EMERGENCY CARE

Intervertebral Disc Disease in Cats

The force and volume of the herniated disc material can damage and compress the spinal cord, with the degree of damage from an acute herniation varying from mild inflammation to irreversible destruction. This will determine the clinical signs when the cat presents for examination. Some cats with IVDD present with serious neurologic dysfunction, such as partial or total paralysis, mainly in the rear limbs.

Hospitalizing Your Cat

Having a sick or injured cat is very stressful, especially when the problem lies beyond the scope of your regular veterinarian. Add the need to hospitalize your pet and your anxiety level likely goes through the roof. John Berg, DVM, surgical specialist at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, acknowledges that anxiety. Primary care veterinarians can handle the majority of diseases that cats get, so by definition,…

Whats That Note on My Cats Cage?

Along with high-tech monitoring equipment and medical charts that are passed along to the doctors on the next shift, there is a far more informal way that members of the Foster Hospital staff communicate with each other about patients. They rely on white boards that hang outside each pets cage. These signs serve a variety of purposes, from noting that a cat is a rescue who needs a home to indicating that the cage contains…

Hospital Stays: Frequently Asked Questions for cats

Q Is it okay to bring my cats favorite toy or blanket or a piece of clothing with my scent on it to comfort her? A Some hospitals permit toys and blankets, but its not a good idea to bring them, according to John Berg, DVM, surgical specialist at Cummings. We discourage owners from taking anything along that your cat loves because it can easily get lost, he explains. The cleaning staff picks…

The X-Ray: Very Useful for cats

The history of veterinary radiology - the use of photograph-like images to diagnose an internal physical abnormality that is otherwise invisible to a practitioners eye - can be traced back to a specific day in 1895. While working in his laboratory, a German physicist named Wilhelm Roentgen witnessed a phenomenon that until then had never been observed. …

Cat Bites: Serious Business

The most common victims of cat bites are women, the elderly and children. Almost all cat bites occur when a cat is trapped, cornered, startled or restrained. 75 percent of cat bites involve the face, hands or arms. (Kids tend to get facial bites.) However, even with estimates ranging from 400,000 to 750,000 bites per year, cat bites account for only a small fraction of all mammalian bites in the US. …

When to Get Help

Now that September has officially sprung, and weve said goodbye to the dog days of summer, its easy to get caught up in the back-to-school (and back to work) routine. But that doesnt mean we should ignore some of signs that our cats may send us when they need immediate veterinary attention. Following are the major alarms that signal our cat needs help, fast. Be sure to have access to an emergency veterinary facility. …

How a CT Scan Can Help Your Cat

Over the past half-century, X-rays have become, by far, the most frequently relied upon radiologic means of diagnosing a wide variety of feline health problems, and they continue to play that leading role today. However, since the late 1980s the diagnostic value of X-rays has in many cases been superseded by a more complex, more revealing technology - computed tomography (CT) scanning. …

Lifesaving Urinalysis for Your Cat

Busybody Buddy, always wanting to be wherever people are and never even ruffled by little kids, fell ill. The 11-year-old grey and white long-hair, rescued when he was two, was just not feeling well at all, says his owner, Susan Iuliano. He lost a bunch of weight and was really weak. One weekend he was so bad we took him to the emergency room. …

First Aid for Your Cat

Unfortunately, its simply impossible to predict when accidents will occur. But luckily, we can take steps to prevent them - or at least minimize their effects - when bad things happen to your cats. Take the case of Susan Westerson, of Rochester, New York, who lives with her now four-year-old Siamese cat, Darien. If it werent for fast action on Westersons part, Darien may never have reached his first birthday. Darien was gobbling down his food…

Step-by-Step Tips to Take Your Cats Pulse

To take your cats pulse, lay your cat down on her right side or allow her to stand. Then follow these four steps.

Abscesses in Cats

Your feisty cat Big Ben seems out of sorts. For the past few days, hes been hanging around the house, uncharacteristically lethargic and disinterested in his food. While petting him, you feel a small but distinct lump just to the side of his tail. You probe it gently, but Big Ben lets out a yowl, followed by a hiss. Obviously, this small lump is causing him pain. Its very likely that youve discovered an abscess - a clear sign that Big Ben is harboring an infection (and also a grumpy mood).