We welcome the opportunity to discuss several of the more common food MYTHS that we hear from our clients on a regular basis. Written by Dr. Shari Muller
Cats are genetically driven to hide signs of illness, weakness, pain or injury. Their ancestors survived by going unnoticed. Written by Dr.Jean Clark
Cats are a species that are unique in many ways. One of the more sinister of these is their tendency to develop injection site reactions. The type of injection that is most risky for your cat is an “adjuvanted vaccine”. Written by Dr.Matthew Kornya
As the cat population ages, dental and oral health is becoming a larger issue for our feline friends. Tartar and gingivitis, periodontal disease, cavities, fractures, and ulcers are all common conditions in today’s feline. Just like in humans, preventative care is the most important step in ensuring your cat’s mouth stays clean and disease free. Written by Dr.Matthew Kornya
When I was asked if I could recommend a toy to clients, the first thing I thought of was Fluff Bunnies. Written by Rebecca Hardwick
At The Cat Clinic and Village Cat Clinic our staff all love and play with their cats. With that in mind we are picking a “Toy of the Month” based on toys that our cats enjoy. So, enrich your cat’s life and help a homeless cat by bringing your “hunting/stalking feline” the “toy of the month” home. Written by Dr Liz O’Brien DVM, DABVP (feline)
July and August in Ontario are usually seen as the season for BBQs, trips to the beach, sunbathing, and in the veterinary world, cuterebra. This gruesome little critter may not be the most talked-about parasite of the summer, but (contrary to its “cute” name) it certainly has the most gross-out value. Written by Dr Matthew Kornya
Sometimes when fostering letting them go is the hardest thing, but as foster parents you do so they can move on to the next part of their life.....but sometimes the kitten has other idea's. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Cats, just like people, can be infected with retroviruses. These viruses are masters of disguise that can remain hidden for many years before causing obvious disease. Written by Dr Matthew Kornya
We haven't done a staff pet profile for awhile so we thought we should correct this over site by introducing Eli. Eli is the oldest kitty in Rebecca's household. Written by Rebecca Hardwick
Keeping our furry friends free of fleas is a matter of both comfort and safety, as fleas are as annoying to them as they are to us. So, in this final blog about fleas, we thought it would be a good idea to talk about the differences between Vet and Over-The-Counter (OTC) flea products. Written by Dr. Shari Muller
Last time we looked at Ctenocephalides felis (the cat flea) – both its life cycle and common flea myths. This time I thought we would talk about problems that can be related to flea infestations. It would be a grave mistake to think of the flea as simply a nuisance. Written by Dr. Shari Muller
Lets ‘jump aboard & sink our teeth’ into some more information about fleas: The true story. Written by Dr. Shari Muller
We’ve registered to participate in National Cupcake Day™ for SPCAs & Humane Societies. It’s a brand new event and will help raise awareness and urgently-needed funds to support animals that are abused, abandoned, neglected or no longer wanted. Written by Katie Goliboski
Leo was left behind at the HBSPCA. This poor boy had a life threatening urinary problem where the penis becomes blocked and won’t allow the cat to urinate. The HBSPCA did everything within their power to help poor Leo but it soon became apparent he needed medication and treatments that they didn’t have at their disposal. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Like most kittens Krinkles next adventure was to undergo an anesthetic and have surgery. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
In Katie's household there is room for only one cat, and not because all other space is filled with dogs. Written by Katie Goliboski
As part of our team’s ongoing commitment to feline care, both locally and across Canada, Dr. O’Brien has joined forces with the other three feline specialists in Canada. They have co-authored preventive healthcare protocols specifically for cats.
The brave Captain Krinkles demonstrates how to give blood samples and explains the importance of preanaesthic and FeLV/FIV testing. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Captain Krinkles like many the other little kittens had worms. Deworming and Fecal Testing is important because there are several human health risks that can be directly linked to household pets having untreated parasites and of course these parasites are stealing valuable nutrients from your kitten and causing irritation in the intestinal lining. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Krinkles is now 14weeks old and like all kittens has been in to the clinic for his physical examinations and vaccines. For all our patients safety The Cat Clinic uses only non-adjuvanted vaccinations and performs a complete physical examination with every visit. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Buttercups elastic loop collar had been pulled up and was caught in her mouth. This unfortunately is a common problem with these type of collars and why we recommend the buckle style breakaway collars. Buttercup's jaw and mouth had large wounds that were infected from the collar digging in and the skin on her chest was very irritated from her drooling and trying to paw at her mouth. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
For most families the perception is that a “good trip” to the veterinary hospital starts when you walk in the front door but it actually starts the very first day a kitten comes into his new home. One of the biggest limitations when a veterinarian is doing a physical exam is the cat or kittens stress level and how they respond to that stress. But how can we as an owner minimize that stress? Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
On April 11th a little smoke British Short Hair kitten came into the hospital, he was only about 2 weeks old. This kitten that later became known as Captain Krinkles had an unfortunate accident which ruptured the globe of his right eye. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Trooper is a stray who at the time being unneutered got into a lot of fights to guard his territory. One of the big risks with outdoor cats is infected bite wounds caused mostly by other cats. To make things more complicated Trooper also turned out to have Feline Immunodeficiency Virus or FIV. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
The Cat Clinic and Village Cat Clinic were proud to announce our participation in The Inside Ride this year! The Inside Ride is Canada’s first indoor cycling celebration that raises funds in support of children and their families living with and beyond childhood cancer.
As promised another staff pet profile. Molly is a 10 year old standard poodle who lives with Dr.Chernesky. We thought we'd post a dog next just to show that even though we are a cat hospital we are equal opportunity animal lovers! Written by Dr. Sandra Chernesky
We never think it's going to happen to us but it is always best to be prepared in the event that our feline friends get lost. By taking these few steps you can greatly increase the chances of them being able to find their way back to you.
Just for fun over the course of the next couple of months we are going to post some profiles of staff members pets. Since he’s been mentioned on facebook several times because of his deviousness we thought we’d start with Motor. The happy little handicapped terror of Angie's house. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Warning contains graphic images. Einstein had to have surgery to remove a life threatening string that was damaging his entire gastrointestinal system. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
As your cat reaches adulthood and on to middle age, dental and periodontal disease is extremely common. This disease process can be painful enough to stop your pet from eating and the resulting bacterial infection can have significant effects on your cat’s heart and kidney function.
Bennie had an uncommon condition called "idiopathic necrosis of the femoral neck" with a resulting break of the right femoral head. He needed a very specialized surgery so we called in Dr.Kim Murphy a Board Certified Surgeon to preform a bilateral femoral head and neck excision arthroplasty. Written by Angelina Johnstone RVT
Hamilton and the surrounding areas are having a particularly heavy bat season this year. Traditionally bat season is in the beginning of August but this year the public health office is reporting bat related calls are up by about 200% over previous years.
Heartworm is something dog owners have been concerned about for years and with the influx of “Katrina Dogs,” southern Ontario has once again become a heartworm hot bed. As testing for heartworm improves, unfortunately new studies are undeniably showing that your cat's risk for a heartworm infection is as high as the family dog.
Finally snow and the beginning of a typical “Canadian Winter” has started. This means we need to make some special considerations for our feline friends.