Symptoms may not occur until years after the initial infection. In later stages the infected animal develops inflammation in the oral mucus tissue, the eye, and sometimes cancer. A screening blood test can usually…

Dog Demodectic Mange - Red Mange

…mange usually presents red, scaly lesions that are most frequently found on the dog’s face and forelegs. These small bold spots generally disappear by themselves. In more serious cases, often accompanied by swollen lymph nodes, the localized lesions will enlarge and develop into generalized demodectic mange where there are large patches of bald, scaly skin and skin infections. In juveniles under one year of age, this condition may again…

Cat Mosquito Bite Hypersensitivity

…have mosquito bite hypersensitivity. Another sign is swelling of the underside of a cat’s foot. The pads of their feet may also become tender, red and may have fissures. A few cats may even present with a fever and swollen lymph nodes. If the cat does not interact with mosquitoes consistently after the first infection, symptoms may improve on their own. If symptoms persist, looking similar to roundworm or other diseases, your vet will be able to…

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