Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Scoop on Cat Puke - Dr. Plotnick on PetLifeRadio's *The Pet Doctor*

The Scoop on Cat Puke!
on PetLifeRadio.com "The Pet Doctor"

Dr. Arnold Plotnick  on Pet Life Radio .........

Dr. Arnold Plotnick

This episode we discuss the ever so pleasant topic of kitty vomit! That’s right, hairballs, puke, the gift between your toes in the morning… cat vomiting. But seriously, cats to seem to vomit a lot and it can be hard to know when it is significant!  When is lots of vomiting too much vomiting?  Why is it happening and what can we do about it?   In this episode we turn to feline expert, Dr. Arnold Plotnick. He is a board certified internal medicine specialist and a brilliant and kind person and veterinarian. Contrary to the belief that the world is going to the dogs, Dr. Arnold Plotnick has made a career believing in felines. In fact, he has been one of only a handful of board-certified cat specialists in the United States. He helps us unravel the mysteries of the pre-chewed gifts our cats often leave us with and what we can do about it!
Dr. Diane Levitan

Dr. Levitan - Host
Questions or comments? Email Dr. Levitan at: thepetdoctor@petliferadio.com.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Cat Plays The Shell Game

This is amazing, I've never seen a cat with this sort of unique skill.

This is the cat that plays the shell game!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Early Spaying and Neutering in Cats. Get ‘em while they’re young.

Every year in the U.S., animal shelters and humane organizations euthanize millions of homeless and unwanted dogs and cats. Spaying and neutering has to remain the cornerstone of any program designed to reduce overpopulation of dogs and cats.

In my practice, clients will often bring me a kitten for examination and vaccination. Our protocol is typical for most veterinary practices: we vaccinate around 8 or 9 weeks of age, and again at 11 or 12 weeks of age, and once more at 15 or 16 weeks of age. Then, at 24 weeks of age, we neuter or spay.

This protocol of spaying and neutering around 6 months of age has been the professional standard for years. This posed a problem for shelters, however. If they adopted out a puppy or kitten, there was no way to ensure that the adopters would get the puppy or kitten neutered or spayed. Keeping the puppy or kitten at the shelter until it reached 6 months of age and then neutering or spaying wasn’t practical. The goal is to get the cats and dogs adopted out quickly, and keeping puppies and kittens for six months is costly and deprives families of the joy of watching the puppy and kitten grow up. Increasing the cost of adopting a cat or dog so that the adoption fee includes a voucher for a pre-paid spay or neuter has not been very effective. The national compliance rate of these programs is less than 40%.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Reader Question: The Modern Way to Kill Cat Fleas

The Modern Way to Kill Cat Fleas

Dr. Arnold Plotnick is one of CatChannel's feline health experts. Check out more of his CatChannel answers.

Q: Please tell me the best way to get rid of cat fleas. My cat is 17 years old and never goes outdoors. As an indoor cat, she never had a flea problem until now and it's driving her, and us, crazy.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Too Many Toes - Dr. Plotnick and Mittens the Polydactyl Cat

I, or rather my eccentrically pawed cat, Mittens was asked to be the feature kitty for HealthyPet's polydactyl article (aimed towards kids).  Isn't Mittens just the cutest happiest extra-toed cat ever?!

Click the image below and HealthyPet's Summer 2011 digital issue will appear.

You may notice the article says "5 Questions with Arnold Plotnick" but there are only three questions.  I have no idea where the other questions went, therefore I will answer your polydactyl questions here... but just two!

Monday, May 16, 2011

How to Treat a Cat That Has Been Stung by a Bumblebee

How to Treat a Cat That Has Been Stung by a Bumblebee

Cats enjoy chasing things, but sometimes the things that they chase can sting them in retaliation. If your cat is stung by a bumblebee, the pain is sudden and intense. Treat a bee sting as soon as it happens to help relieve the pain and calm your cat down. In the majority of cases, treating the symptoms of the bee sting is enough to help your cat recover.

1 Observe your cat. If it is vomiting, has diarrhea or seems to be having difficulty drawing its breath, take it to the veterinarian at once. These are signs of an allergic reaction, which can be fatal without treatment.

2 Wrap two ice cubes in a wash cloth.

3 Hold the cat firmly under your arm, its face within easy reach.

4 Apply ice to the affected area until the swelling goes down. The ice also relieves the cat's pain.

5 Scrape the stinger out using the edge of a credit card. Leaving the stinger in the cat's lip causes irritation and infection.

6 Apply a small amount of antihistamine ointment to the area to help it heal.


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