From the August 2015 Issue

The CBC, a Diagnostic Powerhouse

The CBC, a Diagnostic Powerhouse

In this age of high-tech veterinary tools like digital X-rays and color Doppler ultrasound, one humble blood test — a complete blood count — remains at the forefront of diagnosis. A single drop of blood contains millions of cells, and with a scant half teaspoon, your cat’s veterinarian can quickly identify nearly two dozen types of cells to diagnose conditions ranging from anemia and autoimmune disease to cancers and infections.

Current Issue

Alternatives for Surgical Sterilization

When you adopt a kitten or a cat, the traditional plan calls for spaying or neutering as soon as possible. This common procedure is usually effective in rendering your cat sterile but does carry health risks and requires time to prep, operate and provide post-surgical care.

Cornell Pursues the Elusive Coronavirus That Triggers FIP

Scientists have known for some time that certain strains of the feline coronavirus can lead to feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), a viral disease that is the leading infectious cause of death in cats under 2 years of age. However, the pathogenesis — the way the usually mild coronavirus develops into often-fatal FIP — remains a mystery.

Don’t Use First Aid on Snakebites

If you’re out for a stroll with your cat in your fenced backyard and he suffers a snakebite, his life can quickly be in danger. The safest course: Don’t attempt outdated first-aid measures such as application of a tourniquet or incision to remove the venom with suction. It will already have been absorbed, and tourniquets can compromise blood circulation, causing severe injury.

In The News July 2015: FDA Warns Topical Drug Poses Toxic Risk to Cats

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a \nwarning about pets’ exposure to a topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug after reports of deaths and illness in cats. Their owners had applied flurbiprofen cream or lotion to their own neck or feet to treat pain.\n

Can a Homemade Raw Diet Offer Complete and Balanced Nutrition?

I am interested in feeding my 4-year-old Siamese cat a homemade diet and would like to make this a raw diet, as I have read that it is more natural for cats. Cat foods have so many artificial ingredients, and I am concerned that these additives may be harmful to him. What are your thoughts about these ideas?