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Spondylosis Deformans in Cats

What is spondylosis deformans? Spondylosis deformans is a condition that affects the vertebral bones of the spine and is characterized by the presence of bony spurs or ‘osteophytes’ along the edges of the bones of the spine. A bony spur … Continue reading

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Heart Disease in Cats

What types of heart disease do cats get? Heart disease is a serious medical condition in dogs, cats and humans. Cats do not normally develop arteriosclerosis or coronary artery disease, which are both common diseases in humans. In general terms, … Continue reading

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Helping Your Cat With Osteoarthritis

A diagnosis of osteoarthritis (OA) in your cat can feel devastating and even overwhelming. After all, we know that OA is a progressive, degenerative disease that will worsen over time. By most estimates, 90% of cats over age 10 are … Continue reading

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Cholangitis/Cholangiohepatitis Syndrome in Cats

What is cholangitis? Cholangitis is a term referring to inflammation of the bile duct. Cholangiohepatitis means inflammation of the bile ducts, gall bladder and surrounding liver tissue. The liver produces bile, which is required for efficient digestion of food. Bile … Continue reading

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Asthma and Bronchitis in Cats

My cat started having coughing spells. I thought she was trying to cough up a hairball. My veterinarian has diagnosed feline asthma and bronchitis. I didn’t know cats could have such a thing. Feline asthma affects a fair number of … Continue reading

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Kidney Disease – Glomerulonephritis in Cats

What is glomerulonephritis? Glomerulonephritis, also known as glomerular nephritis (GN), is a specific type of renal (kidney) disease characterized by inflammation of the glomeruli, which are the tiny structures in the kidneys that act as filters for the blood. Glomerulonephritis … Continue reading

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Cystitis and Lower Urinary Tract Disease in Cats

What is cystitis? Cystitis is a general term referring to inflammation in the urinary bladder. The term cystitis does not imply a specific underlying cause. In cats, diseases of the lower urinary tract (bladder and urethra) are often grouped under … Continue reading

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Top 10 Obesity-Related Cat Conditions

Obesity seems to continue to grow in veterinary practices (no pun intended). Nationwide pet insurance reported an uptick in claims for obesity-related conditions in 2016. More than 1.3 million claims for more than $60 million amounted to a 23 percent … Continue reading

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Hypertension or High Blood Pressure in Cats

What is hypertension? Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. A cat is generally thought to be hypertensive when its systolic blood pressure is above 175 mm Hg. Are certain cats more likely to get high blood pressure? … Continue reading

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Debunking the myths about spaying and neutering

There are many reasons why it is important to spay or neuter your pet – including the over-population of domesticated cats and dogs. Last year, over 13,000 animals were euthanized in Hillsborough County alone (that’s over 250 pets per week!). … Continue reading

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