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Arthritis: Learning to Recognize it in Your Cat

Cat arthritis is a life-long condition but can be managed with treatment and simple changes to your home.

Just like humans, cats can suffer from a debilitating disease called arthritis. You may notice that as your cat gets older they aren’t as nimble as they once were. As cats naturally disguise pain and discomfort, arthritis […]

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How can I get my cat to take a pill?

Every Cat Is Different, But Giving a Pill is not Impossible

by Dr. Lisa Collis, a veterinarian at Delton Veterinary Hospital, and a lover of cats.

Delton Veterinary Hospital is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and has been designated a Cat Friendly Practice. We have taken specific extra steps to assure we […]

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My cat never goes outside, so why should I take her to the vet?

It is true that by keeping your cat indoors you are preventing all sorts of potential health problems. She will not have any injuries from wildlife, other cats or cars, not to mention a number of infectious diseases. Keep in mind however that millions of housecats die every year from serious ailments that ‘being […]

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How can I tell if my cat is in pain?

Cats often disguise the fact they are in pain. That may be because in the wild, cats that appear sick or injured are vulnerable to predators. You are in the best position to look for the subtle changes in behavior that may indicate your pet is suffering. It is important to stay alert to […]

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If i sense my cat is in pain, can I use painkillers like Aspirin of Tylenol that I have around the house?

No! Always contact your veterinarian before you give a pain medication to your pet. Common human pain medicines can be harmful and sometimes fatal to animals. For example, aspirin can cause stomach bleeding in dogs, and Tylenol can kill cats.

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How will my pet heal if we give her a painkiller? She’ll run around like normal. Wouldn’t it be better for her to just lie in bed and get well?

Your pet will heal better and faster if her pain is under control. If you’re concerned about her activity, you might consider confining her in a crate, cage or small room until she gets better. If it does not get better, call or visit Delton Veterinary Hospital.

Would it be okay for me to increase […]

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I’ve never used painkillers with my pets before. Why do veterinarians prescribe them now?

Pain medications for pets are relatively new. It’s only been in the last decade we’ve learned that pets that take painkillers heal better than those that don’t. We’ve also learned that unchecked pain can lead to chronic, long-term pain that can be harder and more expensive to treat later.

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Are these pain medications safe?

Medications undergo extensive testing. But, like all drugs, they have the potential to cause side effects in a small percentage of animals.

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What are these side effects?

Vomiting, diarrhea, blood in stools (they appear black and tarry, as if they contain coffee grounds), change in drinking or urinating, changes in behavior (such as depression), restlessness or appetite loss, yellowing of gums, skin or whites of eyes, changes in skin (redness, scabs or scratching). If your pet experiences any of these symptoms, […]

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Can changing my cat’s diet help relieve her pain?

Yes, it can! It is especially useful to alleviate pain from arthritis. Some very specific aspects of diet or dietary supplements can help affect orthopedic and musculoskeletal pain. Your veterinarian can explain these to you.

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