Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Kitty inspired me to cover this topic today. Here are 5 things to think about before your next vacation.
Keep in regular contact with your pet caregiver while on vacation. In this day and age of twitter, facebook and gmail, daily contact is easy and convenient and reassuring. A daily "doing great today" or quick camera picture of Fluffy sleeping on the bed is proof positive that things at home are going well.
Notify your veterinarian of your plans. If a stranger needs to bring your cat in for a medical problem while you are away, this advanced notification will streamline the process.
Put all of your pet care instructions in writing each time you go away. Include how much to feed and how often, how often to scoop the box, what to expect as far as appetite and activity level, what to watch for that would indicate a call to the vet is needed (and leave the clinic name and number).
Consider a professional pet sitter, or a boarding facility- especially if your cat is geriatric or has medical problems. There is much less risk of an unnoticed problem developing if a professional is watching your cat. For example, at our boarding facility we document the appetite, urine and stool output twice a day for each boarder . A professional would be able to identify a problem early, before it became serious.
If you have found this helpful, please feel free to share it with your cat loving friends.
Dr. Maureen Flatley
Fox Valley Cat Clinic
Friday, November 4, 2011
What are Herbal Formulas? Herbal formulas are a carefully chosen complex grouping of plants that act together in a very specific way in the body. These plants are processed into a powdered extract that is a very strong and effective treatment for a variety of diseases. The herbal formulas can be used alone or in combination with western medicines to increase the therapeutic effects of treatment, or allow a lower and safer dose of medicine to be effective.
How is an Herbal Extract given to my cat? Herbal medicines come in several forms. Powders can be mixed directly into canned food, mixed with liquid (water, milk, broth) and given orally by syringe, or put into capsules and given like a pill. Or you can mix with cheese, yogurt, ice cream, tuna, butter -whatever your cat will eat readily. Most cats will take the herbal prescription in food if you start with a very small amount and gradually work up to the recommended dose.
What kinds of diseases can the herbs treat? Chinese Herbal Medicine can be used to treat a great variety of medical conditions including: skin allergies, chronic vomiting, chronic colitis or diarrhea, weight loss, asthma, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, renal disease, chronic cough, arthritis, and liver disease, just to name a few!
Dr. Maureen Flatley