Animal Care

Tips & Advice for Caring for Your Animals

Thank you for visiting my animal care page. I hope to give you, the pet or animal owner, some great tips and advice to help you to keep your animal in the best health possible. Please note though, that I’m giving general advice based upon my 18 years as a veterinarian. ALWAYS consult your own veterinarian for specific questions about your pet or animal as they are in the best position to physically examine your pet or animal.

There are a number of health problems that most veterinarians will see in the various animal species. While each case is unique, I can vouch that there are certain health conditions that are seen almost on a daily basis in a busy veterinary practice.  

Here are my top picks for common medical problems in cats.


Common Medical Problems in Cats

  • Fleas. Yuck. No one likes them especially the unwilling feline host. Prevention is the best policy when it comes to these nasty parasites. There are a number of very good flea products available. Ask your veterinarian to recommend the best one for the geographical area you live in.
  • Worms. These are also nasty parasites. Treatment will depend upon the type of worms your cat has so it’s wise to bring a fresh stool sample to your veterinarian’s office to examine.
  • Vomiting. Many cats will vomit occasionally due to consuming hair while they groom themselves. It becomes a problem when it becomes too frequent and can indicate a more serious problem than the occasional hairball. 
  • Upper respiratory tract disease. Many kittens are plagued with bad “kitty colds.” While most are caused by viruses some are caused by bacterial infections. Antibiotics ONLY work against bacteria. Viruses need to be cleared out of the system by the cat’s immune system. 
  • Diarrhea. There are many causes of this disease ranging from a raging case of worms to intestinal dysfunction to hyperthyroidism. It is NEVER normal for a cat to have diarrhea so be sure to contact your veterinarian if your kitty is having the runs.
  • Feline Lower Urinary Tract disease (FLUTD). This is a serious problem particularly in male cats. If your cat is peeing outside the box, cries when trying to urinate, or licks his or hers privates a lot it may have this issue. Obviously, contact your veterinarian for advice.
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