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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Sick Cat- Part 3

This month, we are talking about the many ways in which cats mask signs of illness. Since they are so easily go unnoticed, let’s look at some other feline “quirks” that also serve as sutle signs of illness.

Changes in Grooming Habits

Fastidious felines who let themselves go - even just a little - may be feeling unwell.  Similarly, over-grooming can be related to stress, localized pain, or skin conditions.  Hair loss, bald patches, scaliness, scabs, bumps, or excessive scratching all require medical attention.  Some skin conditions, such as ringworm and sarcoptic mange, can even transmitted to humans.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Sick Cat- Part 2

This month, we are examining the subtle signs of illness in cats and how they are often overlooked by their caregivers.  Let’s take a look at another “weird cat behavior” that can actually be a sign of trouble.

Changes in Eating or Drinking Habits

Contrary to popular belief, cats are not naturally finicky eaters.  Be mindful of changes such as an increase or decrease in your cat’s appetite.  Cats who suddenly refuse to eat dry, crunchy foods, or who beg for softer foods and treats may be dealing with dental anomalies that can lead to life-threatening health problems.  

Bad breath can be a sign of trouble as well.  An unexplained increase in appetite can be a sign of diabetes, hyperthyroidism, or other health problems; losses or gains in weight should be treated as a problem.  Drinking more or less can also indicate the early onset of diabetes, urinary tract infections, or kidney disease.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Sick Cat- Part 1

One of the many reasons we love cats is that aloof, mysterious nature that leaves us wondering what they are thinking.  However, the traits that make them such interesting companions can also cause them to mask some of the subtle clinical signs of illness.  While some of these behaviors are frequently mistaken for fussiness, spite, or personality quirks, they are often indicators of illness or disease.  This month, we will take a look at some of the most common signs of trouble with our fabulous felines.

Changes in Activity or Interaction

When normally clingy kitties become secretive or detached, or when more independent cats transform into “Velcro pets”, they may be dealing with undiagnosed pain or illness.  Similarly, an increase or decrease in activity, and/or sudden changes in a cat’s routine, can be signs of an underlying medical condition.  

For example, arthritis in cats is far more common than originally thought.  Spirited seniors may turn into couch potatoes simply because they are in pain.  Joint supplements and a course of Adequan are just some of the options available for managing feline arthritis.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Do Pets Need Insurance Part 4?

Clients often ask if pet insurance is necessary, whether or not these products are worth the expense.  Let’s continue to look at how pet insurance works, and explain how it can benefit your pet.

Watson was bored of his E. Collar!
Once pet parents have decided to insure their pets, they next question they tend to ask is when they should buy it.  Simply put, the sooner the better.  Like other health insurance products, pet insurance becomes more expensive as our pets increase in age.  While older pets are still insurable, younger pets without pre-existing conditions will always cost less to insure.  Bear in mind that curious youngsters are often more accident prone.  

Last year, Zohan’s best buddy, Watson, was signed up for a free 30-dayTrupanion trial during a routine wellness visit. Within two hours, Watson took a flying leap from the back deck and fractured one of his front legs.  The repair required a surgical fix from an orthopedic surgeon and cost over $2400. Trupanion reimbursed Watson’s family for 90% of the bill!

If you would like more information on Trupanion, feel free to call our office at (305) 595-1450.  You can also call Trupanion directly at 1-800-569-7913.

March Pet of the Month!

Introducing Bob, our March Pet of the Month! 

Bob was recently treated for a wound that was refusing to heal. Further tests revealed that Bob had diabetes and he was started on a course of an insulin called Glargine. Glargine has been known to put some diabetic patients into remission and Bob was one of the lucky ones. In less than 2 months of insulin and Mom's awesome nursing care, Bob was in remission!

Congratulations Bob and tell all your friends - you're our Pet of the Month!