Anesthetic Recovery in Cats

    How cats recover from anesthesia depends upon three things:  1)What drugs where used for the anesthesia.  2) How long the cat was anesthetized. 3) How quickly the cat can clear the anesthetic agent from their body.  Anesthetics come in two forms, injectable and gas.  When I anesthetize a cat, I start with an sedative to calm […]

A Veterinarian’s Perspective on Pet Food Recalls

    Pet food recalls seem to be in the news quite often these days.  The melamine toxicity scandal killed many animals and made us all more aware of what we feed our beloved pets.  Many people have traded commercial diets for home cooked ones but sometimes end up hurting the animals because the diets are not balanced and complete.  So, what […]

Cats With Cystitis

    Feline cystitis is a common problem in cats.  Inflammation develops in the urinary bladder causing pain.  Normally, cats urinate twice a day and defecate once a day.  Cats with cystitis will make frequent trips to the litter box producing small amounts of urine each time.  As the pain worsens, they often urinate in unusual places and […]

Mammary Gland Hyperplasia in Cats

Mammary gland hyperplasia is a relatively uncommon condition in cats.  One or more mammary glands swell up due to hormonal changes thought to be associated with progesterone levels.  I have seen this condition develop most frequently a few weeks after a young queen is spayed.  It may also develop in intact females after their first heat cycle during pseudopregnancy.  Male […]

Veterinary Orthopedic Implants

Ethics matter.  I usually try to keep the blog fairly upbeat but every once and awhile, ethical concerns need to be presented for your consideration.  A few months ago, I used a product from Veterinary Orthopedic Implants in one of my patients.  I was very unhappy with the performance of the product so I contacted the company.  The response from […]