November 2019

Smart Pet-Insurance Decisions

In August, the American Veterinary Medical Association encouraged veterinarians to educate their clients about pet health insurance, saying it ďmay be an important approach for the veterinary profession to continue to provide high-quality veterinary services.Ē

Blood in Urine Samples

Urinalysis (UA) is an integral part of clinical veterinary practice, and the use of dry reagent urine-testing strips is an essential component of UA in most veterinary practices.

Thoughts on Laser Play

Subscribers Only - Laser pointers catch your catís attention, and rare is the cat who doesnít chase that red dot. But it may not be all that fun in the end. While a bouncing laser causes the cat to leap and run, it doesnít give the cat a satisfying finale: He canít catch that beam, and he may end up feeling frustrated.

Pets May Reduce Need for Pain Medications

An article in the June 2019 Journal of Applied Gerontology looked at using pets to help senior citizens with pain. Cognitive behavioral self-management strategies are used to help seniors deal with chronic pain, and this study looked to see if pets might be incorporated into these strategies with a positive end.

Acute Upper Respiratory Infections Study

Upper respiratory infections are common in cats. Treatment can be frustrating, especially since the primary culprit is often feline herpes virus (FHV). While FHV infections arenít usually life-threatening, infected cats sneeze, may develop corneal ulcers, and have nasal discharge and conjunctivitis. Currently, treatment is aimed at supportive care, with antibiotics added if there are signs of secondary bacterial infections.

IBD Is Chronic GI

Subscribers Only - Itís a common misconception that vomiting is normal in cats. Cats should not routinely vomit more than once per week. The possible causes include everything from gastrointestinal (GI) parasites to dietary indiscretion to foreign bodies. In middle-aged to older cats, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a frequent culprit.

Blood Types and Donor Cats

Subscribers Only - Does blood type really matter other than as a matter of curiosity? Yes! Any time a cat needs a blood transfusion, that cat ideally should receive blood of the same type.

Temperament for Therapy Cats

While dogs are the best-known therapy animals, cats can help humans who are ill or stressed, too, by promoting relaxation and healing. Therapy cats visit nursing homes, hospitals, courthouses, and schools (some colleges organize therapy animal visits as stress-relief during exams). Therapy visits may also be referred to as animal-assisted interventions (AAI).

FIV Unlikely to Cause Blindness

Sebastian, a big orange longhair, was adopted in 2009. He tested positive for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), but had no symptoms. In 2017, he started to have eye symptoms and eventually appeared to be blind. He was eating, drinking, socializing, and had regular urination and defecation. Three months ago, he began bleeding from his nose and eventually from his eye and crusting.

Happening now…

According to the Naples (Fla.) Daily News, deputies responded to a possible burglary in progress only to find the culprit was a cat.

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