Archive | Diseases in Cats


Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) in Cats

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is an inherited, progressive and irreversible disease which occurs most commonly in Persian and Exotic Shorthair breeds. Sadly it has been found that 1 in 3 of these breeds will inherit PKD. However, the more common practice of pre-breeding testing by breeders does mean that the prevalence of the disease is dropping […]

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Diabetes; Ten Basic Facts

Diabetes in our pets can be a frightening prospect. Many owners will fret about how the lifestyle of there pet and very often themselves will change. Here are my top ten points owners should be aware of in order to manage the disease successfully at home. Insulin should ALWAYS be kept refrigerated and should be […]

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A Recap on Tick Management

As promised we have brought to you the latest information provided by our very own Paul Manktelows’ Times column. Featured last Saturday here are his top tips on how to understand, manage, and prevent these hugely unwanted parasites. From March through to October we see a larger prevalence of ticks throughout the UK. This is […]

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Aiding in the mobility of our elderly pets

As with ourselves in our golden years, our pets too can show signs of slowing down as they reach their dotage. Generally the most common cause of their decreased mobility is through the degeneration of joint tissue, which in turn can then lead to arthritis. Arthritis is, in summary, a condition that describes stiffness, inflammation […]

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Cat Fights – Cat Bites

Cat bites are responsible for the majority of infected wounds seen in cats seeking veterinary attention. These are usually sustained during fights between these very territorial animals. The most territorial of these are the entire Tom cats who also roam to expand the area of their territory. If you have an entire Tom who is […]

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Fat Cats Facts – Health advice from the experts

I am highly concerned about the rising obesity levels in cats here in the UK.  We don’t usually think of cats as being lazy, or obese. They are active free spirits.  Associated with obesity are health complications such as diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, respiratory disease and joint problems. This article attempts to unravel fact from fiction in understanding […]

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Constipation in Cats

Feline constipation is encountered relatively commonly in veterinary practice, with many possible underlying causes. This pet health article is intended as a resource for owners seeking further information, discussing what some of these causes might be, explaining the importance of seeking veterinary attention, and detailing how constipation might be investigated and managed. What is Constipation? […]

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What dangers can Spring bring to pets?

  Cases of poisonings in pets are often associated with the Christmas period, but Spring also has its dangers. Several flowers can be toxic to your pets so it is important to avoid them and know what signs to look out for. Bluebells Bluebells are common spring flowers seen in British woodlands. Dogs are usually […]

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Kidney disease in cats

  The kidneys are important organs: they are involved in waste removal (urine production), control of blood pressure and even the creation of new red blood cells. There are two types of kidney disease: acute and chronic renal failure. Both can have different causes and need to be managed differently. Acute renal failure As the […]

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Fleas and your pet

Fleas are a problem both because of the effects they have on their hosts and in their ability to carry and spread disease. Dogs and cats share the same fleas so it is important to treat all the animals in the household. Controlling fleas in the environment is also part of successful flea elimination and […]

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