Feline medicine

On November 4th two Brockton Animal Hospital patients will “travel” to Florence, Italy. They won’t actually be flying to Europe but the International Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ISLMS) is holding their annual medical conference. For the first time in their history there will be a veterinary tract as part of this human medical… Continue reading

Several times annually we receive reports from the pet insurance companies listing the most common diseases reported for felines and canines. Even though we deal with many of these conditions daily they are rarely easy to cure. For example one of the most common diseases in cats is feline lower urinary tract disease. Although dogs… Continue reading

For those who have brought a family feline into the Brockton Animal Hospital at any time in recent years I am sure you remember the blood sample that was taken during the first or second visit. There were two tests performed on this sample, one for Feline Leukemia and Feline “AIDS” Virus, the other for… Continue reading

As we all know, winter has hit the eastern US like a runaway freight train. Nearly two feet of snow within less than a week has forced many of us to focus nearly all of our attention on just getting to and from work. Shoveling, getting fuel, commuting for hours, and having food in our… Continue reading

Renal Disease Perhaps the most common latent disease that cats unknowingly suffer from is kidney (Renal) disease. Though most of us think that our feline friends are immune to this condition until middle aged or older, such is not the case. Frequently, in our practice, we diagnose cats as young as three of four with… Continue reading

Cats don’t really have nine lives but most veterinarians will attest to a memorable case (or two or three) where cats who seemingly were poised to leave this life have miraculously recovered.  The stories will range from feline friends who have recovered from terminal cancer, survived kidney disease or emerged from the throes of liver… Continue reading

“My vet doesn’t like cats”.  I hate bringing my cat to the vet….it’s so stressful”.  “My cat doesn’t need to go to the vet.  He’s an indoor cat”.   These are several of the typical responses when cat owners are queried as to why they don’t visit the vet on a regular basis.  As veterinarians we… Continue reading

Once again the holidays are upon us and I would like to thank all of you (that is our two and four legged friends) who have made this a very fun, inspiring and of course challenging year. It never ceases to amaze me the attachment and importance of our animal companions in our lives. I… Continue reading

Pets have an uncanny ability to hide pain. This adaptive behavior originated in order that when living in their natural wild environment any weakness would not be apparent to possible predators. Frequently, in older pets, we as pet owners assume that any slowing down in behavior or activity is a function of aging. While it… Continue reading

In our last post we considered how easily overfeeding occurs in many pet households. A few simple family behavioral changes can rectify this. But how do we account for the pet food manufacturer’s guidelines? Where can you find the actual nutritional calorie count on the diets and treats you are feeding? Shouldn’t following the manufacturer’s… Continue reading