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Cytauxzoonosis in Cats

Cytauxzoonosis in Cats

Also known as bobcat fever, this blood parasite is hard to diagnose and also hard to treat.

July 2016 - In 1987, during my senior year at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, the teaching hospital began seeing a few puzzling cases of acutely ill cats. All of these cats had fevers, were lethargic and refused all food. All of the cats were anemic, and most were jaundiced. Sadly, despite aggressive treatment, all of the cats died within a week of hospitalization. After much investigative work, a diagnosis was finally elucidated. These cats…

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Feeding Your Senior Cat

Feeding Your Senior Cat

Your pet's health and not age or labels should be the most important factor when choosing an appropriate food. Here's why.

You heard somewhere that when your cat reaches the age of seven — or was it nine? — it’s time to switch him to a senior food formula. That seems to make sense; after all, you’ve most likely changed your own diet as you’ve aged, cutting back on calories and carbohydrates and increasing supplements.

But is what’s right for you also right for your cat? Not necessarily.

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All About Feline Anesthesia

All About Feline Anesthesia

Even though it sounds dangerous to some cat owners, here's what you should know about this humane and very safe component of veterinary surgery.

Virtually all feline surgical procedures — whether brief and relatively simple or lengthy and complicated — require that the patient’s pain perception be dulled, if not totally blocked, by an anesthetic drug of some sort. These days, sleep-inducing chemical substances are commonly used by veterinarians to reduce or eliminate pain in procedures ranging from such …

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Can Joint Supplements Be Helpful?

Can Joint Supplements Be Helpful?

A lack of FDA approval makes it more challenging when choosing one of these products, but experts feel that omega-3 fatty acids are the most beneficial.

Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine —including an improved understanding of feline nutrition — cats are living longer these days. But these extended life spans also mean that many cats are more likely to develop arthritis. This painful and potentially crippling joint disease is a predominantly age-related condition. In one study, researchers carefully analyzed X-rays of the spines ...

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