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  • Swine Influenza or swine flu is a contagious respiratory disease of pigs, caused by a type A influenza virus. Type A influenza viruses can affect a range of other animals and humans. Like all influenza viruses, swine flu viruses change or mutate constantly. Swine flu is commonly seen in North America, South America, Asia, and Europe.

  • Blood pressure measurement evaluates the pressure against the walls of arteries during the time the heart contracts and empties itself of blood, as well as during the time the heart relaxes and fills with blood. “Systemic hypertension” describes high blood pressure throughout the entire body.

  • Systemic lupus is a rare feline autoimmune disease, caused by abnormal regulation of the immune system. In this condition, the cat’s immune system recognizes the body’s own cells as foreign. The immune system forms antibodies against tissues in the body, directly attacking the body’s own cells and depositing antibodies throughout the body’s tissues.

  • Tacrolimus is used to stimulate tear production and it is used in dogs to treat keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS or dry eye syndrome). It may be supplied as an eye ointment or an eye drop.

  • Contrary to popular belief, feeling your pet’s ears or nose won’t tell you if his temperature is abnormal. The only surefire way to determine if your pet has an abnormally high or low body temperature is to actually take his temperature with a thermometer.

  • Tapeworms are intestinal parasites of the cat and dog. They are classified as cestodes. They belong to a different family than hookworms and roundworms, which are the other common intestinal parasites of dogs and cats. Several types of tapeworms are known to infect cats. Dipylidium caninum is by far the most common species observed in cats.

  • Taurine is an amino acid used to treat cardiomyopathy due to a taurine deficiency in cats and dogs. Taurine has also been used to prevent retinal degeneration.

  • Taurine is a type of amino acid, and amino acids form the main constituents of all proteins. Taurine is exclusively found in animal-based proteins.

  • Some folks argue that no cat can be taught or trained to do anything she doesn’t want to do! On the contrary: Cats are so smart it’s almost scary.

  • The testicle or testis contains several different cell types. These include the germ cells, which make sperm, the supporting and nourishing Sertoli cells, and the hormone-producing interstitial (or Leydig) cells.

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