Friday, September 30, 2011

Pancreatitis in Cats - A mysterious disease that remains tricky to diagnose

Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) is a common gastrointestinal disorder in dogs and cats.  In the past, the incidence of pancreatitis in cats was thought to be low, but recent studies suggest the contrary. The true incidence of the disease is unknown, however, as many dogs and cats have mild disease and are not presented to a veterinarian.  Unfortunately, many cases of pancreatitis in cats go undiagnosed due to the nonspecific, vague clinical signs, and the lack of a highly sensitive and specific diagnostic test.  However, a new test has become available that may improve our ability to achieve a diagnosis of this elusive disease in cats.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Stray Kitten Seen at a Manhattan Veterinary Hospital Tests Positive for Rabies

Here is a very important reminder as to Why We Vaccinate (Even Indoor Cats):

On August 21, 2011 a stray kitten seen at a veterinary hospital in Manhattan tested positive for rabies.  The kitten was found in a parking lot in Livingston, New Jersey.

DOHMH encourages veterinarians to ensure that their clients' pets are up-to-date for rabies vaccination, and to educate pet owners regarding rabies prevention.

Veterinarians should consider rabies in the differential diagnosis for any patient with a history of exposure to a potentially rabid wild or feral animal and/or if presenting with progressive neurologic disease.

To date this year, a total of 10 animals have tested positive for rabies, including the kitten mentioned in this alert.

For current information on rabies and animals testing positive for rabies in NYC visit

Friday, September 2, 2011

Shadow's Light was Extinguished Today :O(

We had to say good-bye to a very special cat today.  After 16 years of comfortable life, our friend Shadow passed away today.

When Shadow's original owner died unfortunately her cats could not stay together.  Each cat was taken in by a new home, except Shadow.  We decided to take Shadow in because he was just so incredible.  Shadow hung out downstairs in the office.  He would purr when anyone entered the room.  His joy of the day would be when someone opened the food storage room door; he would waltz into the room and bask in what he thought was his kibble treasure room (video).

Then, a wonderful client of ours wanted to take in Shadow.  Shadow got to live the last half a year with the love and in the home he deserved.  In the end, there were heart complications, and Shadow had to be put to sleep. We'll miss Shadow, he was a great guy to have around.
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