Clients have often asked me if I have kids, and the answer has always been, “yes, furry and four (or 3 legged).” Yeah, I’m talking about my pets. But exciting news on the way, a human baby will soon be arriving in my home! Whereas I’m really proficient at taking care of pets, a baby is a whole other experience that my wife and I are feverishly reading books to prepare for this momentous life change, as well as stocking up on the essentials so we don’t have to worry running about running out of things. While we’ve been trying to prepare ourselves for this baby, some people have asked, “what about your pets?” Babies and pets can be a cute combination but it takes some practice.
Imagine your mouth being so inflamed and painful that you couldn’t eat. Maybe it would hurt to talk. And maybe you’ll drool constantly. Doesn’t sound pleasant does it? Sadly, this does happen with cats from time to time and it can be a devastating problem most often referred to as stomatitis (though also called gingivo-stomatitis, ulcerative stomatitis, or lymphocytic-plasmacytic stomatitis).
How did kitty get here?
That’s the million dollar question because despite years of research, the exact cause is unknown. It is thought to have multiple contributing factors including bacteria, viruses, and a poor immune system. It’s impossible to predict if it will happen but it appears in adult cats and perhaps more often in purebred cats such as Persians or Siamese. Most cases are going to end up being chronic and progressive though some sudden onset or shorter term cases can be due to toxic burns. Continue reading
Sedation in Pets
Veterinary medicine has a few words or phrases that nobody wants to hear…”maggots”, “hit by car”, and “quiet”, to name a few. However, “sedation” is not one of them. As a pet owner, you undoubtedly can be concerned about your pet being sick and needing to undergo sedation or anesthesia because those are often emergency situations. Most younger pets undergoing anesthesia for a spay or neuter will do quite well and potentially may be less of a concern for pet owners. Older pets can often do fine under anesthesia or sedation as well as long we monitor closely and take proper precautions. Continue reading