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Medical

Part of being a pet owner is learning how to care for your pets, especially when they have diseases or medical conditions.

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

Urinary Tract infections are a common medical condition in cats and can be treated and prevented with dietary management. If your cat is urinating outside the litter box; straining to urinate (evidenced by going in and out of litter box or squatting for long periods of time), has blood in their urine; excessive licking of genital are, or vomiting; these are signs indicating a lower urinary tract infection. Even though the condition is not usually life-threatening, you should contact your veterinarian to get treatment for the infection.

Heart disease

One of the more common heart diseases in cats is known as feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (FHCM), a serious and progressive disease of the heart muscle. There is no definitive cause for this disease, but it is known to often be associated with high blood pressure. Symptoms of this disease include loss of appetite, lethargy or weakness, sudden development of difficulty breathing or fainting. It should be noted, however, that symptoms are not always present and the first sign of disease could be sudden death. Another consequence of the disease may be the formation of a blood clot that lodges in a blood vessel near the hind limbs, resulting in paralysis and loss of blood supply to the hind limbs. It is therefore important to bring your cat to your veterinarian every year for a thorough physical examination. We can check for heart murmurs and changes in heart rhythms that can suggest heart disease.