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Feline/Feline Medicine

Parasite Protocols: Feline Protozoa — Recommendations from the Companion Animal Parasite Council

Cathy Lund, DVM, and Byron Blagburn, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVM (Hon) The first article in this new column discussed canine protozoa. This second article addresses feline protozoa, including diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and control of infections. The mission of the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is to foster animal and human health, while preserving the human–animal bond, through …

Feline Dermatology: Cats Are Not Small Dogs

Lori A. Thompson, DVM, Diplomate ACVD Dr. Thompson brings you practical tools to use in everyday practice when it comes to feline dermatology, including tips for identifying the right diagnosis and specific disease components. A cat’s job in life is to question all the rules and make us—veterinarians and pet owners—scratch our heads and puzzle …

Diagnosis Of Feline Lower Airway Disease

Lower airway disease is classified into 2 predominant categories: asthma and chronic bronchitis. Here’s how to differentiate between asthma and chronic bronchitis in cats.

2013 Feline Vaccination Guidelines

Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVPM (Hon) The American Association of Feline Practitioners has just introduced the 2013 Feline Vaccination Advisory Panel Report. Dr. Ford, one of the contributors, shares the highlights and key points of the report. In September 2013, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) released an updated version …

Feline Diabetes Mellitus Updates on Diagnosis & Treatment

David Bruyette, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, and Karen Eiler, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM Feline diabetes mellitus, one of the most commonly encountered feline endocrine diseases, is comprehensively reviewed, with an emphasis on providing up-to-date information on diagnosis and treatment based on current literature and research. The article outlines the insulins available for therapeutic use in cats …

Feline Injection-Site Sarcoma

Feline injection-site sarcoma, or FISS, is a controversial topic; however, Dr. Richard Ford presents a comprehensive overview of the history, literature, and current issues associated with FISS.

Today, among the spectrum of vaccine adverse events reported in dogs and cats, feline injection-site sarcoma (FISS) ranks as the most serious. Although it occurs infrequently, the consequences of a malignant tumor developing at a vaccination site are devastating to the patient and owner. Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in July 2013. Please …

The 10 Commandments of Cat Management

The management of multi-cat households requires attention to the art of feline care. The considerations are organized into 10 Commandments that cover space layout, intra-cat behavioral considerations, food distribution, water sources, play opportunities, litter boxes, resting places, scratching opportunities, urine marking, and outside areas. When managing multicat households, I like to organize the art of …

Question & Answer: Heartworm Screening for Cats

Clarke Atkins, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine & Cardiology) Two questions regarding feline heartworm prevention are addressed in this issue’s column: Is it necessary to test cats for heartworms prior to starting preventive therapy? And, is yearly testing necessary in cats receiving heartworm preventive? The Heartworm Hotline column is cosponsored by Today’s Veterinary Practice and …

Feline Hyperthyroidism: Diagnosis & Therapeutic Modalities

David Bruyette, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM Hyperthyroidism is recognized as the most common endocrinopathy of older cats. Traditional therapeutic measures include thyroidectomy, radioactive iodine therapy, and antithyroid medications. A new therapeutic option—a limited-iodine diet that helps normalize thyroid hormone concentrations and alleviate clinical signs—is now available. Hyperthyroidism is recognized as the most common endocrinopathy of older …