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Ask the Vet: Treating ear infections in dogs and cats

11/24/2019  "Ear infections in dogs deservedly get a great deal of attention since they are one of the more common reasons for a visit to the veterinarian and tend to be a recurring problem throughout many dogs’ lives. However, cats also are affected by ear problems that often have a different underlying cause and the symptoms are not as obvious given their fastidious nature." - The Blade

Yes, I have health coverage for my six dependents — 4 cats and 2 dogs

11/24/2019  "Most pet owners think of their animals as family members and put considerable value on their health and well-being. But should they buy pet insurance? It’s an ongoing debate that often pits numbers against emotions. “People must have pet insurance,” says Betsy Arthur, a veterinary surgeon with a Maryland practice. “People who can’t afford insurance are left without options, and heartbreaking decisions . . . especially when the problems are serious but fixable.”" - The Washington Post

Arthritis Treatment Safe for Cats With Kidney Disease

11/21/2019  "Q: Emmy, my 12-year-old cat, has arthritis and chronic kidney disease. Her veterinarian recommended Onsior for her arthritic pain but warned that it could further damage her kidneys. I'm torn, because I want Emmy to be free of pain, but I don't want her therapy to cause additional problems. What's your advice?" - creators.com

Is CBD Oil Safe for Cats?

11/21/2019  "Do you have a cat who struggles with pain, seizures or anxiety? Unfortunately, veterinarians don't have a lot of options for drugs to treat these specific conditions. And even among the drugs that can be effective, the side effects are often unpleasant. This is precisely why many cat owners have started turning to CBD oil to relieve their cat's pain, anxiety or seizure disorder. But you're probably wondering, is CBD oil safe for cats? And how does it work?" - Vents Magazine

The Sgt. Butters saga: How a stray cat led to a small town scandal

11/20/2019  VIDEO: "A town in North Carolina is in a bit of an uproar, or perhaps an up-meow, after a feline police officer lost his job. One day in 2018, Sargent Butters wandered into the Mocksville Police Department. A Facebook page was created in the cat's name, but would end up causing quite the controversy when some members of the community felt a cat should not be the "face" of the police department. Watch the cattastrophe... to see why this cat was the talk of the town." - WCVB5

Hip dysplasia in cats is hereditary and more common in bigger individuals

11/20/2019  "Millions of cats in the world likely suffer from hip dysplasia, but this cat health problem has rarely been studied. In a newly published study with a focus on the "gentle giant" Maine Coon breed, SLU researchers conclude that the condition is heritable and is more common in large cats. The study also showed that the Swedish health program has been effective in reducing the incidence of hip dysplasia in the breed through selective breeding. The finding that larger cats are more likely to have hip dysplasia suggests breeding for the large body type carries with it the additional risk of hip dysplasia." - PhysOrg

11 important things veterinarians want every cat owner to know

11/15/2019  "Whether you're dreaming of adopting a cat or are already surrounded by a squad of feline friends, it's important to know that caring for kitties isn't always straightforward. Everything from a healthy diet to proper grooming contributes to keeping a cat happy, but there are some common misconceptions and dangerous habits that might thwart your best attempts to care for your pet. Insider consulted with veterinarians to spotlight some key things that every cat owner should know." - Insider

Pro Bono Kidney Surgery Saves Sphynx Kitten

11/14/2019  "A 12-week-old kitten who underwent pro bono surgery at Davies Veterinary Specialists (Davies) in Hertfordshire to remove an abnormal, grossly enlarged kidney now has a bright future.

Keril’s breeder was worried about the kitten’s increasingly swollen abdomen, and reluctantly thought it would be best to have him put to sleep. He was an otherwise normal, lively kitten, and a local cat lover insisted on taking responsibility of ownership to give him a chance." - VetClick/News

Is your cat in pain? Its facial expression could hold a clue

11/14/2019  "They say that eyes are windows to the soul. Indeed, research suggests this might also be true for our four-legged friends. Since the days of our most celebrated natural historian, Charles Darwin, humans have been interested in how animals communicate via their facial expressions, and how different species might express themselves in similar ways." - The Conversation

How Long Are Cats Pregnant? The 5 Stages of Cat Pregnancy

11/14/2019  "I’m a big advocate for spay/neuter. It’s a crucial part of the equation for reducing the number of cats killed in shelters, and having your cat spayed or neutered improves cat health, reducing the chances of injury and disease. But a lot of us encounter cat pregnancy at some point, whether through working at a clinic or shelter, an accidental liaison or deliberate breeding. So, how long are cats pregnant for and what should you expect week by week? Let’s look at the five stages of cat pregnancy." - PetTraining

Colorful reflector in cat's eye enhances night vision [Ask the Vet's Pets]

