Elevated Thyroid Levels in Cats – When to Worry

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Hello. I’m Dr. Jane Matheys from the Cat Doctor Veterinary Hospital and Hotel in Boise, Idaho. I’ll be answering some cat health questions today that were posted on the Facebook page of Pets Best Insurance.

The first question comes from Kate. “Our Calico cat has a mid-range thyroid count. It’s not bad but higher than the vet would like to see. We walk her and play with her and I’m working on weight loss. What, if anything, can we do to help fix this?”Read More…

Flea Med Seizure; Found Dog with Lame Legs

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Hi. I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell, and I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital and I’m answering questions from Pets Best Facebook page today.

The first question comes from Denise who writes, “My puggle has been diagnosed with epilepsy and takes daily medication, Phenobarbital. Every time I put on his flea medication, I’ve tried both Frontline and Pet Wormer, he has a mild seizure about 12 hours after it’s applied. Is there something else I can give him?”

Animals with seizures can be triggered by a variety of different things, and since this has been consistent, clearly this is a trigger for him. I agree you need to not give him this medication. The good news is there are so many flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives out there for you to try. The Frontline is a spot on. If you wanted to do something that was all inclusive, really you should talk to your veterinarian about different products, but you could use something like Revolution, which has flea and tick preventative and heartworm preventative. It might be a better option for you. There are oral medications that can be used as well. There are lots of products out there. Definitely talk with your veterinarian about trying something different so you can get the benefits of keeping him on preventative, but also not having him have these seizures.Read More…

Here Kitty, Kitty: 8 Tips to Find Your Lost Pet

A cat with pet health insurance hides in the bushes.

Having been a veterinarian as well as the founder of the pet insurance industry in the US, I’ve lost (and found) many pets. And I know that losing a pet can be emotionally devastating. Here are a few quick tips that can help you locate your furry friend, should your dog or cat go missing:

1. Look around the vicinity
Your pet may have wandered off and become confused.  Be sure to leave a garage door or back yard gate open should they return while you’re out looking. Time is of the essence in finding your pet before they stray too far.

2. Expand your search
Look in areas that are easier for pets to travel through, such as green belts where a confused and lost pet may seek refuge.

3. Call for your pet while searching
Your voice may bring them out of hiding. Remember to call in calm, soothing voice; otherwise they may think they are in trouble.

4. Post signs
Be sure to include a photo, description of your pet and your contact information. Many pets are picked up by good Samaritans who may contact you if they see your sign.

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Worms in Cats: Even Indoor Kitties Can Get Them!

A cute kitten sits outside in the grass.

Indoor-only cats benefit from both the mental and physical stimulation that going outdoors during the summer months provides, however, it also brings the risk of acquiring worms in cats, or intestinal parasites, as they indulge in their natural predatory behavior and are exposed to contaminated environments. It may not be obvious even if your cat has worms, so it’s a good idea to have a regular program of preventative deworming treatments, especially during the summer.

Symptoms of Worms in Cats:
The signs associated with intestinal parasite infections are fairly nonspecific and adult cats infected with worms may show no clinical symptoms at all. But here are some things to look for:
-Dull haircoat
-Mucoid or bloody feces
-Loss of appetite
-Pale mucous membranes
-A pot-bellied appearance.

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Two Survivors Rally for Pets in North Carolina

Susie, a dog who was abused, looks into the camera lovingly.

By: Donna Lawrence
Guest Blog for Pets Best Insurance

In my home state of North Carolina, the strictest penalty someone could get for animal cruelty was under willful destruction of property. That was until 2010 when Governor Bev Purdue signed Susie’s Law, known as S.B 254 and H.B. 1960, into law.

It is now a Class H felony to maliciously kill or torture an animal here. The story is so unique, there is a movie that is in editing right now that could be released this fall about how it all happened. The working title is Susie. This is all because of my dog, Susie.

But I’ll start at the beginning: I love dogs. I always have.

In 2008, I was attacked by a neighbor’s neglected dog when I was trying to feed him. My injuries were severe— I nearly lost my life. It wasn’t the dog’s fault, though. He had been severely neglected, starving literally and figuratively. The poor thing had been tied up in the yard crying for days.

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