Summer Parasites: Part Two

Summer Parasites: Part Two

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Summer Parasites: Part Two In our last blog, we covered fleas, ear mites, and ticks, external summer pests all of which can cause plenty of harm; at least these parasites can be removed manually and easily treated to an extent. Today’s vermin are a lot different in how they affect our cats. We’ll discuss ringworm fungal outbreaks, as well as heartworm and hookworm infestations which manifest internally in our cats’ digestive tracts. These parasites are lurking almost year-round, however they’re specially active during warmer climate conditions prevalent during Summer. With vermin like these, it’s important to stay up to date with medicating your pets with the appropriate monthly doses per your veterinarian’s advice. Ringworm knows no boundaries. It will spread to both humans and animals with ease upon close contact…
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Summertime Parasites

Summertime Parasites

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Summertime Parasites As June comes to a blissful end, the summer season begins and the world around us eagerly blossoms with flourishing life, exuberant colors, and pesky parasites. Ear mites, ticks, and fleas are only a sliver of summertime parasites that flourish in the warm and humid weather. While they can survive year-round, the summer weather is their favorite. They linger anywhere in tall grass, wet dirt, bushes, and heavily vegetated areas. It’s very important as pet owners to understand the symptoms of these parasites living in our pets’ fur/skin, as well as proactively working to prevent these creatures from sneaking into your cat's life or worse yet, into your home. Fleas are one of the most well-known parasites that harass cats year-round. However, summertime weather creates the perfect environment…
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Toxic Plants for Cats

Toxic Plants for Cats

Cat Blog Articles, News & Happenings, Vet's Corner
Toxic Plants for Cats Summer is here! The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and the grass couldn’t be greener. Chances are you’re going to end up with fresh flowers of any sort in your home this summer. While plants are often good for the environment and for us humans too, they may harbor poisonous toxins that could harm our beloved cats. The fact is that cats love plants and are naturally very curious creatures which makes keeping harmful plants out of their reach even harder. We’ll discuss the various plants to watch out for this summer, as well as the symptoms our cats may display if they come in contact with or consume these plants. If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance either call…
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Finding a Cat Sitter

Finding a Cat Sitter

Cat Blog Articles, Vet's Corner
Cat sitters ensure your cat receives proper nutrition, grooming, playtime, and medical care while you are away. Thus, it is important to do proper research with interviews and reference checks before committing to any candidate you find willing to care for your feline friend. Boarding Facilities vs Cat-Sitting Cat-Boarding facilities can be strange places for cats. New environments, smells, and sound can cause our furry friends to become stressed and uneasy. Caring for our cats with as little conflict and stress should be key. Vet Hospital Cat Boarding would be the best choice when it comes to the quality in certification of the staff. However, Vet Hospitals aren’t built to be  mini-sanctuaries for felines and in most scenarios are cramped with relatively smaller enclosures. Having a cat sitter allows your cat to…
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Keeping Your Pet Safe During COVID-19

Keeping Your Pet Safe During COVID-19

Vet's Corner
The information developing around COVID-19 reinforces the need to treat pets as we do our family members: Pets should not be in close contact with those diagnosed with COVID-19. If pets are exposed, please ensure you keep those pets from close contact with unexposed people and animals.  As always, practice good hygiene and proper hand washing guidelines when handling pets. Our shelter continues to be guided by the experts who advise that this virus appears to spread most efficiently from human to human. The CDC, American Veterinary Association and international animal rights scientists report that human-to-animal transmission in pets remains limited, and there continues to be no evidence that household pets can infect people or other pets.
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Town Cats Vet’s Corner: Ringworm

Town Cats Vet’s Corner: Ringworm

Cat Blog Articles, News & Happenings, Vet's Corner
Ringworm Ringworm is not actually a worm; it is a fungal disease. It is caused by 3 different species of fungus and can infect any mammal. Cats are commonly infected and the disease can be spread to humans. It is predominantly a skin disease and in humans it appears as a red ring of flaky, itchy skin (hence the name ringworm). In cats, it look like any type of bald spot. Most commonly, cats get it on their face, head, all paws and tail. Young cats are more susceptible but it is also seen in adult cats. Being a fungal disease, it is spread by spores in the air so wherever an infected cat is, the disease is and can be spread. One species of the fungus (Microsporum canis) will…
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