Common Conditions – Feline

Fleas

We treat fleas in both dogs and cats every day of the year. Even one flea on your pet can mean a large problem in your home. Please see us for advice on flea treatment and prevention. There are many confusions surrounding flea preventions and treatment as generics become available (it may seem the same, but when it comes to flea treatment it IS NOT!) . Please know that treating your pet with the best and safest products are our priorities as well as finding you the best value. Too often we hear stories of people who have spent lots of money trying ‘xyz’ and their pets have continued to have problems! Please call us or stop in for advice on how to effectively treat your pet and your home before everyone is itching/scratching and tapeworms begin to spread. We know that it is tempting to purchase from online pharmacies but because we have seen too many counterfeit and adulterated products, we offer price matching (see a receptionist for guidelines) as well as free shipping to your door for prescriptions over $39.

Intestinal parasites

2% to 10% of pets in our area have intestinal parasites. Even indoor cats are at risk. In many cases, the pet doesn’t show any clinical signs to suggest a problem. In other situations, you may note scooting, diarrhea, or weight loss. The Companion Animal Parasite Council recommends parasite testing 2-4 times per year depending on your pet’s environment and life style.

Urinary disorders

Many cats don’t drink water well and form crystals in their urine that increase their risk of urinary disorders including urinary blockage that can be life-threatening to male cats. Please see us immediately if your cat is urinating more often, straining in the litter box, or producing smaller than expected volumes of urine. At your pet’s annual wellness examination we will discuss urinary disease prevention.

Stomach upset

Yes, cats vomit (don’t we cat owners know that all too well!) But, vomiting is often the first sign of disease for a variety of serious ailments including heartworm disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and pancreatitis. Please do not ignore chronic vomiting in your cat until the problem is more advanced and more difficult to treat – we are here to help.

Kidney failure

Kidney disease is a common cause of weight loss in older cats, and if caught early on routine blood and urine testing, there are lots of inexpensive and effective things that we can do to slow the progression of disease. Please schedule an examination if you note weight loss in your cat before we get ‘behind the eight ball’.

Periodontal (dental) disease

One of the best ways to keep your pet comfortable and living a long, healthy life is to keep his or her mouth healthy. Up to 25% of cats also have a unique condition called tooth resorption that causes cavities and pain in one or multiple teeth. If you note an odor, drooling, or a change in eating pattern, your cat deserves a veterinary consultation today.

Intestinal inflammation / diarrhea

Acute and chronic stool changes can have a variety of causes and should be promptly evaluated by your veterinarian. Please bring a fresh (less than 24 hour) fecal sample from your pet to your appointment.

Skin allergies

Allergic diseases in our cats often present as excessive grooming from itchy skin that you may notice as bald spots (often on the belly) or scabs and bumps in the skin. Our cats are so good at hiding disease and discomfort that they won’t come to you and complain, but if you note any of these problems on your cat, a veterinary consultation is advised.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a common cause of increased drinking and urination as well as weight loss in our older pets. If you note any of these changes, please schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians today.

Colitis / constipation

Older cats that become ‘irregular’ are at increased risk for developing complications with constipation. Our veterinarians can recommend easy and inexpensive suggestions to help relieve discomfort when you schedule an evaluation for your cats.

Upper respiratory tract disease

Runny eyes or sneezing are common signs of upper respiratory tract disease in our cats. Some are preventable; others may be life-long once disease is contracted. Please schedule an appointment with your new cat before they are introduced to other cats in the home and may spread disease.

Hyperthyroidism

The classic hyperthyroid cat is one that is eating more, yet losing weight. The earlier we diagnose the disease, the sooner we can find solutions to treatment. There are multiple treatment options including a simple dietary change!

Feline Leukemia or Feline AIDS Viruses

These deadly and immunosuppressive viruses are a real danger to the cats of our community because they are easily transmitted via facial secretions and disease isn’t immediately visible. Any cats that spend time outdoors should be vaccinated for Feline Leukemia and tested annually for Feline AIDS. Please ask our veterinarians about the risks and recommendations for your cat(s).