Tag Archives: Cats

Dr. Martins takes part in the Hillsborough Girl Scouts Paws for a Cause project


The Hillsborough Girl Scout Troop 60527 recently organized a project called “Paws for a Cause” to gain their Bronze Award status. They invited Joe Martins, DVM, to make an address on responsible pet care as part of the project. The

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How fatty acids can improve your pet’s health


Continuing in our series on Pet Nutrition, you may have heard the term “fatty acids” used many times with regard to human health. The fact is, our pets require fatty acids for improved heath, too. In simplest terms, fatty acids

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Cats are Silent Sufferers and the Orphan Species of pain control and medical care


Cats are the Orphan Species when it comes to care, diagnostics and treatment for many reasons. Even though there are more pet cats in the world than dogs, dogs get more veterinary care. Why is this? One of the Greatest

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Exciting blood test for Cats to detect Heart Disease


Heart disease is the silent killer of cats. One in six cats can be born with and develop heart disease in their lifetime. There are no outward symptoms, but now there is a blood test called a proBNP test that

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Some pet behaviors may be related to hidden illness


Nipping. Scratching. Litter box issues. Leash pulling. Meowing at night. Urinating on the floor. Chewing shoes.  Are these pet behaviors just part of being a “normal” dog or cat, or not?             Actually, some common

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Heartworm Disease – Treatment and Prevention


Recently our hospital has seen a rise in canine heartworm disease. Personally, I have treated several dogs this past year, so I thought it would be appropriate to explain what heartworm disease is, how to treat it, and most importantly, how

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Flea Control and Disease Prevention for your Pets


What are Fleas?  Fleas are tiny, wingless, jumping insects that feed on the blood of your pets and your family.  The year has proven to be one of the worst flea seasons we have seen in over 20 years.  All

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Kitty Litter Box 101


How many of you feel challenged by your kitty’s litter box?  It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the choices of litter, the types of litter boxes on the market, and even the daily maintenance of the litter box. To ensure

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Taking your cat to the vet – Tips for senior citizens


Taking your cat to the veterinarian can be a stressful experience for pet parents of any age, but can be especially tough for senior citizens who might need an extra hand in calming kitty. Here are some ways to help ease the

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A Lion Shave can keep kitty cool and comfortable


A common reason many cats get taken to the groomer is for matting. Sometimes cats mat because they are older, overweight, arthritic, and just can’t get to certain areas on their body and groom as well. If owners don’t regularly

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