Five “Silent Killers” of Cats

Dr. Justine A. Lee, DVM, www.pethealthnetwork.com When it comes to caring for your cat, I have a few simple recommendations: Maintain a safe environment (keep him indoors) Feed a high quality food (e.g., a meat-based protein) Think about preventive care (e.g., an annual physical examination, laboratory tests, and the appropriate vaccines) Provide lots of affection and exercise By following these basic tips, […]

Veterinary Cannabis & Legalities

DISCLAIMER: Veterinary cannabis is still a very fresh and constantly changing/developing aspect of veterinary medicine. If you ever have questions/concerns, or want to discuss the potential of adding CBD/cannabis to your pet’s medicine protocol and/or treatment plan we always stress to have an open and honest dialog with your veterinarian/specialist! We do not support nor […]

Veterinary Cannabis & CH Pets

DISCLAIMER: Veterinary cannabis is still a very fresh and constantly changing/developing aspect of veterinary medicine. If you ever have questions/concerns, or want to discuss the potential of adding CBD/cannabis to your pet’s medicine protocol and/or treatment plan we always stress to have an open and honest dialog with your veterinarian/specialist! We do not support nor […]

Life + 18 without PAROLE

By Mike Lowry, Mr. Lowry has been in veterinary practice for “life plus 18” years. In this column, he shares his experiences opinions. Please remember this when you are speaking to your veterinarian/technician/veterinary support staff and most importantly remember to appreciate and thank them! Every time you say vets are money-grubbing or “too expensive” orjust […]

ASA Status

Scoring System This is where ASA classification can help. An ASA risk is a 1-to-5 score adapted for animals from human medicine’s American Society of Anesthesiologists. The system is based on the patient’s overall health, not the procedure being performed. The ASA scoring system is NOT an assessment of total perianesthetic or perioperative risk, since […]

Common Veterinary Anesthetic Medications Chart

DISCLAIMER: These are COMMON medications/adverse reactions to veterinary anesthetic medications, just like humans, pets also can have a variety of symptoms/reactions that are not listed or documented. If you have any questions or concerns always speak to your veterinarian about the kinds of medications utilized and the potential side effects that may occur. Anesthetic/Analgesic Drug […]

Understanding the “FVRCP” vaccine & “modified live-virus” vaccines!

What is the “FVRCP” vaccine? The FVRCP vaccination is an important part of your cat’s routine. It prevents three potentially deadly airborne viruses: rhinotracheitis calicivirus panleukopenia  Rhinotracheitis is triggered by the common feline herpes virus. Symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose and drooling. Your cat’s eyes may become crusted with mucous, and he or she may […]

Eight Common Myths about Surgery & Cats

Dr. Phil Zeltzman, brought to you by IDEXX & Pet Health Network There are many urban legends surrounding surgery and cats. Here I take a rational look at 8 stubborn myths I encounter regularly. 1. Myth: “My cat is too old for anesthesia”You should think twice when your friend or the internet tells you that your cat is […]

Questions for the Veterinarian

The ongoing concern for “CH” parents is that they are afraid to have their special needs pet go for any procedures as they are concerned about anesthesia. Currently there is NO studies that confirm nor deny the use (or avoidance) or certain anesthetic medications but there are certain medications to be cautious about as their […]

Bifford’s “Dental” Adventure!

Many of you have asked about Bifford’s dental procedure journey and echoed that many of you share the same questions and concerns for your own special babies that I had with Bifford! Let me assure you that by asking the right questions, having a veterinarian/veterinary staff that you know and trust as well as an […]