By The Humane Society of America Many diseases common to cats can be prevented in two ways: by keeping your cat indoors, and by having your cat vaccinated according to your veterinarian's advice. Commonmore>>
By The Humane Society of America Outfitting a house for a new cat isn't nearly as complicated as it may seem. Just a little advance thought will help make the newcomer feel at home and welcome in strangemore>>
Dental disease is a problem for cats of any age, but especially for older cats. Tartar build-up, gum disease, and bad breath are bad enough, but they bring with them other serious problems. Infected teeth are swarming with harmful bacteria that have direct access to your cat's bloodstream through the blood vessels in and around the roots of his teeth. These bacteria travel throughout your cat's body, and their two favorite places to do damage are the kidneys and the heart valves. When damaged, kidneys become unable to eliminate toxic waste from the body through the urine, and your cat begins to suffer from kidney failure. Eventually, this will prove fatal. Infected heart valves become shriveled and gnarled and no longer close properly when the heart contracts. The heart becomes unable to pump blood throughout the body properly. Then other body systems begin to malfunction.
Anesthesia is never without risk, even for a young and healthy cat, but modern anesthetics, machines, and monitoring equipment make the procedure much safer. Your veterinarian may recommended a pre-anesthetic evaluation of your cat, which should include a thorough examination to detect other health problems; an electrocardiogram (ECG), which might detect abnormalities of the heart; and analysis of a blood sample (both a complete blood count, or CBC, and serum biochemistry panel, often just called a panel) to determine whether other internal organs are functioning normally. Analysis of a urine sample (urinalysis) will also help your doctor evaluate the kidneys.
All of these tests should be performed at least every two years on cats older than 10 years of age. The tests will tell your veterinarian how well your cat will respond to anesthesia and which anesthetic procedures might be safest for him. Just because he doesn't pass these tests with flying colors doesn't mean he shouldn't be anesthetized: Those teeth still need to be thoroughly cleaned (even under the gums, which is impossible without anesthesia), and many cats with some malfunction of the heart, kidneys, liver, or other organs can be safely anesthetized as long as special precautions are taken.
One last bit of advice: Don't make the mistake of not taking good care of your older cat's teeth (or any other health problem he may have) just because he's an old cat. With modern veterinary care, many cats now live to be at least 20 years old, and withholding care now could rob you of several wonderful years with your feline buddy.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:48 GMT
(WMC) - A teen who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of this 10-year-old sister will serve several years in a Tennessee Department of Corrections Youth Facility. The teen, whomore>>
A teen who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of his 10-year-old sister will serve several years in a Tennessee Department of Corrections Youth Facility.more>>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:21:12 GMT
Hannah Elizabeth Graham hasn't been seen since Saturday morning (Source: Charlottesville Police)
http://www.nbc12.com/story/26533876/search-for-missing-uva-student-reaches-third-day Charlottesville officers are on the lookout for a missing University of Virginia student. They are searching for Hannahmore>>
The FBI has now joined the search for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.more>>
While you were sleeping, the Internet never stopped… Here's what's trending today. Mobile user? Click here: Wasp nest built on window What would you do if you saw this on your window? It's like somethingmore>>
While you were sleeping, the Internet never stopped. Here's what's trending today.more>>
Monday, September 15 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:55:55 GMT
Boone Police Officers received a call about the discovery of a dead body around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University. Policemore>>
The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University.more>>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:03:39 GMT
A 70-year-old man was growing four eight to 10 foot tall marijuana plants inside of a chicken coop on Laurel Street, Columbia police say. Police arrested Thomas J. McMillan and charged him with manufacturingmore>>
A 70-year-old man was growing four eight to 10 foot tall marijuana plants inside of a chicken coop on Laurel Street, Columbia police say.more>>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:41:22 GMT
MPD: Woman wearing bra and panties, carrying bat caught trespassing at elementary school A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school andmore>>
A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school and causing a bizarre disturbance just before more than a hundred children were due to come in for lunch. more>>
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