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Hookworm Infections in Cats

Hookworms are intestinal parasites of the cat and dog. Their name is derived from the hook-like mouthparts they use to anchor to the lining of the intestinal wall. They are only about 1/8" (two to three mm) long and so small in diameter that they are barely visible to the naked eye.

The scientific names for the most common feline hookworms are Ancylostoma tubaeforme and Ancylostoma braziliense. Occasionally, cats will also become infected with the dog hookworm, Ancylostoma caninum.

In general, cats tend to harb... Read More

Tips for Brushing Your Cat’s Teeth

Items needed:

  • Special cat toothbrush or finger toothbrush
  • Pet toothpaste in a flavor your cat will enjoy (human toothpaste with fluoride is toxic for cats)
  • Your cat!

1. The first step is to get your cat used to toothpaste. Using the specially formulated and flavored pet toothpaste, squeeze some onto your finger. Allow your cat to lick it off your finger. Give them lots of enthusiastic praise and a tasty treat af... Read More

Addressing Potential Ebola Concerns Regarding Your Cat

At Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care, our top priority is the safety and well-being of your pet.  Many news outlets are reporting stories about Ebola but there is currently little known information about Ebola in dogs and cats. [1]

While BRVC serves as a reference for Bay Area residents with questions about their pets, we refer to the following organizations and sites for the most up to date information regarding Ebola:

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 

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Chronic Renal (Kidney) Failure in Cats

What do my cat's kidneys do?

The kidneys have many functions. They principally act to remove waste products from the blood stream, retain essential nutrients such potassium at the correct level, maintain hydration and produce urine.

What is chronic renal failure?

The kidneys have a large amount of spare capacity to perform th... Read More

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