Educational Articles

Cats + Care & Wellness

  • Socialization is the process during which the kitten develops relationships with other living beings in its environment.

  • In years past, if you wanted a dog or cat, you read the newspaper ads or drove to the local pet store. Now, you read online postings or use a search engine instead of a car engine to locate a pet. Times have changed. Shopping methods have changed. But dogs and cats are the same and many of them still need homes. If you are one of the many people who want to adopt, rather than shop for a pet, here are some options for you.

  • Stem cells are unspecialized cells that are capable of renewing themselves though cell division. Under certain conditions, they can become a specific tissue or organ cell. In many tissues, stem cells serve as an internal repair system, replacing damaged or dead tissues by reproducing and turning into the needed cells. This type of repair is common in the gut and bone marrow, where stem cells routinely replace damaged tissues.

  • Summer is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy nature and the warm sunshine, especially with your pet. Pets are inquisitive creatures and love to investigate their surroundings. Unfortunately, this trait can lead pets down the path of injury and illness. The following information will help you to avoid many summer dangers that can affect your pet.

  • Few events are more frightening for a pet parent than a surgery. Although surgery may sometimes be unavoidable, fortunately our understanding of pet pain—how it occurs, how it affects all body systems, how to prevent it, and how to treat it—has improved dramatically over the past 5 to 10 years. That said, cats are not “small dogs,” and they present their own pain management issues and challenges.

  • Contrary to popular belief, feeling your pet’s ears or nose won’t tell you if his temperature is abnormal. The only surefire way to determine if your pet has an abnormally high or low body temperature is to actually take his temperature with a thermometer.

  • Some folks argue that no cat can be taught or trained to do anything she doesn’t want to do! On the contrary: Cats are so smart it’s almost scary.

  • Most people are well-educated about the dangers of smoking. But do they know that second-hand smoke can similarly affect their cats, dogs, and birds?

  • Dental x-rays in cats are similar to those taken in humans. An x-ray machine using small amounts of radiation is used to “see” the inside of your cat’s teeth and those areas below the gum line that are hidden from view.

  • A lustrous coat signals vitality and can indicate the health status of a pet. Pets with a dry, flaky, or unkempt coat may be suffering from conditions such as thyroid disease, hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s disease), kidney or liver disease, or nutritional disorders (for more information on these conditions and how they can affect your pet’s skin, see the individual handouts as well as “Coat and Skin Appearance in the Healthy Dog”). In fact, one of the main ways your veterinarian assesses the health of your dog or cat is by looking at the condition of her coat and skin.

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The telephone number at the Emergency Veterinary Clinic is 905-495-9907.