Dr. Jane is a veterinarian and blogger for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats
Hello. I’m Dr. Jane Matheys from The Cat Doctor Veterinary Hospital and Hotel in Boise,Idaho. Today, I’ll be answering a question about cat health from the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page.
Today, Claire writes: “Why is it so difficult to treat feline diarrhea? We’ve tried so many probiotics, different foods, etc. Is there anything new to try? Otherwise, my cat is fine.”
I agree with you, Claire. Chronic diarrhea can be real frustrating to treat in cats because there’s so many things that can be causing it. When I see a kitty, as a patient, who’s had chronic diarrhea, if the cat is feeling fine otherwise, like Claire’s cat, then first of all, I like to take some time ruling out some of the more simple things that can cause diarrhea in kitties. I, typically, will make sure that I do a very broad-spectrum dewormer, making sure intestinal parasites are not part of the problem. Then I will use some different foods, like apparently Claire has tried.
It’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, so to keep your dogs and cats safe we asked veterinarian Dr. Fiona about lead poisoning in pets.
Can dogs and cats suffer from lead poisoning?
Lead poisoning is more common in dogs than cats, since cats are a little more discretionary in terms of what they chose to eat. But any animal can suffer from lead toxicity if it is ingested.
How/where do pets encounter lead?
Common sources of lead include:
- Lead paint – paint chips and paint residue (i.e. during a renovation of an old house)
- Toys with lead paint
- Fishing tackle (i.e. lead sinkers)
- Drapery weights
- Gasoline exhaust
- Car batteries
- Plumbing materials and supplies
- Lubricating compounds
- Putty or tar paper
- Lead foil
- Golf balls
- Improperly glazed ceramic food or water bowls
- Lead bullets
By Megan G., an employee of the Pets Best insurance agency, who participates in veterinary missions across the globe
From October 19-31, 2013 I will be traveling to Kapoeta, South Sudan, Africa to work with the Toposa people on a veterinary mission trip. I am going with a team of 10 people through a partnership between Christian Veterinary Missions and E3 Missions. Our team will provide much needed veterinary care and education.
The Toposa are a very agrarian people group and depend on their livestock for their survival. We will be working alongside the Toposa, training and equipping them so that our work will be sustainable once we leave. We hope to bring a better quality of life to the Toposa by training them to help themselves, instead of relying on additional teams to come in and treat their animals. We had to receive special permission from the Commissioner of Livestock in Kapoeta in order to go on this trip. We will be working alongside the Commissioner to train the people that work under him as well.
Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and blogger for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats
Hi my name is Marc. I’m a local veterinarian working with Pets Best Insurance to answer some Facebook questions for you guys. The next question is: “What is a feral cat? Is it a stray cat?”
In honor of National Veterinary Technician Week, we asked Erica Mattox to discuss what being a Veterinary Technician means. Erica is president of the Idaho Society of Veterinary Technicians and Assistants (ISVTA), and Nursing Director at WestVet 24 Hour Animal Emergency & Specialty Center. At Pets Best, we’re proud to have assembled a team of claims processors that reflect the very best the Veterinary Technician and Assistants profession has to offer. National Veterinary Technician Week was created by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).
What is a Veterinary Technician?
Veterinary Technology is a career dedicated to the quality care of animals.
Most veterinary technicians work with small animals including; dogs, cats, and exotic animals. As a technician there are also opportunities working with large animals such as horses, cows and other livestock. There are also many other unique opportunities such as; humane societies, hospital management, veterinary schools, zoo animal care, and research.
Veterinarians look to veterinary technicians to provide technical support for all aspects of animal care. A veterinary technician can do everything a veterinarian can do with the exception of diagnosing, giving a prognosis, prescribing medication, or performing surgery.
Veterinary technicians will interact with clients and their animals, perform examinations, collect samples of blood, urine, feces and other body fluids and tissues, conduct laboratory tests, take x-rays, administer anesthesia, and assist in surgery.
How to Become a Veterinary Technician