Clinic News

Our Cat Nurses

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It is a real honor working with our dedicated nurses. Each one has their own story why they work with cats and their passion for all things feline runs life long. Ailurophiles will agree cats are special. Cats are highly intelligent, loving, and caring, intuitive to our needs yet fiercely independent. In short, cats have similar characteristics to our nurses, so it’s no wonder why they get along so well with their patients. So if you find your cat in their care, trust that your loving companion is getting the best of care from truly the most dedicated and talented group of individuals. By the way, they are also pretty good with people too! When asked, they told me that their goal is to provide the most stress free experience for both their patients and clients. They understand the close human and animal bond that exists between people and their pets and treat each cat as if they were their own. Meow!

Did You Know Lilies Are Toxic to Your Cat?

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Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of how a beautiful lily can be deadly toxic to a cat. Since we don’t see a similar sensitivity in other species, the news has not be widely distributed to pet lovers. So, please be aware that any part of a lily, if ingested, can cause rapid kidney failure in cats unless medical intervention occurs within 24 hours.

Symptoms of lily ingestion are vomiting, salivation, anorexia, and depression. The initial symptoms of vomiting and drooling can go away in 4 to 6 hours, leading owners and veterinarians to believe that the cat only has a mild stomach upset or hairball. Meanwhile, the kidneys are failing and dehydration develops. If intravenous fluids are started within 24 hours after ingestion, the kidney failure can be reversed and cats have a good prognosis. Without medical intervention, the kidneys totally close down and the only possible means of treatment would be through peritoneal dialysis or hemodialysis with a guarded outcome. So pass the word around to your cat lover friends—no lilies.

Help Your Cat Live a Long, Healthy Life

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For optimum health and wellness, all cats should have a veterinary examination at least once a year. Depending on the circumstances, however, more frequent visits may be appropriate for your cat. This decision is best made on an individual basis in consultation with your cat’s veterinarian. Factors to consider include your cat’s age, special health conditions, and how the environment where you live may affect your cat’s health.

Routine visits to the veterinarian—often called “wellness exams”—are essential for maintaining long-term health and quality of life in cats of all ages. Depending on your cat’s age, the wellness exam will likely include discussions about the following topics:

  • Spaying/neutering
  • Lifestyle factors to determine appropriate vaccines
  • Parasites, internal and external
  • Appropriate laboratory tests
  • Dental health
  • Behavioral issues
  • Senior care
  • Nutrition, including weight, diet, and body condition score
  • Other physical examination findings

Vaccinating your cat against certain preventable diseases is an important part of wellness care. The immunity provided by each vaccine varies in how long it lasts, which is why vaccines are repeated at different intervals of time to boost their immunity. Your veterinarian is the appropriate person to recommend which vaccines to give your cat and the frequency with which they should be administered based on your cat’s lifestyle.

Parasite control is necessary in all cats. Your veterinarian can suggest appropriate testing and treatment for any internal or external parasites that are common in cats like yours.

Laboratory testing may be done during the wellness exam or other visits. Being able to collect standard laboratory results for your cat is very helpful. It allows for the early detection of disease and for monitoring changes in clinical or laboratory parameters that may be of concern. Additionally, it provides a baseline for interpretation of data from subsequent visits.

Dental disease is extremely common in cats, yet most owners are unaware that it can threaten their cat’s health and welfare. Your veterinarian will check your cat’s teeth and may recommend a cleaning or other treatment based on his or her findings.

Your veterinarian can also provide advice regarding any behavioral issues your cat may be exhibiting. Since these issues are sometimes caused by medical conditions, the first recommendation may be a thorough physical exam and laboratory testing. Dealing with potential health problems early is an important part of preventative medicine. If your cat is showing any signs of illness, call our clinic promptly.

The Importance of a Safe Environment for Your Cat

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Lucy, an adorable 2-year-old shorthair, had no idea what was in store for her when she stole an earplug to play with. Her newfound toy was a cat’s delight. She could bat it around and sink her teeth into it, but oops—getting too much into her game, she swallowed it whole!

Fortunately, her owners don’t miss a clue and knew something was terribly amiss when Lucy started vomiting and not eating suddenly. They brought her right in to the clinic. At first, we couldn’t see anything on Lucy’s plain radiographs of her belly, but after giving her a barium swallow, we could tell that there was an obstruction in her bowels not letting anything pass through. After an exploratory surgery to remove the earplug, Lucy was back to her old self—hopefully wiser but under watchful eyes.CatEarplug

This is a word to the wise for us cat lovers to safety proof our cats’ environments. We’ve removed pennies, bottle caps, dental floss, needles and thread, bra straps, telephone cords, puzzle pieces, tinsel, and Easter grass from our playful beasties to name a few. Strings can be especially dangerous if a portion of the string becomes tethered around the tongue while the rest tries to move through the intestines sawing its way through the gut. So beware if suddenly your cat starts vomiting or stops eating and call us. Quick action can save lives.