Rapid Rabies Review

by Suzanne Morris, DVM A little over a week has passed since authorities in Winter Park, FL, issued a rabies alert after a cat who attacked two humans tested positive for rabies. Other animals—including an otter and a kitten—have also recently tested positive for...

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Season of the Sniffles

by Suzanne Morris, DVM Allergy season is here and if you experience sniffling and sneezing, you may also notice similar signs in your kitty companion. Kitty owners typically assume that antibiotics must be warranted for the sniffles, but the majority of upper...

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Allergies in Bloom: Flea Allergy Dermatitis

by Suzanne Morris, DVM Spring means allergy flare-ups for most kitties’ human servants. Cats can also get allergies that commonly affect their gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, ears, and skin. One such skin allergy involves fleas, ectoparasites that feed on a...

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Fat (Liver) Tuesday

by Suzanne Morris, DVM It’s time for the excesses of Mardi Gras, and the appreciation due to that often abused, detoxifying organ, the liver. While cats do not tend to knowingly push their livers to the limit on forays to New Orleans, they can suffer from a variety of...

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Hypertension (The Pressure’s On)

by Suzanne Morris, DVM It’s time to wind down the month of Valentine’s Day, love, and hearts with a mention of hypertension in cats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is abnormally increased pressure of blood against the arterial blood vessel walls. Hypertension...

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Cats with Heart…worms

by Suzanne Morris, DVM Since it is still February, there is still time for one more cat heart topic: Heartworms! While heartworm infections and heartworm disease have been thought of primarily as a disease of dogs, the parasites can (and do) affect cats, albeit at...

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HCM: Cats with Big Hearts

by Suzanne Morris, DVM As Valentine’s Day approaches, it seems an appropriate time to post about hearts. Cat hearts. In a manner similar to humans, cats can suffer from disease affecting the heart muscle. The most common of these in cats is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy...

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Cat Love and Dentistry

by Suzanne Morris, DVM Once again, that time of year for love and pet dental health awareness is upon us. Yes, February is National Pet Dental Health Month! Your kitty likely does not brush her/his teeth daily and most kitties are not amenable to your assistance in...

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Panic Attack: Hyperthyroidism

by Suzanne Morris, DVM If you have recently panicked—hyperventilating with your heart pounding in your throat—you have experienced the magic of your sympathetic nervous system (SNS) at work. Also known as the fight-or-flight response system, its effects are universal...

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