11/14/2019  "Q: I recently adopted a handsome orange male tabby cat named Henry. At night, his eyes are luminescent, reflecting a variety of bright colors. Is he unusual, or do all cats' eyes shine in the dark? What causes this magic?" - Reading Eagle


All About Pets: Gut problems common in dogs and cats

11/13/2019  "Hippocrates, considered the father of medicine, said: Let food be thy medicine. Our pet’s ability to absorb the nutrients in their food is a crucial step in their overall health and wellness status. Sadly, gastrointestinal problems are pretty common reasons for veterinary visits of dogs and cats. In some cases, these pets have been regurgitating, vomiting or having loose stools for a while." - TheLedger

Surprisingly common virus in domestic cats raises concerns

11/12/2019  "Roughly two-thirds of all domestic cats in the U.S. have a virus called feline foamy virus (FFV), according to a recent study ublished in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery Open Reports. This study is both the first large-scale research on the prevalence of the virus in the U.S. and the first to suggest that it is present in the majority of the nation’s domestic cats." - ScienceLine

Why do Siamese cats vomit so much?

11/12/2019  "It is a good question and there may be five possible health reasons why Siamese cats might vomit so much. However, before I go over the reasons I have to confess that the thought that Siamese cats vomit more than is usual for domestic cats is anecdotal as far as I know. I don’t know of any hard science which supports the statement. And domestic cats in general are very good vomiters so there may be a perfectly good reason why your Siamese cat is being sick which is unrelated to a serious health issue." - PoC

Vets urge regular checkups for cat health

11/9/2019  "A Hong Kong-based Taiwanese veterinarian advised pet owners to take their cats for regular checkups to prevent the onset of heart disease, saying that the condition is difficult to detect and often causes death in cats. Lethargy is a sign of heart problems in animals, but cats tend to be less active by nature, making it more difficult to notice when they have a problem, veterinarian Yeh Shih-ping (葉士平) said." - Taipei Times

Deadly virus strikes shelter cats

11/6/2019  "The Park County Animal Shelter’s cat population is in quarantine. Manager Valerie Swensrund said the shelter began a three-week quarantine Monday due to a litter of kittens being brought in with the deadly disease of feline parvo. During the period none of the 73 cats in the shelter may leave and no cats may enter." - Cody Enterprise

Understanding Dementia In Cats And What You Can Do To Help

11/4/2019  "As your favorite feline ages, you’ll start to notice specific changes in their behavior, personality, and health. For many cats, advanced age leads to a condition called cognitive dysfunction syndrome—also known as dementia." - Cole and Marmalade

Cat scratches are very rarely a serious health problem but you have to be vigilant

11/4/2019  "Cat scratches can exceptionally rarely cause a serious illness by allowing Group A streptococci bacteria on the skin to enter the bloodstream. Countless millions of people, brilliant cat guardians to ailurophobes, have been scratched by domestic cats without anything to concern them except for slight discomfort and a bit of blood. I have always considered cat scratches as a passing minor hazard in caring for a cat." - PoC

Are domestic cats in multi-cat households more stressed?

11/4/2019  "There is a 2013 study on this topic which concluded that domestic cats living in multi-cat homes are not more stressed because of their living arrangements. There may be some stressed cats in the group but the added stress is not in general caused by the fact that the cats are in a multi-cat home." - PoC

Pet Doc: Fever in cats

11/4/2019  VIDEO: "Pet Dr. Dennis Larsen spoke with NTV's Tim Reith about fevers in the cat. Dr. Larsen said, "A cat’s normal body temperature is higher than yours and mine. The cat’s average normal body temperature is 101.5 but may vary from cat to cat as much as one degree higher or as much as two degrees lower and we still would consider the temperature to be within normal range. There is concern when the temperature rises above 103.5." - NTV

Pet Talk: Eating Your Greens; the Basics of Cat Grass

11/3/2019  "When confronted with the topic of healthy eating, we, as humans, are frequently reminded of the importance of including daily greens in our diets. Does your cat’s diet need the same? Dr. Lori Teller, a clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, discusses the basics of cat grass that every cat owner should know. “Cat grass isn’t any one type of grass but can be a combination of grasses, such as rye, barley, oat, and wheat,” Teller said. “Cat owners can buy kits at many stores to grow cat grass for their kitties.” - The Shawnee News-Star

Shana Bohac: Enrich pets environment for healthier lives

11/2/2019  "If you take into consideration the natural behavior of most animals, the average pet receives very low levels of environmental stimulation. Most nondomestic animals spend the majority of their time foraging for food. In addition, they must seek out or construct resting areas and avoid predators or other natural hazards." - Victoria Advocate

Dr. Fox: Confusion on vaccinations for kittens, cats

11/1/2019  "Dear Dr. Fox: I continue to be confused on the issue of vaccinations... I now own three kittens that each came from dire and desperate conditions... Could you provide some guidance on this issue?" - Winston-Salem Journal


Humans cannot contract FIV from cats: veterinarian

12/3/2019  "The feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) cannot be transmitted to humans, a veterinarian said on the eve of World AIDS Day on Sunday.

