Feline Medicine

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First feline NLA endoscopy and stenting successful

A new, minimally invasive approach to nasolacrimal obstructions has shown promise in equine and canine patients, but until recently, had not been performed successfully in a feline patient. That is no longer the caseOn Jan. 6, the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) announced the success of a surgery to permanently reopen the left eye duct of an eight-year-old female domestic shorthair cat by removing obstructions and temporarily stenting the left nasolacrimal passage. The...

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The 3 Cs of Cat Care

Of the estimated 85.8 million cats in United States households, many of them have either never seen a veterinarian or rarely see a veterinarian, due to the owner’s perception of medical needs, the difficulties of transporting and examining their pet, or personal financial concerns. These can be huge obstacles for a veterinary practice to overcome. How can your practice connect with cats in your community? How can you encourage feline veterinary visits? Just follow the simple 3 C’s to improve...

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Safety of Benazepril in 400 Azotemic and 110 Non-Azotemic Client-Owned Cats (2001–2012) (Case Series)

AbstractThis retrospective study examined cats after initiation of benazepril therapy to determine the frequency of systemic hypotension or elevations in serum creatinine and/or potassium. Medical records review identified azotemic and non-azotemic cats prescribed benazepril. Blood pressure was recorded at the first available time after initiation of therapy. No cats experienced documented systolic systemic hypotension (<90 mmHg). Serum creatinine, and potassium when available, were...

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2010 AAFP/AAHA Feline Life Stage Guidelines

Cats have become the most popular pet in the United States, yet statistics about veterinary care for cats remain troubling.1 Although most owners consider their cats to be family members, cats are substantially underserved, compared with dogs.In 2006, owners took their dogs to veterinarians more than twice as often as cats, averaging 2.3 times/year, compared with 1.1 times/year for cats, and significantly more dogs (58%) than cats (28%) were seen by a veterinarian one or more times/year.2 Cat...

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Tritrichomonas Foetus: What's New on the Horizon in Diagnosis & Treatment

Tritrichomonas foetus is a protozoal pathogen that causes malodorous, chronic large bowel diarrhea in cats. T. foetus is common with infection rates of up to 30% in some studies. Only one effective treatment, ronidazole, is available for feline trichomonosis, however ronidazole is associated with a narrow safety margin and the emerging development of resistance. This presentation will review feline trichomonosis and provide new data from the presenter’s lab on diagnosis and treatment....

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Creating the Client Experience for Cat Owners: Practical Screening Protocols and Communication of Their Value: Part 1

This presentation revolves around the concept of maximizing feline health care, feline client satisfaction, and feline revenue by presenting a comprehensive set of life-stage screening tests to the feline owner in the interest of practicing the best feline medicine. While veterinarians often consider offering multiple screening tests to canine owners during different stages of a dog’s life, the feline owner is often not given the education or the opportunity of age-appropriate screening tests...

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Feline Friendly Handling and Nursing Care Guidelines

There is no question that feline medicine has grown steadily in popularity since the 1970s when the first feline-only practices were established. In 2012, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) introduced its Cat Friendly Practice initiative in order to help clinics increase veterinary visits for cats and improve the level of health care that cats receive. Practices that comply with a 10-item checklist may earn the “Cat Friendly Practice” designation. Approved practices...

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Diagnosis & Management of Chronic Vomiting in Cats

Chronic vomiting is a very common clinical sign in cats and can be associated with a wide variety of disorders, both gastrointestinal and non-gastrointestinal, and disorders that are benign as well as life-threatening. This lecture will focus on a logical and practical approach to diagnostics and therapeutics to help the clinician resolve most cases successfully. Download the PDF of Diagnosis & Management of Chronic Vomiting in Cats Speaker Bio: Dr. Susan...

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Successful Weight Loss: Finding the Inner Cat

It has been estimated that at 25 to 33% of cats are either overweight or grossly obese, with the highest rates seen in middle-aged cats. Yet both veterinarians and cat owners are significantly under diagnosing feline obesity. In addition, many owners are unaware of the associated health risks. This presentation will focus on the factors that contribute to obesity in cats and effective strategies for management and prevention. Download the PDF of Successful Weight Loss:...

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Finicky Felines: Managing Anorexia in Cats

One of the most common problems in cats presented to veterinarians is anorexia. Since anorexia is a non-specific clinical sign that can be associated with a variety of underlying disorders, the clinician may find it challenging to diagnose and treat affected cats. This presentation will improve your ability to intervene effectively through an understanding of common causes and management options. Topics to be covered include: types and causes of anorexia, performing nutritional assessments,...

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