VCA Stops Elective Declaw Surgeries Nationwide
Nearly 900 VCA hospitals join sister companies Banfield and BluePearl in forbidding most onychectomies.
Neutrophilic Cholangitis in Cats: Are You Missing Out on an Easy Diagnosis?
Hepatopathies such as cholangitis can be difficult to identify; diagnostics include imaging, cytology, histopathology, and various lab tests.
Chronic Pancreatitis in Cats
Pancreatitis is common among cats, although its exact incidence is unknown. The disease can take several forms—acute, chronic, and acute on chronic (an episode of acute pancreatitis in a patient with chronic pancreatitis)—and differentiating among the forms clinically and making an antemortem diagnosis in cats remain challenging.
Diagnosing and Managing Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease
Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) is a general term used to describe conditions affecting the bladder or urethra of cats; it is not a syndrome or specific diagnosis. It has been reported that between 4.5% and 8% of cats presenting to veterinary practices or teaching hospitals have FLUTD.
Poll: Are Cat Owners Less Conscientious About Bringing Their Cats In for Preventive Care?
We created a Facebook poll on National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day. Eighty-three percent of responding veterinarians said cat owners were less likely to bring their cats into the vet for preventive care.
Study: Sterilization Is Best for Controlling Feral Cats
“Sadly, many communities still opt to do nothing to control populations of community cats or use outdated, ineffective methods — such as sporadic trapping and removal,” says one of the study’s coauthors. “This research confirms high-intensity TNR is the most effective, humane way to stabilize a population of community cats and, over time, reduce them.”
New York Is First State To Ban Cat Declawing
“Declawing is a cruel and painful procedure that can create physical and behavioral problems for helpless animals, and today it stops,” said New York Governor Cuomo. “By banning this archaic practice, we will ensure that animals are no longer subjected to these inhumane and unnecessary procedures.” Proponents of the law disagree.
Managing Feline Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a common endocrinopathy in cats, with reported prevalence rates ranging from 0.4% to 1.2%. Factors related to the patient’s diet and adiposity and the presence of comorbid conditions (e.g., acromegaly, pancreatitis) likely contribute to the pathogenesis of feline DM as well as influence response to therapy and chances for achieving remission.
Feline Heartworm Disease: Separating Fact from Fiction
Although most veterinarians recognize that feline heartworm disease can be serious and even life-threatening, far too few clients invest in heartworm prevention for their cats.