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Hepatic Lipidosis -- Fatty Liver by Frank Utchen, DVM
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Dear Dr. Utchen, I recently boarded my cat for several weeks while we went away on a family vacation only to come back to a very ill cat -- she had stopped eating and developed a condition call Lipidosis. Was this brought on by the fact that she was boarded, or would she have gotten sick anyway?

Answer: Hepatic Lipidosis, or "fatty liver", is a condition where excess fat accumulates within the cells of the liver, leading to liver failure of different degrees. It is a serious condition that is far easier to treat in the early stages compared to the advanced stages.

We don't always know why this condition occurs in cats, b... Read More

Flea Control for Your Cat
Skin

Where does my cat get fleas?

The most common flea found on cats and dogs is the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis). Rarely rabbit fleas or hedgehog fleas are also found on cats.

The most important source of cat fleas is newly emerged adult fleas from pupae in your house or yard.  Adult fleas live and feed on our pets but the female flea lays eggs, which fall off into the environment. Under favorable conditions, these eggs develop first into larvae and then into pupae. The pupae contain adult fleas that lie in wait for a suitable animal host. Modern carpeted centrally-heated homes provide ideal conditions for the year-round development of flea... Read More

Feline Vomiting by Frank Utchen, DVM

Dr. Utchen, my cat keeps throwing up almost immediately after eating -- she seems to be happy and healthy otherwise. What could be causing this -- should I be concerned?

Answer:

Your cat's situation does not sound like an emergency (although your carpet might think otherwise!).  However, it would be a good idea to have your veterinarian take a look to be sure there isn't something wrong that can be corrected.

Cats can act well but still vomit frequently for a variety of reasons. For example, some cats develop sensitivities to particular foods that are no longer a good "fit... Read More

Feline Vaccinations by Frank Utchen, DVM
General

Question: Dr. Utchen, is it true that vaccinations can cause tumors? My cats live indoor only, should I still vaccinate them annually?

Answer:

For years routine immunization of cats, dogs, and people has been the basis of preventive health care. However, depending on a particular animal's risk of contracting certain infections, not all immunizations are necessary or wise.

There are several diseases for which a cat can be at risk.

Cats that venture outdoors are at risk for contracting any infectious feline disease. ... Read More

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