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March 2017

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Editor's Note

March Into Spring!

An interesting movement called the One Health Initiative is taking it a bit further by demonstrating that the health of humans, animals and the environment are all interconnected. Specialists in various fields are working together to find solutions to health problems that impact all of us. Not just people. Not just cats. Not just trees. All of us. It’s a heady concept that’s actually about as basic as it gets.   More...

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Using Pet-Safe Pest Control

We like to think of our homes as our castles, complete with proverbial moats as part of a defense system against invading armies. But how do you safely protect your castle, family and pets from invading armies of pests such as ants, roaches, spiders, fleas and rodents? Your first response may be to grab a can of ‘Bug Blitz’ — but nowadays, there’s an impressive arsenal of safe and non-toxic defenses to try before reaching chemical extermination.   More...

Preventing Heartworm DiseaseSubscribers Only

Among the disorders that can seriously impair the function of your cat’s cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, one of the most severe is feline heartworm disease, a potentially life-threatening condition caused by infection with a parasitic worm called Dirofilaria immitis. This insidious disease is known to be most prevalent in geographic areas where a hot, muggy climate accommodates the proliferation of mosquitoes.   More...

Diagnosis: Chronic GingivostomatitisSubscribers Only

A common reason clients bring their cat in to my cats-only veterinary hospital is halitosis (this is the medical term for bad breath). Cats are carnivores, and given their meat- and fish-based diets, nobody expects a cat’s mouth to be minty fresh. But some cats’ mouths have a smell that goes beyond simple fish-breath.   More...

What Is the One Health Initiative?Subscribers Only

You’ve probably already heard about the Tufts research which has shown that cats who live in households with cigarette smokers are at increased risk for oral and other cancers. It stands to reason. Our anatomy is much more similar than different, with rather closely related respiratory systems that have the same vulnerability to environmental assaults.   More...

Safe Airline Travel With Your Cat

If you are planning to fly with your cat — either for an extended vacation or a permanent long-distance relocation —there are two ways you can travel on a commercial airline: in the cabin with your pet, or with the animal as checked baggage in the cargo hold.   More...

A Challenging Situation

Over the winter, a rare strain of bird flu infected nearly 500 cats housed in New York City’s Animal Care Centers (ACC). At least two cats died after being infected with the H7N2 strain of the influenza virus, and a veterinarian with prolonged exposure to the infected cats tested positive, too.   More...

Ask the Doctor

Dear Doctor: Concern about stones

I have a male cat who has suffered twice from stones in his urinary tract. His veterinarian put him on a Royal Canine urinary diet (chicken in gravy) and special diet of kibbles.   More...

Dear Doctor: Help for a cat in mourning

I wonder if you could give me any suggestions regarding my 10-year-old cat Ringling’s behavior. We lost our 22-year-old Siamese a month ago, who was Ringling’s lifelong friend. Ever since he died, Ringling has gotten very clingy and vocal, following me around, continually begging to be petted and held. She seems to need constant attention and reassurance. She has also thrown up several times in the last weeks, something she has not done before.   More...