We were recently featured in an article about our office in New Hampshire homes. If you are interested in reading the article just click on the link for newhampshirehomes.com
We are welcoming our new veterinarian, Dr Stephen Diaz! Dr Diaz graduated this past spring from Tufts university with both a DVM degree and a Masters in Public Health. He has had a longtime interest in feline medicine and dentistry.
We believe Dr Diaz will become an integral member of our team and and we hope our clients and patients will enjoy and benefit from his fresh perspectives on feline health and care.
A market research firm working on behalf of Royal Canin reported some interesting facts after polling 541 cat owners:
-Nearly 50% brought their pet home without researching its lifestyle.
-61% believed that cats adapt easily to an owners lifestyle.
-A majority of respondents were unaware that cats are active every day, marking territory,hunting, and hiding.
-Half did not think of their cat's health each day
-72% di not think of their cat's health when selecting food
-93% do not consider breed when selecting food.
-More than half ignored their cat's age when selecting food.
-42% considered flavor to be important when selecting food
-15% admitted taste-testing cat food.
In reality, a cat's ability to taste is not nearly as powerful as a human's ability, and aroma and texture play a much bigger role in how cats choose food. Remember, choose, no grain, moist foods for the majority of the menu. Use dry food for rewards, games, and hunting experiences!
Sara Gardiner, DVM earned her BA from Connecticut College and her Veterinary degree from the University of California, Davis. She has a diverse clinical background in general practice, emergency and shelter medicine. Sara appreciates the unique needs of the feline patient and is pleased to become part of a feline-only practice. In the past she has participated in orphan kitten rescue groups and feline spay/neuter clinics. Her professional interests include internal medicine, ultrasound and urgent care.
We all struggle to find the right food for our cats. We want it to be high quality and at the same time please our furry companions. It is amazing how finicky some of our cats are. So what does cat food really taste like? Click on the link below and find out. One brave soul has actually tasted several brands and has posted her findings!
Just a Cat Doctor office update: Dr. Anne will be out of the office for the next month because of shoulder surgery. Please bear with us while our schedule is a little disrupted! Things should get back to normal during the second week of November. Dr. Anne hopes to be available by email during most of the next 4 weeks, but if you have an urgent question or problem, please call the office.
We are constantly stressing that cats need some places of their own to hang out in. These should have many nooks and crannies, and places to observe the world from on “high”. Some cat furniture is well built and long lasting, however, much is cheaply built and will shortly be destroyed by our furry friends. Why not use a material that can be replaced or recycled! My favorite is the lowly cardboard box. We have never had a cat ingest enough cardboard to create a problem. It is cheap, plentiful, and your imagination is the only limiting factor.
Here is a youtube link to get you started. You do not need to build this castle, but a few boxes in strategic places can really enrich a cat’s life.
Click on the url: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI9W_VdV1l0&feature=share
In case you missed it this past week, Good Morning America had a feature on the use of lasers to treat arthritis in pets. We have been using laser therapy in both offices for several months now and we are also seeing good results This is a good, non-invasive treatment modality to help treat several inflammatory conditions.
Several studies have shown that the majority of our older cat population suffers from arthritis. Cats rarely sow outward signs of pain. Older cats simply stop utilizing their vertical world because it hurts to jump or climb up or down. They stop getting up on the bed or couch to socialize with their humans. They may have difficulty negotiating stairs. They may not be able to get to their litter box area. If you have noticed any of these signs, then your cat may benefit from laser therapy.
If you would like to see the GMA segment, here is the URL: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/humane-society-details-cutting-edge-treatment-16760704
This time of year we are always so happy to see the trees, flowers, and the grasses spring to life. So much beauty! Such a rebirth! So Many sneezes! Allergies affect us all, and that includes your feline friend. This time of year, we see many cats with sneezes and wheezes, watery eyes, itchy ears, and some with skin eruptions, all due to allergies. Yes, our furry felines suffer from allergies just like us.
Most cats are allergic to more than one thing. However it takes just one thing, for them to cross the allergy threshold and start to exhibit symptoms. Tree pollen, such as Maple is at a very high level right now. This high level may just be the thing needed to push an allergic cat into displaying symtoms. Even indoor cats get exposed to pollens through open doors and windows, or their owner, who has been outdoors all day.
Some cats get weepy eyes and sneeze just like us. Some even end up with secondary Herpes flare-ups from allergies. Some cats get very itchy ears with small red, itchy spots in that bald area just in front of their ears. Many cats who are sensitive to foods as well as pollens, can break with extensive skin disease. Since a cat is a natural self-groomer, this can lead to over-grooming, hair loss, and self-trauma.
We all suffer at varying levels during allergy season. When do you need to consult with us about you cat’s allergies? If your cat is not acting normally, ie lack of appetite, lethargy, or has colored discharge from the eyes or nose, we should be consulted. Any time your cat has areas of inflamed skin or seems unusually itchy, we should be consulted. Treatment is usually symptomatic just as in us humans. However, cats that have severe disease may need additional diagnostics and treatments to make them more comfortable.
If the allergies are mild, such as some sneezes, slightly watery eyes, or mildly itchy ears, we usually just wait for the weather to change and see if the symptoms subside. Cats are not complainers, so if they are not eating normally, or if symptoms persist, call for an appointment.
Dr Bob (Carlson) has dedicated the past 30 years to the care of cats.