If you could eavesdrop on the conversations veterinarians have with pet families, you would frequently hear comments which include the phrase “quality of life.” Quality of life can refer to a broad set of factors impacting day to day living: income, housing availability, gross domestic product, availability of safe water and foodstuffs, or an intangible … Continue reading What is Quality of Life?
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Veterinarians spend as much time working with their patient’s human as much as they do with their animal patients. Sometimes, pet families can help increase the quality of their pet’s medical care by modifying their uniquely human behavior. Here are six traits which you can modify to improve your pet’s healthcare. 1. Patience Your pet … Continue reading Six Characteristics of Clients that Improve Their Pet’s Healthcare
The Animal Medical Center’s webmaster received the following electronic query: “My cat has a mass on its toe and my veterinarian has recommended amputation of the toe. Should the mass be biopsied instead?” Here is my response: Maybe Not a Biopsy Given how small a cat toe is, a biopsy might not be possible. Once … Continue reading Does My Cat Need a Biopsy?
I examined the most handsome four year old Labrador with a blocky, square head the other day. Being a very athletic dog, he normally jumps up on the sofa in the waiting area. The other day, he needed help to jump up and couldn’t seem to get comfortable once he was on the sofa. Based … Continue reading Arthritis: Not Just a Single Disease and Not Just a Single Joint
At one time or another, every home becomes infested with a household pest such as ants, cockroaches or rodents. Ridding your home of these noxious creatures can involve using equally noxious poisons which may not be safe for your pets. Here are some pest control treatments that do not involve poisons and are pet safe. … Continue reading Controlling Household Pests Safely When You Have Pets
The decision to euthanize a beloved pet is one of the most heart wrenching decisions pet lovers have to make. I am quite certain every pet family with an ill, aging pet hopes their pet will die peacefully asleep curled up in their bed. I am also certain pets rarely die peacefully in their sleep, … Continue reading Home Euthanasia: The Pros and Cons
My feline patient, Rerun van Pelt, did not have a fun 4th of July. Neither did his family. Rerun spent the holiday weekend urinating blood tinged urine outside the cat box. That behavior got him a trip to the animal ER and he spent the rest of the weekend locked in the bathroom to salvage … Continue reading Feline Bladder Disease
Last week, at the Animal Medical Center, our Avian and Exotic Pet Service examined a geriatric female iguana named Killer. One of her problems was osteoporosis, a disease of the bony skeleton common in post-menopausal women. Given that Killer is an older lady, her family asked a reasonable question, “Is my iguana post-menopausal?” A Different … Continue reading Does Menopause Occur in Animals?
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) recently issued practice guideline for the diagnosis and management of feline hyperthyroidism. For my last blog post of June, which is the ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, I thought a brief review of these new guidelines would be of interest to cat families. Hyperthyroidism is the most common … Continue reading New Guidelines for Feline Hyperthyroidism Published
June is the ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Cat Month and I am hoping many families will be welcoming a new furry feline into their home this month. To help new cat owners learn about the needs of cats, this month’s blogs are dedicated to feline topics – this week to nutrition. Use a Reliable Source of … Continue reading Feeding Your Cat for Optimal Health