As clinicians our goal is to extend feline life to twenty years of age in the twenty first century. It is certainly possible with modern medical technologies and practices. To extend the life of your favourite feline it is important to vaccinate your pet against preventable diseases and worm and flea them regularly and to feed them the correct nutrition. It is critical to do annual senior health screening with a blood test from the age of eight to check the thyroid, blood sugars, liver function and kidney function in particular. In 2017 our very own Oliver, Australia's number one cat has turned fifteen years of age. We have been running biannual blood tests on Oliver to assess his health. We hope to get our bundle of ginger awesomeness to twenty years of age and beyond. If you love your cat, we'd love to help you too.
Check out this kitten with ringworm. Ringworm is a dermatophyte or skin fungus. Some dermatophytes fluoresce in the dark under a special light. Check out the fluorescent light show on this kitten with ringworm
A cat should not vomit more than twice a month. Yes hair balls are common in cats but if your cat vomits more than twice a month, you should see us at Treendale Pet medical. We will recommend an ultrasound to looks at your cats gastrointestinal system. It is important to measure the thickness of the duodenum, jejunum and iliem as well as look at the mesenteric lymph nodes, the ileocaecal valve, the colon and the sublumbar lymph nodes for evidence of disease. Adverse food reaction (food allergy) is common in cats and leads to inflammatory bowel disease and ultimately to lymphoma. Disease is often in segments which causes the cat to vomit as intestinal peristasis stops in these areas of thickening.
Watch this fun video on chronic vomiting in cats
Our goal as veterinarians is now to cure feline diabetes. Cats are one of the few species that we can actually cure if they develop diabetes mellitus. This involves treating the condition properly. Rapid stabilisation of hyperglycaemia is needed to prevent the high level of blood sugar further poisoning the pancreatic beta cells that make insulin. Hyperglycaemia is toxic to the pancreatic cells that make insulin. We are now using a sensor to allow easy blood sugar reading in cats. This has changed the game in terms of therapy for cats with diabetes. Ask us how we can help your cat.
A blood test from a cat showing hyperglycaemia from diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes).
A cat showing the new blood glucose sensor for easy glucose monitoring and stabilisation of diabetic patients.
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