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Cat Diagnostic Imaging


This collection of Cat Diagnostic Imaging articles has been curated for you by Central Texas Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital. If you would like to talk to a veterinarian, please give us a call at (512) 892-9038.

Ultrasound for Dogs and Cats: What Pet Owners Want to Know

When your pet has been scheduled for an ultrasound examination, we understand that it’s helpful if you know what to expect. Just like with people, the purpose of this procedure is to aid in making a proper diagnosis of a disease-causing illness or other conditions. Ultrasound can give your dog or cat’s veterinarian so much information about what is happening on the inside - in real-time. But what are we looking for, how should you prepare your pet, and what will the results tell us?

Let’s look at some frequently asked questions about pet ultrasound.


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Caring for a Cat with Asthma

You startle awake in the middle of the night to a familiar hacking sound. It’s your cat, expelling a hairball again—or is it?

As a cat owner, you are no stranger to the occasional hairball or vomiting episode, but if your feline friend is frequently coughing, wheezing, or gagging, don’t write it off. What may be overlooked as a normal cat behavior could actually be a sign of asthma.

What Is Feline Asthma?

Similar to human asthma, feline asthma refers to chronic inflammation of the lungs.


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What to Do When Your Pet Won’t Eat

When your pet suddenly loses his appetite, it can be concerning—particularly if you’ve got a regular chowhound on your hands. Reluctance to eat, also called inappetence or anorexia, can be caused by a number of serious conditions, so if you notice your dog or cat has lost interest in food, it’s best to contact your family veterinarian to get to the heart of the problem right away.


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Big Heart, Big Problem: Understanding Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Does your cat have a big heart? No, we’re not talking about her loving personality. An enlarged heart could point to a cardiac condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy—and it can mean big problems for your feline friend’s health.

What is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy is a big word that simply means “disease of the heart muscle.” While there are many different types of heart disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM, is by far the most commonly diagnosed cardiac problem in cats.


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