FIV bears similarities to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and causes an AIDS-like syndrome in cats." - Taipei Times

The More You Learn about Cat Scratch Disease, the More Confusing It Gets

12/1/2019  "Cats are generally docile, but they can be unpredictable and occasionally bite or scratch people for no good reason. Numerous diseases can be transmitted this way from cats to humans. Infections following cat puncture wounds are relatively common, and up to 80 percent of cat bites become infected." - Emergency Medicine News

Dogs and Cats Can Donate Blood (But Most People Don't Know)

11/27/2019  "Did you know that dogs and cats can donate blood to help another animal in need? Most pet owners don’t, according to new research published in Veterinary Record. But after learning about the possibility, 89% said they would consider their pet making a donation. Pets can need blood transfusions for several reasons including anemia, which can be due to an accident like being hit by a car or internal bleeding because of a ruptured spleen." - Psychology Today

Zoonoses: The Diseases Our Cats and Dogs Give Us

11/14/2019  "Some of the biggest public health crises of the last few years can be traced back to animals. HIV got its start as a virus in monkeys, and Ebola probably jumped to humans from other primates or fruit bats. And there’s no points for guessing the animals from which we got bird flu and swine flu. But animal-borne diseases can start a lot closer to home. In fact, there are a number we can pick up from our dogs and cats." - Discover

Fascinating Infographic Shows The Ways That A Cat’s Purr Are Good For You

10/31/2019  "Do you find the sound of a cat purring oddly soothing? Many people assume the feeling is associated with the perceived contentment and wellbeing of the cat – but there’s actually more to it than that. Scientific evidence suggests that purring can be beneficial to the owner, as well as the kitty." - boredpanda

Does your pet need probiotics? Here's what vets want you to know

10/31/2019  "You’ve probably tried Kombucha or a probiotic drink like Kefir, and it helped balance your gut bacteria. Probiotics are a type of “good for you” bacteria that are found in some foods and supplements. While we often think of bacteria negatively, as something that can cause illness, probiotics can keep a gut healthy." - Yahoo

A Better Way to Screen Cats for Heart Disease

10/17/2019   "Training local veterinarians to use ultrasound to screen cats for heart disease could lead to earlier detection, veterinary cardiologists at Cummings School find.  Cats are very good at hiding their health problems, a survival instinct from their wild ancestors, when showing weakness made them easier prey. One health problem they hide is heart disease, meaning it can progress to become life-threatening before it’s noticed" - TuftsNow

East Texas vet seeing increase in feline pneumonia, shares what to watch for in your pets

10/28/2019  VIDEO: "If your cat is lethargic and sneezing, you might want to get him to the vet, because a Gilmer veterinarian says she is seeing several cases of cat pneumonia every day. Animal Medical and Surgical Hospital’s Cherie Nazzal hates to see sick kitties, so she does her best to help them heal. She’s seeing a lot of cats with pneumonia since it’s airborne and: “It’s very contagious, highly contagious; it could be indoor or outdoor cats,” Nazzal said." - KTRE9

Protecting your cat from serious viruses starts with the facts

10/27/2019   "Ever since BoBo, our 11’ish-year-old DSH (domestic short hair) old man, escaped from the Alcatraz that was our front porch window screen and got into a major fight with a local Tom cat, I’ve been running scared that he picked up a disease from the Tom.  My biggest fear is FeLV (feline leukemia) or FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus). Both are viruses that are very often fatal." - Altoona Mirror

Integrative Pet Vet column: Fatty liver syndrome in cats

10/25/2019  "Cats can be affected by a variety of liver and gall bladder problems including inflammation, infections, cancer and metabolic and degenerative disorders. Fatty degeneration of the liver (hepatic lipidosis) is one of the most common liver disorders in cats. The cause of fatty liver syndrome is not completely understood, but it is more common in obese cats that stop eating. Rapid identification and aggressive therapy are critical." - PostIndependent

Cat virus could be linked to feline cancer

10/25/2019  "Australian researchers believe a newly discovered feline virus might be the cause of liver cancer in cats, and that this link could lead to the development of new anti-cancer therapies. Identified last year by researchers at the University of Sydney, domestic cat hepadnavirus (DCH) has since been found in certain types of hepatitis and liver cancer in cats, suggesting it might be the cause of the diseases." - Veterinary Practice News

