Sunday, April 21, 2013

Blog Love to FleaCures.com

We would like to send a meow-out and paws-up to our informative friends at Fleacures.com.  Recently, the website had a little question and answer with Dr. Plotnick about the joys of being a cat blogger.

Fleacures.com is an excellent source of information for all things feline versus flea.  They get very specific on why you need to protect your furry friends, how to protect, what to do if there's an infestation, and more.

Check out the mini-interview, and their website FleaCures.com

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex (EGC) in Cats - Part 2


So, Lilly came back two weeks later.  Check it out!  The owner reported that the long-acting steroid injection seemed to work immediately, and the lip ulcer started getting smaller.  The foot responded pretty well, too, she said, with the lateral lesion resolving, and the larger medial lesion shrinking noticeably.  As you can see, the erosion on the upper lip is about 75% improved:

Monday, April 8, 2013

Top 8 Signs that you Need to take your Cat to the Veterinarian Immediately


Would you know a cat emergency if you saw one?  I discussed feline first aid for cats and kittens (what to do in a cat emergency), but now I want to point out signs that should cause the pet owner to say, "This is a cat emergency! I need to get my cat to the veterinarian immediately."

It’s amazing the variations that I’ve seen amongst my clients in terms of how often they bring their cat to the veterinarian. I have some clients who bring their cat in if they hear one sneeze, or find one puddle of vomit. I’ve had others who hold off on bringing their kitty to the clinic until the cat is on death’s doorstep. (Fortunately, my current clients never wait that long. However, years ago when I used to practice on cats and dogs, it was a different story.)

I personally believe that cats should be examined by a veterinarian a minimum of twice a year. In adult cats, six months is the equivalent of about two years in human years. A lot can happen to a cat in six months. If not every six months, then certainly at least once a year.

There are scenarios, however, when a cat should be seen RIGHT AWAY. I’m sure there are some people who would perhaps add a few other signs to my list, however, I tried to narrow the list down to a realistic number of signs without getting too carried away.  Here are the top 8 signs that you need to take your cat to the veterinarian immediately.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Removed a Pair of Bladder Stones from a Cat

Ouch! How'd ya like to have these things bouncing around in you bladder?


Bladder Stones removed from a cat
Kitty is doing fine after surgery.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex (EGC) in Cats - Part 1

Recently, I saw a pretty dramatic case.   A feline patient came in kind of looking like those people in that old Twilight Zone episode.  You know the one:

Beauty is in the eye of the ulcer

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