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Dr. K’s Cancer and Your Cat

Twenty years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. I had just completed four years of medical school and was a runner and pretty in tune with my body. And yet, I had no idea I had any medical problems. I had no symptoms, no discomfort, no change in my weight. On a routine annual medical…

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Why Vaccines are Important for Your Cat

One of the best ways that you can keep your cat healthy is to prevent disease through vaccinations. Everyone seems to know that kittens need their shots. However, providing good immunity against disease depends on giving the right vaccines at the right times and continuing it throughout their lives. A vaccine tells the body to…

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Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is the medical term for long-term changes in the kidneys leading to a decrease in their function. We may refer to it as kidney insufficiency or CRF, chronic renal failure. When I diagnose CKD in a patient, many of my clients become very concerned that their cats will not live much…

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How We Trained Our Clinic Cat

I may be a bit biased, but I believe cats are very smart. They are great learners. They learn very quickly: what will get you out of bed or how to talk incessantly until you give them a treat. They can also learn things that we might want to teach them. Training your cat is…

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How to Keep Your Cat at a Healthy Weight

Keeping your cat at a healthy weight is a vital part of keeping him or her fit. Being overweight or obese is detrimental to the health of your cat. Neutering and keeping cats indoors has led to increased life span and better health, however, they have also led to decreased metabolism levels and activity levels….

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Why Anesthesia-Free Dental Cleanings are Bad for Your Pet

A few years ago in a Dental Health Month blog, we briefly discussed the troubling use of anesthesia-free dentistry for pets. Since then, this procedure – also known as Nonprofessional Dental Scaling (NPDS) – has become increasingly popular with well-meaning owners who understand the importance of dental care but are afraid of the risks from…