| Winter 2009
WE ARE MOVING!
We are moving our clinic to a new location in Spring 2010.
Our new address will be
1201 Tuckaway Lane
Our location is just one exit up off of Appleton Road.
Easy access to Highway 441.
We are very excited and will keep you updated as our plans progress.
Feline Holiday Hazards
AVOID your cat’s exposure to these HOLIDAY Food Items That Could Cause Problems For Your Cat!
Moldy or spoiled foods
Onions, onion powder
PLANTS That are hazardous to your cats!
Lilies that may be found in holiday flower arrangements could be deadly to your cat. Many types of lily can cause kidney failure.Poinsettias, if ingested, can be irritating to the mouth and stomach, and may cause mild vomiting or nausea. Mistletoe has the potential to cause cardiovascular problems and GI upset.Holly ingestion could cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and lethargy.
HAZARDS AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE
Christmas tree water may contain fertilizers, which, if ingested, can cause stomach upset. Stagnant tree water can be breeding grounds for bacteria, which can also lead to vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea if ingested. Electric cords If your cat is allowed to chew on electrical cords electrocution is quite possible. Cover up or hide all electrical cords.Ribbons or tinsel, if eaten, can get caught up in the intestines and cause intestinal obstruction. Batteries contain corrosives. If ingested they can cause ulceration to the mouth, tongue, and the GI tract. Glass ornaments can cut the tissues of the mouth and GI tract.
But my cat never goes outside!
Did you know?
Rabies kills 55,000 people every year per the AVMA. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, rabid cats have outnumbered rabid dogs in 8 of the last 10 years.
Rabies is a fatal disease caused by a virus found in the saliva of infected mammals and is transmitted to pets and humans by bites, or possibly by contamination of an open cut with saliva. Prompt treatment is critical; there is no cure.
Many municipalities in Wisconsin require Rabies vaccinations and licensing for cats, check with your local township for their requirements. Rabies vaccines can only be given by licensed Veterinarian, call now and have your cat’s vaccinations updated.
Top 10 Feline Friendly Cities in the United States
What makes a cat-friendly city? The love and care cats receive, says the CATalyst Council.
The top 10 cities are Tampa, Phoenix, San Francisco, Portland (Oregon), Denver, Boston, Seattle, San Diego, Atlanta and Minneapolis. Lets work hard to see if we can get Appleton, WI up on that list
Dr. Flatley Attends Feline Practitioner
Dr. Flatley attended the 3 day 2009 Fall American Association of Feline Practitioners conference in Denver. The topic this fall was Complex Feline Disease Management, including concurrent management of renal and cardiac disease, managing chronic pain, and current issues associated with chronic diseases of the cat. Updates in pancreatitis and inflammatory bowel disease were also addressed.
Attending National Veterinary Conferences like this on allows Dr. Flatley to keep up-to-date on current research in Feline medicine. In turn, this new information will help you and you cat live a long and healthy life.
Myth: Cats that are spayed or neutered automatically gain weight.
Fact: Like people, cats gain weight from eating too much and /or exercising too little. In many cases, spaying or neutering is done at an age when the animal’s metabolism has already slowed. In addition lower hormone levels also decreases the metabolism rate. This is why we recommend post surgical weight checks and a decrease in food intake post surgically.
It has been scientifically proven that stroking a cat can lower our blood pressure.
In 1987, cats overtook dogs as the number one pet in America (about 50 million cats resided in 24 million homes in 1986). About 37% of American homes today have at least one cat.
If your cat snores or rolls over on his back to expose his belly, it means he trusts you.
According to a Gallup poll, most American pet owners obtain their cats by adopting strays.