Understanding the Cat
PRACTICING CAT FRIENDLY The articles presented by American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) focus on feline-specific information on cats’ unique behaviors; diagnosis and evaluation of disease and conditions; better approaches and techniques for cats; and strategies to decrease stress associated with the veterinary visit for cats, caregivers, and your team. BEHAVIORAL RESPONSES Cats caged against …
Chronic Feline Gingivostomatitis: Proven Therapeutic Approaches & New Treatment OptionsCE Article
Chronic gingivostomatitis (CGS) in the cat is a very painful disease, characterized by severe inflammation of the gingiva, buccal mucosa, and caudal oral mucosa.1 CGS affects 0.7% to 10% of the general cat population. This article reviews clinical signs of CGS, current treatment modalities, and promising treatment options that may be available soon.
A Review of Feline Oral Squamous Cell CarcinomaCE Article
Feline oral squamous cell carcinoma (FOSCC) is the most common oral tumor in cats, accounting for 70% to 80% of all oral tumors.1 Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) arises from the normal squamous epithelium of the oral cavity.
The Yellow Cat: Diagnostic & Therapeutic StrategiesCE Article
There is no mystery when it comes to a “yellow” cat. Icterus and jaundice—both of which describe a yellowish pigmentation of the skin—indicate hyperbilirubinemia, a 5- to 10-fold elevation in serum bilirubin concentration.
However, this is where the certainty ends and the diagnostic challenge begins. The icteric cat presentation is not a sensitive or specific marker of disease, despite the visually obvious and impressive clinical sign…
Feline Urethral Obstruction:Diagnosis & Management
Feline UO is a treatable emergency, with a survival rate to discharge higher than 90%, despite the fact that it is potentially life threatening due to severe electrolyte and acid–base imbalances secondary to acute postrenal azotemia/uremia.
Observations in OphthalmologyRunny Eyes: Feline Herpesvirus InfectionCE ARTICLE
The authors describe the anatomy of the feline conjunctiva and cornea, pathogenesis of feline herpesvirus, and ocular manifestations of the disease, including specific diagnosis and therapy.
External tooth resorption in catsPart 2: Therapeutic Approaches
Tooth resorption in cats is prevalent, affecting 28% to 68% of mature cats, depending on the population researched. One study found histologic evidence of resorption in all teeth among cats with at least one resorptive lesion; this led to the hypothesis that given enough time, all teeth of affected cats will develop tooth resorption.
Feline Anesthesia & AnalgesiaRecent Developments
There are approximately 74.1 million pet cats in the United States1 but, despite this popularity, anesthesia and analgesia remain challenging in cats. Surprisingly few anesthetic and analgesic products are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in cats, but several new products have become recently available. The v-gel provides a protected and secured airway, allowing use of positive pressure ventilation and administration of inhalant anesthetics without exposure to staff or the environment. It can also be used for emergency resuscitation if an endotracheal tube is not available.
External Tooth Resorption in Cats
Jan Bellows, DVM, diplomate AVDC & ABVP (Canine & Feline) All Pets Dental, Weston, Florida Tooth resorption in cats is prevalent, affecting 28% to 68% of mature cats, depending on the population researched.1 One study found histologic evidence of resorption in all teeth among cats with at least one clinically apparent resorption site; this led …