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Glaucoma in Cats

While common in people and dogs, glaucoma is rare in cats, but can ultimately lead to blindness. However, an early diagnosis coupled with the proper treatment affords concerned owners a fighting chance at saving their favorite feline friends’ purr-ecious sight.   What then, IS glaucoma?   Glaucoma is a painful disorder that occurs as a […]

Cardiomyopathy in Cats

Cardiomyopathy, simply put, refers to a “disease of the heart muscle,” specifically the myocardium. It’s a condition caused by a structural abnormality in one or more of the four chambers of the heart, most commonly the left ventricle. The muscle involved becomes too thick, either scars and stiffens or weakens, thereby impairing the heart’s ability […]

Fancy More Fun Feline Facts?

Facts, fun and fanciful, some purr-haps familiar, others new – for the feline fancier in all of you: Genetically, if somewhat surprisingly, a domestic cat is 95.6% tiger! Although humans have 206 bones in our bodies, cats have, on average, 244 in theirs. The number ranges between 230 and 250 depending on the length of […]

Terrific and Safe Toys for Senior Cats

Although your senior cat may now spend more time lounging and less time playing, she still needs activities to keep her both mentally and physically fit. Could YOU be missing her cue that she’s simply waiting for YOU to take the lead? If so, consider the following to help her release her remembered inner kitten. […]

Can Cats Lie Down on Cue?

Curious as to whether or not YOUR favorite feline can be taught to lie down on cue? According to pet trainers, it’s, paws down, one of the easiest behaviors a cat can learn. As a matter of fact, the more relaxed YOU are, the more relaxed your kitty will be, thereby affording you the optimum […]

Feline Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis — inflammation of the pancreas – is relatively rare, but recognizing its signs early is essential to any cat’s health. These signs can include lethargy, increased thirst and urination, poor appetite or refusing to eat, dehydration and weight loss. What then, is the pancreas? A small organ tucked between the stomach and intestines, it […]

Excessive Tearing in Cats

Veterinarians usually divide epiphora, or excessive tearing, into two categories — excessive tear production or inadequate tear drainage.   Similar to our own eyes, a cat’s eyes will tear after being exposed to irritants like chemicals and dust, smoke and smog. When the irritant in question either subsides or disappears, so should the cat’s increased […]

Is Kitty Allergic to YOU?

Have you ever observed that your kitty’s allergy symptoms seem to worsen the more time you spend together? Have you ever considered the possibility that she may be allergic to you? While extremely rare, scientists say that cats can indeed be allergic to people, but that our frequent bathing and showering assists in reducing our […]

Ascites in Cats

Ascites (pronounced “a-site-eez”) is the accumulation of fluid in a cat’s abdominal cavity. While a swollen stomach is one of the most obvious signs of ascites, any dramatic shift in a cat’s appetite, weight, body temperature, excremental function or sudden sensitivity during a tummy rub can also be warning signs. And if fluid continues to […]

Hair Loss in Cats

Hair loss in cats, otherwise known as alopecia, can be either partial or complete, according to animal dermatologists. And although it occurs for a variety of reasons, the most common one is skin allergies. Cats may, in the course of their lives, get acquired alopecia, a symptom of a disease, not a disease itself, and […]

Journey to enlightenment

Adopting my dog was a snap decision. It was Friday afternoon, just before Mother’s Day, when I checked online at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. Several dogs were available, including a peculiar, little, red Dachshund with one blue and one brown eye. I had to meet him. I pushed and pushed, reassuring my fiancé, […]

Educational Event – Identifying and Managing Chronic Pain

If you work in the animal field, please join us for this free educational event: Identifying and Managing Chronic Pain. Learn to recognize pain in animals and options for treatment, including laser therapy, NSAIDs, supplements, narcotics, acupuncture, and rehab. Discussion will cover management of injuries, dental disease, feline cystitis, arthritis, ruptured discs, and more. Dr. […]

St. Valentine’s Day

I’m still having a hard time accepting the fact that it’s 2015, let alone almost February already. I started this year off with a more structured homeschool schedule which is going well, but, as with any new schedule it’s taking some time getting used to. Part of being more structured also means planning out lessons […]

Volunteering With Animals

Reasons to volunteer with animals Getting to spend time with animals. Maybe you don’t have the time for a pet right now or your partner is allergic? Volunteering with animals allows you to get your “fix” without the commitment of a pet at home. The rewards of doing good. About 7 million animals enter shelters […]

Spice Things Up

We ventured briefly out into the cold today. After struggling against the wind my kids became concerned that our chickens would blow away. I think the chickens will be fine (I hope), and I know something for sure: I don’t like the wind. I’m completely against it. But since it does me no good to […]

Senior pet education

As the caregiver for two senior cats, I know first-hand the challenges that come when our furry companions start to age. My more elderly cat, Tiger Lily, has become decreasingly active, increasingly arthritic, a little hard of hearing, along with a gracefully tackling a host of medical issues, including hyperthyroidism, hypertension, and an acute onset of […]

Autumn Musings

Autumn has brought that feeling with it, the feeling that it’s time to slow back down after the sometimes hectic pace of Summer. I’ve been so busy these last few months that I haven’t had the energy to write, or do anything creative for that matter. But the clouds and rain seem to have given me […]

Free Event for Animal Professionals

“Caring for the Senior Pet” Organized by the Animal Community Talks Presented by Dr. Christine Fletcher The Animal Community Talks project aims to provide education that is professional and accessible to those in the animal field. This presentation will help those in veterinary clinics, shelters, training facilities, and more to help their more senior companion […]

Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland – Transport Day

On Tuesday, September 16th, the Spay & Save program will be offering free spay/neuter for cats, along with transportation from the Tanasbourne Petco. To see if you qualify, call 503-802-6755. Spay & Save serves the Portland Metro area, including Clark County.  Daniela IancuOver the last ten years, I have worked and volunteer with many animal […]

Free Cat Spay/Neuter at OHS

The Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland serves Clark, Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. Throughout the month of July, the Oregon Humane Society (an ASAP shelter partner), will be offering all their spay and neuter surgeries for free. Follow this link to learn more about the qualifications for this program. To schedule an appointment, call: 800-345-SPAY.   […]

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