Mars Hill Animal Hospital ‘Cat Disease Questions’

Can cats get parvovirus or is it only a canine virus?

Posted on: August 31st, 2010

Canine parvovirus will not infect cats. Cats have their own parvovirus, which is commonly known as feline distemper. Feline distemper is also not contagious to dogs.

What is asthma in cats?

Posted on: August 31st, 2010

Feline asthma is a chronic inflammatory respiratory disease. Cats get the same airway spasms or smooth muscle contractions that lead to acute constriction of breathing as people do. Sometimes cat litter is blamed for this disease, but it’s role is limited. The aerosolized dust when breathed in can initiate symptoms in an already asthmatic cat.
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What is conjunctivitis?

Posted on: August 31st, 2010

Conjunctivitis is simply inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eye (the mucous membrane that lines the inner surface of the eyelids and continues over the front part of the eyeball). When this tissue is infected, the eyes burn and become red and runny (hence the nickname “pinkeye”). There are many causes of conjunctivitis–many types of
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Kidney Failure

Posted on: August 31st, 2010

My 10-year-old cat was just diagnosed with kidney failure, and my veterinarian wants to give her intravenous fluids. Will this treatment really improve her life? Unfortunately, kidney failure is very common in older cats and is usually a result of the natural progressive deterioration of the kidneys that comes with age. Kidney disease can also
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Diabetes

Posted on: August 31st, 2010

I’m looking for current references on the treatment of canine diabetes. My dog was diagnosed about six months ago. My veterinarian and I seem to have her blood sugar under control with two shots per day, but I want to know more. Diabetes is a serious disease in both dogs and cats. It requires life
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Feline Mammary Hyperplasia Complex

Posted on: August 31st, 2010

Some of my cat’s nipples have become extremely hard and swollen, but she isn’t pregnant. What’s going on? Your cat has probably developed a condition called feline mammary hyperplasia complex. This is a benign (non-cancerous) enlargement of the nipples and teats caused by hormones that cats produce during their heat cycle. It’s mostly a problem
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