You love your cat, but sometimes it can feel as if you just don’t understand each other. Why does Fluffy seem to enjoy being petted one minute, and attack your hand the next? What do those slow blinks mean? And what’s the deal with the strange chirping sounds he makes when he spies a tasty looking bird or squirrel through the kitchen window?
These and other quirks are part of the joy of cat ownership, and understanding them can lead to a better relationship with your sweet kitty. The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital has tackled our favorite weird cat behaviors…for your reading pleasure….
In veterinary medicine there are some enemies that we fight more often than others. In our feline patients we see many affected by things like inflammatory bowel disease, lower urinary tract inflammation, and diabetes mellitus. Perhaps no diagnosis is a common in our furry patients, however, as kidney disease in cats.
Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital thinks all friends of felines should know a little about kidney disease and how to effectively do battle. Kidney disease in cats may be a formidable foe, but it is one that we can put up a good fight against.Continue…
Having a pet go missing is every owner’s worst nightmare. Of course, you drive around the neighborhood hanging “lost pet” signs and post to your social media pages, but is this enough?
While nothing is foolproof, there is a way to significantly increase the chances of a happy reunion: pet microchipping. This affordable, noninvasive procedure helps return tens of thousands of lost pets each year, and the team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital wants you to know more about this valuable resource!
When we think about pet-proofing our homes, it makes sense to put away leftover food, cover the garbage bin, and make sure your favorite slippers are out of reach. However, securing the medicine cabinet probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but perhaps it should be. The Pet Poison Hotline reports that nearly 50% of all the calls they receive involve human medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.
You may not be able to wrap your sweet kitten in bubble wrap to protect him from the world, but we are getting better and better at providing excellent defense against potential problems.
Parasites are one of the biggest threats to our pets. Whether it’s heartworm disease carried by mosquitoes, Lyme disease in the tick population, or fleas in out their glory, parasites are a problem. Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is excited to be able to offer the latest and greatest in parasite prevention for those of the feline persuasion – Zoetis’ Revolution Plus.Continue…
One of the more common and potentially frustrating reasons that our clients bring their cats to see us at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is trouble in the litter box.
While not all urinary problems are created equal, they all do result in significant stress for both feline and caretaker. Urinary issues in cats may not be anyone’s favorite, but you can rest easy knowing that our expert staff has your back should you ever encounter them.Continue…
Just because the warm months are behind us doesn’t mean your pet no longer needs regular grooming. In fact, winter grooming is essential this time of year. All the forced-air heat and inclement weather can cause dryness to the skin and dullness in your pet’s coat – not to mention all the mud and rain that comes with the winter months!
Keeping your pet in tiptop shape is what we aim to do at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital. Keep reading to learn more top tips for your pet’s winter grooming needs.Continue…
Cats are so amazing and capable of hiding when they are having trouble that they often get the short end of the stick when it comes to proactive care. One area that many of our feline patients need our help in is the department of dental care.
The staff at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital sees quite a bit of dental disease in all of our four-legged patients. In cats, not only is periodontal disease a big issue, but there is also another beast to contend with. Feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions, not so fondly also referred to as FORLs, affect a large number of our cat patients and are something all cat owners should understand.
Understanding Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions
The term feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions is quite the mouthful, and they can be for our cat patients as well. We don’t really understand at this time what causes some cats to be affected by this disease process, but over half of our cat patients over the age of six have them.
FORLs are essentially holes that form in the tooth as a result of the activity of the odontoblasts within the tooth itself. These holes typically form near the gum line and are analogous to the cavities that people suffer, however they have nothing to do with plaque buildup.
We do know that FORLs affect cats tremendously. These sinister little holes can be exquisitely painful. Exposure of the tooth’s pulp cavity can also result in infection. If the hole becomes extensive enough, the crown of the tooth can even break off, leaving roots under the gum line that may result in problems.
Not all cats let us know that they are suffering from FORLs. It is a good idea to make an appointment for us to examine your pet, though, if you notice that your cat is:
- Pawing at the mouth
- Reluctant to allow you to look at the teeth
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Hesitant to eat
- Having bad breath
Fighting the Good Fight
Feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions can be frustrating for cat owners as well as veterinarians because we don’t really understand at this time how to prevent or stop them. What we can, do, however, is be proactive about looking for them and aggressive when we find them.
Routine oral examinations are an important part of wellness care for any pet, but especially cats. Frequent anesthetized oral evaluations and dental radiographs are important for us to find these painful lesions early. Many times in the early stages it is impossible to identify these without dental x-ray.
Diagnosis And Treatment
When we find FORLs, the exact type of lesion is identified in order to decide how to best proceed. Class I and II FORLs tend to be early in the course of the disease and may be treated with cleaning and/or enamel restoration techniques.
Class III lesions enter the pulp cavity, while Class IV lesions involve broken roots retained under the gum line. These types of FORLs typically require tooth extraction as they are quite painful. Many cats who suffer from FORL lesions will have all or most of the teeth affected at some point. Although most of these pets lose lots of teeth, they are perfectly functional (and much more comfortable) without them.
Until science and veterinary medicine understand more about this disease process, it remains important for us to work as a team to be sure that our cats are happy and pain free. By bringing your pet in to see us for wellness visits and allowing routine oral examinations as recommended, you can do your part in battling FORLs.
As a pet owner, you’re familiar with your pet’s unique personality traits. Through their body language and vocalizations, it’s easy to tell when they’re happy, annoyed, excited, angry, fearful, curious, etc. In fact, many of these communication styles can seem almost human-like.
The way a pet expresses themselves can be extremely nuanced, such as in the case of pet facial expressions. What do they mean, and how can they help us gain a better understanding of what our furry family members are trying to tell us?Continue…
In veterinary medicine there are some diseases and problems that rear their ugly heads more often than others. When it comes to the feline species, it seems that the kidney is the Achilles tendon of the cat. Many, if not most, cats will have trouble with the kidneys as they age.
At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital we feel that it is important for our feline-loving pet parents to understand what kidney disease in cats looks like and how it can affect their feline friend. Continue…