Dr. Smith will be attending the 2017 Fred Scott Feline Symposium, and we may have intermittent short service lapses in the near future
- Monday, 17 July 2017 14:51
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Dr. Smith will be attending the 2017 Fred Scott Feline Symposium at Cornell and will be out of the office to do so between Wednesday, July 26 and Tuesday, August 1st. These days of absence will be covered by Dr. Morrow, so it should be pretty much business as usual during that time.
There may also be a few hours of a few days in the foreseeable future where there may be no doctor and no relief doctor. Unfortunately, Dr. Smith's husband had a pretty serious accident at the end of June and Dr. Smith is also helping get him to appointments and seeing to his care, at least until he is able to drive on his own again. We will try to keep any lack of veterinary coverage as brief as possible and during low demand times so as to minimally impact the clinic's hours of operation. We apologize for any inconvenience and we are working hard to get back to normal as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
- Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:19
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I get asked that question almost daily when talking to owners about a medical problem with their cats. I've been blessed so far in that I've been fortunate enough to avoid most of the medical issues that can be avoided with my kitties. They've been a healthy bunch for me all my life, with the exception of one as a child who died of feline leukemia.
Well, a few weeks ago, I diagnosed my husband's furbaby, Jelly Bean, with hyperthyroidism. This is a disease that is commonly developed mid to late life in cats as a benign growth on the thyroid gland, making it over-produce thyroid hormones. This begins to cause an acceleration in metabolism, weight loss, increased hunger, and other signs. If left untreated, it puts the body basically into overdrive and can lead to multiple organ failures, wasting, and eventually death.
There are a few treatment options out there for hyperthyroidism. There is a food which, when fed EXCLUSIVELY, can control the thyroid hormone levels. There is daily drug, methimazole, which blocks the hormone production so that the thyroid tumor can't accelerate the metabolism. The first 2 options weren't an option for Jelly Bean since she is one of 2 cats, and she is a bit persnickety when it comes to people doing things to her that she doesn't want done (and we'd have to do them daily for the rest of her life). She has a food allergy (we don't know to what) so the food wasn't a good choice, and she is an excellent food thief. The thyroid food would also not be appropriate for the other cat in the house. Jelly Bean is also otherwise in remarkably good health for a 12 1/2 year old cat. These first 2 options are also only treatment for a continually evolving, progressing thyroid nodule. We haven't solved the problem, only addressed the symptoms with these treatments.
A surgery to remove all or part of the thyroid gland is another treatment option. There are certain risks and complications involved with a surgical solution that I did not want to potentially deal with, so I quickly dismissed this as a treatment option.
For that reason, my husband and I chose to put her through a radioactive iodine treatment. My husband dropped off Jelly Bean this morning at a hospital in Wilmington where she will receive a dose of iodine 131. We expect to be able to pick her up late Friday. We expect that she will be cured and go on to live the rest of her life as a very independent, headstrong, healthy kitty, medication-free. What would you do if it was YOUR cat, Dr. Smith? I chose the cure with iodine 131. It is more expensive up front, but it is a CURE. This treatment option may not have been possible for me if Jelly Bean was not otherwise healthy or if I was not financially able to swing it.
- Friday, 26 May 2017 12:17
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We will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. Thank you to all who have served and are currently serving our country. Special thanks to those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and to their families.
- Tuesday, 28 March 2017 16:57
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At Coastal Cat Clinic, we care exclusively for the pet cats of Jacksonville and surrounding areas. But we don't see Savannahs and other hybrid cats (the Bengal is the only exception). Why? Well, we are a small, lightly staffed clinic dedicated to routine procedures such as vaccines and spays/neuters, dentistries, and taking care of our patients when they develop common illnesses. Our facilities are small and our hospital cages are cat-sized. Many of the hybrid cats are quite large (and just wouldn't fit comfortably in a hospital cage if needed), and their behavior is often unpredictable, especially in stressful situations (vet visit), especially with the earlier crosses. Yes, they are beautiful, but many times they just do not demonstrate behaviors that make them safe to work with on a day-to-day basis. Personnel safety is a big issue here. We want to keep you AND your cat AND the staff safe.
We agree wholeheartedly with the American Association of Feline Practicitoners' postition statement on hybrid cats, available to view at this link. If you click on the "Download - 2017 position statement on hybrid cats" link, you will get a very well written and informative document about hybrid cats. I even learned a few things myself! :)
Many people don't realize as well that most of the vaccines that would normally be given to domestic cats are not actually licensed for use in non-domestic cats. That means that in some cases, you can't even legally give a rabies vaccine to a hybrid cat. In some cases, vaccination may be permitted, but if the hybrid were to bite or scratch someone, it would still be treated as an unvaccinated animal and the state or local authorities can demand euthanasia and rabies testing of the animal because no time for rabies shedding periods is known for the hybrid cats.
Again, hybrid cats are beautiful, but they come with a lot of responsibility and unpredictable behaviors that most owners aren't really aware of and most are unprepared to deal with.