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Hepatic Lipidosis

Hepatic Lipidosis (Fatty Liver Disease) 

Hepatic lipidosis is considered a cause or contributing cause of liver disease in cats. If a cat loses weight too quickly, (either because they are sick and stop eating or they have become lost and unable to find food) a very big problem can occur. By the time the cat actually stops eating, the liver disease may be well underway and will require more aggressive support and treatment to reverse. Normally, in a starvation situation fat is moved from the body’s storage depots to the liver for processing into lipoproteins but the feline liver does not handle huge amounts of mobilized fat very well. The liver becomes overwhelmed with fat and begins to fail.

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Aural Hematoma

Aural Hematoma

A hematoma is swelling created by a broken blood vessel after bleeding has occurred inside a tissue. Hematomas in the earflaps (aural hematomas) occur when head shaking breaks a blood vessel within the earflap. The earflap may partially or completely swell with blood and  will feel fluctuant and fluid-filled, like a water balloon. The swelling may be so large that the opening of the ear canal is blocked off. The extra weight of the earflap may be uncomfortable and may lead to a permanent change in the carriage of the ears. This condition is more common in dogs but can occur in cats as well.ill_ear_hematome

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Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) – Urinary Blockage

If your male cat is showing signs of not being able to urinate, or if he is straining and only urinating small amounts (usually in inappropriate locations) and seems very painful on his belly, there is concern for a urinary blockage. Some cats will also howl and become very lethargic. Urinary blockages in male cats are an emergency and your cat needs to be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. cat

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Preventative Veterinary Care

Preventative Veterinary Care

Preventative veterinary care is an important part of your pets’ health care. Bringing you pet in for an annual wellness exam when they are not sick can be just as important as bringing them in when they are showing signs of not feeling well. Wellness exams are also when your pet will receive necessary vaccinations, as we do not want to vaccinate a pet that is showing any signs of illness or disease. With preventative veterinary medicine we hope to catch any health problems before they become a major concern. By catching health problems early they become easier (and sometimes less expensive) to treat and hopefully your pet will have a quicker recovery or easier long term management of the problem.

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Animal Emergency Preparedness: A Kit for you Car

Would you be prepared if you were faced with an animal emergency away from home? Whether it be a car accident involving your pets or someone else’s, or an animal found in distress, by keeping a few items in your vehicle you may help save a pet’s life! Here is a quick list of things that can be put together to create an Animal Emergency Preparedness Car Kit

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