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Cats


Hyperthyroidism in Cats

The thyroid gland is located in the neck and plays a very important role in regulating the body's rate of metabolism. Hyperthyroidism is a disorder characterized by the overproduction of thyroid hormone and a subsequent increase in the metabolic rate.

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Hookworms in Cats

Hookworms are intestinal parasites of the cat (and dog). Their name is derived from the hook-like mouthparts they use to anchor to the lining of the intestinal wall. They are only about 1/8" (2-3 mm) long and so small in diameter that they are barely visible to the naked eye. 

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Ear Hematoma in Cats

An aural (ear) hematoma is a collection of blood, serum, or a blood clot within the pinna (ear flap). When present, the pinna will be very thick. The swelling may involve the entire pinna or it may involve only one area. 

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Heartworms in Cats

Heartworms are 9-11” long worms that live in a cat’s heart or in the arteries going to the lungs (pulmonary arteries). Although they occur commonly in dogs, most people do not consider them a problem for the cat.

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Grief Management for Children

When an adult loses a beloved pet, grief is a normal reaction. It progresses through very predictable stages which have been defined as denial, sadness, depression, guilt, anger, and finally, relief (or recovery).

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Giardia in Cats

Giardiasis is an intestinal infection of man and animals. It is caused by a protozoal parasite called Giardia intestinalis.

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Geriatric Cats Special Needs

The aging cat goes through a number of changes which result in the ultimate failure of various body organs and systems. Recent research has identified a problem related to potassium balance which is common in many older cats. Fortunately, the problem is treatable.

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