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November 2018

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Editor's Note

Mission Accomplished!

Recently, I was raking some leaves in my front yard when I heard a woman calling out, “Dusty! Dusty!” I soon realized it was my neighbor desperately calling for her elderly cat.   More...

Feature

Pets Involved in Clinical Trials

Do you have a cat with chronic conjunctivitis (pink eye)? Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine — a couple hundred miles from both Seattle and Boise — wants to see if a new vaccine will work to improve her response to the condition.   More...

Where the Vet Schools Are

Below are the 30 veterinary schools in the U.S listed alphabetically. Check the map to see which you live closest to in case you might like to see about enrolling your cat in a clinical trial.   More...

Joint Disorders in CatsSubscribers Only

A healthy cat’s impressive physical traits — strength, agility and lightning-fast responses to external stimuli — are essentially attributable to the structure and versatility of her musculoskeletal system. However, this system is also subject to a variety of disorders that can seriously compromise a cat’s quality of life and agility. Even worse, such disorders often defy prompt recognition and treatment.   More...

Want to Work With Animals?

There are a variety of employment opportunities within the veterinary profession that do not require you to become an actual veterinarian. It’s understood that one must love animals, care deeply about their wellbeing and have an abundance of patience to work in the field. Just as importantly, specific skills, knowledge and educational requirements are necessary to be qualified for these employment opportunities.   More...

Worms in Cats and KittensSubscribers Only

Perhaps the most troublesome of all feline parasites are various types of worms that inhabit a cat’s gastrointestinal tract — the stomach and intestines. Among these invaders, the most frequently found are roundworms, which are classified as nematodes — worms with distinctively cylindrical, unsegmented bodies.   More...

Limb Amputation in CatsSubscribers Only

Consider this frightening occurrence: A cat darts into the street near his home and is struck by a car. One or more of the bones in one leg are severely broken, and a quick trip to the nearest veterinary clinic yields some very upsetting news. The fractured limb is beyond surgical repair, and the cat’s owners are faced with a limited set of options as explained by the veterinarian: Either the injured cat should be euthanized, or the fractured limb should be amputated.   More...

Ask the Doctor

Dear Doctor: Creating a Weight Loss Plan

My cat, Buddy, is obese. He is very long, and weighs close to 29 pounds. Our veterinarian says we should try to get him down to 20 pounds. He has been tested for a thyroid problem, and it appears that this is not the issue.   More...

Dear Doctor: The Health of Stray Kittens

I trapped two stray kittens last year and had them treated for ringworm. They were neutered and given two rounds of kitten vaccinations. They also had bad breath so my veterinarian cleaned their teeth and needed to extract some teeth. She informed me that one cat’s dental problems had migrated into the root.   More...

Possible Cancer Breakthrough?

Feline injection site sarcoma (FISS) is an aggressive form of cancer in cats associated with the administration of vaccines and injectable medications, affecting about one in 1,000 vaccinated cats. This cancer was once thought to be a rare side-effect of rabies vaccines, but experts now believe it can occur following any kind of injection —even microchipping.   More...