Jamie Lovejoy, DVM

Jamie Lovejoy, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Jamie Lovejoy

Recent Articles

Tobacco (Nicotine) Poisoning in Dogs
What is Tobacco (Nicotine) Poisoning in Dogs?Nicotine exposure can be very dangerous for your dog. Traditionally found in tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco, nicotine is now also found in e-cigarettes, patches, gum, and other products formulated to help users reduce their tobacco dependency. Often these newer products are flavored, making ingestion more common for...
Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV) Syndrome
The following content may contain Chewy links. PetMD is operated by Chewy. What is Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV) Syndrome?Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV) is a life-threatening emergency for dogs. In this condition, the stomach swells, usually with food and gas (dilatation), and twists on its axis (volvulus) in a way that the stomach contents cannot be passed into the intestines or vomited....
Can Cats Eat Chocolate?
Can Cats Eat Chocolate?
NOTE: IF your cat may have eaten chocolate, contact your vet or the Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661. It’s well known that chocolate is toxic to our canine companions, but can cats eat chocolate? Eating chocolate seems less common in cats (perhaps because they can't taste sweet things), but when it does happen, the toxicity is just as severe. Here’s everything you need to...
Coccidia in Cats
Coccidia in Cats
What Is Coccidia in Cats?Coccidia are single-celled (protozoan) parasites that nearly all cats are exposed to in their lifetime. The parasite travels into the intestinal lining cells of the cat, where it matures over about 2 weeks into oocysts, rupturing the cells and causing intestinal damage. These oocysts then pass through the intestines into the stool to finish their life cycle, become...
FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease)
What Is Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease?Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) is a term that refers to several conditions affecting your cat’s lower urinary tract, including the urethra (a thin tube that carries urine) and bladder. FLUTD can be frustrating for both pet owners and veterinarians because the underlying cause can be difficult to identify, and the illness can range in...
Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?
Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?
Straight or curly, long or short, whiskers are a notable part of the feline face. Most would agree that a cat without whiskers would be a strange sight indeed, but it may surprise you how important these seemingly superficial structures are to your cat! A cat’s whiskers are integral to how they interact with their environment, and they serve a variety of functions. Let’s take a look at why...