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    Panting In Cats – It May Not Be Normal


    What You Need To Know About Panting In Cats

    A few people recently asked whether it was normal for a cat to pant. We figured that if there's a few people asking about panting, then there’s likely a whole lot more that have wondered, too. So here’s the “skinny” on panting in cats…

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cat Stress, Cats, Pain, Diabetes, Cat Tips, Urinary obstruction

    5 (Non-Vaccine) Ways Your Cat Benefits From Regular Vet Check-ups


    "Do cats really need regular veterinary exams?"

    This is a question I get asked a lot. And there certainly are plenty of opinions and articles on both sides of the "debate." But there's at least one common thing both sides seem to agree on: vaccines. People talk and write about their necessity; the benefits or risks; or some other aspect of vaccines, vaccinations, or "shots."

    While I know that a conversation about vaccines is important, I believe that the specific focus on vaccines in the discussion about routine veterinary visits is, well… out of focus. And I believe that such a focus does a great disservice not just to your cat(s), but also to you. That's because there are many (often very passionate) thoughts and opinions about vaccines themselves, whether that's over the need, frequency, or other aspects of feline vaccines. Also, vaccines are never a "one-size-fits-all" topic. So, if you don't believe in vaccinating, then any article or discussion focusing on vaccines is going to immediately lose you. The problem is that these visits are about much more than just vaccines, and your cat might never receive the many other benefits of routine veterinary exams and care.

    I can assure you, as a veterinarian, that vet visits, check-ups, wellness exams, or whatever else you prefer to call them, truly are never just about vaccines. In fact, in a great many cases, they aren’t about vaccines at all!

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    Topics: Cat Health, Emergencies, Cancer in Cats, Diabetes in Cats, Kidney Failure, Cats, Vaccines, Diabetes, Blog, Hyperthyroidism, High blood pressure, Arrhythmia, Vet Exam, Tooth problems, Heart Murmurs, Wellness Checkup

    Recognizing and Helping Overweight and Obese Cats


    What do you think about your pet's weight? Be honest. Do you think that they're an appropriate weight? Do you think they're too thin? Too heavy?

    Would it surprise you to learn that 56% of the dogs, and nearly 60% of the cats in America are overweight or obese? This is according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, and based upon the results of their 2017 National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Study. What is perhaps even sadder, and will make the problem that much more difficult to combat, is what they found in their landmark 2009 pet owner study... that many pet owners didn't recognize that their pets were at an unhealthy weight (and what that meant to their pet's health and comfort).

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cat Diet, Heat Stroke, Food, Exercise, Urethral Obstruction, How much should my cat eat, Calories, Hepatic Lipidosis, Pancreatitis, Ideal pet weight, Obesity, Diabetes, Diabetic

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    Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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