From the January 2016 Issue

12 Signs of a Medical Emergency

12 Signs of a Medical Emergency

When your cat suddenly becomes ill or injured, how do you determine if he needs to go to the veterinarian or emergency hospital — STAT? It’s not always easy to tell. Hiding illness is a natural instinct for cats because of their evolution as both prey and predator. They’re hard-wired to cloak weakness and may exhibit only subtle signs that they’re seriously sick.

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When Cats Lose Their Sense of Balance

Seeing your once-graceful cat suddenly stumbling with his head tilted and eyes darting wildly can be frightening. These signs are associated with vestibular syndrome, a fairly common problem with a variety of causes and occasionally only temporary signs. Darting eye movements can be present at birth in blue-eyed color point breeds — those having a darker color on their tail, legs, ears and face, such as Siamese and Himalayan, but they are not related to vestibular syndrome. In the case of the syndrome, the eye movements are more likely due to an underlying condition such as infection, polyps, stroke, cancer, inflammation or drug toxicity, especially to certain antibiotics.

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Free Reign of the House and Stem Cell Research

A survey of more than 10,000 pet owners in 11 countries — 3,100 of them in the U.S. — has found that U.S. owners are the most passionate about their cats. In addition to the U.S., the renovation and design firm Houzz asked owners about pets in the home in Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Germany, Australia and Japan. Veterinarians frequently prescribe therapeutic diets and daily medication for cats with chronic enteropathy, a condition characterized by excessive loss of plasma proteins into the gastrointestinal tract. However, the regimen can have side effects, and some owners have difficulty complying with it.

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12 Signs of a Medical Emergency

When your cat suddenly becomes ill or injured, how do you determine if he needs to go to the veterinarian or emergency hospital — STAT? It’s not always easy to tell. Hiding illness is a natural instinct for cats because of their evolution as both prey and predator. They’re hard-wired to cloak weakness and may exhibit only subtle signs that they’re seriously sick.

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Anesthesia Today: Safer Than Ever

You may be hard-pressed to find scientific studies on this, but anecdotal evidence abounds at veterinary clinics: When owners learn their cat needs a “dental cleaning,” a lay term for periodontal treatment, most of them are alarmed — specifically about the risks of anesthesia. Some even delay treatment because of their concern.

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Managing Diabetes Requires Dedication, but Long Life Is Possible

Q: My 11-year-old male domestic shorthaired cat has just been diagnosed with diabetes. I am feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of managing this condition and concerned for his well-being. Can you tell me a bit about this condition, his prognosis and how it can be managed?

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Cornell Scientist to Study Commercial Raw Meat Diets

The Food and Drug Administration has awarded Anil Thachil, BVsc, Ph.D., in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine a grant to investigate the quality of commercial raw meat diets for pets.

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