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Ask the Vet – Feline Heart Disease by Kristel Weaver, DVM, MPVM

When cats are sick they hide their illness.  This makes a veterinarian's job challenging and sick cats may go undetected at home by their owners.  Sometimes the only indication that a cat has a problem is that they are not following their normal routine.   You may have an idea that your cat has a heart problem if your veterinarian hears an abnormal beat or rhythm during a regular physical exam, but sometimes there are no indications that there is a problem until your kitty is really sick.

How do I know if my cat has heart disease at home?

Cats with heart disease can be asymptomatic depending on the severity of their heart problem.  Cats i... Read More

Asthma and Bronchitis

Obstructive and allergic lung diseases affect many cats and are sometimes called “asthma,” “bronchitis,” or “bronchial asthma.”  Unfortunately, these diseases are not easily classified and probably represent a variety of lung disorders. They do share a common finding of “hyper-responsive” or “over-reactive” airways.

When the airway of a cat is sensitive to certain stimuli, exposure to these agents leads to narrowing of the airways. The inciting agents are usually direct irritants to the airways or things that provoke an allergic response in the respiratory tract. Regardless of the cause, the end-result is the same: muscle spasms in the bronchi (breathing tubes), buildup of mucus,... Read More

Vomiting in Cats

Vomiting describes the active expulsion of food from the stomach. It may be related to disorders of the stomach but is a clinical sign that can occur with many diseases and problems. It is not a specific disease or diagnosis itself. Cats vomit quite readily and occasional vomiting in an otherwise healthy cat may not indicate anything abnormal. This is particularly true if the vomited material consists largely of hair. It is considered a normal process for cats to retain hair and vomit hairballs periodically.

How serious is vomiting?

Most cases of acute vomiting, when vomiting has been present for less than two to three days, resolve readily ... Read More

Protecting your cats from FIP by Frank Utchen, DVM

Dr. Utchen my cat just passed away from a disease called FIP. Can you explain what this is and how long should I wait before I can get another cat? 


I'm sorry about your cat. Feline infectious peritonitis is a devastating disease of cats for which there is no treatment. It can affect any cat at any age, although the typical disease occurs in young cats. 

This condition is caused when a common, essentially harmless virus called the feline enteric (intestinal) coronavirus — of which many cats are carriers — mutates inside the cat's body to turn into the lethal F... Read More

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