Blue Cross Handouts

Fecal Chart for Cats

Download this helpful Fecal Chart for Cats

Fecal Chart for Dogs

Download this helpful Dog Fecal Chart

Feline Injection-Site Sarcoma (Previously described as Feline Vaccine induced Fibrosarcoma)

Bile Acid Test

The bile acid blood test is performed to determine the liver's functional ability.

Please read this handout for more information.

Canine Coprophagia (Stool Eating)

Why do dogs eat stools?  What are some behavioral or medical reasons?  How do we prevent and treat?

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Cats and Their Carriers - Making Travel Less Stressful

With some time and patience your cat can be helped to feel less nervous and more comfortable with their carriers and trips in the car. Having your cat comfortable with his/her carrier can be important for visits to the Veterinary Hospital but also in case of a fire or emergency requiring quick and controlled exit from the home.  Please read this handout for more information.

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) Basic Information Sheet

Inappropriate urination in cats can be caused by a number of conditions. Clinically in my practice we see urinary crystals, inflammatory conditions, infections, behavior and, occasionally, cancer or polyps. Please read this handout for more information.

Medication: Amitriptyline (Elavil)

Amitriptyline, (Elavil), is used to treat separation anxiety in your dog or to treat excessive grooming, urine spraying or anxiety in cats.

Please read this handout for more information.

Medication: Diethylstilbestrol

Diethylstilbestrol is a synthetic non-steroidal estrogen agent. It has been used in estrogen
responsive urinary incontinence in dogs.

Please read this handout for more information.

Medication: Enrofloxacin (Baytril)

Enrofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. This medication has been prescribed for your pet to
treat a bacterial infection. It may be prescribed to treat urinary tract, skin or respiratory tract
infections. Please read this handout for more information.

Medication: Meloxicam (Metacam or Rheumocam)

Meloxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent used to relieve pain and inflammation in
dogs. It is indicated for the treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs. Meloxicam is licensed for short
term use in cats for pain and inflammatory conditions. It is frequently used postoperatively.

Please read this handout for more information.

Sleeping Respiratory Rate

Measuring the Sleeping Respiratory Rate (SRR) at home is a very sensitive indicator of developing pulmonary edema or pleural effusion (fluid on the chest) in dogs and cats. This can be a very useful home monitoring tool especially when monitoring for the advancement of cardiovascular disease in dogs and cats.  Please read this handout for more information.

Xylitol Artificial Sweetener Toxicity in Dogs

Xylitol is absorbed slowly in humans and has little to no effect on blood sugar or insulin levels. However, in dogs, xylitol is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream causing a sudden release of insulin.  Please read this handout for more information.

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