Thursday, November 24, 2011

Holiday Schedule

We are obviously closed all day Thursday. We will be open 8-6 on Friday but won't be seeing any new clients with seriously ill animals for second opinions because.......we will also be closed on Saturday and Sunday. All weekend!

Have a Happy Turkey Day, everybody!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

New Product for Managing Feline Hyperthyroidism

Exciting news! Hills Pet Nutrition has just introduced a new Prescription Diet product specifically for managing feline hyperthyroidism.

Y/D is available in both canned and dry. Along with limiting the amount of iodine so as to reduce thyroid hormone production, the food is formulated to ease the work load on the kidneys. As many of you are aware, treatment of overactive thyroid gland in the cat can in some cases lead to diminished kidney function - a classic Catch 22 because untreated hyperthyroidism is itself fatal.

It is hoped that this new dietary means of managing thyroid disease will make use of methimazole less necessary as a temporary measure in cats that go on to receive I131 therapy (curative) and as long-term management for thyroid cats with kidney disease and those who cannot tolerate methimazole's potential side effects.

If your hyperthyroid cat is on methimazole, please ask us about Y/D the next time you are in, or feel free to call.

A Helpful Product for Enticing Your Cat Into the Carrier

A client reported to me this week that they had tremendous success in getting their cats into their carriers (and enjoying a quiet ride here) after using At Ease calming spray. It's made by Whisker City and they got it at PetSmart.

I think it's worth a try and plan to get some for my own cats. If enough clients show interest or report to me that it works I will carry it here with the other retail items at the front desk.

Before using, be sure to clean the carrier thoroughly. Spray the terrycloth towel that you MUST lay in the bottom, but also spray the carrier's interior.

You DO lay a folded towel in the bottom of your carrier, right?? If your cat pees, you want it to absorb rather than winding up with a dripping cat. I get tired of having to do all that cleanup while I should be examining the cat.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ok, Should I Start Up an Email Newsletter of Sorts?

I am seeking input on whether or not people are interested in any kind of email newsletter from us. It would be quite advantageous for us as a way to pass PDF files that don't have a web host on to you (my hard drive is just FULL of client information sheets and stuff that could be sent to your email inbox rather than posting here, formatting issues and all, and hoping you remember to visit).

If you are a client of Cat's Meow Veterinary Clinic, or if you are just an interested cat owner, please email me at gardvm at aol dot com - and please put "CMVC newsletter" in the subject line. Tell me if you would like to be on a mailing list, and how often you think a newsletter should be (I am sensitive to the issue of TOO MUCH EMAIL).

Please do NOT email me with questions about your cat's health. We can only advise you based on an actual physical examination of the cat here at Cat's Meow. I do NOT practice internet medicine.

Our Facebook Page

This is just a friendly reminder that we DO have a Facebook page and I am a little better about posting links to good news and info over there than I am here (lately).

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