Pet Health & Wellness
We understand the special health needs of cats. The professionals at The Feline Medical Center are passionate about providing them with the highest quality of pet care, and we are experienced in treating kitties with complex veterinary issues.
Common Cat Health Conditions
As felines age, they have a tendency to develop a variety of medical conditions and diseases. A few of the more common ailments we diagnose and manage frequently at our veterinary hospital include:
- Diabetes mellitus—This disease results from the inability of the pancreas to produce adequate amounts of insulin to regulate blood glucose (sugar) levels. Overweight cats have an increased risk of developing diabetes.
- Feline hyperthyroidism—This condition is caused by an overabundance of the metabolic hormone thyroxin, which is usually produced by a benign tumor located in the thyroid gland. In most cases, it is successfully treated with an oral medication and has a very favorable prognosis—especially when it is diagnosed early.
- Chronic kidney disease—This disease is a progressive, deteriorating condition of the kidneys that has a wide range of effects on the entire body. Careful dietary management and medical therapy is essential for kitties diagnosed with this disorder.
- Inflammatory bowel disease—This condition prevents the lining of the intestines from properly absorbing nutrients from the digestive tract. While chronic vomiting or diarrhea can be a common symptom of this disease, it’s important to first rule out parasites and other potential causes of these symptoms. This disease can be challenging to diagnose due to the fact that it is often found in conjunction with many other diseases and the clinical symptoms can mimic a variety of other conditions.
- Osteoarthritis—This is a degenerative condition that damages the cartilage and bone of the joints, causing decreased mobility and chronic pain for the cat. Since cats instinctively hide their pain, owners may not realize that their kitty is suffering from this ailment until it is at an advanced state.
These are just a few of the many conditions feline patients may develop. Obtaining an accurate diagnosis can sometimes be a challenge. Many of these diseases have similar symptoms, including weight loss, an increase or decrease in appetite, excessive water consumption, frequent urination, and a change in a cat’s activity level or behavior.
Because all of these conditions are common in our aging kitty population, it is not unusual to find cats that have more than one condition affecting their body at the same time. Sometimes the treatment for one condition can have adverse effects on the therapy of another condition. It is important to work with a veterinarian who is experienced and knowledgeable about the multiple facets of the diseases that affect cats and how best to manage these complex veterinary cases.
Diagnosis and Treatment
At The Feline Medical Center, we use advanced laboratory diagnostic panels to assist us in determining which disease (or diseases) is affecting your pet. We have an in-hospital laboratory where we can analyze blood chemistries and complete blood cell counts, plus we utilize a variety of veterinary-specific reference laboratories that can perform more specialized tests as needed.
Our veterinary diagnostic tools also include ultrasound and radiology, which are used to examine patients’ internal organs. Our digital imaging technology produces immediate results, enabling us to quickly obtain an accurate diagnosis.
Once we have determined the cause of your cat’s illness, rest assured that he or she will receive the best treatment care possible. At The Feline Medical Center, our entire focus is on treating and caring for our feline patients. Our veterinarians work closely with board-certified specialists and attend frequent continuing education programs to stay knowledgeable about all of the veterinary health advancements that could help your cat. In addition, our experienced and dedicated staff is well versed in handling even the grumpiest of kitties. We know that cats are different from all other animal species, and we strive to give them the special care they deserve each and every day.