Cats continue to gain weight till maturity

10/14/2019   "As cats move from kitten phase to maturity, they tend to put on weight until they are eight years old on an average, a study found. According to the team of researchers, until now, pet owners and veterinarians didn’t know for sure. Now University of Guelph researchers has become the first to access data on more than 19 million cats to get a picture of typical weight gain and loss over their lifetimes." - The Free Press Journal


Dogs VS Cats: Health Issues Edition

10/22/2019  "We welcome you to the first edition of the Dogs VS Cats series where we compare and contrast various features between the two species of our beloved furry friends. In this edition, we will look at some health issues commonly seen in both dogs and cats to determine which is at higher risk. We created a health assessment survey that provides us insights on how common these health issues are, and collected data from more than 2,600 dogs and cats. We shall see who will win this first round!" - NomNomNow

How much do domestic cats drink?

10/22/2019  "People ask how much do cats drink? I am confining this discussion to domestic cats but obviously the amount that cats drink depends upon the species of cat. With respect to domestic cats the amount that they drink also varies depending upon their circumstances so you’ll have to read this post to get the answer. There is no instant answer as it is too complicated." - PoC

Raw pet food: The trendy diet can put humans and animals in danger

10/20/2019  "Public health experts have warned that antimicrobial resistance is one of the most pressing threats to human and animal health — so the fact that pets contained bacteria that make antibiotics lose their effectiveness was a concern. But the University of Zurich team behind the research had a good guess as to what was causing this to happen: BARF, or the “biologically appropriate raw food.” That’s a diet of raw muscle and organ meats, as well as meaty bones." - Sky Statement

This is why your aching joints could be a sign of a disease your cat has given you

10/18/2019  "Getting the odd scratch from your pet is something every cat owner is used to, but do you know the risks that these scratches can carry? In some cases, your feline pet giving you a scratch or bite can have greater consequences than a mild itch, and this is due to a disease carried by around half of cats at some point in their life." - TheScarboroughNews

What Can I Catch from my Cat? - Feline Zoonoses

10/15/2019   "Zoonotic diseases (zoonoses) are illnesses that sometimes develop after being exposed to infectious organisms that are passed between animals and people. Some bacteria, viruses, parasites, prions (misfolded proteins), and fungi can be zoonotic and make people sick. There are many precautions that you can take to minimize the risk of exposure to zoonotic organisms. It is important to note that a cat can be carrying one of these organisms but not show any visible signs of sickness." - CatVets.com

Animal Doctor: Rescued kitten has appetite for strange things

10/15/2019   "She eats everything in sight, except for food — no people food, and not much canned cat food. She has eaten holes in my underwear, nightgown, socks, sweatshirts, bedspread, toilet paper, regular paper and cardboard." - TulsaWorld

13 important things veterinarians wish all pet owners knew

10/14/2019   "Pets can feel like furry family members, so it's natural to want to keep them happy and healthy. That said, there are a few bits of information about pet care that experts wish was more widely known.  Here are some important things all pet owners should know, according to veterinarians." - Insider

How to Give a Cat a Pill—And Actually Get Your Cat to Swallow It

10/14/2019   "Cats are about as thrilled to take pills as they are to take baths. Yet the time may come when your feline needs medication and neither of you has a choice." - Reader's Digest

Points for Pets: Key to Feline Infectious Peritonitis [FIP] is prevention

10/06/2019   "FIP, or Feline Infectious Peritonitis, is a disease caused by a virus in the corona family. The virus is spread through several routes, including ingestion and inhalation. Cats that share food bowls, litter pans, toys or groom one another are at a higher risk of spreading the disease. Outdoor cats that get into fights or even sneeze on each other can pass the virus along." - WVNews

How Often Should You Bathe Your Cat?

10/06/2019   "Should you bathe your cat? Truthfully, very few cats actually need to be bathed. Truthfully, Emma, we cats are really good self-groomers. We spend up to 50 percent of our time keeping ourselves clean. Our incisors (which Mama calls “our little nibble-teeth”) were perfectly designed to pluck messes and occasional fleas out of our fur. We clean our fur with our tongues and by wetting our front paws and wiping them across places we can’t reach with our tongues." - Paws and Effect

Tips for keeping your pet well during National Pet Wellness Month and all year long

10/01/2019   “Pet owners know all too well that keeping their animals healthy is a full-time job. With the month of October designated as National Pet Wellness Month, there is an additional focus on that mission, but the idea behind the program is that keeping your pet healthy in all facets of its life should never stop." - SBG-TV

Pet Health Tips for an On-the-Go Lifestyle

09/29/2019   "People who lead busy lives often seek convenient and healthy choices when it comes to taking care of their own well-being. For pet parents, a little creativity can make it easy to deliver the same level of care for their beloved pets, even when the pace of life accelerates." - Browning Herald

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