Health Information

 

Remember that many human medications are very toxic to cats...NEVER give aspirin, tylenol, or any other medications to your pet without specific instructions!

A disease that frequently occurs in senior and geriatric cats is kidney (renal) disease. The most common form is called chronic renal insufficiency (which progresses to renal failure). This syndrome is a result of a cat’s kidneys becoming less and less effective.

To measure the blood pressure, a small area on the base of the tail (or a front or rear foot) is shaved. A small kitty-sized cuff is placed around the tail (or arm/leg).

Hyperthyroidism is the overproduction of thyroid hormone. It is a common syndrome and generally affects older cats. There are 2 thyroid glands located in the neck. One or both of the glands can enlarge and overproduce thyroid hormone. Involvement of both glands is more common than involvement of one gland. Thyroid hormone affects the function of most organs in the body, so the signs of hyperthyroidism are quite variable.

The diagnosis of diabetes mellitus in cats is based upon the presence of persistently high blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia) even when the animal had not eaten recently (fasted), concurrent glucose in the urine (glucosuria), and clinical signs

We have the equipment to provide dental x-rays and perform surgical extractions (if needed for diseased teeth). This page discusses tooth brushing as well as professional cleanings and treatment.

Feline declawing is an elective procedure, which is not medically necessary for cats in most instances. Declawing entails the amputation of a cat’s third phalanx, or third ‘toe bone.’ Unlike human nails, cats’ claws are attached to the last bone in their toes. A comparison in human terms would be cutting off a person’s finger at the last joint of each finger.

A common cause of oral pain in cats (even if they don't show any signs of pain!)

For most cats, middle-age occurs around 7 years of age. As they approach the senior and geriatric years, consider a more specialized approach to your pet's medical care. Because 1 human year equals several cat years, your pet should be examined more often than annually.

The transition process often involves much more than just plunking down a new food item. Time, patience and tricks are often required.

Blood work - a peek on the inside

A urinalysis (UA) is a series of tests performed on a urine sample. We test for pH, specific gravity, the presence of blood, protein, glucose, bilirubin, and ketones, and microscopically look for cells, bacteria, crystals, and casts.

After selecting a kitten, it should be examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible. If there is a serious problem, it can be dealt with properly.

The following is a thorough description of the entire procedure we perform at The Cat's Meow so you more fully understand what is involved. It is our policy to provide for each patient’s needs as they arise, so that individual attention to the safety and comfort of your pet is assured. This allows the doctor to provide the best for her patient and avoids the assembly line low cost approach.

If your cat is overweight, it is at a higher risk for problems such as diabetes, arthritis, heart problems, and back problems.

Heartworm disease is caused by a roundworm called Dirofilaria immitis. Heartworms are most commonly found in dogs, although they can infect a wide variety of mammals, including cats. Adult heartworms live in the heart and major arteries of the lungs where they interfere with the function of the heart and lungs.

What's growing in your yard may be poisonous to your pets.

Indoor cats seem to have a greater disadvantage than humans in terms of exposure to environmental contaminants because human household members often leave the home, whereas cats face continuous exposure.

Hazards during winter & holidays.

At The Cat’s Meow, most of our grooming is performed with the patient sedated to decrease the emotional trauma to the cat and increase the ease and speed with which it can be performed.

Because of legalities, we are unable to prescribe or sell medications or prescription diets for patients we have not seen (this pertains to patients we have not seen in the past 12 months).

Why heartworm preventions should be obtained through a veterinarian as opposed to other sources.

A kitty with bladder stones.

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SERVICES

- Wellness
- Vaccinations
- Surgery (including laser)

- Dentistry
- Internal Medicine
- Boarding

OPENING HOURS

7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Weekdays

 

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Saturday

 

CLOSED

Sunday

ADDRESS

4948 Overton Ridge Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76132

 

Mail: tcm@catsmeowvets.com
Tel:  817-263-5287