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What is Hyperadrenocorticism?

Hyperadrenocorticism (HAC), also known as Cushing's disease, occurs when the adrenal gland produces excess adrenal steroids (most commonly cortisol).  It can be caused by abnormal pituitary gland function or adrenal gland tumors.  This disease slowly progresses...

What is Feline Lymphoma?

Lymphoma is a common type of cancer in cats that is caused by the proliferation of malignant lymphocytes (type of white blood cell) often occuring in the chest, kidneys, nose, skin, spine, and gastrointestinal tract.  Lymphoma is classified as high, intermediate or low...

What is a seizure?

Seizures are the involuntary contractions of muscles due to abnormal electrical impulses in the brain.  Epilepsy is the most common cause of seizure activity in cats and dogs.  Epilepsy is an abnormality of the brain's electrical activity that causes chronic, recurrent...

What is Hyperthyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism, by definition, is the excess production and secretion of thyroid hormone (T3 and T4) by the thyroid gland. It is now considered to be the most common endocrine disorder in middle to older aged cats (average age 13 yrs). In cats, this is usually caused by a...

What is Hypoadrenocorticism?

Hypoadrenocorticism, also called Addison’s disease, is an endocrine disorder that results from a deficient production of adrenal gland hormones. The most common cause of Addison’s disease is destruction of the adrenal gland tissue by the pet’s immune...