October 2017

Should We Do Radioiodine Therapy?

My 11-year-old domestic shorthaired cat was just diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, and we are trying to decide the best way to treat him. We’ve been told that he is otherwise healthy, and our veterinarian has told us about the possibility of radioiodine therapy, but we’re concerned about the effects of the radiation on him and our family.

Looking For Healthy DNA

The researchers want to compare DNA from ill cats to DNA from healthy cats, so they may learn to better diagnose and treat diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, renal disease, and diabetes.

Keep Your Cat Safe on Halloween

If your cat got a vote, Halloween would be down as one of the least favorite holidays (right alongside the 4th of July). There really isn’t anything good about this holiday from a cat’s point of view.

Calories, Carbs, and Ingredients in Grain-Free Diets

Subscribers Only - On average, the grain-free diets were lower in carbohydrates than the diets that contained grain, but there was a wide range in carb content across all of the foods. This means that if your cat needs a diet with fewer carbs, choosing a grain-free diet does not guarantee that the carbohydrate content will be lower than the food you are currently feeding.

Pumpkin—A Food For All Reasons

Pumpkin is an excellent source of potassium—a mineral that is important for a variety of physiologic functions.

Get the Jump on Ringworm

Subscribers Only - Signs of ringworm in cats include lesions with hair loss around the face, head, or tail that may or may not itch.

Take Charge of Your Cat’s Dental Health

Many cats show some signs of periodontal “gum” disease by three years of age. Reports indicate between 50 and 90 percent of all cats over four years of age will have some degree of dental disease.

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Subscribers Only - Many cats show some signs of periodontal "gum" disease by three years of age. Reports indicate between 50 and 90 percent of all cats over four years of age will have some degree of dental disease.