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April is "Cardiac Cat Month"

Our feline-focus this month is heart health. We will be focusing on heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure) and Heartworm disease.

Special Promotions April 1st- 30th 2014

**Cannot be combined with other promotions/discounts. **

Ultrasound Cardiac Screenings $97.00- more than 50% off!

Heartworm Antibody Testing $20.00- more than 50% off!

Blood Pressure Testing ( with office call) $15.00- more than 50% off!

Heart Disease

There are many different symptoms that could mean your cat has heart disease. Some symptoms can be as simple as weight loss, loss of appetite, lethargy and weakness. Behavior signs such as lack of interest or intolerance of exercise can also be common. Warning signs that can be more severe include shortness of breath, coughing and difficulty breathing.

Often times, there are no outward clinical symptoms of heart disease in cats. Routine physical examinations are the best way to evaluate your cat's heart health. A Cats Veterinary veterinarian will listen to the rhythm, sound, rate and volume of your cat's heart. If there are any abnormalities in your cat's cardiac evaluation there are many things that can be done at the time of your visit to further diagnosis the presence of heart disease. Cats Veterinary is able to perform full blood work panels in house that can screen for many other diseases that can be affecting your cat's heart such as hyperthyroidism or kidney disease. We are also able to perform chest radiographs to evaluate the shape and placement of the heart in the chest cavity. With our top- of the line ultrasound machine, we are also able to perform a cardiac ultrasound which allows our veterinarians to visualize many things about your cat's heart including: size, shape, and thickness and dimensions of chambers.

Ultrasound Cardiac Screenings are $97.00 which is more than 50% off usual cost!

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Cats, just like people, can become hypertensive for various reasons. A hypertensive cat often looks like a non-hypertensive cat. There are typically no clinical symptoms of hypertension until it has progressed to a dangerous level.

Unlike humans, a cat's blood pressure is not audible with a stethoscope. At Cats Veterinary we have special equipment called a Doppler that enables our veterinarians and licensed technicians to determine your cat's blood pressure.

Blood Pressure testing is $15.00 (with office call or procedure)- which is more than 50% off!

Heartworm Disease

Heartworm Disease and Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD) are spread through mosquitoes. Both of these diseases are 100% preventable with monthly year-round heartworm prevention. Clinical symptoms of these diseases range from intermittent coughing to sudden death. Your cat can be Heartworm Antibody tested at the time of your appointment, this test takes only a few drops of blood and 10 minutes to run. For more information of Feline Heartworm and HARD please visit www.knowheartworms.org.

Heartworm Antibody Testing is $20.00- which is more than 50% off!


It's Raining Cats and More CATS!!!

With the rain comes beautiful flowers, but there are some dangers you need to be VERY AWARE of:

Did You Know?

Although lilies are flowers commonly used in floral arrangements most cat owners and florists are unaware of lily intoxication as a cause of kidney failure in cats!

- Lilies are especially popular as a gift this time of the year with Easter drawing close. These flowers are exceedingly toxic to cats! The key to successful treatment of these cats is early recognition of possible ingestion, and aggressive management of on setting kidney failure.

- Indoor cats, and especially kittens, may be drawn to floral arrangements, as they are a novel feature in an otherwise very familiar environment that often lacks other forms of vegetation. In the course of investigating the flowers, the cats may play with and sometimes chew parts of the plant. This could easily go unnoticed by owners, or may occur while the cat is alone at home. Also, cats with access to lilies growing outdoors in gardens can be in danger if they come into contact with these plants.

- ALL parts of the lily are poisonous- flowers, stamen, stem, leaves and roots!

Signs of Lily Poisoning:

- Vomiting
- Depression
- Loss of appetite

Onset of lily toxicity is usually within two hours. The first signs are vomiting, depression and loss of appetite. These symptoms may subside by 12 hours and the patient may appear to improve as the gastrointestinal signs go away. It is likely, however, that acute renal failure will develop within 24-72 hours, at which time the cat will become critically ill. At this time the cat may drink much more than normal, or become dehydrated. If untreated, the cat may die in 3-7 days.

Ingestion of small amounts of plants or flowers of the lily family can cause severe, irreversible kidney failure and death in cats within 3-7 days of exposure. Cats should never have access to flowers or plants in this family!

Prevention is much better than attempted cure, so it is in the interest of cat owners and cat lovers to make sure the dange danger of lily ingestion is well known in the community!