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 However, since the late 1980s the diagnostic value of X-rays has in many cases been superseded by a more complex, more revealing technology - computed tomography (CT) scanning.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. …

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.

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…

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).

Diagnosis: Feline Acromegaly

Chester is a 13-year-old diabetic orange tabby. When he first presented to my feline-only veterinary hospital five years ago, he had the classic signs of diabetes: excessive thirst, increased urination and weight loss despite an exceptionally good appetite. Making the diagnosis was easy. Chesters blood sugar was greater than 400 mg/dl (normal is somewhere in the 80 to 150 range) and he had lots of sugar in his urine. Most diabetics are male, like him. Most are middle aged, like him. Most are overweight - also like him. In fact, it was a classic textbook case.

Heartworm: Not for Dogs Only

Most people think of heartworm disease (HWD) as a disease that only impacts dogs. While its true that heartworm infection is much less common in cats than in dogs (the feline prevalence is approximately five percent as compared to 20 percent of the canine prevalence), cats most certainly do get heartworm disease.

Does Your Cat Need a Ventilator?

When we suggest to clients that their cat should go on a ventilator, theyll often ask, Doesnt that mean the prognosis is really bad? explains Tufts emergency and critical veterinarian Armelle de Laforcade, DVM. And the truth is, she adds, if a cat is sick enough to be on a ventilator, shes pretty sick. In fact, when we first got a ventilator years ago, we tended to put a cat on it right before she died as a last resort.

Head Trauma in Cats is Common

Each day, dozens of injured or severely ill animals in urgent need of emergency medical care are brought by their owners to the Cummings Schools Foster Hospital for Small Animals. Unfortunately, its not uncommon for cats of all ages to be brought in due to blunt or penetrating head injuries. …