Pet Symptom Checker

What Is Megacolon in Cats? Yes, you read that word correctly. Megacolon is a chronic condition that occurs most often in cats and is basically a mega-sized, stretched-out, weakened colon. Megacolon in cats can cause devastating health consequences as the colon fills with old, hardened feces, and… read more

What Is Seborrhea in Dogs? Seborrhea in dogs is a condition that affects keratin in the skin. Keratin is a protein that gives skin and hair its form. In canine seborrhea, keratin is produced in the wrong amounts—either too much or not enough. Seborrhea causes dogs to have a coat of hair that’s dry… read more

What Are Lungworms in Dogs? Lungworms in dogs consist of multiple species of worm parasites that can infect the airways and lung tissue of domestic and wild dogs. Species of lungworms in dogs include roundworm (nematode) and fluke (trematode). Roundworms are not specific to any geographical… read more

Ever been bumped by your dog’s wet, cold nose and wondered why it always seem to be that way? Or have you felt that your dog’s nose was warm and dry and debated whether that meant they were getting sick? Here’s everything you need to know about your dog’s nose, from why it’s usually cold and wet to… read more

What Are Histiocytomas in Dogs? Histiocytomas in dogs are small skin growths that occur most commonly in young dogs under 3 years of age. These benign growths appear suddenly—pet owners will often say overnight—but histiocytomas generally take 1-4 weeks to sprout. Histiocytomas can occur anywhere… read more

What Is Chagas Disease in Dogs? Chagas disease is also known as “Kissing Bug Disease” or “American Trypanosomiasis.” It’s caused by a blood parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi, which is transmitted by kissing bugs. Image: iStock.com/nathanphoto Image: iStock.com/shoemcfly Chagas disease affects… read more

What Is Histoplasmosis in Dogs? Histoplasmosis is a fungal infection more commonly seen in cats, but it can also be found in dogs. Dogs under 4 years of age are most commonly affected. Predisposed breeds include the Brittany, Pointer, Weimaraner, and other working dogs. The fungus that causes… read more

Go to the emergency vet if you notice that one of your cat’s pupils is wider than the other. What Is Anisocoria in Cats? Anisocoria in cats is defined as a significant difference in the pupil size of each eye. The function of pupils is to control the amount of light entering the eye. A cat’s pupils… read more

When I adopted Bambu, my adorable orange kitty with arguably the world’s poofiest tail, I was immediately taken aback by the extent of her licking. I left all of our snuggle sessions with my hands, arms, and face covered in kitty saliva. Like many other cat parents, I set out to understand why cats… read more

What Is Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency in Cats? Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) in cats affects a cat’s pancreas and occurs when most of the cells that produce digestive hormones don’t function normally. The pancreas is a small organ located under the stomach, alongside the first part of… read more