- Tuesday, 15 August 2017 18:22
- Dr. Smith
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Did you know that something as simple as moving the furniture.... or a thunderstorm... or any one of other things can cause stress to your cat? Change is bad if you're a cat... even good changes, at least at first. Stress causes many of the health issues we see and treat here on a daily basis, such as urinary issues and upper respiratory issues, to name a few. This web site is one that has some good information on stressors in cats and some things that you can do about it.
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
- Dr. Smith
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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.
- Friday, 26 May 2017 12:17
- Dr. Smith
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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.
- Wednesday, 03 May 2017 13:19
- Dr. Smith
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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.