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Specific Conditions

Information on Specific Diseases

As there are unfortunately so many diseases that affect your pet and so much information regarding each one, Dr. Hoffman compiled a list of useful sites that contain information on specific diseases.

If you have questions about any of the information on this page or a specific disease you are interested in learning more about is not listed, please contact our clinic at (503) 636-5681 or

Asthma - Feline

Information on drugs and inhalers to treat feline asthma

Aerokat feline inhaler used to treat asthma

Behavior Problems, Training

Canine Behavior(vet partner)Canine Behavior(tufts)

Feline Behavior(vet partner)Feline Behavior(tufts)

Inappropriate elimination problems in cats

Dog Owner's Guide

Bark Buster Home Dog Training

Breeding, Reproduction

Whelping (giving birth to puppies)

Dog breed information

- An excellent resource for learning about your own dog or to research before you choose a breed

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Lymphoma in cats

Lymphoma in dogs

Veterinary Cancer Society

OncoLink - Univ. of Pennsylvania

Mast Cell Tumor

Canine Cancer Site

Bone Cancer

Other Types of Cancer

Colorado State Animal Cancer Center

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Cruciate Ligament Damage

Cruciate Ligament Damage

Cruciate Ligament Damage(2)


Dr. Jan Bellows - Veterinary Dentist

- Good site for dental disease and dental care

Feline dental disease - great photos

FORLS or resorptive lesions in cats

Canine dental disease

How to brush your pet's teeth

Dental Home Care

Great photos and information on dog and cat dental disease

Discolored teeth

Tooth extraction

Abscessed teeth causes facial swelling

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Allergies in dogs

Allergies in cats

Dalmatian Bronzing Syndrome

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Univ. of Washington

Pets with diabetes

Information for owners with a diabetic pet

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Disk Disease (Intervertebral Disk Disease, Back Problems)

Disk Disease

Disk Disease (2)

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Eye (Ophthalmic) Disease

Eye Care in the Cat and Dog

- articles on eye problems in dogs and cats


Corneal Dystrophy

- Breeds affected: Shetland Sheepdog, Siberian Husky, Beagle, American Cocker Spaniel, Miniature Schnauzer, and Airedale

Corneal Endothelial Dystrophy/Degeneration

- Breeds affected: Dachshunds, Chihuahuas and Boston Terriers

Corneal Ulcers


Horner's Syndrome

KCS or Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (Dry Eye)

Pannus or chronic superficial keratitis

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Heart Disease

Mitral valve disease in dogs

Cardiomyopathy in dogs

Cardiomyopathy in cats

Congenital heart disease information by OFA

Cardiac Education Group

- Lists incidence by breed

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Heartworm Disease

American Heartworm Society

- Everything you need to know about heartworms in dogs and cats.

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Hereditary Disease and Genetics

DNA Testing for Dogs and Cats

- Animal Health Trust

- HealthGene

- OptiGen

- PennGen (University of Pennsylvania)

- American Kennel Club

- VetGen

University of Cambridge --- lists hereditary diseases by breed

Canine Inherited Disorders Database - very comprehensive information

VetGen -Genetics tests for a variety of diseases in dogs and cats including Von Willebrand's Disease in dogs and polycystic kidney disease (PKD) which affects the Persian, Himalayan and Exotics breeds of cat.

Canine Health Information Center (CHIC)

- Provides a resource for breeders and owners of purebred dogs to research and maintain information on the health issues
- Its purpose is aimed at reducing the incidence of inherited disease in dogs

Feline genetic diseases

Feline genetic diseases(2)

Testing labradors for hereditary myopathy

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Hip Dysplasia

Contains Extensive information on hip dysplasia

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)

- Also contains information on other joint diseases, plus thyroid and heart disease.

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Intestinal Disease

Gastric Dilatation Volvulus = GDV = Bloat

Understanding Bloat - GDV

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in cats

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Salmon Poisoning

Salmon Poisoning (2)

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Kidney and Urinary Tract Disease

Chronic kidney disease in cats

- Great site with links to many other diseases

Kidney disease in the dog

Urinary stones in dogs with emphasis on Dalmatians

Urinary stones in cats

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease - FLUTD

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease - FLUTD (2)

Idiopathic or interstitial cystitis in cats

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Liver Disease

Extensive information on liver disease in dogs

Liver disease in cats

Hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver syndrome) in cats

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Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome - CDS

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NetVet - multiple links listed

-Site for pet nutrition advice and homemade diets from veterinary nutritionists.

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Orthopedics (Bone and Joint Disease)

Elbow Dysplasia

Fractured Coronoid Process (FCP)

Hip Dysplasia

Medial Patellar Luxation (dislocated knee cap)

Ununited Anconeal Process (UAP)

Panosteitis, enostosis

Other diseases of the bone and joints

Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)

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Parasites in cats and dogs + risk to humans

Companion Animal Parasite Council - CAPC

Parasites in pets and children

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Respiratory Disease

Brachycephalic syndrome

Tracheal Collapse (collapsing airway)

Laryngeal paralysis

Reverse sneeze syndrome

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Seizures, Epilepsy

Canine Epilepsy Network

Seizures in cats

Seizures in dogs

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Thyroid Disease

Hypothyroidism in the dog

Hyperthyroidism in the cat

Complete information on thyroid disease

OFA Thyroid Registry

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Viral Infections

Feline Infection Peritonitis - FIP

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Zoonotic Diseases

- Zoonotic diseases are diseases caused by infectious agents that can be transmitted between (or are shared by) animals and humans

CDC Website - a great site, can search by animal or disease

University of Wisconsin - School of Veterinary Medicine

Information site with links to others

Parasites in pets and children

Lyme Disease Network

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