Month: April 2010

  • Reasons to Choose a Holistic Vet

    I adore my holistic vets. They prescribe herbs or alternative treatments like acupuncture instead of drugs whenever possible/appropriate. They are typically better educated in nutrition than conventional vets. And this may just be my vet’s style, but he is much more likely to stay hands-off and let the body heal itself if it can. He …

  • Treating Chronic Renal Failure in Cats

    I guess there are two schools of thought here when it comes to nutrition for Chronic Renal Failure (CRF). Many vets are now becoming aware that protein-restricted diets are outdated. This is how they treated Dogs CRF, but for cats its different. Protein does not “burn out” the kidneys, as commonly believed. Cats are carnivores, …

  • A Primer on Hyperthyroidism

    Hyperthyroidism is a common but very serious disease that afflicts middle aged and older cats. Increased appetite is one among many early symptoms. The disease often masks serious kidney disease, can cause heart disease and harm every organ in a cat’s body. It’s diagnosed via blood tests and the sooner it’s caught, the better. The …

  • All About Hypertropic Cariomyopathy in Cats

    Hypertropic Cariomyopathy (or HCM) is a genetic defect found in a lot of breeds, but most prevalent in Maine Coons and Ragdolls. Some breeders test for it, some don’t. If a cat tests positve for HCM, he or she should be spayed/neutered and taken out of the breeding program. In a cat with HCM, the …

  • What to Feed a Sick Cat

    If you’ve already tried an appetite stimulant or Prednisone on your sick kitty and she’s still not eating, here are a few things to try: Your cat might be feeling nauseous, in which case a 1/4 tablet of Pepcid AC usually relieves nausea. Perhaps warming up her food would help as well. You could try …

  • A Primer on Prednisone

    The effectiveness of the use of Prednisone as a veterinarian medication depends upon the dosage prescribed. Different doses are used for different conditions: Low doses are mainly used for inflammatory conditions, like allergies. Moderate doses are used as appetite stimulants and antiemetic agents (prevents vomiting and nausea). High doses are used during chemotherapy treatment for …

  • How to Find Out What Your Cat is Allergic to

    Allergies are not quite an “easy” fix. The only way to to determine if you’re allergic to something in your food is to go on an elimination diet where you eat one novel protein (something you’ve never had before) for three months because you can be allergic to certain proteins in addition to grains. And …

  • A Spayed or Neutered Cat is a Healthier Pet

    Spaying and Neutering is done not only for population control but it also keeps a cat healthier in the long run! An intact female can get two dangerous conditions called Pyometra (an infected uterus) and Mastitis (infection of the mammary glands.) Both are dangerous, especially Pyometra, which can kill a cat if not caught fast …

  • The Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Cat

    Can spaying or neutering benefit your cat? Definitely, because leaving a cat whole (and not breeding them, which should only be done by responsible and knowledgeable people) can cause a ton of health problems. An unspayed animal also means more trips to the vet, which can be very expensive. Not everyone can afford this, so …

  • All About Cat Vaccinations

    There is a lot of controversy these days about vaccinations, with a growing faction of vets and others who feel that pets are being over-vaccinated, with serious consequences. Rabies vaccinations are mandated by law – cats, dogs, and ferrets must be vaccinated. The pet’s first vaccination is good for one year; subsequent vaccinations are good …

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